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Morning photo: Autumn light

Golden hues

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Light slanting under the cloud deck approaching from the west lights up the shore of Dillon Reservoir, while Peak 1 is shrouded in storm clouds.

FRISCO — There’s almost nothing better, from a photography standpoint, then when an approaching storm coincides with the sunrise. It happens every autumn a few times, but the intense drama of the lighting always takes me by surprise, like Friday morning, when I forgot to take my DSLR along for the morning dog walk near Heaton Bay. So I ended up shooting the dawn light with my iPhone. A year ago, that would have stressed me out and I would have fretted about not having my “real” camera. Not so much anymore. Instead, I just enjoyed playing with the iPhone, tilting the lens toward and away from the light to try and get an optimal exposure and appreciating the way the sensor reacts to those subtle changes.

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Dawn light under an approaching storm.

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Fall storm, Tenmile Range.

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Pure gold.

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First snow, Officers Gulch.

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End of the road …

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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.
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