Cheekwood, February 2015.

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

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]

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.