Summer is here and I feel a little giddy…a la the Disney Frozen character Olaf as he sang:

“A drink in my hand

My snow up against the burning sand

Prob’ly getting gorgeously tanned

In summer”

Summer is a time to celebrate life, to recharge, and to spark imagination.  I love hearing vacation stories from my colleagues.  I not only find inspiration from their travels, but I often learn a lot about one of my passions – how technology is enhancing our personal lives.  We often use our vacations to experiment with technology since we have more time to play with the different buttons and settings on the gadgets or the software/apps on our mobile devices that accompany us in our travels. 

This June my family took a road-trip to Oregon.  My husband’s family accompanied us and the 9 of us drove 1,500 miles in 7 days. Here was our itinerary:


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Armed with a combination of the iPhone 6 and my Canon Rebel digital SLR we took over 2,000 pictures!  Our family is passionate about taking pictures and we also wanted to do a little experiment.  We’d seen a lot of billboards in the Bay Area that were part of Apple’s “Shot with an iPhone 6” outdoor campaign but we wondered which of our pictures would turn out better – those shot from the smartphone or those from the digital SLR.  The iPhone was newer technology, but could it really compare with an SLR? 

Here is what we experienced….

The iPhone 6 took better pictures of full-sun landscapes.  On Day 1 it had the best shot of Mount Shasta in Northern California.  On Day 2, it captured the intense blues of Crater Lake most effectively.  In Florence, the iPhone 6 made you want to grab your camping gear and head off to Honeyman State Park.


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Yet, the SLR held it’s own in other situations.  When you wanted a close up of a person, a flower, or the beach tide pools of Newport, the Canon SLR worked best.  Why? According to my research, it’s because of optical zoom – a feature that my SLR has but the iPhone 6 does not.  Also, in the low light of the rainforest within Prehistoric Gardens as well as the shady Redwood National Park we had most success with the Canon. 

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Regardless which camera option you use, it’s always a good idea to brush up on photography tips before you pack up and hit the open road. 

Do you share a technology passion? If so, I’d love to hear more about how technology positively impacted your summer vacation.  Write a blog or post a Tweet and remember to use the hashtag #myhightechvacation.

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