Weymouth artist becomes pioneer of Iphoneography

Nicki Fitz-Gerald with her trusty iPhone

Nicki Fitz-Gerald with her trusty iPhone

First published in News by

ARTIST Nicki Fitz-Gerald is using her mobile phone for more than just staying in touch with people.

She is a pioneer of a new movement that combines art and photography using a new generation of phone technology.

Iphoneography is a relatively new craze where people create images using their Apple iPhone.

The phone’s quality camera and range of applications or ‘apps’ available to edit images allows users to produce stunning pictures.

Nicki, who works as a graphic designer for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, has become so good at iphoneography she has won awards and seen her work featured in exhibitions.

She has also just set up a website so she and other artists can share their ideas with people around the world.

Many of Nicki’s pictures are taken around Weymouth and she hopes to exhibit her work at the town’s library later this year.

Three of her pictures will be seen in the first iphoneography live exhibition in Madrid, Spain, in September.

Nicki, 44, said: “I had my phone for ages before I knew what I could do with it.

“Then one day I downloaded a photography application and I was off.

“I sent my images to photography sites online and I was encouraged to enter competitions.”

She added: “I feel I have an eye for a picture. I never really pushed photography though but I have taken to this and I’m now doing a photography course with the Open University.

“It’s just a hobby and all the tutorials I give on the website are for free but if things progress I might have to look at it in a commercial light.”

Nicki got her degree from Chelsea School of Art and worked as an illustrator in London for 10 years before moving to Weymouth.

She lives in Newberry Road with partner Bob Snarey and son Lewis, 10.

Nicki said: “The iPhone applications enable me to edit pictures the way you would in a darkroom with photographs from a SLR camera.

“Artists are always pushing new mediums and I’m just one of many who are enjoying iphoneography.”

You can see a selection of Nicki’s work by visiting flickr.com/photos/52982031@N00 Her website is iphoneographycentral.com

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2:50pm Wed 20 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

There is nothing what so ever "Pioneering" about that, merit-less re-badging of nothing new.
There is nothing what so ever "Pioneering" about that, merit-less re-badging of nothing new. noplaceformen
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3:24pm Wed 20 Jul 11

cj07589 says...

Well done for thinking outside the box this is a welcome initiative which I am sure will have a big following. There are a number of apps that improve the cameras resolution which can be brought for peanuts!
A lot can be said for the quality of imagery that an IPhone can produce….personall
y I think people who spend thousands and thousands of pounds on retro high resolution photography equipment need their heads examined. After all the human eye is rather limited in the resolution it can physically take in, so there’s no need to get carried away when you can get perfect good photo shots using the phone you carry around with you!
Well done for thinking outside the box this is a welcome initiative which I am sure will have a big following. There are a number of apps that improve the cameras resolution which can be brought for peanuts! A lot can be said for the quality of imagery that an IPhone can produce….personall y I think people who spend thousands and thousands of pounds on retro high resolution photography equipment need their heads examined. After all the human eye is rather limited in the resolution it can physically take in, so there’s no need to get carried away when you can get perfect good photo shots using the phone you carry around with you! cj07589
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3:42pm Wed 20 Jul 11

Steve_ITSOEZE says...

Looked at the Flickr page and the website and great work but surely this is only what graphic artists and photographers have been doing for years using Photoshop and other graphic tools.
Its not pioneering technology
Looked at the Flickr page and the website and great work but surely this is only what graphic artists and photographers have been doing for years using Photoshop and other graphic tools. Its not pioneering technology Steve_ITSOEZE
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3:57pm Wed 20 Jul 11

585 says...

Steve_ITSOEZE, Portland says 'Its not pioneering technology'.
But you don't realize, Steve, that to people working on local newspapers who have yet to discover the spell-check function on their PCs, this is really cutting edge technology. To the rest of us, it is a bit mundane.
Steve_ITSOEZE, Portland says 'Its not pioneering technology'. But you don't realize, Steve, that to people working on local newspapers who have yet to discover the spell-check function on their PCs, this is really cutting edge technology. To the rest of us, it is a bit mundane. 585
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8:40pm Wed 20 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

585 wrote:
Steve_ITSOEZE, Portland says 'Its not pioneering technology'.
But you don't realize, Steve, that to people working on local newspapers who have yet to discover the spell-check function on their PCs, this is really cutting edge technology. To the rest of us, it is a bit mundane.
Well said 585, the Echo is clearly staffed by special needs and anyone that buys this article is clearly a techno -numpty.
[quote][p][bold]585[/bold] wrote: Steve_ITSOEZE, Portland says 'Its not pioneering technology'. But you don't realize, Steve, that to people working on local newspapers who have yet to discover the spell-check function on their PCs, this is really cutting edge technology. To the rest of us, it is a bit mundane.[/p][/quote]Well said 585, the Echo is clearly staffed by special needs and anyone that buys this article is clearly a techno -numpty. noplaceformen
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8:43pm Wed 20 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

cj07589 wrote:
Well done for thinking outside the box this is a welcome initiative which I am sure will have a big following. There are a number of apps that improve the cameras resolution which can be brought for peanuts!
A lot can be said for the quality of imagery that an IPhone can produce….personall

y I think people who spend thousands and thousands of pounds on retro high resolution photography equipment need their heads examined. After all the human eye is rather limited in the resolution it can physically take in, so there’s no need to get carried away when you can get perfect good photo shots using the phone you carry around with you!
Thinking outside the box, no Sir, it is you who is inside the box if you think this crap has any merit.
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: Well done for thinking outside the box this is a welcome initiative which I am sure will have a big following. There are a number of apps that improve the cameras resolution which can be brought for peanuts! A lot can be said for the quality of imagery that an IPhone can produce….personall y I think people who spend thousands and thousands of pounds on retro high resolution photography equipment need their heads examined. After all the human eye is rather limited in the resolution it can physically take in, so there’s no need to get carried away when you can get perfect good photo shots using the phone you carry around with you![/p][/quote]Thinking outside the box, no Sir, it is you who is inside the box if you think this crap has any merit. noplaceformen
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10:53pm Wed 20 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

I see in National News today that regional papers are on a big slide down, only 3 in the Country gaining readers. Maybe the "Pink club" at the Echo should start to look at their career lights....or report some real **** news!
I see in National News today that regional papers are on a big slide down, only 3 in the Country gaining readers. Maybe the "Pink club" at the Echo should start to look at their career lights....or report some real **** news! noplaceformen
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12:00pm Thu 21 Jul 11

sherbertbob says...

