Life From My Own Perspective. Out Now!

After almost 6 months, Life From My Own Perspective is officially out now! This comes after such a long while, considering the third book, My Journey Through a Lens, was released on the 4th July 2015 (Independence Day). I was initially supposed to start working on this book at the beginning of 2016, but because of coursework and other personal problems in mind, that’s why I stopped working on the book until after I finished the first year of my two-year film and photography course.

This book contains most, if not a lot of the topics I covered on Mother Nature over the course of 2016, but it also focuses on moments that affected me over the course of 2016, so I can guarantee this book will really prove to be an eye-opener for all of you.

This book is a whole lot bigger than the third book, as it contains more than 500+ pages, including some photographs that I have included at the end of the book which show off the best moments of 2016. Also, if you missed out on some of the coverage for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, don’t worry because I have added the coverage to this book as well, so that you’ll be able to catch up on any of the coverage that you may have missed during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

To download your copy of my fourth book, Life From My Own Perspective, please head to the Free Books column located near the bottom of the sidebar. I can guarantee this will be a book worth reading and I’m pleased to say it’s finally available for all of you to read.

Enjoy!

Alex Smithson

Life From My Own Perspective. Out Soon!!!

Following the recent news of the fourth book that I mentioned a short while back, I am pleased to tell you all that Book #4 is almost completed.

Containing over 100+ pages, this book features most of the topics I have published on Mother Nature, including a how-to guide, and quite possibly the drawings I have produced over the past few months.

Although this book is expected to be a whole lot smaller than the third, I have made sure that it is jam-packed with a huge amount of information where possible, and with regards to the sizing of the fonts, I have made sure to size them as best as possible so that they fit to the very end of each page, so that there will be no empty lined spaces while you read through the book.

As well as the topics, I’ve included some articles that I published on Mother Nature to inspire you all in this fourth book, so that you will be able to read them anytime you want and feel inspired for each and every single day.

I am strongly considering adding some photos to the end of the book once the contents page is full, so this will mean that I will add some of the photos I’ve taken over the past year to the end of this book, so that this book is like a documentation of photos and drawings, so that it’s more than just a book.

As always, the book will be free once released and will also join the Free Books column, to which the book will be available for free download via a Dropbox link, which you’ll be taken to directly from the book’s front cover image once it’s ready.

I will be announcing the release date as soon as the book is finished, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled to Mother Nature for when the news of Book #4 is finally announced.

I hope that you’re just as excited as I am about Book #4 and if you are, please feel free to submit feedback below and also feel free to share this news with your friends, your family and everyone else you know.

Alex Smithson

iOS 9.1 | Available Now. Go & Get it!!!

Coming just a little over a month after Apple released iOS 9, which brought with it a revamped user interface and a software update for doing, Apple have finally released iOS 9.1 to the public.

This update, for the first time, brings a large bundle containing over 150 all-new emojis with full support for Unicode 7.0 & 8.0 emojis. For the first time, Apple have included the most-requested middle-finger emoji, which has, in so many aspects, been on the cards for a very long time.

Also, a very large number of bug fixes and improvements have been made, which also includes stability across the iOS 9 Software, including improved performance while on the Multitasking User Interface (UI), as well as stability across apps and certain software functions, such as CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari & Search. This is really good as this can streamline and improve the entire look of iOS 9 altogether.

Below is the full changelog, which gives a full rundown of the improvements made, the new features that have been included, as well as bug fixes that will squash and knock the kill switch on the pesky bugs.

This release includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements.
  • Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis.
  • Improved stability including CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari, and Search.
  • Improved performance while in Multitasking UI.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Calendar to become unresponsive in Month view.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Game Centerfrom launching for some users.
  • Resolves an issue that zoomed the content of some apps.
  • Resolves an issue that could cause an incorrect unread mail count for POP mail accounts.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented users from removing recent contacts from new mail or messages.
  • Fixes an issue that caused some messages to not appear in Mail search results.
  • Resolves an issue that left a gray bar in the body of an Audio Message.
  • Fixes an issue that caused activation errors on some carriers.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from updating from the App Store.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

From what I’ve seen of this update since I downloaded and installed it today, it’s much, much better now, as it’s now stable to use, and I haven’t experienced any bugs with the software at all, it’s absolutely worth updating to iOS 9.1 as it will improve the stability of the OS, and has also received a large number of bug fixes, improvements and new features which will, in turn, make your iOS experience much better than before. I highly recommend that you update to iOS 9.1, I guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed.

To update your iOS Device, go to the Settings app, then to General, and then to Software Update, where the update will be available to download and install.

Until then, enjoy the update!!! I guarantee you’ll love using it.

Alex Smithson

© Apple 2015

© iOS Logo Copyright of Apple.

© The iOS Logo, that’s including the changelog that was used in this article are courtesy of Apple. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

iOS 9: A Redefined User Interface. A Software Update for Doing.

