Cherished moments inscribed in photos

Use the Time Stamp to record date and time

As an extension of the previous post in which I showed you how to make substantial use of the Weekly Stamp to record the day of the week, today, I’d like to share my further experience with the Time Stamp.

While the Weekly Stamp can be used in the Auto-Save mode, the Time Stamp for recording date and time can also be used in both Manual and Automatic Save modes. There are a wide variety of stamps available, and if you use them aptly, you can weave your emotions into your pictures at every precious moment.

On a fine autumn day when a cool breeze was blowing, I left my heavy camera at home and walked into my happy daily life, with Retrica in my hand. 

Appreciating Retrica Stamps for marking my existence

When I thought that I would record my experiences and memories using the Time Stamp, the first thing that came to my mind was travel photos. When you are traveling, you find yourself taking pictures at every possible moment as you move from one spot to another. During a trip, you tend to move briskly and run into sights that are not easily found at ordinary times. If you apply the Time Stamp feature to capture such moments on a travel, enabling you to record your footprint vividly!

A flash of longing for great travel photos rushed through me, but I couldn’t bring myself to take a long trip all of a sudden. So, I looked for a nice place to travel within Seoul. The winning place is Eunpyeong Hanok Village! It is less crowded with tourists than Seochon Hanok Village or Bukchon Hanok Village and is perfect for a quiet walk.

First, I stopped in front of the sign at the entrance of the village and opened up Retrica. I tapped on the Stamp button at the bottom, and a digital clock in thick and sturdy letters come up in the middle of the viewfinder, with the date right below the clock in the order of day, month and year – ideal for travel photos.

I started to walk toward a temple called Jingwansa. I took some pictures as I walked along.  To capture the wet atmosphere after rain, I alternated between the Fresh and Jade filters. After about 10 minutes of walk, I could see the Jingwansa Temple, which they say was built more than a thousand years ago. A clear stream was running in the valley near the temple.

After a brief look around the temple, I came back down and walked in the Hanok Village. I looked around small galleries, including the Three Writers Literary Museum housing the traces of three well-known Korean literary artists, and walked along the winding alleys in the part of the village where hanok (traditional Korean houses) were gathered together. At the end of my visit, I had a cup of coffee at a café with a great full view of the village.

Sitting at the café, I flipped through the photos that I took walking around the Hanok Village, and it was as if I was looking at a travel map where all the alleys I visited were marked. I got the feeling that, if I would bring them up again some day in the future, memories of my visit to this hanok village after rain would pop up, one after another. 

Every single moment of our life shines through.

Next is a cooking diary that you can keep with the Time Stamp. Sometimes I eat alone at home. One evening, I decided to cook for myself, and took pictures of the cooking process using the Time Stamp. The menu for the evening was pork cutlet. I took out a pork chop that I had seasoned and coated with bread crumbs in advance, prepared vegetables to bake to garnish the pork cutlet, and sliced a quarter of cabbage to make a salad to go with it. I took a series of pictures from ingredient preparation to frying the pork on the pan to setting the finished food on the table, with the Time Stamp on.

The food in the pictures is not so tempting because I am not a good cook. Nevertheless, I think that it is a good idea to use the Time Stamp when you make something that is time–consuming, such as home-baked bread or jam. It will be great to have records of your life; it will also be good for tracing back and monitoring your cooking process after you finish.

What I have presented so far is about the Time Stamp applicable in the Auto-Save mode. If you use the Time Stamp with Automatic Save on, you can vividly record the time and sight unfolding before your eyes, without delay. On the other hand, the Time Stamp available in the Manual Save setting also has a distinctive appeal of its own.

Press the button at the bottom to set it to Manual Save and take a picture. Then five buttons will appear at the right top of the screen. Tap on the rightmost Stamp, and you will get a series of stamps that you can use in the Manual Save mode. A total of 16 stamps are available, all of which record the date and time and offer a great diversity of designs. If you prefer subtle or cute time stamps, rather than the bold and solid text of the time stamp in the Auto-Save mode, you would like the stamps available in the Manual Save mode. 

<Uki filter applied and Manual Save Time Stamp applied>

There is not a single moment in life that does not shine through. Depending on how you leave a specific moment, it shines more brightly. Our daily life is precious for all of us, and no one would want to waste it away – not even a single day. Why not capture your treasured moments in life into a cluster of photo records – like a cluster of ripe grapes – with Retrica Time Stamp?


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