The article says that the artist is a pioneer. It is indeed pioneering when you are one of the first people to master this new form of art and share it. The really interesting thing about it is that all the image manipulation is done on the iphone and not on a computer using photoshop, this brings artistic expression to anyone with an iphone. Type iphonography into Google you will see how big this movement is, and Nicki it appears is rated as one of the best.
The article says that the artist is a pioneer. It is indeed pioneering when you are one of the first people to master this new form of art and share it. The really interesting thing about it is that all the image manipulation is done on the iphone and not on a computer using photoshop, this brings artistic expression to anyone with an iphone. Type iphonography into Google you will see how big this movement is, and Nicki it appears is rated as one of the best. sherbertbob
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12:42pm Thu 21 Jul 11

noplaceforwomengetbacktothekitchen says...

noplaceformen wrote:
There is nothing what so ever "Pioneering" about that, merit-less re-badging of nothing new.
Coming from the man/lady with the "pioneering" feminist username, attempting to be original when the drama about feminism went out the same time your disposable camera.
[quote][p][bold]noplaceformen[/bold] wrote: There is nothing what so ever "Pioneering" about that, merit-less re-badging of nothing new.[/p][/quote]Coming from the man/lady with the "pioneering" feminist username, attempting to be original when the drama about feminism went out the same time your disposable camera. noplaceforwomengetbacktothekitchen
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2:47pm Thu 21 Jul 11

NFitzGerald says...

Hi, thanks for your comments favourable or otherwise. I agree that you can do all this with photoshop and a computer (which I do as as well) but not when you're waiting for the bus or at the hairdressers for example. The beauty of taking photos with the iphone is the phone is always with you and easy to get more natural or candid shots because it's so unobtrusive...and of course, it's the same with editing, you can do it on the fly. If you've been following iphone photography development as I have you will see that iphones photographs are making their way into the commercial world, being used on front covers of magazines and doing product shots. Of course it is just a tool, a brilliant tool for painting with light - and what is great is that, once past the cost of the iphone, the apps are pretty inexpensive (approx 59p-1.79 each) so it's form of expression that is pretty accessible to anyone without needing a load of expensive equipment or space. I agree that it is pioneering and echo sherbetbob's earlier comments on this.
Also, with regards to "pioneering" I'd like to end on a note quoted from the Open University photography course I have just studied commenting on how new technology shapes art:

The history of photography is full of examples of innovation, and looking at the historical development of photographic technologies and techniques introduces us to the evolving aesthetics of photography; that is, those qualities of visual style that are, or have been, considered successful or desirable in photographs at different times, and the role that innovation plays in defining those ideas. In this way, innovative use of available technology contributes to defining aesthetics.
Hi, thanks for your comments favourable or otherwise. I agree that you can do all this with photoshop and a computer (which I do as as well) but not when you're waiting for the bus or at the hairdressers for example. The beauty of taking photos with the iphone is the phone is always with you and easy to get more natural or candid shots because it's so unobtrusive...and of course, it's the same with editing, you can do it on the fly. If you've been following iphone photography development as I have you will see that iphones photographs are making their way into the commercial world, being used on front covers of magazines and doing product shots. Of course it is just a tool, a brilliant tool for painting with light - and what is great is that, once past the cost of the iphone, the apps are pretty inexpensive (approx 59p-1.79 each) so it's form of expression that is pretty accessible to anyone without needing a load of expensive equipment or space. I agree that it is pioneering and echo sherbetbob's earlier comments on this. Also, with regards to "pioneering" I'd like to end on a note quoted from the Open University photography course I have just studied commenting on how new technology shapes art: The history of photography is full of examples of innovation, and looking at the historical development of photographic technologies and techniques introduces us to the evolving aesthetics of photography; that is, those qualities of visual style that are, or have been, considered successful or desirable in photographs at different times, and the role that innovation plays in defining those ideas. In this way, innovative use of available technology contributes to defining aesthetics. NFitzGerald
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3:22pm Thu 21 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

sherbertbob wrote:
The article says that the artist is a pioneer. It is indeed pioneering when you are one of the first people to master this new form of art and share it. The really interesting thing about it is that all the image manipulation is done on the iphone and not on a computer using photoshop, this brings artistic expression to anyone with an iphone. Type iphonography into Google you will see how big this movement is, and Nicki it appears is rated as one of the best.
It IS NOT Pioneering, I have been doing that on Phones since 2006! Nokia N95 could do it and the N900 easily. That was between using pro gear. As for "noplaceforwomengetb
acktothekitchen," is that the best you can do. Funny how truth and facts about anything that is a nonsense always receives the same comments isn't it. I for one certainly do not think women should get back to the Kitchen, I wouldn't not want them in the way of MY cooking!
[quote][p][bold]sherbertbob[/bold] wrote: The article says that the artist is a pioneer. It is indeed pioneering when you are one of the first people to master this new form of art and share it. The really interesting thing about it is that all the image manipulation is done on the iphone and not on a computer using photoshop, this brings artistic expression to anyone with an iphone. Type iphonography into Google you will see how big this movement is, and Nicki it appears is rated as one of the best.[/p][/quote]It IS NOT Pioneering, I have been doing that on Phones since 2006! Nokia N95 could do it and the N900 easily. That was between using pro gear. As for "noplaceforwomengetb acktothekitchen," is that the best you can do. Funny how truth and facts about anything that is a nonsense always receives the same comments isn't it. I for one certainly do not think women should get back to the Kitchen, I wouldn't not want them in the way of MY cooking! noplaceformen
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3:25pm Thu 21 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

As for taking pictures with a phone, good luck with that no reason you cannot come up with some good images although way below any professional standard . I just totally reject this being called "pioneering" or worthy of being put in the same class as professional work when it is not. Fed up seeing things being given merit it does not deserve.
As for taking pictures with a phone, good luck with that no reason you cannot come up with some good images although way below any professional standard . I just totally reject this being called "pioneering" or worthy of being put in the same class as professional work when it is not. Fed up seeing things being given merit it does not deserve. noplaceformen
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3:32pm Thu 21 Jul 11

sherbertbob says...

