After staying at home for almost a week because of a nasty cold I caught God knows where, I finally ventured outside. This time, besides my regular companions Nikon FE and EM, I was armed with a Samsung Galaxy S III with freshly installed CyanogenMod and VSCO Cam. Ever since the latter was made available for the Android platform, I was itching to give it a try.
It’s getting dark pretty early in December, so there was no time to leisurely walk around looking for something interesting to shoot. Luckily, I stumbled upon this catchy bicycle which I duly snapped and processed in VSCO Cam.
Speaking of VSCO Cam, I really like this app. The default selection of filters is rather limited, but it’s possible to purchase additional bundles. Besides filters, VSCO Cam features a wide range of editing tools wrapped into a user-friendly interface. In short, I have a feeling that this app is going to be my go-to tool for processing and sharing Android snapshots.
Recently, I bought an EPSON Perfection V500 scanner, and I spent last weekend scanning piles of negatives. One thing about scanning negatives is that it involves a lot of waiting: you click the Scan button and then wait till the contraption does its scanning thing.
Meanwhile, you need to find a diversion to keep you entertained. Having a good game app for Android would definitely help. And after rummaging through the F-Droid repository, I found a perfect candidate for the job. FreeShisen is based on the Shisen-Sho Japanese game. The game has a lot in common with the popular tile-based game of Mahjong, but it has more elaborate tiles and rules.
FreeShisen in all its beauty
Despite that, you can master the game’s basics in a matter of minutes. Depending on the level of difficulty and your skills, a single game usually takes between 5-10 minutes — perfect for passing time between scans. The app is open source and available through F-Droid and Google Play Store.
The Lighthouse complex promises to be the most interesting example of modern architecture here in Aarhus. The project is still under heavy construction, but some of the buildings are already beginning to take shape. The Light House tower, the project’s pièce de résistance, is going to be 142 meters high, which will make it the tallest building in Denmark.
Nikon EM, Nikon E Series 50mm f/1.8, Ilford XP2 Super 400. Aperture: f/8.0, Shutter speed: 1/500 s.