Monday, June 12, 2017

From 6 to 7


On Friday, Steve and I walked around Carpinteria, a cute little beach town north of us, and I snapped a few pics with my phone.


My iPhone 6 died recently and I was using my new iPhone 7 camera.


I had heard that the iPhone 7 camera is pretty good, but it wasn't until I began editing that I noticed the quality of the photos.


With my iPhone 6, if I tried to crop just a small portion of a photo, everything looked pixelated, but I don't have that problem with the iPhone 7.



These cottages were photographed about an hour after the yellow house - the fickle June weather can turn a blue sky into a white sky in a matter of seconds.


I had a lot of fun editing the photos because zooming in and cropping gave me such different views - I had no idea there was a red flower when I was shooting the photos.


I love the color combo of aqua, yellow and purple in this garden.


You can just barely spot the American flag hiding behind the greenery in this pic.


I didn't even realize I was getting a patriotic shot - I just held my phone out in front of me and didn't really see what details I was capturing.


My eye was drawn to the aqua house and I didn't even notice the palm trees.


And that white roof of the porch completely escaped me.


Nor did I notice the French doors.


Several streets were lined on each side with jacaranda trees, but this was the only shot I could get without cars.


That lawn doesn't look too well cared for, 


but cropping took care of that problem.


What drew me to this house in the first place was the white picket fence and the pretty windows.


Purples, reds, yellows, pinks -


after a rainy California winter, the whole town of Carpinteria was in full color and my new phone did a great job of capturing it.


I took this photo in our garden and I snapped the beach photo on a bike ride yesterday.


I have a feeling I'll be using my phone a lot more than my Canon.


Now I'm headed over to link up with Pam of Everyday Living for her Gardens Galore Link Party.


I hope you link a garden post of your own.

34 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your new phone takes great photos. I love how cropping a photo can reveal all sorts of new things. You take lovely photos. My phone camera app is icky but I use it on occasion. Looks like rain today and we need it.
hugs!

Susie said...

Carol, Since I got my iPhone 7 ,I rarely use my camera. It zooms better than my camera and then once the picture is taken you can enlarge it yet again. I love all the wonderful flowers you saw. It is beautiful in your area. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

ANNE said...

what a gorgeous spot! Love all the colourful houses. Have a happy week!

Sandy said...

Beautiful photos! Your phone takes fantastic shots! I use my phone a lot but I have to say my new Canon 80d does do a much better job than my Samsung Galaxy S7. It is easier to carry a phone camera on day trips. Love all of the images you captured!

Bonnie said...

I enjoyed your tour and hearing about your new phone. I'm with you it is so much easier to use your phone. Do you post from your phone? If so, I have many questions.
The flowers and charming cottages look delightful. I know you had a wonderful time viewing this town. Thanks for the tour.

Janet Garon said...

Love all the color in your area! I just got a new phone and notice it picks up colors much better than my camera. The camera tends to lighten up and wash out color. Lovely tour!!

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, I am totally smitten over this little town and your photos. I just shared one on my IG! This might be the cutest little town ever! Thank you so much for linking up to my first Gardens Galore! I think I need to get an IPhone 7 and get rid of my 6. Your captures are amazing!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Carol, I am so impressed with the clarity I see on Instagram from iphone photos! Here I am trying to get good photos with my Canon but these photos show off a crisp, clear view. LOVE that blue cottage and the yellow one!!!!

Stacey said...

I just love walks where you can see something beautiful. You are so fortunate to live where you are.

I haven't had my Iphone 6 very long and now it suddenly seems I need a 7. Not happening. ;)

Melanie said...

Beautiful photos! I use my phone for all my photos (much to my photographer son's chagrin). It's a Galaxy S6. These phones do a pretty darn good job!

podso said...

I'm using my phone a lot more than my camera as it's always with me and I'm OK with the photos--actually they are quite good. I also love cropping -- amazing how it can change the feel of a photo. Enjoyed seeing all the cottages!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a cute place. Great shots and I may upgrade to the iphone 7 this year.