I'd love to see your pioneering work on the Nokia :D
We seem to be hung up on the word pioneering let's all salute you as the pioneer! Please post a link to your website and flickr group.
I'd love to see your pioneering work on the Nokia :D We seem to be hung up on the word pioneering let's all salute you as the pioneer! Please post a link to your website and flickr group. sherbertbob
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3:32pm Thu 21 Jul 11

sherbertbob says...

I'd love to see your pioneering work on the Nokia :D
We seem to be hung up on the word pioneering let's all salute you as the pioneer! Please post a link to your website and flickr group.
I'd love to see your pioneering work on the Nokia :D We seem to be hung up on the word pioneering let's all salute you as the pioneer! Please post a link to your website and flickr group. sherbertbob
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3:34pm Thu 21 Jul 11

noplaceforwomengetbacktothekitchen says...

noplaceformen wrote:
sherbertbob wrote:
The article says that the artist is a pioneer. It is indeed pioneering when you are one of the first people to master this new form of art and share it. The really interesting thing about it is that all the image manipulation is done on the iphone and not on a computer using photoshop, this brings artistic expression to anyone with an iphone. Type iphonography into Google you will see how big this movement is, and Nicki it appears is rated as one of the best.
It IS NOT Pioneering, I have been doing that on Phones since 2006! Nokia N95 could do it and the N900 easily. That was between using pro gear. As for "noplaceforwomengetb

acktothekitchen," is that the best you can do. Funny how truth and facts about anything that is a nonsense always receives the same comments isn't it. I for one certainly do not think women should get back to the Kitchen, I wouldn't not want them in the way of MY cooking!
Using the same comments? I for one have never seen someone use that before. Get off the internet and get a god **** job, you can't hide in your mothers basement forever.
[quote][p][bold]noplaceformen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sherbertbob[/bold] wrote: The article says that the artist is a pioneer. It is indeed pioneering when you are one of the first people to master this new form of art and share it. The really interesting thing about it is that all the image manipulation is done on the iphone and not on a computer using photoshop, this brings artistic expression to anyone with an iphone. Type iphonography into Google you will see how big this movement is, and Nicki it appears is rated as one of the best.[/p][/quote]It IS NOT Pioneering, I have been doing that on Phones since 2006! Nokia N95 could do it and the N900 easily. That was between using pro gear. As for "noplaceforwomengetb acktothekitchen," is that the best you can do. Funny how truth and facts about anything that is a nonsense always receives the same comments isn't it. I for one certainly do not think women should get back to the Kitchen, I wouldn't not want them in the way of MY cooking![/p][/quote]Using the same comments? I for one have never seen someone use that before. Get off the internet and get a god **** job, you can't hide in your mothers basement forever. noplaceforwomengetbacktothekitchen
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3:57pm Thu 21 Jul 11

sherbertbob says...

Don't bother with the link to your Nokia Pioneering photos noplaceformen not now I know you live in your mum's basement!
Don't bother with the link to your Nokia Pioneering photos noplaceformen not now I know you live in your mum's basement! sherbertbob
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4:01pm Thu 21 Jul 11

NFitzGerald says...

noplaceformen wrote:
As for taking pictures with a phone, good luck with that no reason you cannot come up with some good images although way below any professional standard . I just totally reject this being called "pioneering" or worthy of being put in the same class as professional work when it is not. Fed up seeing things being given merit it does not deserve.
Way below professional standard? Have you seen these iphone photos?

http://www.flickr.co
m/photos/ncordova/59
40242371/lightbox/

http://www.sionfulla
na.com/Site/Through_
The_Lens_of_an_iPhon
e.html#26

http://www.intomobil
e.com/2010/07/06/app
le-iphone-3gs-used-i
n-professional-fashi
on-photoshoot/

?
[quote][p][bold]noplaceformen[/bold] wrote: As for taking pictures with a phone, good luck with that no reason you cannot come up with some good images although way below any professional standard . I just totally reject this being called "pioneering" or worthy of being put in the same class as professional work when it is not. Fed up seeing things being given merit it does not deserve.[/p][/quote]Way below professional standard? Have you seen these iphone photos? http://www.flickr.co m/photos/ncordova/59 40242371/lightbox/ http://www.sionfulla na.com/Site/Through_ The_Lens_of_an_iPhon e.html#26 http://www.intomobil e.com/2010/07/06/app le-iphone-3gs-used-i n-professional-fashi on-photoshoot/ ? NFitzGerald
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4:33pm Thu 21 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

NFitzGerald wrote:
noplaceformen wrote:
As for taking pictures with a phone, good luck with that no reason you cannot come up with some good images although way below any professional standard . I just totally reject this being called "pioneering" or worthy of being put in the same class as professional work when it is not. Fed up seeing things being given merit it does not deserve.
Way below professional standard? Have you seen these iphone photos?

http://www.flickr.co

m/photos/ncordova/59

40242371/lightbox/

http://www.sionfulla

na.com/Site/Through_

The_Lens_of_an_iPhon

e.html#26

http://www.intomobil

e.com/2010/07/06/app

le-iphone-3gs-used-i

n-professional-fashi

on-photoshoot/

?
Yes way below, for a start the quality of the lens in an Iphone can hardly be likened to a Canon or Nikon Lens at several grand unless your a complete idiot. God how everybody accepts low standards these days as norm. NO wonder nothing has value any more.
[quote][p][bold]NFitzGerald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noplaceformen[/bold] wrote: As for taking pictures with a phone, good luck with that no reason you cannot come up with some good images although way below any professional standard . I just totally reject this being called "pioneering" or worthy of being put in the same class as professional work when it is not. Fed up seeing things being given merit it does not deserve.[/p][/quote]Way below professional standard? Have you seen these iphone photos? http://www.flickr.co m/photos/ncordova/59 40242371/lightbox/ http://www.sionfulla na.com/Site/Through_ The_Lens_of_an_iPhon e.html#26 http://www.intomobil e.com/2010/07/06/app le-iphone-3gs-used-i n-professional-fashi on-photoshoot/ ?[/p][/quote]Yes way below, for a start the quality of the lens in an Iphone can hardly be likened to a Canon or Nikon Lens at several grand unless your a complete idiot. God how everybody accepts low standards these days as norm. NO wonder nothing has value any more. noplaceformen
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5:34pm Thu 21 Jul 11

weareborg says...

