With school holidays almost over, here in Perth (which isn’t a good thing in my books), I’m trying to avoid the back to school blues and get some incidental exercise in as well with a few family outings.
This week, as I continue to play along with Finding Myself Young’s 52 Weeks of Memories photo challenge, the Sony Xperia phone that I’m currently road testing (with its 20.7 mp camera), joined us on our adventures.
The prompt for the week was sky. Funnily enough, there weren’t many clouds out and about playing the game this week, although I’m lucky enough to have the sun setting over the Indian Ocean each evening with glimpses from my front door that always produces an amazing skyscape.
Most evenings at this time of year, I like to walk down to the beach to be there in time to catch the sunset. Although, I tend to sit and soak the view in rather than capture the moment.
Apart from resizing the photos before uploading, all photos are unedited and taken using my phone. Starting with a glimpse of urban sky from Rosemount Hotel where I spied possibly my favourite way to use Mason Jars…… as lights!
I’m still fiddling around when it comes to putting the phone in manual mode and I’m a long way off perfecting night photos but you know what, I’m having a lot of fun trying. Especially with the sweeping panoramic feature.
I’ve also been getting into the exercise swing of things and by exercise, I mean walking. It’s the only exercise I can manage at the moment. While walking around the shops is probably my favourite form of exercise, especially on a hot day, I’ve been needing to slowly turn this up a notch.
To keep things interesting I’ve been doing a bit of bush and scenic walking. One of my favourite walks is a 5 km track at Bold Park. It’s been closed lately due to fire restrictions with the hot weather here in Perth. It’s hard to gauge from the photo just how high and difficult (think sandy trails) the terrain is.
The views over Perth city almost make the hill climbs worth it and while I would have loved to have had my DSLR handy to take photos, the most I want to carry with me when I’m
sweating walking is a bottle of water. The fact the phone is slim and lightweight and has a map app, is certainly a bonus because I’ve been known to get lost in Kings Park (Perth’s botanical gardens).
WORTH CASING WEDNESDAY
If you have a post worth casing this week, this is the place to link up:
NOW it wasn’t all fun and games for me this last week. Once you finish linking and letting me know what you’ve been up to this week, head over and ‘case’ Lost at Sea and Losing the Plot and let me know if you think I overreacted.
Fabulous photos! I especially love the sunset ones!
I love our sunset. It’s easy to take it for granted. I’m walking down soon, without the phone or camera, just to sit and soak it in. Such a wonderful way to end a stressful day.
What have you been up to this week Ingrid?
Those photos are tanfastic and so clear too 🙂
Would have loved to have shared them all without resizing but it would have slowed the site down they were that massive.
What have you been up to this week? I’m heading over to your blog for a laugh and link, right now.
What fantastic photos! Keep them coming!
Thanks Sammie, what have you been up to this week?
Chasing my tail, training, eating dumplings (because I trained) and applying for Aussie citizenship! My week wasn’t nearly as pretty as yours!
Thanks Jody, heading over to case what you’ve been up to this week soon.
20mp, that would be awesome! I’ll come back in a few hours and link up my post because it doesn’t go live until 6am (QLD time). Love that you’re still playing along 🙂
There are too many features to get my head around with the phone camera. Can’t wait till I have some more time to really explore all my options. I hit publish early, as I have a top secret mystery mission on tomorrow.
Oh I love scenic walks like that! Beautiful!
Thanks Tabithablue. What have you been up to this week?
We had friends in town for the weekend and so we did some beach exploring of our own 😉 Come link up at freshmommyblog.com!
Wow, those are some pretty awesome pictures with a phone camera. In fact they are just awesome photos, no matter the camera. I’ve always said that it doesn’t matter what you use if you get the light and the composition right! I especially love that second one of the dead tree in front of the purple sky, it’s stunning!
Thanks Kylie, that means a lot to me coming from you. I’m not sure if I will keep this phone or head back to the dark aka apple iPhone side. Time will tell. The camera is fantastic and I’m not even using all the features but I’m missing my iPhone apps.
I think I would miss my iPhone apps too much as well… although the photos really are stunning!
I’m pretty sure had I gone straight from Android to this and not had an iPhone in between, I wouldn’t be thinking twice.
Also, my walking partner doesn’t exactly let me stop much for photos, so it is very much a case of point and shoot and then run to catch up. Which is helping me in the fitness stakes.
What a great challenge, loved your post!
Thanks David, popping over to your blog soon. What have you been up to this week?
Loved the photos, you are too modest. Best of luck with the photography and the exercise xx
No not modest, just appreciate how many features I still haven’t had time to grasp with the new phone. I need to get the phone out of auto mode and start having some real fun.