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful shots Carol! I love that little yellow cottage! I have used my iphone for photos over the past week and have begun to get used to it now! Your pictures always look great whatever you take them with!
Helen xox

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Beautiful.
Joy

Sylvia said...

Carol, I have checked your blog a few times. You have been enjoying life, good for you. You captured some lovely flowers on your walk. Great photos with your phone. I am enjoying my new Canon SX60 HS. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

jenna meon said...

What a lovely post! You have really inspired me to experiment with photo editing!! I plan on upgrading to an iPhone 8 when they come out and using it more for photography. Lucky you to be surrounded by all that beauty!

Pamela Gordon said...

I so enjoyed the tour of this pretty area of cottages and all the lovely flowers. The images are as I would dream of the perfect summer town. Your new phone takes beautiful photos. I have the iPhone 6 and like it but can't afford to upgrade until it dies. lol Have a wonderful day. Pam

Rita C. said...

Carol, thank you for the stroll through Carpinteria! I use a Samsung 7 and find the same true of its camera as you do your new iPhone 7 - it has great edit features without the need for picmonkey oftentimes. I pretty much have resorted to JUST my phone, and purchased an SD card for extra memory.
You have captured the epitome of California cottage life and living beautifully. Thanks for sharing, and I'm happy to see the water tables have replenished over the winter.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

My daughter upgraded her iPhone recently and I was already jealous. Now, seeing your great pictures, I know I'm going to have to upgrade soon too.

Kim said...

I just switched from a Samsung Galaxy to an iPhone 7. I was skeptical, since the Galaxy camera was phenomenal, but like you, I love it! That daisy picture is outstanding btw...fabulous!!

Sarah said...

Glorious gardens! I'm so glad you shared them. I may be upgrading to a 7 later this year. Still using my 6, but not sure how much longer it will hold out for me. ;-)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Thanks so much for your lovely tour. So many beautiful homes, gardens and fences.

Your 7 phone really takes such good pictures.

Have a great week.

mary

Linda said...

What great pictures!! You live in such a pretty part of the country! SO much color! I can tell you love to photograph things and that's why you are so good at it!

Jann Olson said...

What a darling town Carol! I snapped a ton of photos with my 6 in Napa and Carmel. Thinking maybe I need to upgrade to a 7. :) Love all of the homes and gardens. The Agapanthas in CA are absolutely breathtaking!
hugs,
Jann

Renee said...

Great photos. The flowers and scenery are so beautiful.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

I love the cottages and all the flowers. Agapanthus is such a showy flower and I love the blue color. I know someone who lives in San Franciso and says they grow everywhere. I have gotten to where I use my iPhone to take pretty much all my pictures. I have the iPhone 6 plus which was an upgraded camera even over the iPhone 6. Not sure if it's the same as the iPhone 7 though.

Connie said...

I never get tired of looking at cottage gardens, picket fences and garden gates. Beautiful! I love all the little whales on the first house, without them you might think it was a farmhouse and not a cottage by the sea.
Have fun with your new iPhone camera.
Connie :)

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Loved walking with you! The gardens are stunning, and each photo told a story. I am eager to get a new iPhone! Have a wonderful week. I'll see you on IG. :-)

Katy Watters said...

Your post has made me want to do 2 things: 1) Visit this cute little town 2) Get an iPhone 7! Found you through Pam's Gardens Galore party, and I am glad that I did! I will be returning to your blog!
Katy

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Great photos of some lovely gardens. What a sweet little town. Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, your photos are wonderful and such a charming little town you walked. I agree on the pics, once you notice how wonderful the iphone pics are, you realize you have your camera with you at all times! Thanks for sharing!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Lovely houses and lovely pictures! So beautiful with all flowers...
Have a great saturday!
Love from Sweden and Titti

Down by the sea said...

Those are wonderful pictures such pretty houses and gardens. I look forward to some more fantastic pictures from your I Phone 7! Sarah x

Junkchiccottage said...

These are beautiful pics. I have an I phone 7 and I do not get these nice of pics. I must be doing something wrong. Everything looks so pretty.
Hugs,
Kris