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I Installed The “Camera FV-5” App On My Google Pixel 2 — Best $4 I EVER Spent!

by Anura Guruge


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Study the detail … like the FUZZ on the yellow flower.

No post-processing whatsoever!

 


Click to access Android APP at the Google Play Store.


Click to access the official Homepage for the APP.



The Google Pixel 2 Camera APP has NO manual controls whatsoever! I kid you not.

Google believes that the APPs AI-based workings is far superior to what a human can achieve. That could very well be the case.

But, I miss not having any MANUAL control over focus.

‘Camera FV’ is brilliant on this score. Has a very easy to use MF mode along with Focus Assist magnification. To me that is THE BIGGIE. Changing ISO etc. is nice, BUT the Google Pixel 2 has a fixed aperture lens. So, this won’t get me that much.

Being able to change the metering mode, on the fly, however, is nice.

Also, you can ask it to give you digital camera like file IDs. Brilliant. I had struggled with the lack of that daily.


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2018 New Hampshire “Lady Slippers” — Now Turning Pink (May 19).

by Anura Guruge


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Five days into my first sighting of 2018 some of the lady slippers are turning pink. This was today, May 19, 2018, around 5pm.

Tonights rain, I think, will help. I think it likes moist, damp conditions.

Difficult to take pictures since they are on a steep bank surrounded by dense vegetation.


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2018 New Hampshire “Lady Slippers” — Still Green.

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I went and checked again today (i.e., May 16) — albeit just 2-days after my first sighting.

Sill green though the buds, of course, are more voluptuous and you can see a hint of pink.

Today, I saw at least three more ‘new’ plants — all smaller than the one pictured. That is good news.

I will go and check again in a few days.


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Lady Slippers, 2018, Central New Hampshire — First Sighting, May 14!

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I have been looking for them — viz. our Lady Slippers.

Given the unusually chilly Spring we have had I expect them to blossom a bit late.

I now know where to look. We have an area, close to home, that has had a profusion of Lady Slippers the last few years.

So, this morning, while walking the dogs, I checked. Found these two ‘prepubescent’ blossoms. Went back later with my Google Pixel 2.

I will, of course, keep you posted.


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The 1-Year Anniversary Of My Sony a7 II — And I Have Taken 17,376 Pictures With It.

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. One full year. Who would have thought; who would have believed.

I have had cameras for longer than that. Promise. I have had my Nikon P900 since August 28, 2016.

Yes, my frenzy of going through cameras has slowed down dramatically.

I am happy with the Sony a7 II. Just need to get some better lens for it.

But, I am NOT using it, or my other two cameras, much since I got my Google Pixel 2 phone for Christmas 2017. That is quite the thing. Over the last few months I have been using the pixel 2 most of the time.

The numbers alone tell the story. I took 10,000 pictures with the a7 II in its first 4 months. I have since taken 7,300 in the remaining 8 months. I have taken just 2,000 pictures with it since getting the Pixel 2 and 642 of those were when we went to Acadia in March 2018.

Nonetheless, and important anniversary for I. I am most likely going to hold onto this a7 II for awhile. Maybe another year! And who said miracles do not happen?


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‘John Legend’ Shoots Entire ‘A Good Night’ Music Video Using Just A Google Pixel 2.

by Anura Guruge


The Music Video Shot Entirely On A Google Pixel 2.


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It was, however, NOT shot handheld. They used a proper, professional jig and it shows.


I just happened to catch this on the 9am news this morning and was a bit chuffed. Hey, I have a Google Pixel 2 — which, as some of you know, I got myself last Christmas.

I use it 99.9% for still pictures — which has always been my preference.

Yes, I have shot a few videos with it and have been impressed with the quality.

I am in now way displeased with what it does in terms of stills. I bought it, after considerable research, because it appeared to have the best camera around — in December 2017. My decision has since been confirmed on the stills front — and this story affirms it on the video front. So, I am happy.

In the scheme of things it hasn’t given me much grief. It does what it is supposed to do, and some of the pictures it takes leaves me in awe. Invariably it the camera, not I.

Though we are ‘4-months’ down the road since I bought it — and that is, these days, a lifetime and more when it comes to technology — I still recommend it to folks who ask me about the camera on it, or the phone overall.


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The Demise Of ‘Focus Magic’ Lytro, The New Huawei P20 Pro 1/1.7″ Sensor & The Google Pixel 3.

 by Anura Guruge



I am fairly sure that there will be a Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Christmas 2018 — given that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were launched for 2017.

When the Pixel 2 (XL) was unveiled it was considered to have the best camera on any smartphone and captured the highest ‘DxO’ rating given to a camera phone; ‘DxO’ a test for overall camera image quality. The Huawei P20 Pro has beaten the Pixel 2 by over 10 points in the ‘DxO’ rating! Google is not going to like that. Part of the P20s success comes from his unprecedentedly large 1/1.7″ sensor. For a phone that is huge. Google will have to combat that somehow.

I doubt whether the Pixel 3 will have a triple-camera like the P20 Pro, but I suspect we might finally get a dual.

But, this is where the Lytro technology can prove to be so intriguing.

I have watched Lytro since they introduced the Illum and even rented one for a week in 2016 for Devanee to play around with. She liked it; I was not impressed. I am not, as I point out DAILY, into post-processing of images. So, I always suspected that Lytro would fold and now they have.

I am sure that Google can IMPROVE on Lytro’s magic and incorporate into its ‘Computational Photography‘ capabilities. That would be sweet.

So, this was a big week: Lytro and the Huawei P20 Pro.

I suspect we will start getting hot rumors of the Google Pixel 3 in September 2018.

Just remember where you read all of this first. {Smile}



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