Another way.


he caption says it all. Another way. I keep reading what a great camera the iPhone 12 is supposed to be. I had better be because it’s a terrible phone.

I decided to test it.

I made this photograph towards the end of dusk. That means I made a time exposure. I wasn’t sure about the first couple of exposures. A little yellow wheel caught my attention. It turns out that it shows just where in the exposure time the camera is working.

I tested that theory.

If you want a sharp exposure let the wheel finish turning. If you want motion, move the camera slightly during the exposure, say about in the middle of the wheel’s turning.

Oh man.

Maybe this phone will be more than I thought it was, which is to say no fun at all.

I’m not a video maker, but I did test the phone during Hurricane Ida. For the fist 30 seconds or so I didn’t know how to turn on the microphone. For the next 30 seconds you can hear what it sounds like. It’s very scary.

Try it sometime.


he real experiment was in the camera rather than in post production.

The camera over exposed the scene. It’ll do that when it’s trying to capture detail in the deep shadows.

That’s any easy fix.

It happens with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Digital cameras of all types want to open up the shadows.

That’s great if you are making a RAW file. You have control of everything. Not so much using a smart phone.

In all cases you should darken the file in development. Once I did that all those reds and oranges popped out.

There wasn’t much to do after that.

You are looking at the results of what turns out to be a really important experiment.

I had a better shooting night than I remembered when we went to Caroling In Jackson Square. I made four or five picture that I like a lot. This is number three. The first was the hands holding Christmas songs and candles. The second, I published yesterday. And, here’s another one for today.

This picture was made where Pirate’s Alley empties into the little plaza in front of St. Louis Cathedral. During the daytime there are artists, tarot card readers, buskers and musicians working here for tips. It’s a great place to sit and eat lunch. The little bit of a column that you see on the very far right of the picture is The Cabildo. It is a museum now. In late 18th Century it was named after the municipal governing body. Yes. That’s Spanish. But, remember The French Quarter and all of Louisiana was once ruled by The Spanish. Most of The French Quarter architecture is Spanish, having been rebuilt during their rule after a major fire. The buildings toward the center of the picture facing Jackson Square are a section of The Pontalba. The apartments upstairs are the oldest in The United States. They were designed by Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba. And, you thought I have a long name. HA! Anyway, she built them in 1848 after tearing down the squalid housing the surrounded the Place de Arms, which is where Jackson Square is located. The city owns them now. If you want to live in one of them, you get on a very long waiting list. Hopefully, you will still be interested a decade later.

That’s your history lesson. I love history of just about anyplace. But, this is supposed to be about pictures. I’m thinking that maybe the pictures are about history.

This picture. Well. I was on a little roll so I thought I’d just keep using my senses and brain and worked in manual. As you know, I like to use very low ISO settings and so with this one I did just that. This is f5.6 at 1/4 of a second. Hand held. I like not using a tripod sometimes at night because my natural body motion gives the image a little extra kick. Of course, nature helped a lot by keeping the stones around the square nice and reflective. I suppose, in a lot of ways, this is my attempt at art.

Speaking about history, here’s a very cool website that is mostly about the history of New Orleans in pictures. But, it’s not just limited to New Orleans. Have a look. No. I don’t know the owner. I just like the site. A lot.