New toy!

Look at these colours

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.

Why do dead fish heads look prehistoric?

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.

A vast improvement on previous attempts!

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.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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