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iPhonegraphy

201711-311

(日本語は後半に)
Let me discuss about the back camera of iPhone 7 or later. Perhaps some of my readers may feel strange because such type of article is a bit far from my regular posts. In fact, usually I have taken pictures with a full-frame digital SLR camera and basically removed camera information, exif data for instance, in order to avoid discussion of specifications. Of course, in some cases including SNS, I really loves my iPhone camera. It is obviously easy to use.
A week ago, one of my colleagues asked me if I really took pictures with iPhone whenever I added hashtags for iPhones. I said sometimes I forgot to add them but had no reason to write untruth. A question was how can I make a bokeh without retouching. Perhaps as you know iPhone 7/8 plus or and X has a dual camera system and you can easily add a bokeh at portrait mode. However it’s not always easy. It may add an artificial effect on your pictures.
A picture I put here wasn’t given any artificial bokeh and taken with my iPhone 7 plus (iPhone X seems too expensive for me) a few days ago. Its focal length is about 4mm and it is obviously difficult to produce a big bokeh. At least 20mm is required even if f-stop is marked as f/1.8. A key is to set your lens closer to the object you want to shoot and find a good angle where the background is far enough.

映像処理の専門家である知人と写真やカメラの話をしていたら、iPhoneでは良い写真が撮れないなどと言う。たしかに条件によってはプリントするとなると躊躇する場合もあるが、SNSで使う分にはかえって一眼レフより良く撮れることも多い。要は撮り方である。そうは言ってもなかなか理解するのは簡単ではないから、少し極端に撮って見たのが冒頭の写真である。若干の補正はしているが、妙な加工はしていない。iPhoneも侮れない。

 

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Bonne journée, Cross Cultural, photo panoramique

Being simple

201709-311

The iPhone X team definitely made a great job. Some technical writers who love to quibble on insignificant detail seems to be busy for writing a reason of unsuccessful sales but I believe Apple has showed their philosophy with new products. Even though a enthusiastic supporter would probably find some bad points soon as usual, they must say what’s the matter? It’s a sort of common year festa.
However I’d like to say it lacks the finishing touch. The cut-out at the top and round edge look far from Steve’s clean design for me. It might be an unavoidable result of efficient and beautiful edge-to-edge LCD. Even so, I believe Steve would never say yes.
Being simple is always difficult.

iPhone Xは間違いなく素晴らしいが、ただ一点、ディスプレイ上部の切り欠きだけはどうしても気に入らない。スティーブジョブスなら絶対にOKしなかったのではないかというほどの詰めの甘さを感じてしまう。シンプルであり続けるのは大変に難しい。

 

Bonne journée, Photo

Diaphragm

201707-411

written only in Japanese

海辺の街と言うには少しばかり寂しい住宅地の一角にあるアパートにひとり住んでいた頃は、どんなに淡い青が空と海を分けていても、どんなに曖昧な一筋の金色が昨日と今日を分けていても、それにレンズを向けてファインダーを覗くことなど考えもしなかった。朝の静まりかえった冷気を肺の奥まで吸い込みながら歩く砂浜の海藻も、早めに帰った夕暮れにぼんやり眺める遠い漁火も、それは自動販売機で買って飲む缶コーヒーとなにも変わらない日常だった。首にかけた古臭い傷だらけの一眼レフカメラの中で光を蓄える貴重なフィルムは、むしろ足元のアスファルトの隙間から勢いよく芽を出したネコジャラシの影を撮るためにあった。
それから長い時間が過ぎて、いつか海に向かって少しだけ絞りを開く事が多くなった。どこまでも向こう側に続く仔細な何かがほんの僅かぼんやりと写るように。

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Bonne journée, Cross Cultural, Photo

Sincere

201706-111

「sincere」の意味を、もしご存知でしたら教えていただけませんか?
Could you please tell me the meaning of ‘誠実さ’ if you know about it.

さぁ、最近はとんと聞いたことがありませんね。何かお探しですか?
I have hardly ever heard recently. Looking for something?