And Other Objects Of Wonder
I have been
exploring a few of the Apps that I downloaded the other night onto the
iPod Touch. One was from Epson to expand the use of my printer for iOS
the (free) Epson app, and it is really nice. The iPod communicates
wirelessly to the printer, and the App provides easy ways to gather
printable material from anywhere on my iPod.
I also tried one of the movie Apps that I downloaded. Great Movies Free, from popcornflix.com.
It provides a vast library of movies that stream smoothly to the iPod,
and look brilliant in HD. There are some commercials before the movie,
but no interruptions during the show, (except for me putting it on pause
every now and then while I go off and do other things).
Scroll down the browse page to get these
The best way
to use any of the movie Apps is to search using the ‘browse’ function.
Then you can search by genre, title, subject, actor, or director's name
to find a movie you really want to watch. (The ‘Featured’ and ‘Most Popular’ movies are probably more appreciated by teenagers).
I found this little gem among the ‘Film School Originals;
The iPod Cam vs Lumix TZ3
iPod image collage
I used Pic Collage for the iPod pictures, and Picture Collage Maker Lite
on the MacBook for the Lumix images. They both do much more than I used
them for here, but my intent was to see the picture collections as
plainly as possible. I intend to explore Picture Collage Maker for
future projects. It does much more than put 3 pictures on the same page.
It has a wide selection of borders, masks, and photo manipulation
tools. In addition, there are hundreds of collage templates one may use to address all purposes and occasions,
for those who who seek a quick, nicely laid out, design.
Lumix image collage
I am still
experimenting with the little iPod camera, to find out where the ‘sweet
spots’ are for focus and lighting. The two above images are one of the
ways to help me gain the knowledge of the iPod camera’s good points by
comparison. That way I can use it more effectively.
The iPod Touch
has a fixed lens, so anything closer than 2 feet tends to be blurry on
the main camera. It does have a feature that lets you change the
lighting and white balance of a subject, and that helps.
touch up, or edit the shots, because that would be misleading, and
would take me down a path that would not lead me to good quality,
On To The Eclipse
The Lumix TZ3
with an ersatz filter made from the one lens of what once was a pair of
solar eclipse glasses. I set up on the second floor stairwell landing
just outside my apartment.
One of my neighbors learns the trick of making eclipse dapples.
It’s a variation
on the pinhole camera. The image is the reverse of the eclipse,
produced in the light that gets focused through the spaces between your
Here you see
the image of the eclipse displayed on the back of the Lumix camera. You
can also see the reflection of the iPod Touch, (the camera taking this
picture), and my bare, old guy, legs.
The Main Event
Mooning Over The Sun