#707. Rebooting DS

#707. Rebooting DS

A long time coming, night terrors, sweaty palms, constant fear. But it’s been worth it.

I hope.

Those of you who are faithful readers will know that DearSusan is a collaborative blog and that 10 of us take turns at writing fresh articles about topics that are dear to us individually. And that, lately, I have been unusually quiet. Time to explain why.



It will come as no surprise to you that I want to steer DearSusan towards a more modern style of photography. I no longer believe in the supremacy of expensive gear in the hands of wealthy silver foxes. Their time has passed. The future belongs to the young, to the more inquisitive, to the mobile.


This post ushers in the age of mobile photography for DearSusan.


And I’m not talking about an occasional section devoted to camera phones but about a complete overhaul of the blog to accommodate nothing but mobile-photo related posts :

  • Techniques for stabilising your hands at arm’s length
  • Reviews of selfie sticks
  • AF speed comparisons on moving targets
  • Review of filters and presets
  • Tagging and creative editing techniques

Now I realise this will scare away some readers, and some of my co-authors – who are not aware of this sudden change of direction, but I hope you and them realise it is for the best. Photography went from a messy chemical process to an elegant digital one and some people grumbled. The same will inevitably happen with mobile photography, which I will call MOFO from now on. But think deeply about the endless new possibilities available to you in only a few taps and you’ll soon see the rationale behind all this.


To hell with conventions


So this is the last post in this format. From #708 onwards, DS will be mobile only. No phone, no read. You need to do your part to benefit from all this pocket goodness.


Freeing your art forever


Consequently, I am selling all my gear. Starting tomorrow, you’ll find my Zeiss & Leica lenses and Sony cameras up for grabs on the Sales page of this blog. Great opportunities for you and a lightweight Galaxy S9 for me. The revolution of photography is mine !

The pictures on this page were made with this new phone. Astounding, right ? Early days yet, but the future is looking bright. So, you too,grab your phone now and send us your best shots !


Goodbye ol’ DS

Yo, new DeeEss !


NB: For those reading this post after its publication date, that date was 01/04. Foolish, right ๐Ÿ˜‰


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    Ed Wrobel April 01, 2018

    I will have two cappuccinos before I will recover from Prima Aprilis initial shock

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    Michael Demeyer April 01, 2018

    April Fools! (If I could, Iโ€™d upload my S9 imogi in this comment.)

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      pascaljappy April 03, 2018

      Michael, don’t do it !!!! I thought that might be fun but didn’t know the phone would generate so many from a single snap. Now, my gallery is absolutely littered with them in all sorts of weird and wonderful pauses ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Steve April 01, 2018

    Bloody hell; you could have given us some warning.

    Can’t help but notice the date though…

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      pascaljappy April 03, 2018

      Ah, drat ! Better buy a new proper camera again, since no one believes me ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mike Ross April 01, 2018

    Next you’ll be saying that tripods are a waste of time. Oh wait, Ken Rockwell already did that.

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    Andreas April 01, 2018

    I shall gladly relieve you of your old school equipment. I will pick it up and it shall only cost you a few euros. But you must hurry, my offer expires today, april 1st.

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      pascaljappy April 03, 2018

      You drive a hard bargain Andreas. Deal, but only if you accept my view camera as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    jean pierre (pete) guaron April 01, 2018

    Your final shot – “Freeing your art forever” – is photo manipulation. That’s completely unacceptable on DS.;not post processing

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      pascaljappy April 03, 2018

      No no, those stars and flowers were just flying past as I pressed click. It might have been the April Chardonnay, though ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Dan April 02, 2018

    Cool, i will check for your Zeiss lenses on the sales page. Do you ship to Canada? ๐Ÿ˜€

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      pascaljappy April 03, 2018

      Yeah, free shipping on all Otus lenses ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        Dan April 08, 2018

        Hmm, Otus are a bit heavy for my taste, I am more of a Loxia type of guy. But wait! I have all the Loxias! ๐Ÿ˜€
        I guess your Otuses are safe for now. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Scott Edwards April 02, 2018