It's not so much about good glass..
Its more about having a good eye.
Apples and Oranges people. (Pun intended).
iPhoneography is happening. It's big. It will continue to be big.
Yes, its not a Nikon. It's a phone. But that argument is somewhat moot. For a phone, it is the most used "camera" on Flickr & Smugmug, for example.
And it has a lot of value, if you know where to look. Value is subjective anyway. The value proposition is different from a dedicated camera. You have to look at it in a new light. (woops, there goes another pun..) There are limitations of the sensor/pixel count/photons etc but there are clear advantages in the multitude of available apps. There is an immediacy within the medium (yes, I said medium) which makes it unique and very interesting.
You could have 10k worth of pro-gear and not be able to shoot for ****. Then again, you may have a cheap **** camera phone and discover you are a natural.
It's not so much about good glass.. Its more about having a good eye. Apples and Oranges people. (Pun intended). iPhoneography is happening. It's big. It will continue to be big. Yes, its not a Nikon. It's a phone. But that argument is somewhat moot. For a phone, it is the most used "camera" on Flickr & Smugmug, for example. And it has a lot of value, if you know where to look. Value is subjective anyway. The value proposition is different from a dedicated camera. You have to look at it in a new light. (woops, there goes another pun..) There are limitations of the sensor/pixel count/photons etc but there are clear advantages in the multitude of available apps. There is an immediacy within the medium (yes, I said medium) which makes it unique and very interesting. You could have 10k worth of pro-gear and not be able to shoot for ****. Then again, you may have a cheap **** camera phone and discover you are a natural. weareborg
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5:54pm Thu 21 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

weareborg wrote:
It's not so much about good glass..
Its more about having a good eye.
Apples and Oranges people. (Pun intended).
iPhoneography is happening. It's big. It will continue to be big.
Yes, its not a Nikon. It's a phone. But that argument is somewhat moot. For a phone, it is the most used "camera" on Flickr & Smugmug, for example.
And it has a lot of value, if you know where to look. Value is subjective anyway. The value proposition is different from a dedicated camera. You have to look at it in a new light. (woops, there goes another pun..) There are limitations of the sensor/pixel count/photons etc but there are clear advantages in the multitude of available apps. There is an immediacy within the medium (yes, I said medium) which makes it unique and very interesting.
You could have 10k worth of pro-gear and not be able to shoot for ****. Then again, you may have a cheap **** camera phone and discover you are a natural.
I don't disagree with some of that, however it is NOT Pioneering, taking pics and editing in phone has been around for years and others have done it and moved on. It is also NOT Professional grade, not even close. It does not mean a nice picture cannot be taken of course, it is purely those two facts I am putting right. As for big and here to stay, sorry disagree, it is a gimmick based on a consumer grade fad and will not last. Enjoy while you can..just keep it in its correct perspective.
[quote][p][bold]weareborg[/bold] wrote: It's not so much about good glass.. Its more about having a good eye. Apples and Oranges people. (Pun intended). iPhoneography is happening. It's big. It will continue to be big. Yes, its not a Nikon. It's a phone. But that argument is somewhat moot. For a phone, it is the most used "camera" on Flickr & Smugmug, for example. And it has a lot of value, if you know where to look. Value is subjective anyway. The value proposition is different from a dedicated camera. You have to look at it in a new light. (woops, there goes another pun..) There are limitations of the sensor/pixel count/photons etc but there are clear advantages in the multitude of available apps. There is an immediacy within the medium (yes, I said medium) which makes it unique and very interesting. You could have 10k worth of pro-gear and not be able to shoot for ****. Then again, you may have a cheap **** camera phone and discover you are a natural.[/p][/quote]I don't disagree with some of that, however it is NOT Pioneering, taking pics and editing in phone has been around for years and others have done it and moved on. It is also NOT Professional grade, not even close. It does not mean a nice picture cannot be taken of course, it is purely those two facts I am putting right. As for big and here to stay, sorry disagree, it is a gimmick based on a consumer grade fad and will not last. Enjoy while you can..just keep it in its correct perspective. noplaceformen
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8:18pm Thu 21 Jul 11

weareborg says...

