So, I finally made my choice and upgraded my cell phone.
I wanted all the functions of a smartphone and I have them, or will have them once I figure out how to use everything properly and customise it. What I hadn’t thought of was the camera aspect and it’s quite a pleasant surprise. The quality is much better than what I get with my point and snap camera and once I figure out a few settings and I stop pressing the wrong buttons it’ll be great.
So far I’ve managed to accidentally take photos of my own face because it has a self-portrait function; I’ve filmed my own feet tapping in impatience and my index finger has featured a lot, and of course the usual skew horizons which kill photos that could have been a great success. Although I can’t see what I’m doing when outdoors, I did briefly notice a function that can help with that, perhaps I can find it again and activate it.
Usually when I try to take photos just before sunset they come out blurred but I managed this from the top of Table Mountain yesterday. I can’t wait to see what it does with sunsets and night lights.
In the middle of writing this I went outside to experiment with a few close-ups of flowers and caterpillars and it would appear that this phone camera might solve my macro challenges – a walk on the mountain is in order before the end of spring. A planned photo project is to go to the centre of town on a Sunday, when it’s a bit less crowded, to take photos of old buildings for my Tours du Cap website so I’d better start looking at those settings.