A mere 15 months ago, my mobile phone was like the image above. It could make calls and 7777 33 66 3 0 8 33 99 8 7777. If I was feeling masochistic, I could even 8 9 33 33 8 with it. Then, for some reason, I acquired a smartphone. I entered utopia. Now I didn’t need all the remote controls. I could control the TV, play movies and music, even control the central heating with just one gizmo. It took reasonable photos too.
And there begins the story. I could take reasonable photos without messing about with a digital camera. And so it came to pass, earlier this week, that I was poking the phone out of an upstairs window to take some aerial photos of the garden. Totally immersed in this process, I failed to notice resident cat sneaking up on me. He jumped up onto the window sill or, rather, onto my resting elbow and knocked the phone (complete with camera) out of my hand. I’ll never know whether the photos I’d taken were any good. I picked up the pieces from the patio below, swore at the cat and contacted the insurers.
And so it came to pass that, for a mere pittance – the insurance excess – I acquired a brand spanking new smartphone. The speed with which this gizmo arrived was astounding. It took longer to set it up than it spent in the postal system. And my former 15-month-old smartphone seems antiquated in comparison. So I’ve stopped swearing at resident cat.
“What has this to do with Six on Saturday” I hear you asking (or I would if you shouted loudly enough). Well, you see, some time ago Fred in France acquired some sort of lens thingy that he could attach to his phone to take marvellous macro photos. Something I’ve never managed with my camera because I lose patience with it once I’ve got to the stage of adjusting the seventeenth dial thing. I discovered, though, that the phone has a “super macro” setting for its camera. So I tried it out. One swipe to set it and shoot away.
I was going to give today a miss, simply because all I have worth showing is something I’ve shown in the last few weeks. But, with little more than a swipe and a press I’ve managed a few simple macro shots so you can put up with six of those. Once I’ve found the instructions somewhere “out there” (the leaflet with the phone simply told me how to turn it on), I should do better. Still, for now ………
Now it’s time for you to pop over to Mr Prop’s blog and feast your eyes and minds on the growing array of links to other Sixes from all over the world. Which means, of course, that you won’t get much gardening done for a while. But when you can, enjoy your garden.