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Bus Driver by occupation,pro photographer, businessman in the making, wannabe musician, amateur designer/artist/writer/poet, a native of Detroit now living in Suburbia. Here is where I pretty much unwind whatever's on the brain.

Monochrome Composition 83

Subject: Model of Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter

Camera: iPhone 7 Plus

Filters: iOS HDR and Mono with Light Adjustment

Location: Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Troy, MI

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R.I.P., Mean Gene Okerlund

Photo copyright WWE. No infringement intended

Rock musician, journalist, disc jockey, entrepreneur, and longtime wrestling announcer Eugene Arthur Okerlund has passed away today at 76.

I have been a fan of this gentleman for as long as I can remember. While time will not allow me to go into full detail about his legacy, I can only say briefly how entertained I was by this man and his diplomacy and professionalism on the mic and the way he played ball with those he had to deal with on a constant basis. The moniker, “Mean Gene” was given to him from fellow Minnesotan (originally he was born in South Dakota)/AWA/WWE Alumni Jesse “The Body” Ventura. He was anything but that. He was indeed the consummate-or complete-gentleman inside the ring and out. And unlike so many people in this industry, you haven’t heard any scandals about him, he was married to his wife since 1964 (kinda rare in this industry), he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by fellow WWE HoF Alumni, Hulk Hogan. His most iconic interviews were those of Hulk Hogan, Ted DiBiase, Sr., The Ultimate Warrior, The Hart Foundation, The British Bulldogs, but his best interviews, IMO, were those with one late great I will forever be a fan of; Randy “Macho Man” Savage! You cannot watch those two and not notice the chemistry they had together! And if you look on YouTube, Okerlund gave a heartfelt tribute to the Macho Man as he had so many superstars who’d left indelible marks in the world of pro wrestling.

Monochrome Composition 82

Subject: Wine Glass

Camera: iPhone 7 Plus

Filters: iOS HDR and Mono with Light Adjustment, shot in “portrait” mode

Location: St Clair Shores, MI

2018-A Year in Review

So much has happened this past year, the best I can do is share a few pics of the last twelve months…

Opening in 2018 as my time with DDOT was winding down…

Took my wife to her very first Auto Show… She loved it to say the least.

Helped celebrate Hertz’s 100 years in business..

Tried out a new Spirit, and boy, it moved me big time!

Visited the Outer Banks (OBX)…

Attended my niece’s graduation…

Our family tradition, Octoberfest…

Visited Metamora, IN…

Took the missus to her very first bonfire…

Went to Vegas…

Rented a ‘Stang for the missus as an anniversary present. And she drove it, too!

Met Albert Einstein…

Ate at an In-N-Out, and cruised on the historic Rodeo Drive…

Got a nice pano shot of Detroit…

Received a 5 Euro gratuity during my stay with Hertz…

Received a Good Driving Award courtesy of Trinity Transportation…

My late mother-in-law’s cat, Min-Yu…

Some shootin’ downtown…

And that’s it! We saw Aquaman tonight. I didn’t think o was gonna like it, but it rocked! Especially in 3D.

iPhone XR/XS Max. Which Do You Prefer…?

I’d say the longest I’ve spent in an Apple Store was well over an hour’s time. As in the case of today. I’ve played with both the XR and XS Max phones, and I was very pleased to say the least. Sadly, with these models, the fingerprint scan is obsolete, so the Face Scan is the way to access the phone as well as various apps.

They say the “FS” is four times faster and stronger than the fingerprint scan.

Another way to access the phone-esp. the display models at the store-is swipe up! Case in point:

Didja also notice not only the “swipe up” feature as well as the flashlight on the left and the camera on the right? Obviously if you tap either icon, you will access them immediately. The measure app works very, very well! If you can tell, there’s a picture in the collage of the first image above. But for those who can’t see it, here’s an up-close shot of it.

I apologize for crappy picture quality, but I wanted to show how accurate the app was on the phone. And BTW, I won my first Asphalt 9: Legends game on the XR.

I’m still glued to CSR2, but that’s another story!

And now the prices and storage, I’m just gonna put out the maximum sizes:

iPhone XR

256 GB, $43.66 a month, $899.00 full price depending on your carrier

iPhone XS Max

512 GB, $68.66 a month, $1399-1455.00 full price depending on your carrier as well as where your purchase the device(s).

To those who haven’t checked into it yet, just thought I’d throw the figures out there.

And now, ladies and gents, to the XS Max!

Lets just say that the XS Max is the “Photographer’s iPhone”. One of the customer service reps guided me over to the phone and we had more in common than I anticipated. Come to find out that he too, like me is a photographer, and we both shoot with a Canon 70D, and we spent a good long time discussing the features of the XS Max.

Now having had my 7Plus for well over a year, I’m just now learning the algorithms of the dang thing-esp. with the camera. Despite the fact that my phone is now obsolete, it does have some things in common with the current iPhone models. Some of which I’m gonna start delving into ASAP!

I’ve sampled the XS Max camera in Portrait mode, and I was floored by its features! You can do way more with Portrait mode than you can in Photo mode.

And it just dawned on me that Photo mode on an iPhone is virtually no different than the “Auto” mode on any DSLR camera.

This “Air-Drop” pic was taken by Zachary. An Apple Store employee. And observe the crispness of the phone and the bokeh background. This would give any DSLR some serious competition, but I ain’t holding my breath yet.

I’ll say this: With all hype that’s going on about the XR, I am amazed that-to my knowledge-the XS Max has been totally ignored in this regard. But the coup de gras between the two phones is the charging stations.

After seeing the things I’ve seen this evening, all I can say is; I’m sold!

What had me sold was the XR had less pixels on the screen in comparison to my 7Plus whereas the XS Max knocked them both out and had a much larger screen! Only thing missing is the now-obsolete home button on the current models.

Eventually I will upgrade, but my 7 Plus is doing me justice for now. Obsolescence notwithstanding, I was offered a trade-in, but I decided that when I do upgrade, I’ll keep my 7Plus as a backup in case of an emergency, or other situations such as a backup camera as well.

I conclude by saying I was beyond impressed. And my thanks to Zack for his time and assistance as well as the Air-Drop photo. ALL credit goes to him for it!

Cerveza Delray

A product of Brew Detroit, this Mexican-style lager is very tasty, crisp, strong, but very, very smooth. It has a Corona Light/Sol flavour.

It seems that neighborhood breweries are becoming more and more common. Now I don’t consume alcohol like I did in my younger days, but this was very delicious! It comes in a four-pack at any liquor store. I can only imagine how a boilermaker would turn out with this locally-made brew, but some other time.

I’m also imagining a nice juicy burger and big fat steak fries that this beverage would complement. One day, God willing.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a review on booze. Like I said, I don’t drink like I used to, but I will do reviews on occasion.

Monochrome Composition 81

Subject: Spinning Top on of my MacBook Pro

Camera: iPhone 7 Plus

Filters: iOS Mono with Light Adjustment

Location: St Clair Shores, MI

Monochrome Composition 80

Subject: Solar Lamp

Camera: iPhone 7 Plus

Filters: iOS HDR and Mono with Light Adjustment

Location: St Clair Shores, MI

Monochrome Composition 79

Subject: Lamborghini Gallardo

Camera: Canon Powershot A590 IS

Filters: Original filters edited from Picnik (now Ribbet), converted using iOS Mono w/ Light Adjustment

Location: Partridge Creek Outdoor Mall, Clinton Township, MI

BONUS: This image was shot in 2009, or 2010. Just thought I’d share it on the blogosphere.

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