Cheekwood, February 2015.

March 1, 2015 at 12:08 am

This week I upgraded my phone to a Sam­sung Note 4 (from an LG G2). While the G2 had many great fea­tures (I loved the back but­tons leav­ing clean sides), I just couldn’t keep sig­nal — espe­cially GPS — when my wife’s Galaxy S5 would have full sta­tus of all net­work fea­tures as it were. It was more than a lit­tle frus­trat­ing to be dri­ving along and all of a sud­den my phone thinks I was two states away. How­ever, the cam­era on the G2 was far and away my favorite of any phone I’d had (var­i­ous Apple, Palm and HTC options).

I wanted to take the cam­era on the Note 4 out for a test drive and with a break of warm sun between the chill and the rain we went to Cheek­wood to enjoy the weather. All these images were taken and processed with the phone’s default cam­era and the android Adobe Pho­to­shop Express app.

I’m pleased with the abil­ity of the sen­sor to quickly focus from extremely close to infin­ity, and rea­son­able abil­ity to resolve detail. I would rate the ISO 50 on the phone equiv­a­lent to ISO 1600 on a DSLR, which isn’t ter­ri­ble given what incred­i­bly poor results there were only 5 years ago from phone cam­eras. Over­all, very pleased with the switch!

Sycamore Falls and Cheekwood, December 2014

January 13, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Sycamore Falls is a great hike close to Sewa­nee. Takes less than an hour to make it to the falls (although there are plenty of smaller, shorter water fea­tures and bridges along the way so stop­ping often should be expected). Cheek­wood is a well-known estate that’s been con­verted into a museum and pub­lic (although you have to buy a ticket/pass to go) grounds. The pho­tos above came from being around the house itself; here is another set from else­where on the grounds. All from a 36 count end of the year roll of Neopan Acros 100.

Best of 2014 Film Photos [Part 2]

January 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Car­ry­ing on with Part 2 of my Top 10 (ok 11) 2014 Film pho­tos, let’s dive into the next five!


Front Lawn. Natchez, March 2014. T-Max 400, 35mm.

Front Lawn. Natchez, March 2014. T-Max 400, 35mm.


Side Street. Raleigh, June 2014. Portra 400, 120.

Side Street. Raleigh, June 2014. Por­tra 400, 120.


Free Colors. Raleigh, June 2014. Portra 400, 120.

Free Col­ors. Raleigh, June 2014. Por­tra 400, 120.


Rain. Kanuga Conference Center, June 2014. FP4 120.

Rain. Kanuga Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, June 2014. FP4 120.


The Bather. Cheekwood, December 2014. Acros 100, 35mm.

The Bather. Cheek­wood, Decem­ber 2014. Acros 100, 35mm.