And it really is raining, which means that the Fire Weather Advisory in Hancock County can be lifted. (No snow pack; spring tinder.) That’s a good thing.
This image doesn’t show the rain, although as I framed the shot I could see the bud on the screen tremble as rain drops struck it — something I would never have noticed with my eyes alone.
My real purpose was to understand the limits of the iPad 2′s comera better, since I expect to be shooting close-ups of vegetation in the coming months. This shot is about the best I can do. I used Camera Boost for a software zoom, and Photo Toaster to sharpen the image. I don’t know if you’d call the image of the bud sharp, although the peeling paint I need to work on seems sharp enough (unless that sharpness comes from the gaff of a guilty conscience).
I guess I’d really be able to tell the iPad’s camera where to focus by tapping on the screen.
And now it’s sunny!
UPDATE Now cloudy.
UPDATE Now sunny.
So I spent an hour-and-a-half escaping the Apple ID login doom loop, where I forgot my password, and where Apple could only send the replacement password to the account whose password I had forgotten. So, spandy new Apple ID — thank you, Yahoo, for keeping it simple — which doesn’t automagically work for iCloud and which doesn’t automagically work for the Store and which doesn’t automagically work for upgrading apps, even after the Apple ID, the iCloud account, and the Store account have been changed. And then, if there’s a more head-desk-pounding experience than tapping one’s way through five separate registration procedures, including a credit card form with Captcha, I’m not sure what it is. Snarl. Clue stick, Apple: Keep account information in one place.
Naturally, or as a result of conditioning, after frustration, one shops. So, after saying only yesterday that I didn’t want any new apps, I got some. Apple made a liar out of me!
Anyhow, Camera Boost is supposed to do a lot of things, but one thing it did very nicely, right out of the box, was improve night pictures. The above is After. Below, with the default Camera app, is Before.
It’s going to be fun taking pictures at dusk in the summer, when the colors are rich. Light extension, instead of season extension.