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Morning photo: Going mobile

A year of iPhoneography

Slanting sunlight on the Snake River picked up by the iPhone, enhanced with a camera filter app.

Slanting sunlight on the Snake River picked up by the iPhone, enhanced with a camera filter app.

FRISCO —I’ve had my iPhone for a year now, and I probably use it as much for photography as anything else. As much as I’d heard (and seen) about the iPhone’s camera, I have to admit that I’m a bit old-school when it comes to photography, having learned the basics in a black and white darkroom, working on school newspaper and yearbook photos. It didn’t take long for me to adapt to digital imaging — I never really liked turning my film over to a photo shop and then waiting for a few days to get prints. And when I started playing with iPhone camera and editing apps, I quickly decided that the whole concept of mobile compact photography is worthwhile addition to my photography quiver. I almost always have my DSLR with me, but there have been a few situations when I’ve learned to let go of the Nikon and to trust the iPhone. I especially like the way it responds in low-light situations, and the sensitivity of the sensor to slight tilts of the lens. I’m not trying to be all evangelical, but I’d feel pretty weird at this point heading out to shoot without packing my phone along.

Sunrise in an aspen grove.

Sunrise in an aspen grove.

Down on the corner ...

Down on the corner. The iPhone camera did a fine job of picking up the sun’s glow on the snow.

Sunset over the Tenmile Range.

Sunset over the Tenmile Range.

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Dawn in Frisco, Colorado. An Instagram filter helped add some depth to the color palette.

Lucky shot

Lucky shot, but not completely lucky. I’d been eying this spot on the face of Dillon Dam for a few days, thinking that it could be good with some early morning backlighting. What I didn’t count on was the gust of wind knocking some of the frost of the trees as I pointed my camera at the scene. To me, it’s amazing that the tiny iPhone was able to pick up so much nuanced light and detail in the shadows.

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response

  1. I do agree with so much of his… I used to take a camera everywhere, but now it’s “hey, the iPhone is in my bag, and it can cope with most things I throw at it!”

    That, together with the instant editing and posting…even from the bus.. has made it my camera of choice for over a year.

    It’s great to read we have such a skilled “convert” !!
    Sue

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