Yes, I moved to Squarespace.
I know it’s a paid service but it’s definitely cheaper than WordPress Premium. I’m not sure if I will continue after a year since I’m seeing other cheaper alternatives to Squarespace ($12.00/month versus $5.00/month), but we’ll see. So far I’m liking it. The only issue that I have is their iOS app which is way behind than WordPress’.
So yeah, visit my new site at www.bobbyjonc.com.
I’ll still keep WordPress, just in case…
At long last… I now have a Fujifilm X100T!
A few months before it was announced, I promised to myself that I won’t give up my X100S since, for sure the upgrades will just be incremental. And I was right! Even some die-hard Fuji fans aren’t recommending X100S users to upgrade to the X100T. Here are the similarities:
- Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 fixed lens
- 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
- EXR Processor II
- Start-up time of 0.5 second
- Shutter lag of 0.1 second
- 10cm close focus
But why did I upgrade? Basically, it’s the refinement of its predecessor. After using the Sony A6000, I found that Wi-Fi is a necessity for me. I initially thought that it’s not that important until I start using it. I post photos on Instagram and VSCO Grid, and I want to post them in an instant instead of a longer workflow of transferring the image to my Mac when I reach home, then send it to my phone through iMessage or email so I could edit it on VSCO Cam. Apart from Wi-Fi, here are some of the minor improvements that made the X100T better:
- Advanced hybrid viewfinder with electronic rangefinder
- 92% optical viewfinder coverage
- Real-time optical viewfinder parallax correction
- ±3EV exposure compensation
- 1/32000 maximum electronic shutter speed
- 1040K-dot 3-inch LCD
- Focus peaking with colors other than white
- Cross-hatched grip dials
- A more precise focus-mode selector
- A more improved button layout
- An addition of the Classic Chrome film simulation
- Added aperture stops
I admit that I don’t shoot a lot and my photos aren’t as pleasing as the others’. But this is where I’m happy. I probably have the Gear Acquisition Syndrome and sponsored-professional photographers might be shaking their heads as they always say “Buy Books, Not Gears”. Yeah they can say that since they don’t spend money for gears, again they’re sponsored.
My iPhone 6 may be enough for sharing photos on Instagram and Facebook. But most of the time, I shoot in low light, indoors and the iPhone camera isn’t capable yet to produce good-quality photos due to noise/digital grain/artifacts. Plus the feel of holding a real camera is really different. But I will still use the iPhone.
I had gone black this time after buying silver X100S and X-E2. The silver is sexier, more elegant and more photogenic; the black may probably look dull but it looks more serious than hipsterish. I need that change. I feel like I did not upgrade if I see the same colors, it’s just me. I will proudly show off the “T” branding, heck I paid for this camera with my own money! Haha! And yeah I no longer have my X100S and XE-2 cameras.
Look at some of the first photos I took this morning using my new buddy: these untouched/unmodified Velvia-simulated jpegs were transferred using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app via the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi to the iPhone 6, then uploaded to WordPress for iOS.
I finally got my 128GB iPhone 6 from Globe two weeks ago. It’s actually smaller than what I had expected. I thought that it’ll sport the same size as my Sony Xperia Z3 but it’s obviously smaller. The camera has the same sensor as its predecessor. I can say that there’s no major improvement except for the 240fps for slow motion videos.
And speaking of camera, I will try to take pictures more frequently and upload a photo a day on Instagram. It will not only enhance my photography skills as I know that it will improve eventually, but also it will help me reconnect to the Instagram community. There will be another Worldwide Instameet this coming weekend. There was in invite to spend it in La Union but as usual, I am too busy with work that we are always on-call even during weekends. In fact, I had missed several photowalks and Instameet just because I had to go to work on different Saturdays. I thought I could go but I was only informed that I have a shift the day before those events.
Moving on, the iPhone camera is generally a good camera, especially now with the iOS 8 where we can do Aperture priority. With its fixed f/2.2, we can now control the shutter speed, ISO, exposure and manually focus on the subject. The Lumia 1020 is still better but I no longer bring it with me. Due to the fact that it’s too slow to open the camera and also slow to capture images in succession.
I hope to get more creative juice this time. And thanks to the online tutorials and videos showcasing the tips and tricks in mobile photography. My drive to take photos is getting more serious. I should stop thinking about the expensive cameras and lenses for a moment. I should let myself maximize and overcome the limits of the iPhone camera.
I blogged about my frustration towards Globe Telecom’s recontracting process yesterday. I’ve thought of not sharing it to the public anymore but I just can’t stand false hopes. I also tweeted about it wishing that Dale was still alive because I know he will definitely give a helping hand. I tagged Glenn Ong, the Globe Community Manager on that tweet hoping that he would do something about it. He advised me to email him the summary of what happened. He assured me that it will be addressed.
At around 4:30PM, I received a call from Kim G., apologizing for the inconvenience. I patiently shared with her how frustrated I was and she told me that they were already working on it. I won’t mention the resolution anymore as it may be confidential but at least I was pacified by what she had shared. After a little more than an hour, she called again and happily shared that the unit is available for pick-up.
Am I asking too much? I don’t think so. Am I demanding? Yes I am demanding because it was a verbal agreement. Perhaps Globe needs to hire Six Sigma Black Belts for continuous improvement. Haha! As I have mentioned before, I believe that Globe really pushes itself to be of service to others. It continuously improves it services that’s why I have decided to stick with them. They just need to iron a lot of things out on their end. And yesterday, I was happy that Glenn and Kim took the responsibility of making my day Wonderful!
I’ll end this with a note that Glenn tweeted yesterday:
Last February 20, I called Globe Telecom’s Loyalty/Recontracting/Retention Department to finally renew my contract for 24 more months under the Plan 1799. The female representative I spoke with offered a Silver 128GB iPhone 6 with a Php20,400 cash-out. I initially asked if there’s 64GB available and she mentioned that only the 128GB has the stocks.
After confirming, she said that the date of pick-up will be today, February 27 in Globe Store Trinoma. She advised me that Trinoma will inform me on what time I have to go there. I asked if it’s already sure and she said Yes, since she mentioned that once she processed the recontracting offer, there’ll be no cancellation anymore. I agreed considering she confirmed that there’s a stock.
I checked the Globe Community forum and other online forums and saw that there were a lot of complaints about your process. Some took months before they got the unit, some still haven’t received their iPhone reservation. Last night, I called the hotline again to follow it up since no one updated me yet. Dale/Dave Escobar took the call and informed me that there was no unit coming today since it was “UNSERVED” by the QA. I was surprised because the previous representative already confirmed it last Friday.
I told D. Escobar to inform the specific department responsible in releasing the unit to call me and give me an explanation about this mess. I also told him to coordinate with their warehouse to send an iPhone unit to Trinoma today to prioritize my reservation. Or better yet, I’ll pick it up in Globe Store in UP Technohub. Globe offers devices to New Subscribers but I think they should give priority to those who have been Loyal to the brand.
It is an agreement between me and Globe and excuses of irresponsibility and incompetence are unacceptable. I was actually planning to completely switch to Smart Communications prior to the recontracting, but I have decided to stick with Globe believing that the concerns are being address but this incident made me think twice again.