Dude, I never mentioned pioneering or professional grade. In fact, I said you can't actually compare them like for like.
With regard to perspective. Here is some. I think your "fad" comment is a little blinkered.
Bear with me. I need to set the scene. Its part of the perspective if you will.
I've been using PDAs since the late 90's, then onto PDA's with their 'afterthought' 300k pixel cameras, then onto Nokia phones with marginally better cameras, then various brand smartphones as they came on stream, etc. I've used Symbian OS since pretty much day one (until 2008), also Palm OS, Windows Mobile OS, Linux OS based smartphones (N900 anyone, oh no? ok..), you name it, there is a good chance I've used it. Problem is, there were two things missing throughout those years that are now very much a defining presence.
One - There were no decent solid, dedicated photo manipulation "apps" on said devices, and the ones that were out there were pretty pathetic, (I'm going waaay back here to about 2006-2007..). Additionally, there was no aggregated 'storefront'; you visited individual sites and downloaded *expensive* mobile software or visited Handango or something. Clearly no prescience was being placed in this nascent area. Phone cameras were an afterthought on a business class device, period.
Of course people messed about on their 1/3MP plastic sensored 'smartphones' and of course the results were pretty pathetic. Smartphones were for business people to get some work done and Dumbphones were for the rest of us.
Two, and this is important.. - Social Media/Social Sharing/ was pretty much an apple in Zuk's eye. Web 2.0 was not yet fully around that corner and web 'ownership' by mere mortals was not as prevalent or omnifarious as it is now. There was nothing to compel one to create. There was nothing to compel one to share. There was no stage, therefore, no scene.
Fast forward to today... Combine Moores Law with Social Media, clever aggregation of sales services by companies like Google & Apple, falling hardware prices, much cheaper apps, a unified presence online and I'd say its got momentum to be more than a fad. YES, it WAS a fad for the exact reasons I have outlined above. It didn't go anywhere because it simply couldn't. That infrastructure did not yet exist. It does now. iPhoneography has been thriving for at least 3 years, if you know where to look. And it is going nowhere. Most people who have been hanging on to their Nokia 6110 will have no choice on their next upgrade BUT to get a smartphone running Android or iOS. Thankfully the barrier to entry today is far lower than it used to be. Anyone can dive right in, download apps and get experimenting in minutes. That wasn't the case before. Now, this still doesn't mean anything to professional grade devices. They co-exist. As I mentioned in my last post, whats the no 1 'camera' on Flickr?
So, where do you see this fad going in the future? An even more 'connected' device that can take better photos with better optics, better sensors, better hardware and edit them in a meaningful, powerful way on the go, or.. "back to your spreadsheets" and 'down with that sort of thing!'? Logic tells me it is the former, and that it WILL last and will propel itself forward at a rate of knots. If I was at Apple or Google HQ and the simple question was posed;"How do we sell more phones?", the unanimous answer would be "Give it an even better camera, that's what everyone is using their phone for now!! Just look at the numbers!" Look, it will be like being force fed HD 3D TV. Where there is money to be made and all that... So, that's a little perspective right there. Now, I'm off to snap some photos on my gimmicky little iPhone, and I intend to enjoy myself! After all the best camera is the one that's with you, always.
Dude, I never mentioned pioneering or professional grade. In fact, I said you can't actually compare them like for like. With regard to perspective. Here is some. I think your "fad" comment is a little blinkered. Bear with me. I need to set the scene. Its part of the perspective if you will. I've been using PDAs since the late 90's, then onto PDA's with their 'afterthought' 300k pixel cameras, then onto Nokia phones with marginally better cameras, then various brand smartphones as they came on stream, etc. I've used Symbian OS since pretty much day one (until 2008), also Palm OS, Windows Mobile OS, Linux OS based smartphones (N900 anyone, oh no? ok..), you name it, there is a good chance I've used it. Problem is, there were two things missing throughout those years that are now very much a defining presence. One - There were no decent solid, dedicated photo manipulation "apps" on said devices, and the ones that were out there were pretty pathetic, (I'm going waaay back here to about 2006-2007..). Additionally, there was no aggregated 'storefront'; you visited individual sites and downloaded *expensive* mobile software or visited Handango or something. Clearly no prescience was being placed in this nascent area. Phone cameras were an afterthought on a business class device, period. Of course people messed about on their 1/3MP plastic sensored 'smartphones' and of course the results were pretty pathetic. Smartphones were for business people to get some work done and Dumbphones were for the rest of us. Two, and this is important.. - Social Media/Social Sharing/ was pretty much an apple in Zuk's eye. Web 2.0 was not yet fully around that corner and web 'ownership' by mere mortals was not as prevalent or omnifarious as it is now. There was nothing to compel one to create. There was nothing to compel one to share. There was no stage, therefore, no scene. Fast forward to today... Combine Moores Law with Social Media, clever aggregation of sales services by companies like Google & Apple, falling hardware prices, much cheaper apps, a unified presence online and I'd say its got momentum to be more than a fad. YES, it WAS a fad for the exact reasons I have outlined above. It didn't go anywhere because it simply couldn't. That infrastructure did not yet exist. It does now. iPhoneography has been thriving for at least 3 years, if you know where to look. And it is going nowhere. Most people who have been hanging on to their Nokia 6110 will have no choice on their next upgrade BUT to get a smartphone running Android or iOS. Thankfully the barrier to entry today is far lower than it used to be. Anyone can dive right in, download apps and get experimenting in minutes. That wasn't the case before. Now, this still doesn't mean anything to professional grade devices. They co-exist. As I mentioned in my last post, whats the no 1 'camera' on Flickr? So, where do you see this fad going in the future? An even more 'connected' device that can take better photos with better optics, better sensors, better hardware and edit them in a meaningful, powerful way on the go, or.. "back to your spreadsheets" and 'down with that sort of thing!'? Logic tells me it is the former, and that it WILL last and will propel itself forward at a rate of knots. If I was at Apple or Google HQ and the simple question was posed;"How do we sell more phones?", the unanimous answer would be "Give it an even better camera, that's what everyone is using their phone for now!! Just look at the numbers!" Look, it will be like being force fed HD 3D TV. Where there is money to be made and all that... So, that's a little perspective right there. Now, I'm off to snap some photos on my gimmicky little iPhone, and I intend to enjoy myself! After all the best camera is the one that's with you, always. weareborg
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9:16pm Thu 21 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

I never said you did, I was talking about the Article as I have been from the start. The base principals of Photography have not changed in all these decades, Iphone and its consumers is not about to change that. Everyone thinks they have invented something new these days by re-badging or presenting it differently, they have not. It is simple as that.
I never said you did, I was talking about the Article as I have been from the start. The base principals of Photography have not changed in all these decades, Iphone and its consumers is not about to change that. Everyone thinks they have invented something new these days by re-badging or presenting it differently, they have not. It is simple as that. noplaceformen
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9:26pm Thu 21 Jul 11

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Noplaceformen, what a complete f+cking tw+t! Just thought I'd try to post this, see if it gets through!
Noplaceformen, what a complete f+cking tw+t! Just thought I'd try to post this, see if it gets through! TenBobDylanThomasHardy
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9:48pm Thu 21 Jul 11

NFitzGerald says...

