All I had with me was a camera phone on my walk this afternoon when I found this.   I enhanced the color a tad with my PicSay Pro app and voilà!  Since I haven’t mentioned it in a while, if anyone is looking for a good app for your smart phone to do quick, but quality photo editing, PicSay Pro is the way to go.  It far outshines the Photoshop app I found.  I paid about $1.99 a year and a half ago for it.  It may be a tad more now, but it’s worth it.  You can do all the basic editing like adjust exposure, contrast, saturation, etc.  But, you can also layer your photos or use Faux HDR, posterize, pencil sketch, duotone, B&W, sepia, tilt shift, etc. etc. and pick from several borders.

Wax Tails

Sadly, a DSLR isn’t always at my fingertips.  However, having spent the greater part of 2010 creating photo “art” on my cell phone, I thought I’d see what my Motorola DROID could do today when I found these candles.   The lighting was decent, so the “Wax Tails” didn’t turn out half bad.

Posts on this blog prior to August 4th were all Motorola DROID, cell phone art (transferred over from their original home on Blogspot).    When I started pursuing photography more seriously around July, the cell phone art became less interesting, and I only do it occasionally now.

Village Green

Although it may feel like it, and the snow has been falling already, Autumn hasn’t called it quits yet.   I spotted the Fairhaven Village Green sign on the way to Daphne’s in Fairhaven for hot toddys the other day.   The colors were still so vibrant.  Sometimes the quality of my Motorola DROID camera phone really impresses me. 

This may be the last time to appreciate the colors, though.   More high winds are expected tonight, which will probably clear out the remaining foliage.

How to Take a Cell Phone Self-Portrait

Step 1:  Look into the sun.

Step 2:  Sneeze. 
Step 3:  Take a random picture of the ground as you are sneezing.

Step 4:  Try again, but realize your eye is still twitching and your hair is parted wrong.

Step 5:   Pull yourself together and hold a pose for 5 seconds. 

Step 6:   Post beautiful new self-portrait on Facebook for all your friends to enjoy.

A Piece of Dirty Dan

Yesterday afternoon ended with a London Fog from Tony’s Coffee (always done to perfection) and a stroll through the Village Green in Fairhaven where I stopped to read my new book, The House of God by Samuel Shem.   Chapter I of this book made me wonder if medicine is a good field to go into.  The jury is still out on both the book and on medicine. 

As I left the Green, I noticed the accumulation of autumn leaves around the Dirty Dan statue.  Photographing it is way overdone, so I tried to look for a new perspective on it, and decided upon this.   Sometimes, the smallest fraction of an object is more interesting than the whole.  

Camera:  Motorola Droid, 5 mega pixels.
Apps:  PicSay Pro;  I increased the saturation and played with a new feature called Faux HDR and Instant Film.

Autumn Outside Uisce’s


I haven’t posted  a picture from my Droid in a while.  Since that is how this blog began – picture a day on Droid – I thought I’d find something of interest.  The leaves have started to fall, especially outside of Uisce’s Irish Pub downtown Bellingham.  Of course, the traditional reds, yellows, and browns that I actually captured weren’t quite as pleasing to the eye.  So, once again the PicSay Pro application helped change the hue.  Again, the best $1.99 I ever spent on an App!

On a side note, being the Manhattan addict I currently am, Uisce’s make the best.  There’s a delicate balance of bitters, sweet vermouth, and whiskey.  No one ever gets this right EXCEPT for Uisce’s.   I think it’s Jonathan that invented the “smokey” Manhattan that the owner, David, later would laugh at when I ordered.   However, the traditional version is still my favorite.  With Jameson.