Portrait mode

The analog life is still very much alive — and thriving.


Orchids. Miami, FL

And then you look up and realize that beauty is all around you.

Boys will be boys. Geeks will be geeks. And this boy is all about the geek when it comes to digital gadgets.

Last year, when Apple announced its new iteration of its handheld device, I flipped at the chance to upgrade to a new gadget, replacing my two year old iPhone 6. The new iPhone 7 Plus was a significant upgrade from my previous phone. Once it arrived, I spent a few days tinkering and toying with all the doodads, features, and screen interactions I was not used to having.

A few weeks later, Apple released a tweak to iOS for iPhone 7 Plus users: a depth of field setting called Portrait that allows one to take a photo while automatically blurring the background to create a portrait effect. It’s a neat feature to have and use, especially when it’s done simply and elegantly. There is no need to import a photo to a different app, or send it to Photoshop or Pixelmator to make the adjustments. iOS’s camera software looks at what’s on the screen and says, “Here, let me do this for you.”

I’m happy with this photo I took in my mother’s garden of the orchids that keep blooming and thriving in spite of her neglect. The orchids grow on what used to be a tree that succumbed to my father’s abusive gardening techniques.

I am glad for the opportunity to look up from my iPhone to appreciate beauty in nature. To me, the orchids are a constant reminder that not everything worth looking for is found on a digital Wall, feed, or by sifting through a Google search.

The analog life is still very much alive — and thriving.

About the author Walter

Walter lives and works in and around South Florida. When not practicing or studying acupuncture, you can find him at one of Miami’s beaches, or in a coffee shop lost in the pages of a good book. Walter enjoys diverse interests such as reading Tarot, practicing Qi Gong and Tai Chi, learning Buddhist dharma, practicing shamanic healing, writing for his blogs, reading Oriental philosophy, traveling to new places and old favorites, exploring contemplative photography with his iPhone, sitting quietly in meditation, practicing healthy fitness, and promoting wellbeing.

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One Comment

  1. lovely flowers, indeed !

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