Self-inflicted Field Photo

The photographer, captured by the Humility Lens of the iPhone

Well this is one day I plan to watch go by from inside. I have three days worth of firewood on the porch, a few assorted meal remnants in the fridge, a brew or two in the pantry that can be drunk these days at “room temperature” and a warm puppy who (knock on wood) is being amazingly pleasant to be around today.

And I’m sorting through images in Bridge, that is part of Adobe Creative Suite CS5 that I just purchased, much to my miserly regret, as an unavoidable “cost of doing business.”

And there was this self-image I took yesterday after coming back from our walk, just to have something to use to test my newly-purchased iPhone app, CameraSync, that automatically loads images by wi-fi directly to Dropbox. It bypasses that hateful iPhoto I loathe, and lets me control what I save, keep or modify like any other images I take.

I discovered this ‘reverse view’ on the camera to my horror by accident the first week I had the phone. I think it is called the “humility lens” on the camera. Will this capability result in far more pictures of the photographer? Only by accident, or experiment like this one. My apologies. (I don’t know what I was apparently so grumpy about. Or maybe this is just my “you wanna piece of me?” outdoors persona.)

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. You aren’t a teenage girl or a 20-something guy who is overly concerned with his physique, and therefore that forward-facing camera isn’t aimed at your demographic. 😉

  2. My daughter more than makes up for my neglect of the Narcissi-camera.

    Physique. Yeah, I remember those. They have such a short shelf-life.

  3. The first time I discovered the humility lens I scared myself. Hugh? Who is that woman?!

    iPhoto’s been driving me crazy since I converted to a Mac last October. I’ve been thinking about Adobe. I’m off to research the Creative Suite CS5 (though it may be above my level of understanding.) Glad you mentioned this, Fred. Thanks!