Word of the week Photo Challenge: Technology
Posted by joeabbott on March 30, 2013
The word this week was “technology” and, to be completely honest, when I hear that word I still think “steam train engine” or linkages in huge metal machines. This association is probably from reading many historical science books that use that word in association with the dawning of the Industrial Age.
However, given my pastimes and vocation, I quickly flop into the world of bits and bytes and computers and the technology at our hands every day. Today’s image shows a different sort of “bite” … as in the result of me biting my phone and breaking it!
First, my phone is a reasonably constant companion when I’m outside the house; always in my pocket, ready to pull out to look a little something up, check mail, or play a round of AlphaJax (a scrabble-like game) with friends. At home it’s usually in the drawer I toss my wallet, keys, and other accouterments that accompany me as I amble about.
It was at home it broke.
I was reading a bit of mail when I wanted to pick something up from the floor that required both hands. I had a shirt pocket but I thought it might drop out as I bent over so I popped it into my mouth for a quick hold while my hands were otherwise busy. I thought I’d quickly have the phone back out. Well, when I bent over, the phone started to slip so I bit down a little harder and … *crack*.
Second, let’s talk about the picture.
I found it really hard to get a good shot of the break. If I used a flash in the camera, it’d wash out the background icons. If I used a lamp, the light source wasn’t diffuse enough to avoid a strong lens flare on the screen. Even now you can see a bit of one.
I ended up having to place a piece of white paper in front of the lap to diffuse the light, but also to use a flashlight to rake strongly across the glass and cause the crack to pop. And, all of this while a cat was pacing back and forth on the desk. It was a busy time.
Here are some of the other images that I didn’t choose to use: