Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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12 of 12, April 2011

For this month’s 12 of 12 I decided to set myself a bit of a photographic challenge. I have already used my iPhone for 12 of 12, back in January, but I cheated a bit then because I also manipulated the images to create sepia “old photo” effects, and so you weren’t seeing the iPhone as a pure camera. I’ve used the iPhone’s camera on other occasions and found it lacking in several major areas: it’s grainy, it’s automatic (so you have no control over—or even information about—exposure settings), I find composition difficult on a screen, and it has only a digital zoom (and for a while I hadn’t realised it even had this). In short, I didn’t feel like a photographer when using it, although I could see its usefulness if I had a desperate need for some sort of camera in an image-requiring emergency.

So, this month I decided to see if I could be a photographer with the iPhone, and look for images worth taking (even within the confines of an ordinary day in a non-spectacular location).

I’m not sure I succeeded.

The iPhone really is crummy for photography. I like using a viewfinder since I can concentrate on composition, I like controlling exposure, and I like my zoom lens. I like the instant response of my SLR’s shutter instead of the unpredictable delay.

Of course, the other difficulty is that I suspect I am not a particularly good photographer (even with a good camera). I enjoy taking photos (and the commentary with some of today’s photos discusses what I like photographically), and some of my pictures turn out passing fair, but I really don’t have that gifted eye for good shots that is the hallmark of an artist (and I have seen some good photos taken by such people even with an iPhone).

Anyway, you can see for yourself.

3 comments to 12 of 12, April 2011

  • Nice set! I like all the textures and lines.

  • Linda

    I think you’re being too modest about your photos – you’re very talented. I’m a point and shoot girl myself and given what you know of my mathematical abilities, you’ll see why exposures, apertures etc are all a bit beyond me. I’ve taken some speccy shots with my little digital camera though but wish I had more creative ability. Some of my friends use an app for their iPhones (called, I think, Histamatic) that gives that old Polaroid look to their photos. They’ve created some very good effects.

  • Linda

    This fellow takes some great photos – and I suspect he’s not using an iPhone – and I also like his little quotes and the way he thinks. He lives in Geilston Bay and works in New Town and I enjoy seeing familiar surroundings in new ways through his photos.

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