One more thing on this topic… a colleague had his Pixel 2 XL delivered on launch day and I had a chance to play with it live. The blueish tint that bothered the hell out of me was on his as well. It didn’t bother him as much so maybe you’ll react differently to it but that was a deal breaker for me. I had a chance to take some photos and videos with it and he was kind enough to share it with me. I was really interested in how Google’s AI and portrait mode would work with a single lens, compared to a dual lens set up. Bottom line? Not very well, even with a simple portrait. Check out this photo:
Portrait mode was activated. Pretty simple subject right? A person in front of a stone wall, with high contrast and very good separation. No flying hair to worry about, etc. The wall was about the same distance to the phone across the frame. But look at that result. The lower right of the wall by the monitor is in sharp focus. The back of the monitor is in sharp focus. And the blurring of the wall across the frame is uneven. Edge separation is barely OK. If you just look at it quickly, it’s not bad. Maybe I was expecting too much, but this isn’t impressive from a $1,000 phone. Perhaps the results will get better over time or when Google decides to turn on the Pixel’s extra visual cores.
But for now, call me unimpressed. What do you think?
Some of the cherry blossoms were damaged over the weekend with the bitter cold in Washington D.C. Some managed to survive and have started blooming. I was able to capture a few of them around the tidal basin after work today.
Color version of Ojos de Picasso.
Los Ojos de Picasso – SDSU’s School of Art
The view of Point Loma, Coronado and downtown San Diego from the plane as I depart for Washington D.C.
At Torrey Pines State Beach.
Torrey Pines Beach in 360
A 360-degree panorama atop Mt. Helix in La Mesa, CA. This was taken with my Samsung Gear 360 and edited for color in Lightroom.
A 360-degree panorama of Grossmont High School with the new front office completed. I stitched this together from 27 individual shots with my drone. Make sure you view it in fullscreen and use your mouse to pan around. Or better yet, don a pair of VR goggles to experience it in all its glory!
360-degree aerial panorama of Grossmont High School
Not a bad view from the office.