As iOS 9 is finally available now to download via Software Update in Settings, I am delighted to give you all a run-down of all of the features that iOS 9 brings to the table. Gone are the days where you would need to free up countless amounts of space in order to download an all-important software update in order to get the full experience of a new operating system. Well, now those days are over, as iOS 9 weighs in at a small 1.3 GB, while the installation of iOS 8 was 4.58 GB.

For the first time, the ability of having a 4-digit passcode now expands to 6-digits, as it was felt by Apple that four just wasn’t enough to keep your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad secure, and it is much better this time around as you are given more of a chance to give your iDevice just that extra bit of security.

iCloud Drive, which allows you to store files that you may have been working on in applications, such as Keynote, Pages & Numbers, now has officially got its own standalone iCloud Drive app, which can be enabled by going to Settings –> iCloud –> iCloud Drive –> Show on Home Screen. This is beneficial for those of you who may be looking to reorganise or delete files that you feel you may no longer need or may possibly want to move.

For those of you who may be power-hungry users of the iPhone product line, a new feature is included that will allow you to extend your battery life by more than a few hours if your battery is running low on energy. Low Power Mode is a new feature for the iPhone, which, if you have it turned on, will turn the battery indicator yellow, indicating that the battery’s usage will be extended a few hours beyond the usage time, meaning that you will get to use your iPhone for a few hours longer, without the need of having to worry about charging your iPhone for longer.

iOS 9 also sees the introduction of the all-new News app, which was the most-talked about app shortly after it was introduced back in June during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on the 8th June 2015. This news app is very useful for if you want to keep up-to-date on the news whilst on the go and even if you’re at home, all of the news articles you want will be right at your fingertips.

Throughout the whole of iOS 9, the font has been changed after a very long while from the Helvetica font to the newly-used San Francisco font, which is also a pre-installed system font for the Apple Watch.

A major change has been made in iOS 9, as Passbook has officially been renamed as “Wallet“, along with an all-new application icon.

Also, the Notes app has officially been redesigned, and is bundled with some new features as well that will make note-taking a whole lot easier.

The Photos application finally gets what we’ve all been waiting for. If you are familiar with taking selfies with your friends, they will automatically be sorted into a “Selfie” photo album, and if you’re screenshotting any apps, they will also automatically be sorted into a “Screenshots” photo album of their own. This is useful for if you don’t want to have to scroll through your whole photo album just for that one particular photo you want to set as your wallpaper, or if needs be, to share with your friends, your family, and even your relatives. This is a welcoming new feature for iOS 9 and is also a useful photo & video organiser.

For the first time in Apple history, Apple have given those who are not developers the opportunity to test a Public Beta of iOS 9, after announcing the developer and public betas back in June, and since the first public beta of iOS 9 went live in July, this was a massive opportunity, as this would give you all, including myself, the chance to test out a public version of the software while it’s in development, in order to make the future releases of iOS better than ever. iOS 9.1 was recently released to developers, shortly after the Apple Special Media Event that took place on Wednesday 9th September 2015, and was also released to Public Beta testing. If you want to take iOS 9.1 for a test drive, click here and then click on sign in, and enrol your device or devices for public beta deployment, then follow the instructions listed and download the profile they’ll provide you.

Below are some photos of iOS 9 in action, with notable new features, such as the all-new News app.

iOS 9 and iOS 9.1 are both compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPod touch (5th Generation)
  • iPod touch (6th Generation)
  • iPad 2
  • iPad (3rd Generation)
  • iPad (4th Generation)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini (1st Generation)
  • iPad mini (2nd Generation)
  • iPad mini (3rd Generation)
  • iPad mini (4th Generation)
  • iPad Pro

My final thoughts on iOS 9 and iOS 9.1? I must say, Apple have most certainly pulled out all of the stops on this update, the battery life has improved, and not only that, but the all-new News app works effortlessly without a problem, and I absolutely love it. It’s a lot quicker now to get around iOS than how it was before, and iOS 9 is working at full speed even though I own the iPod touch (5th Generation). I am absolutely pleased to say that I am 100% not at all disappointed with this new update, in fact, iOS 9 is perfect.

If you have already downloaded and installed iOS 9 or iOS 9.1, please feel free to comment below your thoughts on the update, and what you think about this update, and how you feel about iOS 9 overall.

Alex Smithson

© iOS Logo Copyright of Apple & Cisco. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

© Font used for iOS Logo in Featured Image: Segoe UI Light

© Applications visible in the Image also Copyright of Apple

© The photos above were taken on the Nikon D3300 DSLR.

This article is dedicated to Tim Cook, and also the late Steve Jobs.

© Apple 2015

Firework Night / Guy Fawkes Night: DSLR Night Photography

Remember, Remember the 5th of November.

