The last time I tried to take a photo with my phone, it was the night of the glorious pink clouds/sunset/double rainbow at least a year ago. Of course, I didn’t get a decent shot. Sunday, I tried again.
On the last day of an estate sale, there’s usually not much left, and it’s all half off. I’m usually on the lookout for interesting vintage cameras, since there is a collector in the family. Generally, on the last day, all the good stuff is gone since eBayers stand in line, and get in during the first hour of the very first day.
But at this sale, the glass case holding camera gear was full. I decided to take pictures and send them to the family member. I took a camera out, and started shooting. A scruffy-looking gentleman came up, and asked if I was going to buy it. I told him what I was doing. He muttered something, then reached in for a different camera.
By this time, I had navigated to a point on the phone camera window that defied logic. I couldn’t see the photo I just took, and figured I had taken about four shots, which needed to be sent. I looked for the family member who accompanied me. He backed away from my request, and then the proprietor showed up, a big guy who wanted to help.
He pulled out his iPhone.
Big Guy: See here? I think it’s kinda the same on all phones. You take the picture, then see, it says ’send’. You press that, look up the address, and you’re done.
Me: I can’t find the send button.
BG: Here, let me see your phone (pushes a few buttons). Darn. Yours is sure different. Let’s start over.
Me (turning off the phone) Okay.
BG (laughing): Heh, so you do that every time something goes wrong, you turn it off? Haw haw.
Me: It gets me back to the beginning which I obviously can’t do from this window here.
BG (puts a camera on a sofa): Okay, take your picture.
Me: Okay. Got it.
BG: See, it says ’send’. That’s all you gotta do. Let me get you another one of these cameras to shoot.
Me: I thought you wanted to keep them in the case.
BG: Naw, I was just worried about that feller. Not you.
When I asked the family collector if he got the pictures, he said no. What he got were a couple of blurry videos. Haw indeed.