Wow! So eloquently written. Brilliantly put, I could not have put that any better myself. Thanks for filling in some gaps in my knowledge here Weareborg. I'm not sure others will be so grateful ;-).
Wow! So eloquently written. Brilliantly put, I could not have put that any better myself. Thanks for filling in some gaps in my knowledge here Weareborg. I'm not sure others will be so grateful ;-). NFitzGerald
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9:51pm Thu 21 Jul 11

NFitzGerald says...

weareborg wrote:
Dude, I never mentioned pioneering or professional grade. In fact, I said you can't actually compare them like for like.
With regard to perspective. Here is some. I think your "fad" comment is a little blinkered.
Bear with me. I need to set the scene. Its part of the perspective if you will.
I've been using PDAs since the late 90's, then onto PDA's with their 'afterthought' 300k pixel cameras, then onto Nokia phones with marginally better cameras, then various brand smartphones as they came on stream, etc. I've used Symbian OS since pretty much day one (until 2008), also Palm OS, Windows Mobile OS, Linux OS based smartphones (N900 anyone, oh no? ok..), you name it, there is a good chance I've used it. Problem is, there were two things missing throughout those years that are now very much a defining presence.
One - There were no decent solid, dedicated photo manipulation "apps" on said devices, and the ones that were out there were pretty pathetic, (I'm going waaay back here to about 2006-2007..). Additionally, there was no aggregated 'storefront'; you visited individual sites and downloaded *expensive* mobile software or visited Handango or something. Clearly no prescience was being placed in this nascent area. Phone cameras were an afterthought on a business class device, period.
Of course people messed about on their 1/3MP plastic sensored 'smartphones' and of course the results were pretty pathetic. Smartphones were for business people to get some work done and Dumbphones were for the rest of us.
Two, and this is important.. - Social Media/Social Sharing/ was pretty much an apple in Zuk's eye. Web 2.0 was not yet fully around that corner and web 'ownership' by mere mortals was not as prevalent or omnifarious as it is now. There was nothing to compel one to create. There was nothing to compel one to share. There was no stage, therefore, no scene.
Fast forward to today... Combine Moores Law with Social Media, clever aggregation of sales services by companies like Google & Apple, falling hardware prices, much cheaper apps, a unified presence online and I'd say its got momentum to be more than a fad. YES, it WAS a fad for the exact reasons I have outlined above. It didn't go anywhere because it simply couldn't. That infrastructure did not yet exist. It does now. iPhoneography has been thriving for at least 3 years, if you know where to look. And it is going nowhere. Most people who have been hanging on to their Nokia 6110 will have no choice on their next upgrade BUT to get a smartphone running Android or iOS. Thankfully the barrier to entry today is far lower than it used to be. Anyone can dive right in, download apps and get experimenting in minutes. That wasn't the case before. Now, this still doesn't mean anything to professional grade devices. They co-exist. As I mentioned in my last post, whats the no 1 'camera' on Flickr?
So, where do you see this fad going in the future? An even more 'connected' device that can take better photos with better optics, better sensors, better hardware and edit them in a meaningful, powerful way on the go, or.. "back to your spreadsheets" and 'down with that sort of thing!'? Logic tells me it is the former, and that it WILL last and will propel itself forward at a rate of knots. If I was at Apple or Google HQ and the simple question was posed;"How do we sell more phones?", the unanimous answer would be "Give it an even better camera, that's what everyone is using their phone for now!! Just look at the numbers!" Look, it will be like being force fed HD 3D TV. Where there is money to be made and all that... So, that's a little perspective right there. Now, I'm off to snap some photos on my gimmicky little iPhone, and I intend to enjoy myself! After all the best camera is the one that's with you, always.
Wow! So eloquently written. Brilliantly put, I could not have put that any better myself. Thanks for filling in some gaps in my knowledge here Weareborg. I'm not sure others will be so grateful ;-).
[quote][p][bold]weareborg[/bold] wrote: Dude, I never mentioned pioneering or professional grade. In fact, I said you can't actually compare them like for like. With regard to perspective. Here is some. I think your "fad" comment is a little blinkered. Bear with me. I need to set the scene. Its part of the perspective if you will. I've been using PDAs since the late 90's, then onto PDA's with their 'afterthought' 300k pixel cameras, then onto Nokia phones with marginally better cameras, then various brand smartphones as they came on stream, etc. I've used Symbian OS since pretty much day one (until 2008), also Palm OS, Windows Mobile OS, Linux OS based smartphones (N900 anyone, oh no? ok..), you name it, there is a good chance I've used it. Problem is, there were two things missing throughout those years that are now very much a defining presence. One - There were no decent solid, dedicated photo manipulation "apps" on said devices, and the ones that were out there were pretty pathetic, (I'm going waaay back here to about 2006-2007..). Additionally, there was no aggregated 'storefront'; you visited individual sites and downloaded *expensive* mobile software or visited Handango or something. Clearly no prescience was being placed in this nascent area. Phone cameras were an afterthought on a business class device, period. Of course people messed about on their 1/3MP plastic sensored 'smartphones' and of course the results were pretty pathetic. Smartphones were for business people to get some work done and Dumbphones were for the rest of us. Two, and this is important.. - Social Media/Social Sharing/ was pretty much an apple in Zuk's eye. Web 2.0 was not yet fully around that corner and web 'ownership' by mere mortals was not as prevalent or omnifarious as it is now. There was nothing to compel one to create. There was nothing to compel one to share. There was no stage, therefore, no scene. Fast forward to today... Combine Moores Law with Social Media, clever aggregation of sales services by companies like Google & Apple, falling hardware prices, much cheaper apps, a unified presence online and I'd say its got momentum to be more than a fad. YES, it WAS a fad for the exact reasons I have outlined above. It didn't go anywhere because it simply couldn't. That infrastructure did not yet exist. It does now. iPhoneography has been thriving for at least 3 years, if you know where to look. And it is going nowhere. Most people who have been hanging on to their Nokia 6110 will have no choice on their next upgrade BUT to get a smartphone running Android or iOS. Thankfully the barrier to entry today is far lower than it used to be. Anyone can dive right in, download apps and get experimenting in minutes. That wasn't the case before. Now, this still doesn't mean anything to professional grade devices. They co-exist. As I mentioned in my last post, whats the no 1 'camera' on Flickr? So, where do you see this fad going in the future? An even more 'connected' device that can take better photos with better optics, better sensors, better hardware and edit them in a meaningful, powerful way on the go, or.. "back to your spreadsheets" and 'down with that sort of thing!'? Logic tells me it is the former, and that it WILL last and will propel itself forward at a rate of knots. If I was at Apple or Google HQ and the simple question was posed;"How do we sell more phones?", the unanimous answer would be "Give it an even better camera, that's what everyone is using their phone for now!! Just look at the numbers!" Look, it will be like being force fed HD 3D TV. Where there is money to be made and all that... So, that's a little perspective right there. Now, I'm off to snap some photos on my gimmicky little iPhone, and I intend to enjoy myself! After all the best camera is the one that's with you, always.[/p][/quote]Wow! So eloquently written. Brilliantly put, I could not have put that any better myself. Thanks for filling in some gaps in my knowledge here Weareborg. I'm not sure others will be so grateful ;-). NFitzGerald
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10:12pm Thu 21 Jul 11

