This morning I woke to the most beautiful sunrise and quickly grabbed my cell phone, which I already knew takes wonderful sky shots. I was on my way out the door to drive to Lake Whatcom so I could walk with the Fairhaven walkers, a six-mile out-and-back trip (3 miles each way) around the North Shore. It's a nice flat walk, and we kept up a brisk 4-mph pace.
You can see that it was cloudy enough that I didn't need to wonder if I had made the wrong decision about skydiving today. I'm hoping tomorrow will be better (it's supposed to be), but the main thing on my mind right now is my new camera app! Because of my last post, where I extolled the virtues of the HDR setting on my iPhone 4S, I received an email from TexWisGirl sending me to another blog where I learned about a camera app called Camera+. After reading about it and wondering how I could go wrong by spending $1.99 to give it a try, I spent some time playing around with it this morning.
Linda, Peggy, Judith, with Riley anxious to get going
It has a 6x optical zoom and a whole lot of settings. The picture above was taken at the highest resolution (I won't do that any more, as it saved at over 11mb!) and I used the "clarity" filter, which wasn't the best idea because it flattened everything out. I'll get better at this. Unfortunately I saved it after applying the filter and then deleted the original. The app also has the option to focus on a specific area, so I tried this picture at the Farmers' Market of a zinnia.
Zinnias and dahlias
I took lots of other pictures, but I have a great deal to learn, and I was trying all kinds of settings, some good and some not. There are also filters to turn everything magenta or lime green, but the flowers in the previous picture were really that brilliant. The out-of-focus background has a curious look to it. I'm thinking I will be hard pressed to use my Canon PowerShot for awhile; there's too much to learn with Camera+ and my iPhone! I've already had more than two bucks worth of fun.