"Connecticut Children's Spiral: The Arizona Trail, north of Oracle, Arizona" (c) 2012 Stu Jenks
The above image taken with a 70-200 mm on a 5D Mark II. The below image taken with a iPhone 4S with the panoramic feature.
And my prayers, thoughts and yes, this one not-so-little spiral, go out to those in Newtown, Connecticut and across our country and world.
Hug your children and your loved ones a little longer tonight, and tomorrow, and next week, and during this holiday season, and throughout the new year. Love is precious, and it can be gone in an instant, in so many ways.
"Mustang Mountain Spiral, Arizona" (c) 2012 Stu Jenks
No story. Just an image. OK, one short one. This looks nothing like the reality that I took it in. And I did very little in CS4, besides make it a black and white. It's the wondrous truth and the glorious lie of photography.
"Emigrant Canyon Earth Spiral, Arizona" (c) 2012 Stu Jenks
Good news: When I got a new iPhone 4S, I got a new camera as well. It's a pretty good camera, 8 megapixels, nice lens, easy use. I have a good wide angle lens in my pocket now.
Bad news: It only shoots jpegs. No RAW files. Pain in the neck to fiddle with in Photoshop, to get a good print using just jpges. I had to get a good print, and I did. Call me old-fashioned but if I can't get something good on a analog piece of paper, I could give a fuck. Photographic history will not be remember on glowing screens (I pray.) Photographic history will be seen by my ancestors on prints, on paper, not on TV.
But it's a pretty damn good camera for being a camera that's part of a phone. And after much work, I got a nice image.
Truth (for me): If I had my wide angle lens attached to my 5D Mark II instead of my 70-200, and shot this earth spiral with the wide in RAW, it would have taken me half the time to get a good print. RAW is just that great.