Lucky Shot

If like me you own Galaxy S23 Ultra, rush to the Samsung Members app and opt-in for the One UI 6 beta. The camera app receives some refinements that are worth trying out. Why wait, if you mustn’t—and testers help improve the software. The changes are topic for another day, after I spend some serious time exploring them.

But I can attest to improved low-light shooting from the walk taken this evening. Colors are richer and more accurate; previously, washed out highlights was a problem. As the shooter in my pocket improves over time, and subsequently I carry around Leica Q2 less often, the question emerges: Is a full-frame camera even necessary?

To answer, take a look at the Featured Image, which totally is a lucky shot. I didn’t deliberately compose such that the pizza cheese on the mural behind appears to drip into each glass. Vitals: f/1.7, ISO 640, 1/25 sec, 23mm (film equivalent) 8:38 p.m. PDT.

The mural adorns the same building as “Pizza Face” and “Cheesy or Queasy?” Got the munchies and live in San Diego? The restaurant sits at the corner of El Cajon Blvd and Louisiana Street in University Heights.