Cha-Om

23 05 2018

A shot taken with my iPhone 6s Plus showing ชะอม in our garden.

Senegalia pennata (English: Climbing wattle) is a species of legume which is native to South and Southeast Asia. It is a shrub or small tropical tree which grows up to 5 metres in height.

In Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Thailand, the feathery shoots of Senegalia pennata are used in soups, curries, omelettes (see my example embedded in the image) and stir-fries. The edible shoots are picked up before they become tough and thorny.

My wife starts cutting the shoots before sunrise. Believe me it’s hard work. To fill the basket it needs about 2 hours.

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Thanks to my wife หนูพัศ.




Flashlight

9 05 2018

iPhone 6s Plus camera and flashlight

I took this shot of a wooden mask from Hongkong in an absolutely dark room using the iPhone’s flashlight. Less reflections. Unbelievable for a 2 year old device.

I don’t really think that the image quality of a 7, 8, or X would be significantly higher.

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Hard Work

2 05 2018

It’s hard work not only for me (to update our driveway) but also for my iPhone 6s Plus running in a moist environment with temperatures above 35C (95F).

I never got the warning

“iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it”

the sensors forward to iOS if an iPhone feels bad.

It’s why I remove the Apple Silicon Case if it’s getting hotter and hotter at noontime. It wouldn’t be that big deal if the device shuts down but you would have a severe problem if the Li-Ion battery gets too hot. So watch out when making holidays in hot countries.

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Thai Limes

10 04 2018

A Lime ( มะนาว ) is a hybrid citrus fruit, which is typically round, lime green, 3–6 centimetres (1.2–2.4 in) in diameter, and contains acidic juice vesicles. The photo I took with my iPhone 6s Plus shows limes in our garden near Khon Kaen, Thailand, an essential ingredient for the delicious food my wife หนูพัศ cooks.

The health benefits of lime include weight loss, improved digestion, reduced respiratory and urinary disorders, relief from constipation, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, gout, and gums. It also aids in skin care and eye care.

What about the botanical name of our limes?

I suggest Thai Limes, which may be vague, but which gets the point across. Because the semantics of what’s in the garden matters, as does the semantics of what goes into that gloriously fragrant pot of Tom Kha Gai on your stove or a spicy (เผ็ดร้อน) papaya salad (ส้มตำ).

Btw, it’s definitely not true that taking pictures of food is almost as much fun as eating it.

Thinking about the delicious Thai Food sometimes let you forget what your post is about. So back to my iThing.

With a perfect lighting my iPhone 6s Plus makes amazingly good photos. Just focus on the limes or leafs and zoom in.

The image sharpness remains quite good.

At the time I don’t think about purchasing a new iPhone. The 7/8/X might have better cameras but for me the imagination and remembrance linked with images are more important than their quality (if it’s not too bad).

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Thai House

26 03 2018

I took this shot with my iPhone 6s Plus from the balcony of the KOSA Hotel in Khon Kaen, Thailand. ผมรู้สึกเศร้า. The photo reminds me of one of the saddest moments in my life.

It shows a model of a traditional Thai House.

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Gravitropism

5 03 2018

A shot taken with my iPhone 6s Plus in Leverkusen, Germany.

Gravitropism is a turning or growth movement by a plant or fungus in response to gravity.

Wikipedia tells us …

It is a general feature of all higher and many lower plants as well as other organisms. Charles Darwin was one of the first to scientifically document that *roots show positive gravitropism and stems show negative gravitropism*. That is, roots grow in the direction of gravitational pull (i.e., downward) and stems grow in the opposite direction (i.e., upwards). This behavior can be easily demonstrated with any potted plant. When laid onto its side, the growing parts of the stem begin to display negative gravitropism, growing upwards.

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HDR on an iPhone

2 03 2018

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range.

The camera takes a series of images, each shot with a different exposure from darkest to lightest for each subject in the frame. Software then combines the best parts of the three overexposed, underexposed, and balanced shots to create a well-exposed image with improved shadowing and coloring.

To take a shot with HDR setting, open the Camera app on your iPhone. At the top center of the screen, you’ll see a button labeled with “HDR Off.” Tap it, and you’ll see three options: Auto, On, Off.

Without using HDR your subject is either perfectly lit but the rest of the image is washed out, or the background of your photo is well-lit but the foreground is darker and slightly out of focus.

Let sensors and software do the work for you.

Set HDR to Automatic.

By default, an iPhone keeps both photos, the original unaltered image, and the optimized HDR photo (with a slightly opaque icon in the upper left corner of the image that says ‘HDR’). If you’d prefer to not keep the original image, open Settings – Camera and disable “Keep Normal Photo”.

Personally, I like to keep this enabled, as having both versions allows me to compare them and then to decide if I should take a new shot.

The photo I added to my post shows the garden behind our house during the flood in October 2017. Because of the perfect ambient light you won’t see a difference between Normal and HDR Mode.

Keep an eye on your data plan.

If you’ve turned on HDR Mode and ‘iCloud Photo Library’ in Settings – Apple-ID – iCloud – Photos keep in mind that when you take a shot two photos are uploaded to iCloud.

Happy shooting.

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