Shooting with your iPhone

February 9, 2009

img_0221Perusing my Twitter feed one day, I noticed a blog post by Seattle photographer Chase Jarvis.  While Chase is a gifted photographer and we had just shot a campaign with him for one of DDB Seattle’s client Chateau Ste. Michelle, this particular post was not about anything too high-end in terms of photography.

No, it’s about getting great shots from your iPhone and you can read it here.  There are a few tips (hold the camera with both hands, press the shutter release and then compose your shot– and release when you are ready), and a few suggestions for handy ap downloads.  It’s definitely worth the read if you’re taking photos with an iPhone.


My Chariot

February 9, 2009

img_0184About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog post about this cool bike thing I’d heard about.  It’s called the Xtracycle and I got mine up and rolling in no time.  I basically took an old bike — a Trek Singletrack circa 1990-ish — and bolted this extender on the back.

img_0181Well, I ride it to work just about every day. Here on Bainbridge Island, I end up riding it to the ferry where I walk on and then just walk the few blocks to work.  Where I’m living right now, my commute takes me on a trail through the woods, then on some back rodes, past my kids’ elementary school, down the hill and through downtown Winslow, and then on down to the ferry dock. Probably something like five miles or so.  It’s great.

But while I thought the Xtracycle would allow me to pick up a few bags of groceries on the way home from work, I have found that that situation as been exceedingly rare. What I have found is that I don’t have to really worry about what I take to and from work.  It all fits.  And none of it needs to fit on my back.  It all rides low and steady right next to the back wheels.

Thus, the only downside.  I find myself carry too much up and down the hills of Bainbridge Island — only because I can.  But you couldn’t get me to trade in my Xtracycle for anything.