Cinemagraph: The return of the animated GIF?

I took my first “cinemagraph” this past weekend with my Lumia 920 Windows Phone. Nokia provides an app that takes quick snapshots of movement that results in an animated .GIF file that can be shared. Many mobile phones have apps that take “cinemagraphs”.


It’s kind of a neat concept but I can’t help but feel instantly transported back to 1997.

Always carry a backup battery with you for your camera…

Today was a wonderful day in Washington State with lots of sunshine. So far this year, we’ve been lacking in sun so it was nice to get some today. To take advantage of the nice weather, I took off for a bit of a road trip toward the eastern side of the state. I’ve been doing a lot of road trips lately blasting music from my Zune and exploring new places and taking photos. I am finding it a nice way to unwind from a busy week.

Today, I decided to hit Highway 12 starting from just south of Napavine and headed east toward Yakima.


Let me tell you, the Cowlitz River Valley is incredible. And when you get over through White Pass it continues to offer up amazing sights of the Cascades.

While the road trip was amazing, unfortunately the battery to my camera was completely dead. To quote American Dad’s Steve Smith: “I guess I just picked a whole bouquet of oopsie-daisies.”

In short – always carry a backup battery for your camera that’s fully charged!

I did however take this shot of Mt. Rainier from my Windows Phone:

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Not too shabby.

I fully intend to take the drive again – this time with my camera full charged and ready to go!

Interesting discussion regarding using HTC Sense VS Not

Yesterday night, I posted a photo of my new HTC HD2 Windows Phone to Flickr. You’ll notice from the shot, I’ve turned off HTC Sense and gone back to the default UI seen in Windows Mobile 6.5 (Professional).

New Windows Phone: HTC HD2

Nothing against HTC’s hard work at providing a fantastic looking UI to run in Windows Mobile but I find that the Sense UI is overly complicated and too “busy” for me. I feel like its information overload. I would much rather have a much simpler UI. I hate to use this as an example but if you look at the hottest phone on the market today in the eyes of consumers – the iPhone – it’s UI is very simple and easy to use. I bet if you gave a consumer a phone running HTC Sense, they might find it complicated too. But again, I applaud the hard work HTC has done in this space and look forward to seeing where they take it. They have done a lot of great work here.

There is an interesting discussion taking place within the comments of my Flickr photo about running with HTC Sense on versus not.