I think there were a lot of great tracks released in 2014, and albums with a few really good tracks, but not much stands out for me personally for being solid all the way through. It’s easier to pick a Best of 2014 for individual songs than for total albums.
Having said that, I think these albums are worthy of being heard and received the most play this year, listed in alphabetical order:
The Apache Relay – ‘Apache Relay’
Bored Nothing – ‘Some Songs’
Eagulls – ‘Eagulls’
Future Islands – ‘Singles’
Generationals – ‘Alix’
Mac DeMarco – ‘Salad Days’
Skaters – ‘Manhattan’
Syd Arthur – ‘Sound Mirror’
Temples – ‘Sun Structures’
The Twilight Sad – ‘Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave’
War On Drugs – ‘Lost In The Dream’
Woods – ‘With Light And With Love’
Some favorites released in 2014 are:
The Apache Relay, Alvvays, Bear Hands, Bear’s Den, Brace/Choir, Broods, Cloud Nothings, Cousins, Doug Tuttle, Dum Dum Girls, Eagulls, Father John Misty, Future Islands, Like Herding Cats, Mac DeMarco, Milky Chance, Panama, The Rentals, Skaters, Still Parade, Syd Arthur, Temples, Total Control, The Twilight Sad, The War On Drugs, Woods, Yellow Ostrich
See the playlist for the complete list.
The iPhone 5 had issues with lens flare. Many photos that had a bright sun in it managed to almost always blow the sun out into a purple mess. Apple’s response? Move the camera.
Now that the iPhone 6 is out I was curious how it handled similar shooting situations. Tonight I went for a run at Crissy Field towards the Golden Gate Bridge and took some photos when I reached the Warming Hut pier.
Lens flare is better but it’s still there and prominent enough that you may have to alter your shooting angle or do some post processing to remove it. There was always a small green dot in the frame that moved around depending on where the sun was. (See the videos below)
I took a photo with 3 different photo apps to confirm that it was something inherent with the camera and not something that the software was doing.
I used Apple’s default camera app ‘Camera’, Camera+, and Manual (Custom exposure camera). Here are the results:
Apple ‘Camera’ app:
Apple ‘Camera’ app (HDR):
Manual (Custom exposure camera) app:
I also shot a short video and you can follow the green dot as the sun moves across the frame.
I’m not surprised that the phone does this and I think it mostly handles bright light well for such a small camera but it’s something to keep in mind.