Driving Home For Christmas = One Hour Long Version

This beautiful one hour long song by Chris Rea singing Driving Home For Christmas reminds me of when I lived and toured as a DJ in beautiful Norway.

One job saw me having to leave one gig and get to another within hours. I was DJing at the Viking Hotel in Harstad, Norway back in 1986 (I bloody hated it there working from 8pm – 4am) If ever you think DJing is easy try doing 8 hours without a break and having to mix the music up so much….. Christmas Carols, Simple Minds, Stranglers, Abba, local Pop Stars and just about everything you can think of…..

Never mind I was in a SUV at 4.30am (sober for a change) with a Danish guy who was driving me and all my baggage and music back to beautiful Tromso which I loved.

This song will always remind me of this journey!

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Google Pixel 5

I’ve just been gifted a Google Pixel 5 from my wife….

This is so I can go back and learn to use the feature packed camera often!

New Features & Updates Detailed

The Pixel 5 uses a 12MP IMX363 camera as its main sensor. This is the same sensor found on the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 3a, as well as the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G. The big change on the Pixel 5, however, is its new 16MP ultra-wide shooter which takes over from the Pixel 4’s 16MP telephoto camera lens.

The inclusion of a 16MP ultra-wide shooter means that you can now take EPIC shots of cityscapes and landscapes without having to step back. All you have to do is select the ultra-wide-lens option and the camera will switch to that mode, allowing you to capture more from the same spot.

How To Use Pixel 5’s Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

Using the Pixel 5’s ultra-wide-angle camera is really simple. The setting to switch to the ultra-wide-angle lens is built into the camera app. All you have to do is select the .6x option and the Pixel 5 will switch to ultra-wide.

As you can see from the images above, with the Pixel 5’s ultra-wide-angle lens you can fit more of your subject matter into focus without moving the phone itself – the lens does all the work.

The ultra-wide-angle lens is great for shooting landscapes or cityscapes, as you can fit in way more of what’s in front of you into the frame. It’s simple to use, it adds a load of utility, and it makes the Pixel 5’s camera a lot more versatile than the Pixel 4’s.

Pixel 5 Camera Modes Explained

  • Panorama – With panorama, you can take shots of massive landscapes or cityscapes by stitching together multiple shots. For best results, use a tripod and take a series of shots, following the prompts on the screen. Once you’re done, the Pixel 5 will stitch together the images and make a panorama that you can share online and via things like Facebook.
  • Photo Sphere – Photo Sphere allows you to take 3D photos, again, by stitching together multiple shots. Once you open the app, you’ll be prompted to take a series of shots in sequence and then the Pixel 5 will stitch them together and form an interactive 3D image.
  • Lens – Google Lens is really cool. With it, you can use your camera to find information on all manner of things. For instance: say your buddy has a new pair of shoes, you can point your camera at the shoes and Google will pull information from online about where you can buy them. Lens also works with landmarks and all kinds of things.