All the Pretty Cameras: The iPhone 12 vs. the iPhone 11 in the Mojave Desert

(This post is part of an ongoing review of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.) It was dark and getting darker as I drove away from the Teutonia Peak trailhead in the Mojave National Preserve. I turned right, heading away from my Airbnb in Baker, situated along Interstate 15, and drove south toward Kelso. I wasn't lost—I had spent four weeks last year in the Preserve as the artist-in-residence and for two of those weeks I had stayed with National Park Service employees in dorm-style housing just down the road from Kelso Station. I wasn't lost, I just wanted to drive through the park, to feel it again. In the light…

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Buy My Book

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My book, Computational Photography, is now on sale for $49.95—normally $75.95—including Media Mail shipping! If you prefer you can download the high-resolution PDF for six dollars off, only $8.95! I have a book and it's Black Friday. It took me until yesterday for it to occur to me that maybe I should mention my book on Black Friday, indeed, mention it at all on this blog. You see, I have a gift for marketing. Here's another example of my extraordinary marketing prowess.  When we were late in the design stage of the book, after months of work, just a few days from sending it to the printer, at the point…

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iPhone 11 vs 12 In the Burned Joshua Tree Forest

(This post is part of an ongoing review of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.) When I first turned down Cima road from I-15 I was relieved. The news reports in August had been depressing, nighttime videos of firemen battling a forest of Joshua trees aflame, one clip showing what appeared to be a firefighter, fully geared up, crying at the loss. The Joshua Tree forest in the Mojave National Preserve is the largest in the world, larger than that in Joshua Tree National Park, and the most visually stunning part of that forest is upon the volcanic Cima Dome and the surrounding area. There is no lodging within the Mojave…

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Fake Fake News

I messed up with yesterday's post. Yesterday I talked about Sidney Powell, the lawyer for the Trump Campaign who went too far with her craziness, revealing that it was indeed possible to go too far in the Trump Campaign organization. I talked about Rush Limbaugh and the strategic Tucker Carlson, who once again proved that he didn't survive being called a dick by Jon Stewart on live TV by mere luck. I talked about Rudolph Giuliani who might as well at this point wipe off the beige makeup and reveal the bright clown colors of his true skin. I talked about a lot of things but I only but mentioned…

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Our Daily Outrage

It's a seven-hour drive back from the Mojave National Preserve, up I-15, one of the most boring drives in the entire country, and so I did what I often do when I'm in the car alone with nothing much to do. I listened to right-wing radio. There's Rush Limbaugh, the high-priest of the common man, still atop his mountain after so many years. There's Sean Hannity, his boyish charisma all gone as he lists the sins of the Democrats in a rapid-fire cadence, each sin crashing atop the next like waves, building and building toward some conclusion, toward some final judgment. Then there's my favorite, Mark Levin, a sort of…

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Back to the Mojave, Day Two

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I don't normally publish on a Saturday but I missed a day this week and I wanted to share a few images from day two of my trip back to the Mojave National Preserve. For four weeks last year I lived inside the park in housing provided by the National Park Service working with the park's artist-in-residence program. After the forest fires and the images I saw in the media of the Joshua trees burning I wanted to go back and see for myself. Here are a dozen images from day two of any trip, all made with an iPhone 12 Pro Max Max (or maybe an iPhone 11 Pro…

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Back to the Mojave, Day One

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Right now I'm in Baker, California, a feed and fuel stop for the Vegas-bound, right at the edge of the Mojave National Preserve. I've been making images with the iPhone 12 Max Max and I'm putting together a nice review—only that takes time and I wanted to share some of the images now, the raw footage, so to speak. Last year I was the artist-in-residence at the Preserve, living inside the with the NPS employees (there are no other lodgings here) for a total of four weeks. I made many good images then, which I will share in the near future, but I felt I needed to go back down…

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Tick TOCK: The iPhone 12 Pro Max Max

My new camera has arrived and I bought it in gold. Two years ago I had an iPhone 6s Plus, which I got only by pressing the manager of a local Apple retail store when my version 6 Plus phone died and they were out of stock of that model—Apple has strict rules about replacing a phone with an exact copy, color and everything. They had the 6 available in every color but mine but for reasons I don't recall they were thinking about giving me a 6s rather than one of the other colors. When they tried, the computer said no, and I had been there for over an…

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The Man In the Mulch

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Writing this blog has proven so far to be rewarding in many ways but sometimes it can become a bit of a rabbit hole. This post, for example, was initially going to be a short post, sharing an odd public sculpture that we came across in Missouri. We were on the way back to California from Ohio and were somewhat desperately looking for things to do. Our thinking was that since we were traveling during the pandemic we would limit ourselves to outside activities, national parks and the like. The problem was that since we live in California and had traveled throughout the West, what Missouri had to offer—and what…

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Small Concussions In the Distance

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I've driven across the United States dozens of times, usually a round trip every year for the past sixteen years, and before this year I've never had trouble finding things to do. The trips I take take time, usually two weeks from California to Ohio to visit family, then two weeks back, stopping all along the way to see the country, to make contact with its people. COVID changed that, removing museums and restaurants and bookstores and thrift shops and anywhere there might be crowds and almost anywhere indoors from the list. My two daughters and my daughter's boyfriend are all biologists and are all interested in birding. We each…

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