    It’s been one of those days, eh… First, you guys start with this… though, uh, I did actually take a killer image the other day with my iPhone 8 Plus… Then, the chap at The Daily Phoblographer posted an update indicating that Kodachrome was coming back according to a leak by Kodak reps… Good fun… except I believed both of you for too deep into each post. ;))

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    pascaljappy April 03, 2018

    Well, I am joking, but we can’t deny phones have become pretty useful cameras thses days ๐Ÿ˜‰

    What gave us away ? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Scott Edwards April 04, 2018

      Pascal – what gave you away was the IQ on the images you published versus your “real” work! ;)) Well, that and the stars, flowers and ever-so-lovely clip art you sprinkled on the last image. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        pascaljappy April 04, 2018

        Drat ! Is it that easy to see through me ?

        ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Kristian Wannebo April 05, 2018

      The: “nothing but mobile-photo”
      almost gave you away,
      and “Techniques for stabilising your hands at armโ€™s length, Reviews of selfie sticks”
      clinched it.
      ( So I didn’t need to sigh the big sigh..)

      But it was a good attempt!

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      Kristian Wannebo April 05, 2018

      The: “nothing but mobile-photo”
      almost gave you away,
      and “Techniques for stabilising your hands at armโ€™s length, Reviews of selfie sticks”
      clinched it.
      ( So I didn’t need to sigh the big sigh..)

      But it was a good attempt!

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    Gianfranco April 03, 2018

    Ciao Pascal
    What gave you away:
    Wealthy silver fox. That breed donโ€™t take pictures, they have their picture taken. Or worse show their equipment around, so everybody goes Haw!!!!!
    The pro batters itโ€™s equipment, he has to get the picture no matters what.
    The semi-pro wants to become pro.
    The amateur enjoys taking pictures and saves for the ultimate equipment that will get him gratification. He hopes to find Nirvana one day.

    The rest finds time to indulge in photography so they remember that ultimate moment of their life, โ€˜till next one. Or next phone.

    Us we have seen snow, hail, frostbites and sunburns. With our beloved cameras used and protected but always ready for that fleeing moment that we want to capture for eternity and our friends but mostly for our own eyes.

    Enjoy photography! Pascal, Philippe and everybody else on this platform (blog).
    Gelato al limon
    Espresso macchiato

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      pascaljappy April 03, 2018

      Drat, I must dye my hair now, Gianfranco !

      More seriously, I’m not sure that the amateur enjoys making photographs. He/she should but very often, photography seems to turn into a techno contest. That’s what’s so nice about phone. They’re so bad technically that it’s all about the photograph and the photographer ๐Ÿ™‚

      Chianti classico
      Linguine al nero di seppia

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      jean pierre (pete) guaron April 04, 2018

      ???? – gelato al limone, con un espresso macchiato? – ma va! – lei scherza, Gianfranco!

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    Gianfranco April 06, 2018

    Jean Pierre:
    Pensavo a:
    Paolo Conte! Taormina ! Espresso macchiato!

    ร€ table, mais oรน? Je propose chez Massimo, Erice.
    Sinon on se fait un gueuleton ร  Marseille en aoรปt. Philippe, Jean Pierre vous รชtes invitรฉs.

    Ici ร  Montrรฉal il fait -17C, au mois d’avril…..Grrrrrrr et Brrrrrrr.
    La Sony bronche un peu.

    Ciao tutti.


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    Dan Petolescu April 08, 2018

    Laughing aside last year I decided to leave all cameras home and take only my iPhone8 to our yearly (short) trip to Florida. Uncharacteristically we did not have any friends or family with us.
    What I missed:
    1. Wide angle lens
    2. Color depths, especially at sunsets
    3. Low light pictures looked terrible – and I mean like pics taken on the beach at night. I guess I could use one of the better camera aps and put the phone on a tripod to get better results, but that would defeat the no camera equipment whatsoever meme
    4. Long lens

    What I did not miss:
    1. The stress of someone lifting my camera bag from the beach while I had a long and nice bath in the ocean…
    2. Built in GPS – I could actually trace my photographic journey quite nicely upon returning home and loading the pictures in Lightroom. ๐Ÿ˜€

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