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Mobile Photography in the “Blink of an Eye”

Well it looks like today is Tuesday.  Hmmm, go figure. I’m on the road right now and it seems the days blend together, but I’m strapped to my calendar.  I guess that’s what I call my morning stretch, or maybe a conundrum.


As you can see in the above photo, a comfy sunset.  We were cruising off the coast of Fort Myers Beach, FL.  Panacea’s aft deck is the perfect place to hang for that moment when the sun sinks into the sea.

Life is chock full of what I like to call, “Blink of the eye” moments.  That one fraction of a second where the brain captures a snapshot.  I think this where mobile photography was started.

Cameras started out as quite large bulky pieces of equipment.  Today we have the luxury of having a great camera integrated with our phones, so it’s easy to whip it out and snap that moment in time.

For the most part, they are pretty good cameras for what they are designed for. A good lens, easy to use, just enough manual control to get the shot you want.  All pluses in my book.

I was just in Spain recently and my camera phone came in pretty handy.  As you can see,  it can take a photo that shows the family or friends or a landscape you don’t want to forget, or you can take a moment that you want to take your time with and set it up for the right exposer, background and content to be able to take it into some crazy inexpensive app and do your post production work to make it sellable.

This is the first step in the process of taking mobile photos.  That thing in your brain that says, “I want this moment to last for ever in pixels.”  When you see that view, take the time to actually blink your eyes, like the shutter of a camera.  If you still want it, take that phone out and snap the shot quickly or set it up for a future project.

I snap several shots, a second or two apart, so that I don’t get home and say, “Dang, they blinked or the sunset was blurred.

The most important part of this process is, when you take the shot, don’t stop and share it at that moment, unless you absolutely have to.  Don’t look at what you shot.  Trust that you did what you could and then drop that phone back in your pocket and enjoy the moment “Live and In Person.”  That way, you will be able to live the story, that you will be telling, when you share it.  If you don’t do that really important part, I promise you, you will loose the magic of what you just captured.

Of course, if you are setting up this shot for post production where you want to maybe print it or make it a feature somewhere, it’s okay to take your time and bust out the tri-pod, fill lights and get the best you can get.

But for most mobile photography, I like the “Blink of and Eye” method.  It works for me.

In any case, enjoy this amazing Tuesday.  Today I’m in Red Bluff, CA.  Tomorrow 110 degrees here.  I think it’s time to head to some altitude or something.  The spray bottle is loaded and the journey continues.

Visit for a free CellGrasp.  I need some reviews of the thing.  Also if you are on Instagram, tag your pics, vids and selfies with #cellgrasplife.  I love seeing what you are doing with your mobile photography.

Always remember, drop me your questions and comments, on this page.  See you here.
Sailing the Universe…
Capt. Paul – MasterGrasper
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Ahhh… It’s About Time!

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I can’t believe that I’ve finally decided to dedicate a direct blog for me to communicate my life and not just a product, service or anything specific really. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, but I’ve beenimg_1886 trying to play the game. I’ve been trying to do what I’m supposed to do. I was trying to conform to what people to expect me to be. Well now… How silly is that. It’s beyond silly, it’s whacked.

So kick back and enjoy the way it is. Not the way it’s expected. Really it will just be me, my life and the stuff that means something to me. Here’s what I’m thinking:

  1. I want to communicate with people not categories, not customers, not companies, but people. That’s who I’m living with around here. That’s who I play with. People, how cool are they.
  2. I love to sail. s/v Panacea and I have adventures. I do charters out of Fort Myers Beach, I sail with friends and we img_1834experience sunsets, dolphins and other island wildlife.
  3. I travel land and sea. So I have a lot of stories to tell and things to share.
  4. I’ve been a professional magician for the past 45 plus years. Sure the magic business is changing. The kids are faster, cuter and cheaper. But my stories are better.
  5. I’m a self proclaimed musician. I play a little guitar, sing a few songs and recently took up the ukulele. Now that’s a cute little instrument.
  6. I’m the inventor of CellGrasp, hold the patent, manufacture, market, package and sell the little things. So you’ll hear about CellGrasp’s adventures too.

So there you have it. I think you’ll enjoy the read. You’ll be able to comment and tell your stories to as well as contribute to the CellGrasp Life that we are all going to share and experience.
bpnewspaperxDon’t be strangers. I had this blog up and running, but it was getting mixed with the other blogs and so pulled the plug and am starting fresh. It will be what it will be.

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promotions for you to play with and share too.

Also remember that I’m going to introduce you to people. People that I love and enjoy. People with blogs that help you do what you do best. People with blogs that will take you

on sailing adventures, educate, promote, share and just enhance my life and maybe yours too. My promise to you is that you’ll have a good read now and then and have to put up with my sense of humor, pirate jokes and links to others that I want to share with you.

Once again, I’m Capt./Bro. or just Paul West. Thanks for listening and thanks for playing with me too. It’s a great world we live in. Like I always say, “Despite management, we are going to have a great time and make it a great community and place to live, work and play.”

See you on the dock…
Capt. Paul
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