I have a confession to make.
I’m a sucker for historical romances. I know, I know, it’s incredibly tragic. Personally I blame the education system – if Pride and Prejudice hadn’t been compulsory reading at school, this might never have happened. Thankfully, I married a sensible man, or our sons would have been named D’Arcy and Jean-Luc (I’m also a big Star Trek fan).
Historical novels always cause me to reflect on what life must have been like at a time when change occurred slowly. Living in the 21st century certainly doesn’t allow for gradual adaptation – progress and technology move forward so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. It takes a particularly agile brain to cope with these modern times.
Recently, we upgraded our mobile phones to iPhone 4Ses, and we have been completely and utterly blown away by what they can do.
One of the most impressive features of the device is the camera. I had some inkling of how good it was going to be when Peter Bryenton and Chris D, two highly talented and experienced photographers, both stopped using their traditional equipment and started taking photos almost exclusively with their iPhones. In fact, Peter has an entire website of wonderful photos, all taken with his iPhone.
When my Pete showed me the photo he’d taken of the flowering gum in Nic’s garden, I was astonished. The clarity at full resolution is very impressive – it’s almost possible to make out reflections in the raindrops. And it was taken with a mobile phone.
Pete has installed an app called Camera+. It comes with a stabilizer function, which meant that even though it was raining and the flower was swaying in the wind and Pete was leaning over the fence holding the phone with one hand, we nevertheless ended up with a photo that could grace the front of a greeting card.
Less than three years ago, I blogged about my portable Lumix camera, and how easy it made taking photos on the go. Now that I have the iPhone, I can’t see myself ever using the Lumix again!