Friday, February 05, 2016

Camera Magic

My learning curve for transferring photos made with my iPhone to the MacBook has been extraordinarily long. I'm usually good with that kind of stuff. But not this time.

I'm including in this learning curve, the importing of the raw image into a photo editing App for image size adjustment, cropping, adjusting light, color, etc. The edited image then must be exported or moved [requiring 3 separate movements].

The photo editing App that I use is made by Apple and is called "Photos." A couple of days ago I took a pic with the iPhone while the Photos App was open on the MacBook. Then, like magic, that pic appeared in the primary page of the Photos App.

"Wow! What the heck is this!!" No cable, no purchased Transfer App. I just took a pic and about 30 seconds later the pic magically appears in the Photos App?!?

I tried to repeat this magic transfer process, and it would not repeat! But I kept at it, trying this and that. An hour later, no results! Damn!

I have two camera shutter Apps. One of these Apple produced and it came with my iPhone. The other is named "BT Shutter" and I must of picked up that one from the Apple App Store. Thru trial and error I learned that when using BT Shutter, the image is transferred wirelessly to the MacBook!!

Amazing! Incredible! It is nothing less than "Camera Magic!"

A soul in Antigua
Why does a soul find itself in the City of Antigua? The soul must go somewhere. So, here it calls home.

I approach her. She smiles at me. Crooked teeth. Intelligent eyes. The hand upturned. I reach in my pocket for a 1 Quetzal coin. She gives a "Gracias!" much bigger than the worth of 1Q.

An hour later, I have finished breakfast. I pass her again. She comes up with a smile of recognition. She remembered me from before.

The Bagel Barn [Again!]
10am - I am in The Bagel Barn because the WiFi in Cafe Condessa although working, was not working well enough to establish a decent connection. So, I walked around the corner to Bagel Barn in order to make a few blog updates.

I could return to my hotel to get WiFi. But that's no fun! For some pleasant reason, I need the ambience of a breakfast place to make these morning blog updates. That's best, don't you agree?

The Cafe Condessa was recommended by Mary-Pat. You may recall that I met Mary-Pat while staying in the Hacienda Contreras RV Park [link] in 2013.

Just recently, I learned that Mary-Pat had purchased a casita, right here in Antigua! Wow! She has been living here for perhaps a couple of years.

When I emailed Mary-Pat that I was staying in Antigua, she invited me to her place for supper! The invitation is for this evening. Isn't that neat? :)


Shoeshine boy
12 noon - I'm inside Central Park. There are a ton of Guatemalans here selling things. I had a hunch that somebody would hit me up for a shoe shine. My boots definitely need attention.

A shoeshine boy pointed at my boots. I sat down on the bench. He had found a customer. Not easy to find one with all of this competition!

We began our conversation with the boy asking if I spoke Spanish. His name is Carlos, and he was born in Chichicastenango, 11 years ago. Carlos claims that he pays for his own apartment here in Antigua. He works at shining shoes in the morning. In the afternoon is school. Carlos is able to read and do arithmetic.

My shoeshine proceeded in a workmanlike manner. His price is 20Q [$2.60US]. That's way too much. But I paid it anyway. Because I like Carlos!
Carlos shining my boots.

Pretty nice, huh?

Water heater
2pm - The water heater in my room is contained in the shower head and it does NOT heat water. When I needed a shower before, I asked for the key to a room that had a working water heater. And I took a shower in that other room.

I figured that the hotel would fix the water heater in my room. I figured wrong! So I made a request to have the situation corrected. A man came and replaced the shower head and supposedly I now had hot water.

Wrong again! There was a bit of hot water when I checked it. Then it got cold. My experience tells me that the problem is a tripped circuit breaker. The woman at the front desk told me that she would check the situation herself. But that was an hour ago, and nothing happened.

I will now ask for the key to another room that has a working shower.

Shared shower
2:30pm - It turned out that the 2nd floor where my room is located, has two shared shower rooms. One of these room has a working hot water head. Wonderful!

I took my shower, and am clean again. I am now OK for going to Mary-Pat's casita for supper this evening.



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25 comments:

  1. The BT Shutter is no doubt transfer via Blue Tooth.

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  2. It is transferring automatically to your Macbook due to the default settings. Where I had problems was downloading a lot of photos from my Nikon D3200 card into my iMac. With that default setting I had photos going to my iPhone and MacBook and iPad that I did not want transferred.

    Those photos took up too much of my memory.

    But ... if you are just using an iPhone and MacBook, then should be good, depending on how much memory your iPhone has plus of course how many photos you take.

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    1. Can you store them on a memory card instead?

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    2. Rita ... yes you can. You would need to transfer them from the computer to a card.

      1. Take with iPhone .. automatic to Computer
      2. Transfer from computer to memory card.

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  3. Good morning, George. I have an iPhone and an iPad. When I take photos with my iPhone, they go by magic to my iPad. I guess by cloud?? I don't understand this stuff. This is wonderful for me because phone pics are not big enough to see detail well. I suppose the editing feature on the phone isn't sophisticated enough for what you need for the blog? I am pretty happy with the cropping and lighting features.

    Have a great Friday.

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  4. I am amazed that all of you know so much about cameras and image transfer! I guess that I have fallen way behind. :(

    George

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    1. When I went from PC to Macs in 2010, I had to learn a lot of stuff new. Then with each Apple "toy" I bought, I'd have to continue to learn how everything operated.

      There is a forum for every Apple 'toy' ... called MacRumors. I find a LOT of good information there. Since my home internet has a limit of 15Gb per month, I really have to watch transfer traffic, and updates. So I learned about those PHOTOS settings when it took the place of the iPhoto.

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  5. Google's Snapped image editing app for the iPhone yields excellent results and is easy to use. I suggest using its 'Save A Copy' option when saving your completed image so you'll retain the original and can later import both to iPhoto.

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  6. Good afternoon George, I have been reading other blog post about showers Latin countries. It seems most use the hot water in shower head thingy mijig. Anyway, some builders and home buyers in Latin countries say they (shower heads) are dangerous...wonder why? BTW, the last post Mary-Pat posted was November 2015...a long time ago. We miss her blog posts. I know she said something about having knee surgery in January 2016...I hope she is feeling well and recovered from surgery. It will be so much fun to see her again after a few years don't you think? Enjoy your visit.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Mary-Pat seemed in good shape to me. She did not mention any knee problem.

      Mary-Pat is a gourmet cook. Her home is wonderully decorated. There were four of us at the supper party. Good time! :)

      George


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