You know – I suspect this is the first CMMC of March, but I know Cee is very busy creating these challenges for us so I’m not going to complain about a suspected ‘copy-pasta’😉

Close up rather than macro from me and an experiment. I’m not using one of my cameras – it’s all down to the Moto g50 for this week’s entry. I thought it was time to take a look at what the mobile can do on the ‘pro’ setting. The first thing I noticed was, it’s not a wide angle any more! So lets see what we got as I moved in close to subjects in pro mode…

…To start – a shot of apples in the fruit bowl…

…The Badge on my Car – you can see me and the phone reflected 😂

…And here’s my normal camera of choice for transport photography (could have used this for X last week 😉)…

…and to finish, a couple of towels in the bathroom…

…Not too shabby a performance 👍 Not as good at the Canon and Fuji are able to achieve but more than acceptable.

Catch up with Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge Here.

Back in 2013 I wrote about the pain of changing my mobile phone. Back then I bought a Blackberry. It has served me well but time has now caught up with it. It has had a couple of cranky moments in the past year. The weekend before last I found it had totally flattened the battery while in my pocket and deleted all my contacts 😦 Sadly, that was the last straw – time for a change. Blackberry have just recently turned off their servers (not a part of my issue) and the rumoured Blackberry smart phone has never materialised. In those circumstances, I was going to be looking at a new manufacturer.

The good news is that my Son has been using smartphones for a number of years now and I could draw on his insight while choosing my replacement. He has used Motorola almost all the time and currently has the g10. He did have a brief flirtation with Nokia but that didn’t work out. As he seems very happy with Motorola, I decided that would probably be a good option for me and Epi. Alasdair and I spent some time comparing specifications and prices over the last days of the Christmas break before he went back to Uni and by the time he departed I’d narrowed down the shortlist to the Moto g9 or the g50. When the Blackberry bowled its last googly, I checked the prices again. As luck would have it, several outlets had the Moto g50 reduced, so I opted for that.

As you may imagine, Epi and I are now getting up to speed with our new phones. It’s been a blend of confusion and enlightenment as facilities gradually get tried out 😉 Trying to answer the first incoming call was fun – I thought you just had to press the virtual button but no – you have to swipe up! I rang back and was pleased to find Noel at the other end – a lost contact reconnected 🙂 One thing I did notice is that the phone warns you if a number that’s calling is suspected to be spam – big thumbs up for that 🙂

Since I bought the Blackberry all those years ago, one thing that has improved beyond recognition is the phone camera. Last night I tried it out on the way home from the football match – photographing an oversize load convoy that we were passing…

..Not quite as good as I would expect with the Canon but not too shabby either. This morning I took a stroll in my local area to try out some less challenging shots on a gloomy winter’s day. Here’s a selection…

Just crops and resizes, nowt else done on all of the above. Colour rendition and clarity seem very good and I shall be happy to use the phone when I haven’t got one of my cameras with me 🙂

Needs to have the letter K anywhere in the word

Networker unit 465013 arriving at Denmark Hill. The Networkers entered service in the early 1990’s to replace slam door stock on the south eastern section of Network Southeast…
My Blackberry mobile phone Keypad – and there’s even a ‘K’ in the middle of the photo 😉
Great Spotted Woodpecker…

Catch up with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and other entries Here.