Moment Wide V2 Review

Sorry! This post is long overdue. I had wanted to put together a video reviewing the new Moment Wide V2 lens, but life kept getting in the way. I'm also a bit of a perfectionist and was never quite satisfied with my video recordings. Finally throwing caution to the wind, I give you my thoughts on Moment's second lens generation, the V2. Spoiler alert, it's a great lens!

Displaying Polaroids

Our friend's grandfather taken with a Polaroid camera some time during the 1960s. I float-mounted the Polaroid inside of an 8" x 8" glass frame.

Between my posts about the Moment Lenses, I wanted to share with readers my technique for displaying Polaroids. A friend of ours recently asked me to frame a cherished Polaroid of her grandfather taken some time during the 60s. Her father had kept the Polaroid in his wallet for a number of years resulting in a well loved, but damaged picture. The friend wanted the Polaroid framed before it became completely destroyed. I do not have the skills to scan and restore old photos and encouraged her to do so. One of the challenges for me was to mount and frame the Polaroid so that if in the future our friend wanted to have a restored photograph it could be easily removed and scanned.

The Polaroid was carefully attached to a small piece of foam core.

I typically mount my Polaroids to a Polaroid Print Mount. These self-adhesive cardboard mounts were sold by Polaroid and helped prevent instant photographs from getting creases, tears, and other damage. The more modern mounts included a template for the owner to record information such as the subject, date, name, address, and additional copies of the Polaroid. I chose not to mount our friend's Polaroid to a print mount because I was worried that it might further damage the delicate picture. Instead, I used a non-toxic adhesive to carefully attach the Polaroid to a small piece of foam core. By float-mounting the Polaroid, it provides a pleasing separation between the image and its background (another piece of foam core).


Our friend's Polaroid of her grandfather (on the left) and Olive (on the right) from the series, Olive in the Wild. 

This is my favorite method for displaying my Polaroids. While it takes some time and patience, it is rewarding to show off one's works of art. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in having one or several Polaroids framed. If readers are interested in doing this on their own here is a link with a more detailed description explaining how I frame my Polaroids.

Using Moment Lenses

The family and I just returned from our vacation to the Great North Woods of Wisconsin. I took with me my entire mobile photography kit including all four of the Moment lenses. These include a wide, telephoto, macro, and super fish lens. I shot with all but the macro lens and will use it later to take some extreme close-ups of the rocks and other items my daughter picked up along the way.

For those who are new to mobile photography, having a lens (or two) helps to change things up  a bit. While it's not necessary to have one, I enjoy the extra field of view a wide angle lens provides. The Moment Wide lens provides two times the coverage compared to my iPhone 6's lens by itself. (The Moment Wide is an 18mm lens whereas the iPhone is around 30mm.) I even use it when shooting videos. It is especially helpful when taking photographs in tight places such as a hotel room. All of the Moment lenses are well made using both metal and glass. They mount to the Moment phone case or a small metal plate that easily attaches to just about every smart phone and most of the Apple iPads. Check out the Moment website for more details.

I look forward to sharing more about the Moment lenses and cases. Please know that I am in no way receiving any type of compensation from Moment. I simply believe they make an excellent product that takes one's mobile photography and videography to the next level and beyond.

Check out some of the photos below that I took with my Moment Wide lens and the Moment app.

Welcome to Minocqua. This photo was taken using my iPhone 6s Plus and the Moment Wide lens. I also used the Moment app to capture the image.

Besties! This photo of our daughter (on the left) was taken using the Moment Wide lens. I love the wide angle perspective it offers for these kinds of photos.

Miniature Golf. This late night photo was taken with the Moment Wide lens.

Mobile Photography

 Using my iPhone 6s Plus and a  Moment telephoto lens , I was able to capture this photo of our daughter, Olive. I used  Adobe Lightroom Mobile  and  Snapseed  to help me edit the photo.  

Using my iPhone 6s Plus and a Moment telephoto lens, I was able to capture this photo of our daughter, Olive. I used Adobe Lightroom Mobile and Snapseed to help me edit the photo.  

I am new to mobile photography, specifically iPhoneography and iPhone videography. Since I no longer own a DSLR (my son owns it instead), I use the best camera there is, the one I have with me all the time, which is my iPhone 6s Plus. Yes, it's an old cliche, but it makes perfect sense to me. I remember a number of years ago when the famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz, declared the iPhone 4s as the snapshot camera of today. I scoffed at her comment and thought, "Me? Never!" That was 2011 and I was still shooting film, so I had quite a ways to go before I began shooting all digital.

A little less than a year ago is when I had a serious talk with myself about using my iPhone as my go to camera. I no longer owned a DSLR and I didn't want another one due to it's heavy weight and large size. Before, I lugged my DSLR around to every event, big or small, so that I could capture a few moments of family, friends, and the occasional landscape photo. Meanwhile, my wife was taking thousands of photos with her iPhone and, I'm a bit embarrassed to admit, was getting about the same results as me. That was without using a dedicated editing program such as Adobe's Lightroom, and she was sharing her photos with friends and family way quicker that I ever was given the time it takes to download files to a computer, edit said photos, and then upload my favorites to various social media platforms. 

