I was unable to resist ordering one of these new fangled cameras called the Lytro. It has a completely new type of light sensor which uses sophisticated algorithms that use the full light field to unleash new ways to make and view pictures. What’s that mean? You can refocus a picture after it’s taken.
It’s a weird looking thing, most people do a double take when they see me using it. A few thought it was a kaleidoscope, someone asked if it was a telescope. It’s really hard to get used to, and the viewfinder is only an inch square, which is just wrong in this day and age of camera phones and LCD viewers that are at least 3 inches wide.
Light field cameras offer astonishing capabilities. They allow both the picture taker and the viewer to focus pictures after they’re snapped, shift their perspective of the scene, and even switch seamlessly between 2D and 3D views. With these amazing capabilities, pictures become interactive visual stories as never before seen – Lytro calls them living pictures.
This is the ocean in Pacific Grove where Mr. K and I went last weekend. You can click anywhere in the picture and it will refocus on the point that you click. Pretty slick, isn’t it?
Sometimes nothing happens when you click on the picture, I think the servers at Lytro are still being ramped up. You can tell the software is processing correctly if you see a series of concentric squares where you click on the picture and it will refocus.
It’s very cool in regards to photos of food. Consider this closeup of a delicious breadstick with a dollop of romesco sauce that we devoured at Casanova’s in Carmel. You can click on the breadstick in front with the dip, or on the cup of breadsticks, or the little bowl of sauce and you get surprisingly well rounded perspective on that dish.
This is a very delicious scoop of Black Sesame ice cream that I enjoyed today at Humphrey Slocumbe in SF. Click on the ice cream, then click on the ice cream sign in the background.
you can focus on the krispy kreme donut in the foreground or the background.
or you can focus anywhere on the garlic parmesan cheesy topping on the fries at the Counter Burger in Walnut Creek that I enjoyed this week.
You can do the same with this photo of sushi we enjoyed at Roys Restaurant at the Inn at Spanish Bay last week. Fabulous salmon in the back, ahi in the middle, hamachi in the front. That was some amazingly fresh fish….
Anyways, I just wanted to introduce you to the new camera and features it offers. In the future any photos that have the Lytro logo on them are living photos that you can click on to change the focus. In the bottom right corner of the photo you can click to view an enlarged view of the photo that will open up a new browser window.