weareborg says...

So sad for you right now.. it IS an evolution in the medium. Consumers, in their hundreds of thousands, are happy, getting creative, having fun with their phone cameras & associated apps (people who would have never before have thought, or known anything about; framing, composition, light/shade, depth of field, cross processing, filters, etc, ad infinitum ...and people who would never have rushed out and bought a prosumer grade DSLR ...who just now might!) and presenting an unprecedented amount of good material to the masses via a social media explosion that didn't exist until now. There is a change there, whichever way you want, or try, to slice it. People realize, 'hey I can give it a shot'. And some people end up being very good at it. Deal with it already.
So sad for you right now.. it IS an evolution in the medium. Consumers, in their hundreds of thousands, are happy, getting creative, having fun with their phone cameras & associated apps (people who would have never before have thought, or known anything about; framing, composition, light/shade, depth of field, cross processing, filters, etc, ad infinitum ...and people who would never have rushed out and bought a prosumer grade DSLR ...who just now might!) and presenting an unprecedented amount of good material to the masses via a social media explosion that didn't exist until now. There is a change there, whichever way you want, or try, to slice it. People realize, 'hey I can give it a shot'. And some people end up being very good at it. Deal with it already. weareborg
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8:28am Fri 22 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

So sad for me? You obviously don't know what I used to do. Keep kidding yourself.
So sad for me? You obviously don't know what I used to do. Keep kidding yourself. noplaceformen
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8:49am Fri 22 Jul 11

weareborg says...

noplaceformen wrote:
So sad for me? You obviously don't know what I used to do. Keep kidding yourself.
You don't get it do you?
I couldn't care less what you used to do! I mean, really now? Your own sense of self importance is that inflated that this is what it boils down to? A shady sentence shrouded in some mock mystery? Listen, NOTHING you did could lend any further credence to your pointless argument. Keep deluding yourself.
[quote][p][bold]noplaceformen[/bold] wrote: So sad for me? You obviously don't know what I used to do. Keep kidding yourself.[/p][/quote]You don't get it do you? I couldn't care less what you used to do! I mean, really now? Your own sense of self importance is that inflated that this is what it boils down to? A shady sentence shrouded in some mock mystery? Listen, NOTHING you did could lend any further credence to your pointless argument. Keep deluding yourself. weareborg
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9:38am Fri 22 Jul 11

noplaceforwomengetbacktothekitchen says...

noplaceformen wrote:
So sad for me? You obviously don't know what I used to do. Keep kidding yourself.
Oh Ian, Ian, Ian... What you used to do? Was that masturbating over your fathers mediocre **** on his computer at 13? From what I know, all you like to do is chill in your mothers basement, enclosed and alone, constantly complaining about Weymouth and Portland Borough Council articles. I mean really Ian? Really? Man the f*ck up.
[quote][p][bold]noplaceformen[/bold] wrote: So sad for me? You obviously don't know what I used to do. Keep kidding yourself.[/p][/quote]Oh Ian, Ian, Ian... What you used to do? Was that masturbating over your fathers mediocre **** on his computer at 13? From what I know, all you like to do is chill in your mothers basement, enclosed and alone, constantly complaining about Weymouth and Portland Borough Council articles. I mean really Ian? Really? Man the f*ck up. noplaceforwomengetbacktothekitchen
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10:40am Fri 22 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

It has nothing tio do with a sense of self-importance and everything to do with selling ****. It is not pioneering and it is not professional grade, you can call Babycham Champagne all you like it does not change the facts people have been doing this on other phones for YEARS!. As always the same type of people denying facts , name calling? etc.
It has nothing tio do with a sense of self-importance and everything to do with selling ****. It is not pioneering and it is not professional grade, you can call Babycham Champagne all you like it does not change the facts people have been doing this on other phones for YEARS!. As always the same type of people denying facts , name calling? etc. noplaceformen
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10:47am Fri 22 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

Talking of WPBC it is amazing how many of its staff spend their time on here rather than working isn't it ;-)
Talking of WPBC it is amazing how many of its staff spend their time on here rather than working isn't it ;-) noplaceformen
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12:24pm Fri 22 Jul 11

Djameson says...

It is a valid point, this has been done on other phones for at least the last a few years for fun. It isn't Pioneering really. Certainly no reason for some of the immature comments from those I presume thinking it is?
It is a valid point, this has been done on other phones for at least the last a few years for fun. It isn't Pioneering really. Certainly no reason for some of the immature comments from those I presume thinking it is? Djameson
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1:33pm Fri 22 Jul 11

cj07589 says...

noplaceformen wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Well done for thinking outside the box this is a welcome initiative which I am sure will have a big following. There are a number of apps that improve the cameras resolution which can be brought for peanuts!
A lot can be said for the quality of imagery that an IPhone can produce….personall


y I think people who spend thousands and thousands of pounds on retro high resolution photography equipment need their heads examined. After all the human eye is rather limited in the resolution it can physically take in, so there’s no need to get carried away when you can get perfect good photo shots using the phone you carry around with you!
Thinking outside the box, no Sir, it is you who is inside the box if you think this crap has any merit.
& you sir, without a shadow of a doubt are a miserable sod! What a big man to knock others for making the effort to be creative and understood.

