Last night I had the most vivid dream. I dreamt that I drove something that resembled a Las Vegas theme park. All of the lights, sounds and games were there. The differences became quickly apparent. There were families, and happiness; laughter spread throughout the park.
In addition, it seemed that there was a Kodachrome haze that layered over the park. Colors were more vibrant, and it seemed that I had stepped back into the 70s. It was beautiful, and everyone was happy.
This morning, when I was getting ready, I took Rush downstairs to get some breakfast with me. He was quiet, playing in the front room and I got a little suspicious. When I arrived, he was sitting quietly, playing with a nativity toy set near the tree.
I have been using Instagram for a little while, and I have to admit, I am smitten. Many have written on what is great, but I just want to add my two cents. This morning, when I saw Rush, I had my iPhone in my pocket, and my DSLR on the counter right next to me. To shoot the photo, I had a few options.
- Take camera from bag
- Take flash out
- Meter the flash
- Replace 18-135mm with f1.8 50mm
- Try to compose a nice photo
- Take another one with some different flash settings
- Try to wrangle Rush back into the spot
- Sync camera with computer
- iPhoto to Photoshop for editing
- Upload to Flickr
- Upload to Facebook
- Upload to Tumblr
- Tweet off a link
Now, with Instagram
- Pull out phone, and take photo.
- Add a filter
- Blast that photo to Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, and Twitter (and Instagram too).
The dreamy landscape that I saw in my deep in my sleep, quickly became the photo that I took with my phone. The ability to simply share a photo is something that other apps will do, but the community of Instagram, coupled with the ease of use makes this a winner in my book.