Hello everyone, to mark the occasion, considering tonight was Guy Fawkes night, as well as the fireworks going off for almost 6 hours, I was able to experiment with Night Photography, and I was surprised by the end result of all the photos I took, as the neighbours that live next door to where I live were setting off fireworks, quite a few in fact.

As these photos are sharp and decent, this, for me is a first, because, before, I would take a photo of the moon or something else at night, and the photos would just come up completely grainy, and in some cases, fuzzy. I was taken by surprise by just how well these photos came out, because I was aiming for this type of result for a very, very long time, and I was over the moon to have achieved it.

Tonight also marks Guy Fawkes Night, as Guy Fawkes was famously known for attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament with TNT (Trinitrotoluene) that was full of Gunpowder, which failed, because the Gunpowder was damp, which meant that Guy Fawkes’ plan didn’t work. This eventually lead to Guy Fawkes being caught, and eventually being hung, drawn and quartered.

Below are the photos that I took tonight, and you are free to download the chosen photo you want at your own will. Please note, however, that all of these photos are sized at 6000×4000, which is around 4-20 Megabytes in size.

I hope all of you had a fantastic firework night, and I can’t wait to hear what all of you thought about tonight’s fireworks. Did you enjoy tonight’s fireworks? If so, please feel free to leave your comments below.

Thank you for reading this article :-).

Alex Smithson

A Cold, Wet Start to 2014

Following the New Year’s Day fireworks on Wednesday, I wanted to get some photos of the rain, but instead, wanted to go for a more difficult, hard-to-focus view-point by using my iPod touch’s 5 megapixel camera to capture these photos. I also recorded some video clips using the iPad mini (1st Generation), but noticed while recording the first clip that the bolt of lightning quickly appeared and disappeared in the space of just a split second.

In honesty, what I thought would be the last of this weather, well we were not prepared for this, because after the first bout of this horrible weather came and went, I hoped the first bout would be the last we see of it, but oh no, we have got this second bout of horrid weather, and now the UK is expected to get more of it over the next couple of weeks.

Below are the photos I took yesterday of the weather, but instead focused the iPod touch camera on the raindrops. It was a hard job to focus the camera on the raindrops, but was worth it. The photo of the raindrops works  perfectly as an iPad wallpaper or iPhone/iPod touch wallpaper. I have also provided 2 screenshots of how well the raindrops wallpaper works on the iPad mini, and 2 other screenshots of the same wallpaper on the iPod touch.

Feel free to download the photo of the raindrops on the glass anytime. I have also just finished uploading the video for this blog post “A Cold, Wet Start to 2014”. It’s available to watch now in Full HD for your viewing comfort :-).

Thank you for viewing this blog post.

-Alex Smithson

Hello, and welcome back for the final, chilly month of the year, December!!!

After taking a trip to Wimbledon last week, which I mentioned in my last blog post for last month, I wanted to welcome all of you back for the final month of this year.

As this year draws to a chilly close, I wanted to mark the occasion by making the header and background blend in to every exact detail, giving the blog a flat, elegant Christmas festive feel.

As 2013 ends and 2014 approaches, I thought I’d supply the background for all of you to download and keep for everyday use.

Please let me know what you think of the new look for Christmas in the comments, or even drop me an email via the Contact page.

Thank you.

– Alex Smithson

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A Fantastic Day Out at Battersea Park! – The Video

Hello again! I wanted to let you all know that the video has almost finished uploading to YouTube, and will be available to watch soon on this blog.

I almost forgot, I’ve just uploaded 10 more wallpapers to ‘Nature’s Wonders’ on Dropbox for all of you to download to your iPhone and iPod touch:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zr2lktbowqwswyy/ji5peNVnJl

Update: The video is now available to view in 1080p HD, so thank you all so much for another incredible month, and I’ll continue to post more over September.

Check back on Sunday 1st September for the new header I previously mentioned. I made the header to reflect all four seasons of each year.

and again…Thank you!

A Web of Flowers

As autumn nears, I wanted to make the most of the nice weather whilst I could before it starts to get cold, so I’ve uploaded a few photos of the weather before and during the heavy rainfall from yesterday.

If the nice, warm and breezy weather holds for Tuesday, I may be able to get a lot of photos at Battersea Park, so I’m hoping this good weather lasts.

On the 1st September I will be updating the header on this blog to reflect this autumn, and winter months soon to come. It is a simple, sunrise-based header, with bold text to make it look simplistic.

I have uploaded them as they are on here if you want to save them as an iPad wallpaper, and I almost forgot to mention, I have added at least 8 new wallpapers to the folder ‘Nature’s Wonders’ on Dropbox. I have provided a link below, so feel free anytime to download and use these as an iPhone or iPod touch wallpaper.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zr2lktbowqwswyy/ji5peNVnJl

Keep your eyes peeled, as I will update this post with a video of these photos when the video has finished uploading and processing.

Update: The video has finished uploading and processing, and here it is.

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