& yes this is pioneering stuff because she is the first to have done it in this format. I bet you could not produce any worthwhile 'crap' even if you tried too.
[quote][p][bold]noplaceformen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: Well done for thinking outside the box this is a welcome initiative which I am sure will have a big following. There are a number of apps that improve the cameras resolution which can be brought for peanuts! A lot can be said for the quality of imagery that an IPhone can produce….personall y I think people who spend thousands and thousands of pounds on retro high resolution photography equipment need their heads examined. After all the human eye is rather limited in the resolution it can physically take in, so there’s no need to get carried away when you can get perfect good photo shots using the phone you carry around with you![/p][/quote]Thinking outside the box, no Sir, it is you who is inside the box if you think this crap has any merit.[/p][/quote]& you sir, without a shadow of a doubt are a miserable sod! What a big man to knock others for making the effort to be creative and understood. & yes this is pioneering stuff because she is the first to have done it in this format. I bet you could not produce any worthwhile 'crap' even if you tried too. cj07589
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2:01pm Fri 22 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

cj07589 wrote:
noplaceformen wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Well done for thinking outside the box this is a welcome initiative which I am sure will have a big following. There are a number of apps that improve the cameras resolution which can be brought for peanuts!
A lot can be said for the quality of imagery that an IPhone can produce….personall



y I think people who spend thousands and thousands of pounds on retro high resolution photography equipment need their heads examined. After all the human eye is rather limited in the resolution it can physically take in, so there’s no need to get carried away when you can get perfect good photo shots using the phone you carry around with you!
Thinking outside the box, no Sir, it is you who is inside the box if you think this crap has any merit.
& you sir, without a shadow of a doubt are a miserable sod! What a big man to knock others for making the effort to be creative and understood.

& yes this is pioneering stuff because she is the first to have done it in this format. I bet you could not produce any worthwhile 'crap' even if you tried too.
Taking a picture with a camera -phone and editing it in in-phone has been around and used since at least 2006 onward with Nokia N95, N900 and so on, I know because I used to do exactly the same thing with mine, plus taking and editing video in-phone. This method is not pioneering.
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noplaceformen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: Well done for thinking outside the box this is a welcome initiative which I am sure will have a big following. There are a number of apps that improve the cameras resolution which can be brought for peanuts! A lot can be said for the quality of imagery that an IPhone can produce….personall y I think people who spend thousands and thousands of pounds on retro high resolution photography equipment need their heads examined. After all the human eye is rather limited in the resolution it can physically take in, so there’s no need to get carried away when you can get perfect good photo shots using the phone you carry around with you![/p][/quote]Thinking outside the box, no Sir, it is you who is inside the box if you think this crap has any merit.[/p][/quote]& you sir, without a shadow of a doubt are a miserable sod! What a big man to knock others for making the effort to be creative and understood. & yes this is pioneering stuff because she is the first to have done it in this format. I bet you could not produce any worthwhile 'crap' even if you tried too.[/p][/quote]Taking a picture with a camera -phone and editing it in in-phone has been around and used since at least 2006 onward with Nokia N95, N900 and so on, I know because I used to do exactly the same thing with mine, plus taking and editing video in-phone. This method is not pioneering. noplaceformen
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2:07pm Fri 22 Jul 11

Olimpets_2012 says...

So many negatives on here....
So many negatives on here.... Olimpets_2012
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2:20pm Fri 22 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

Olimpets_2012 wrote:
So many negatives on here....
Yes, maybe they need to focus on the facts and view it from a more realistic perspective. However some will always shutter such out. :-)
[quote][p][bold]Olimpets_2012[/bold] wrote: So many negatives on here....[/p][/quote]Yes, maybe they need to focus on the facts and view it from a more realistic perspective. However some will always shutter such out. :-) noplaceformen
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3:20pm Fri 22 Jul 11

self portrait with monkey says...

may i just say that none of this is my doing...! :-)
may i just say that none of this is my doing...! :-) self portrait with monkey
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6:51pm Fri 22 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

585 wrote:
Steve_ITSOEZE, Portland says 'Its not pioneering technology'.
But you don't realize, Steve, that to people working on local newspapers who have yet to discover the spell-check function on their PCs, this is really cutting edge technology. To the rest of us, it is a bit mundane.
I think this was the best and most insightful comment in this thread. Along with the several others who reject this articles misleading "facts".
[quote][p][bold]585[/bold] wrote: Steve_ITSOEZE, Portland says 'Its not pioneering technology'. But you don't realize, Steve, that to people working on local newspapers who have yet to discover the spell-check function on their PCs, this is really cutting edge technology. To the rest of us, it is a bit mundane.[/p][/quote]I think this was the best and most insightful comment in this thread. Along with the several others who reject this articles misleading "facts". noplaceformen
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11:26am Sat 23 Jul 11

AndyCooke says...

I wonder how many of those that have commented have taken the time to look at this ladies images. Does it really matter whether it's defined as pioneering or not, the fact remains they show great creativity ... it's unbelievable the article received so many negative comments ...
I wonder how many of those that have commented have taken the time to look at this ladies images. Does it really matter whether it's defined as pioneering or not, the fact remains they show great creativity ... it's unbelievable the article received so many negative comments ... AndyCooke
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12:55pm Sat 23 Jul 11

Just Another Wykite says...

AndyCooke wrote:
I wonder how many of those that have commented have taken the time to look at this ladies images. Does it really matter whether it's defined as pioneering or not, the fact remains they show great creativity ... it's unbelievable the article received so many negative comments ...
Well said sir.
[quote][p][bold]AndyCooke[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of those that have commented have taken the time to look at this ladies images. Does it really matter whether it's defined as pioneering or not, the fact remains they show great creativity ... it's unbelievable the article received so many negative comments ...[/p][/quote]Well said sir. Just Another Wykite
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3:59pm Sat 23 Jul 11

noplaceformen says...

Because it is "claiming" to be something it is not, that is the only issue I had with it.
Because it is "claiming" to be something it is not, that is the only issue I had with it. noplaceformen
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