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New Malden

My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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Enforced iPhoneography - Does the iPhone6 Compare To A DSLR?

Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

Enforced iPhoneography - Does the iPhone6 Compare To A DSLR?

Rachel Carr

For a couple of months now, I have been meaning to set myself a challenge of producing quality images, just with my iPhone. For whatever reason, I have been procrastinating in following through with this self imposed task, but this weekend, when I visited the town of Waldeck, Germany without a memory card in my DSLR, I had no other choice but to whip out my phone and use it as best a replacement as possible. The images below are all taken with an iPhone6, so ultimately it is up to you, kind blog reader, to decide what you think! It is worth noting, however, that I have edited these images, but in the same manner, and with the same software, that I use for my usual DSLR snaps.

I, myself, am pretty pleased with the results. In particular, I loved taking all the panoramics that my iPhone6 makes it so easy to take. The subject matter that I was so happy to be faced with (lakes, mountains, castles/schloss, and sunsets), lent itself so well to the panoramic function. Plus one's phone, regardless of specification, is such a quick tool to use. On the Friday night, when Mrs L, Miss H and Mrs B and I arrived, we went for a dog walk and I managed to take several photos whilst being able to keep an eye on my errant mongrel. Whilst I usually don't mind being behind my camera on travel trips, I do sometimes feel guilty that I am being anti social to others around me, and also wonder if I can enjoy where I am to the place's full potential if I am worried about whether to switch to my long lens, versus my pancake number. (!)

Ultimately, however, I missed my camera and its lenses. The Home Away abode my girlfriends and I stayed in was slightly elevated, and we were blessed with three straight days of blue skies, and consequently, the most amazing light that I have ever seen here in Germany. So, while it meant that I had a great position with minimal faff needing to be done with ISOs, f numbers and shutter speeds, I could see all these great shots that only a DLSR is capable of with a proper lens and manipulation of its tools. In particular, on both our mornings, a dog induced early rise meant that we could see the fog down on the lake, just visible from our bedroom. The iPhone was simply no match for the long lens of my Canon. It was a shame as it would have made for a wonderfully atmospheric shot (very Lake Eerie), but additionally I also found that I could not achieve the same soft background focus that even a standard lens on my camera can do.

As ever, I love to hear from my readers, and would love to hear your thoughts not only on the images I was able to capture below, but also on what can be achieved with iPhones etc and photography! My contact form is here:

Rachel

PS - I can heartily recommend a trip to Waldeck. Please do get in contact with me for any recommendations. It's a great outdoorsy holiday without the price tags of Swiss and Italian lakes! We stayed here and the owner could not have been nicer to us, and our three puppy dogs. The farm house is in an idylic location with exceptional views. Whilst we were a gaggle of girls more interested in talking over wine and cheese for 48 hours, we did manage to eat at the local Greek restaurant called Athen. The food was pretty tasty and the Ouzo was dolled out pretty freely. For our Saturday afternoon lunch, after a fairly tame amble through the surrounding forests, we ate on the terrace of the Italian Isola Sarda. The food here was delicious but the view was exceptional. The restaurant is situated right on the edge of a hill top so you can see for far and wide while eating a yummy pizza with a cold beer.  On Sunday, we managed to make it down to the water's edge of the Lake Edersee, and it was quiet due to the time of week. However, it was easy to see that there is plenty going on in that region of town too, and I could easily see this as a destination for a family holiday. I hope I get to go back with the husband to show him this stunner of a sleepy German resort.


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