Tag: iPhone 7 Plus

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Meet Morla

This isn’t the first time featuring the neighborhood tortoise—but I have more information about her now. Let me start by calling bogus fairytale “Tortoise and the Hare“. The reptile moves with surprising speed and enthusiasm. I’m not so sure the rabbit would win in a contest.

Today I met the two house-sitters responsible for the tortoise, whom they call Morla. Supposedly she is female and about 25 years old—a youngster, which might explain her energy and enthusiasm. One-hundred-fifty years is not an unusual lifespan for this member of the Testudinidae family. The creature is social, too, and who would have guessed that? 

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The Cats of University Heights: Roly Poly

Meet the second feline featured in this limited series. From Scruffy we go to Roly Poly (real name unknown). He and I first crossed paths on July 8, 2016 at 6:20 p.m. PDT a few meters onto Cleveland Ave. where it meets Monroe. He couldn’t stay still for long—moving from rolling around on the sidewalk to pestering a black cat meowing and growling on the other side of a hedge to lying flat. He preoccupied most of the time tormenting the hidden beast that I occasionally could see behind the brush.

I shot Roly’s portrait, the Featured Image, using iPhone 6s Plus. Vitals: f/2.2, ISO 32, 1/120 sec, 4.15mm.

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Halloween Cat

I sighted the same cat sitting in the same place two nights in a row—second time with enough light to capture meaningful pics with iPhone 7 Plus. The candid presented opportunity to use the dual-camera’s zoom feature. Image on right is standard, and the other is 2X. The collage editor cropped, so for reference I provide the originals separately.

The captures are from Oct. 12, 2016, at 5:36 p.m. PDT. Vitals for the first: f/1.8, ISO 20, 1/399 sec, 3.99mm. The second: f/2.8, ISO 20, 1/129 sec, 6.6mm. I shot the pics quick, fully auto. Activating the optical zoom was one-touch easy.