Now, before I continue, please don't think this post is another iPhone vs. DSLR smackdown match. All cameras and accessories have their place in the world of photography. However, for me, the iPhone has freed me from constantly having to carry around a DSLR to restaurants, work, the park, school, and a myriad of other places. With my iPhone, I can capture, edit, and upload in a matter of minutes. For a person like me, with little patience, it has opened my eyes to photography's potential. I am learning something new about mobile photography on a daily basis. I am excited about the future of mobile photography and where it will take me.

 The required sunrise photo! This was taken while visiting my parents in Florida. I used my iPhone 6s Plus along with the  Moment Wide lens  to capture this scene.  Adobe Lightroom Mobile  and  Snapseed  were used to make various adjustments. Mobile photography has come a long way since the flip phone!

The required sunrise photo! This was taken while visiting my parents in Florida. I used my iPhone 6s Plus along with the Moment Wide lens to capture this scene. Adobe Lightroom Mobile and Snapseed were used to make various adjustments. Mobile photography has come a long way since the flip phone!

I look forward to sharing more about mobile photography and videography in upcoming posts. There is a lot that has been written about accessories, apps, and artists. However, my goal is to offer something unique, especially for other first time users of mobile photography. I don't believe there is a right or wrong way to get started. The beauty of mobile photography lies in the fact that we have a camera with us at all times. Use it!


Baby Bunnies . . . In our Garden

 Apple iPhone 6s Plus. I've included a quick summary of the apps I used for this photograph at the end of the post.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus. I've included a quick summary of the apps I used for this photograph at the end of the post.

Here is yet another reason as to why I would never make a good farmer. I'd allow the wildlife to eat up my crops (with the exception of squirrels, I strongly dislike squirrels). While looking over our vegetable garden this morning, my wife and daughter discovered a nest of newborn bunnies. The mother made her nest right next to the carrots. I know, what a cliche! I don't want to name them, but if I had to I would, of course, go with Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, etc. Gosh they are cute, and gosh they will destroy our garden, but I can't help admire Mother Nature's tenacity for newborns. Truth be told, I'll be pleased if just one of these little guys makes it to a full grown rabbit. We have a couple of red-tailed hawks, stray cats, probably a black snake or two living in and around our neighborhood. An even greater predator is our three-year old daughter, Olive. She desperately wants to hold the bunnies, and I can't blame her! We have explained to her that she can't touch the bunnies, hold the bunnies, bring the bunnies inside, or drive them around in her Barbie car. Otherwise, the bunnies will die! (That last sentence is my line to Olive.) Good luck to Olive and the bunnies.

So, here's to hoping these little guys make it over the next several weeks. Here's to hoping that they won't eat all of our carrots. Kudos to you, Momma Rabbit for finding the perfect place to rear your young!

Apps used for this photograph include; Moment (Photo capture), Adobe Lightroom Mobile (adjustments), Adobe Photoshop Express (because it had the filter I wanted), and Snapseed (for the frame, I swear that I thought Adobe PE had frames)

Welcome! (First time visitors should start here.)

This is, I hope, my third and final Polaroid Blog web site. (Actually, it's number four if I count my Word Press site.) I'm leaving this page at the top so that first time visitors can get a feel for what can be found on this site.

First and foremost, I no longer shoot Polaroid cameras. I know, weird! Right? Now that Fuji no longer manufactures peel-apart film there's no more film left to shoot. Although that's not entirely true, I don't want to pay the asking prices for today's film. As of this post, a box of Fuji FP-100c (10 shots) is going for $28. While I have no problem with the law of supply and demand, I simply don't want to spend that kind of money on a box of film given what I like to shoot. So, why the blog? I will always have a soft spot in my heart for instant photography. I grew up with it (and thought it was pure magic), and it brings back lots of happy memories. I have 100s of instant photos of our daughter and I hope that she will grow to love and cherish them as much as I love and cherish the photos taken of me.

So, what am I shooting with these days? My iPhone. I am as excited about mobile (and digital in general) photography as I was about the Polaroid camera and film. I am also learning about video and editing and look forward to perfecting these skills. I have and use a number of accessories with my iPhone that I will write more about in a future post. A lot of my work is posted on Instagram as well as Eyem. Use the links below to find me.

Included on this site are a number of instant film projects I have worked on over the years as well as scans of Polaroids I've inherited. The following link will take visitors to my old Word Press site, which contains (I think) useful information on Polaroid cameras and accessories.

My favorite page is the Found Family Polaroids. These include both integral and peel-apart Polaroids taken of me over my years of growing up. I've also included a post about my framing technique. My framed Polaroids are float-mounted and this is a service I will gladly offer to others. Stay tuned for more information.

Finally, everything on this site is my own opinion. I'm not paid to push or promote anyone's product or service. (If I am, I will make note of it in my posts.) When reviewing photo equipment and gear, I will do my best to be fair and honest. In addition, I plan to write posts about the apps I'm using. These are as important as the equipment. Without them, I wouldn't be able to post yet another picture our daughter. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments. Instant photography experts abound as do experts in general. I maintain this site because I want to share with others my passion for Polaroid cameras and instant photography. Take it or leave it, but thanks for stopping by and taking a look around!