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Haiku: Our Bunnies

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Cute little bunnies,
you bring much laughter and joy.
Love your fluffy tails!

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Happy Thursday, dear readers!  I hope your week is going well.  Friendly reminder: I’ll be announcing the three giveaway winners on Tuesday, so please enter today if you haven’t already!

Warm regards,
Melody

p.s. Do you recognize the image up top as an Instagram photo?  I used the Walden filter…

 

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iPhone + Instagram: A Match Made in Photographic Heaven

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If you have an iPhone and haven’t tried Instagram, trust me – you’re missing out!  Instagram is an iPhone app that allows you customize the look and feel of your iPhone photos quickly and easily.  The eleven photo filters range in appearance and mood, and they quickly transform a photo into something special.  You can then share the image with others – swiftly and easily – via email, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr.  Instagram is a free app, so you’ve got nothing to lose, and I’m certain you’ll be as charmed by Instagram as I am.

LOVE That Look…

Here are some of the photos that I took with my iPhone and then “Instagramed”.  I’m listing the name of the filter I used on each of the photos below the image, so you know how Instagram helped me achieve the different looks.  (The photo up top was treated with the Lomo-fi filter)

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Nashville

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Lord Kelvin

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Brannan

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X-Pro II

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Lord Kelvin

 

Sharing vs. Privacy

Though a big part of Instagram’s charm is the look of the photos, another key component is the sharing of your photos.  You can easily share your photos with family, friends, and photo friends by selecting the desired audience once your photo is ready.  Through this sharing function, Instagram provides a unique way to share and stay in touch, and a way for you to follow the photos of those you admire.

Please note: Instagram is a public sharing platform, and your profile defaults to a public setting.  This means others can see your photos and subscribe to follow your photos, so don’t Instagram anything you wouldn’t want the world to see!  However, there is a private option, which allows you to approve all “follow” requests before they’re implemented.  To set your profile’s privacy settings, just go to “profile” and “privacy” – which is at the very bottom.

 

iPhones ONLY?  Really?

Yes, it’s sad but true. Instagram is only available for iPhones – for now.  The folks at Instagram want to make sure they’re solid with one platform before moving on to others.  Waiting can be a pain, but hopefully the prospect of additional platforms gives non-iPhone users something to look forward to.

In the meantime, non-iPhoners can live vicariously through me!  I’ll be posting more Instagram photos on Twitter (@melodymnunez) and on my website’s Facebook fan page, so please follow my Instagram photo adventures in one or both of these places.

If you’re an iPhone user, have you tried Instagram?  What do you think?  I’d love to get your feedback…

Warm regards,
Melody

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The Joys of iPhone Photography

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But I really don’t NEED an iPhone…
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I have an iPhone, but I was a late adopter.  As recently as last August I was resisting hubby’s suggestion that I get an iPhone.  He already had one, and loved his, but I thought it was too much phone for me.  After all, I wasn’t on my phone much and just did a bit of texting.  Why bother with a more expensive phone and data plan?  I appreciated the suggestion, but was trying to be frugal and to keep things simple.

I finally caved for you, dear readers.  Yes, I got a smart phone in order to serve you better.  I enabled comments on my blog a week or so after I launched it, and an iPhone would allow me to approve comments on my blog and to respond, no matter where I was.  I could also respond to blog-related emails on the spot.  Yippee!

Then came Twitter.  I really and truly never thought I’d tweet, but soon realized tweeting could be more than sharing what you were eating for lunch.  I embraced the networking capabilities of Twitter, and am thankful for the personal connections, information, and opportunities Twitter has brought my way.  Tweet tweet!

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Yes, I’m technologically challenged.


I recently had an iPhone photography epiphany.  I’ve been snapping pictures with my iPhone since I got it, and though hubby said it was a five megapixel camera, I didn’t quite grasp that the resulting photos would be digitally rich enough to include on my blog.  (Yes, I can be a little slow where technological details are concerned.)  After all, photography is one of my “things” and I wouldn’t want to post any inferior-looking images.

I was pleasantly surprised with images my little iPhone camera snapped, but didn’t know how they’d look when I took them into Photoshop for the basic treatment I give images used on this blog: auto levels, crop, and image size reduction.  The iPhone photos I took at Lisa Engelbrecht’s class, and then used in my blog, proved I could go from phone to blog – that my iPhone pictures weren’t just a digital photo album.

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Where do the joys come in?  Here!

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The iPhone is the Swiss Army knife of phones – multiple tools tucked in. That includes a camera, which allows me to snap a photo when I didn’t plan to – when I haven’t brought one of my “regular” cameras.  Nice!

Great quality for a phone camera! I won’t be giving up my digital SLR any time soon, but as a blogger I love that I can use phone images on my blog in pinch.  Low-light images aren’t great (they’re either too grainy, or too bright if the flash fires), but the shots I take in standard lighting conditions do suffice.

The iPhone camera gets up close and personal. Given my propensity for macro photography, I love that this built in camera gets up as close as it does.  Getting within two inches and still holding focus? On a camera phone?!  FAB!

So, now that I finally get that my iPhone photos are bloggable, here are some of the images I’ve snapped over the last eight months:

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Cabbage: Artistry in the produce department of the grocery store: bejeweled cabbage.
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Palm trees & clouds: A break in the rain allowed this image of palm fronds and clouds.  How convenient – I have a camera right here!
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Bird: I think this little bird allowed me to get within inches to take its picture because of a recent run-in with the glass door it was standing by.  He was either stunned or feeling super friendly that day.  I didn’t witness the collision – just an educated guess – and was really glad to see he’d flown away after I came back outside.  No broken bones, just a few ruffled feathers!
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Turnips: More artistry in the produce department of the grocery store: beautiful bands of purple.
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Sundae: Some days are sundaes!
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Flower: I spied this bloom growing at a local shopping center, and was able to take a quick picture before going about my business.
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Chili peppers: This is another photo snapped in the produce department while I was grocery shopping.  Hot stuff!
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Sunlit leaf: Lunchtime on a weekday, and this weed was glowing in the sunlight – standing proudly, as if it was a prized orchid.

Sunset at top: I snapped this photo when I spied the sunset peeking into the windows of the office building I work in.

If you have an iPhone (or a good camera on another type of smart phone) but haven’t used the camera feature much, please give it a try.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised…

Warm regards,
Melody

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