AMITIAE - Wednesday 28 December 2011
Fotopedia Wild Friends: A Superb Collection of European Wildlife Images
I have looked at three previous apps for the iPad from Fotopedia: on Burma, and on North Korea (both topical right now) and on Japan. In all three reviews I have written, which I am putting online again, the app is secondary to the content: the beautiful photographs that even oppressive regimes can do nothing about. This week a third app came into my collection: Wild Friends. This free app is available for the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad.
The opening screen is organised slightly differently to the other Fotopedia apps I looked at. The full collection of images, or a slide show are still there, but below these are a series of stories -- text plus a photographic essay. Six are shown on the main screen, but pressing the icon to the left brings up all 20 of those available. As well as a Settings link and a connection to Facebook, the main page displays three of the other Fotopedia apps. Like the stories (above) an icon to the left displays all nine so far produced
The tools on the side (from the top down) are: shuffle (reordering the images); slideshow; a star to make the image a favourite and enter it into the Favourites section in My Activity on the main page; a globe icon that reveals a map of where the photograph was taken; an Information icon (i) that opens a text panel to the right of the photograph with a Wikipedia text shown (an arrow takes us to the Wikipedia page); and a search tool that brings up a panel with Fauna, Flora, Locations and Miscellaneous. As an indication of the wide-ranging nature of the app, some 46 countries are listed in Locations. Flora has Flowering Plant and Others Plants (sic), while Fauna has 18 classifications from Amphibian to Worm.
CommentAs I started scrolling through some of the images that are available in Fotopedia Wild Friends I was green with envy: the quality of these photographs are something that I aspire to. The quality inspires and makes me want to get my camera out of the bag and find something to focus on. My own attempts with the herons and orioles that come tantalizingly close are never quite good enough. You have to have patience, and a good camera.
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