Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Smith's 40th, another HIPEC treatment (wine-based), and the limitations and advantages of the iPhone as a camera...

Drove to MN last Saturday for the 40th birthday of my good friend Mr. Smith. Regardless of the fact that driving home Sunday with a whomping hangover and a really sore abdomen took an extra 2 or 3 hours, it was worth it.... It was a great group of people to hang out with, and I was reduced to tears (laughing!) several times over the course of the night. Tim's brother is a really good dancer. (Click on any of the pictures to make them bigger.)

I took dozens of pictures with my iPhone--it takes great pictures in good light, but not so good in the low light you find a bar. But I look at it as recording the evening as I experienced it, with increasing accuracy as the evening progressed--a little dark, a little out of focus, and fuzzy, blurred action. It's like looking through my eyes, like you were there. Sure, I could have used my expensive digital camera with a flash, but the flash would have ruined the moment. Look at the nice picture below of the lovely Heather and the even lovelier Dave. A flash would have ruined that picture. (Or made it better, either one.) And look at the poignant image of Tim and his parents, which I shall title "Tim's Parents Expressing 40 Years of Disappointment." No flash needed to capture the angst on Tim's dad's face.
At least that's my excuse for not wanting to carry around another digital device that night.

All the pictures can be found on my Flickr site, click HERE to see them. Multiple copies of some, since I tweaked the exposure and color saturation in the darkroom.