What have you been up to this week Lisa? How are you finding the school holidays?
I have always found sky pictures very interesting, yours without a doubt catch my attention as they are very nice.
Thanks Jay, I must remember to look up and capture the moment in the sky more. I love photographing clouds as well.
Thanks Tiffany. What have you been up to this week?
Thanks for asking! So far absolutely nothing and loving every moment. We had the long weekend plus an extra day so it has been video games, movies and lounging with the Kiddies 🙂
I love doing absolutely nothing. It’s a great way to recharge the batteries.
Ahh I see you made it to the beach to get a great photo of those trees, what are they called?
Sorry I have not been by lately, hubby just underwent a quad by-pass.
Have a great week, Karren
Have been thinking about you and hubby. Hope all went well?
I believe the trees are Norfolk Pines.
Those are wonderful pics. Very nice.
Thanks Pat. Are you having a good week?
Beautiful shots! Have a great week.
You too Cascia, do you have anything special planned?
Lovely picture, aww sunshine… wish I was here 🙂
I could do with some cool weather.
Some spectacular images there, and here’s to getting out and about! Those mason jars are cool, until they smash to the ground!
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with mason jars, after smashing one on my foot. I don’t really get their appeal.
Pretty awesome photos captured of the sky!
Thanks Ai, I’m playing catch up today and will pop over and check your post out shortly.
Beautiful shots! I’m a sky lover too, but I’ve never been able to capture shots like those with my phone – well done!
I’m having so much fun playing with the camera on this phone. I can’t believe just how many features there are.
Well, you sure seem to have the hang of it!
That phone took awesome photos! That one sunset is gorgeous!
Thanks Quirky Homemaker. What have you been up to this week?
I love bushwalking. We did a little bit last week, and it’s just a pity we have to drive half an hour to get to the trails or I would do it all the time.
I’m rather fortunate that most of my favourite walks are only a five or ten minute drive away. We are also walking distance to the beach which helps when I don’t have the car handy.
Nice one Ms Case!! Sometimes I take the best pics with my phone!! I got the camera out the other day and realised I hadn’t touched it since July!!
Thank you Ann, I was just over at your blog catching up with your photos for #fmy52weeksofmemories. Are you having a good week?
Happy Happy WW! And … I think walking is the best exercise!! 😉
Thanks Cathi, hope you are having a great week?!
Oh wow those pictures are gorgeous. You’ve been doing really awesome with your walking. The rain has settled in here at the moment so I’m not sure how much I am going to get done. It might be time to get out the Youtube exercise videos again I think.
You’ve just reminded me I have an entire stash of Lesley Sansone Walking DVDs. I think she also has a couple of Youtubes.
Lovely sunset pictures 🙂
I love watching the sunset each day. It’s the perfect way to unwind. I must start capturing it more often.
great shots on a phone camera raych!
I especially love the large one of that tree! … stunning!
they are spectacular views near your place!
we don’t seem to be getting your weather lately!
I’m in a street where you can walk to the top of the street and one way you see the Perth skyline and the other way you see the ocean. I just love it.
What an amazing part of the country you live in! Such gorgeous pics…and on a phone!
and I had to resize them because they would have slowed the site down. The original images are amazing. I’m almost ready to give up my iPhone.
Where you live is beautiful. I have family in Perth – they’re very lucky to enjoy such beautiful views.
After 22 moves, I consider myself rather lucky to call Perth home. Even after a few years though I still feel a bit like a tourist and I’m still having so much fun exploring.
Impressive photos Raychel. its funny I have been thinking lately how I want to go for a walk at bold park. Its a little bit of bush in the city aside from kings park of course. You are quite the picture taker.
Next time we catch up remind me to tell you about the night myself and my two youngest managed to get lost, very lost in Kings Park.
what breathtaking views! I need to find a good and beautiful hike like that up here! Happy WW!
I must head back up the hill when the city skyline isn’t so hazy. I should also take my camera with me at some stage.
I’d say you were doing pretty well! Some great photos in there.
Thanks emilygrace, I’m having a lot of fun playing with the camera on this phone.
I’m so glad I found this link up – so many new blogs to discover! I’ll be sure to come back again 😉
I was just over ‘casing’ your blog vegeTARAian. Make sure you do. We tend to do things a little differently around here, so you never know what you might find.
Perth is just gorgeous isn’t it? We are so lucky to live in this fab city! Lovely collection of photos!
Thanks Tash. I still feel like a newbie but we’ve been here five years now. I must make more time to just stop and soak it all in.