The First VermPhoto Gear Review - The iPhone 5 for Nature Photography

December 25, 2012  •  2 Comments

Huh? The iPhone for nature photography?  You must be crazy (that's besides the point).  The other day I was hanging out with a herd of sheep (wild ones this time, uh I mean "wild" like in wildlife) taking some tight portraits with Edie, my trusty Nikkor 500 mmMy wild girlfriend (as not in wildlife) had requested I send her a pic of the canyon I was in.  Not wanting to swap out lenses and expose my sensor to a bunch of dust, I turned to my iPhone and started shooting.  Let's check out a sample image and see how the iPhone 5 performed:

Young bighorn ram copulating with ewe

Whip the iPhone 5 out and who knows what will happen.  This young bighorn ram sneaks in a quickie while the older males ignore him.  If the ewes were receptive, this boy would have probably got his butt kicked.

 

Looks good to me.  Shadow detail held nicely and resolution is fine (image cropped ~15%, otherwise just as it came out of the phone with no post processing).  Despite the iPhone's lengthy shutter lag, the action was still captured at it's climax, giving the viewer a feeling of being part of the moment.

"C'mon Verm," you say, "you just got luckier than that young ram. Nobody in their right mind would turn to the iPhone to shoot nature."  Au contraire, the iPhone has a number of handy apps to help you with your shooting.  I like the following.  

First is The Photographer's Ephemeris, which will calculate sun and moon positions and phases anywhere on the planet at any time of day during any day of your lifetime - great stuff to know for planning out your landscape shots.

Second is a depth of field calculator, there are several free ones available. 

The third app I like is iBird PRO, which I use to ID birds as well as look up info on their behaviors and use that knowledge to help me get the shots I want.

So grab your phone and get lucky,

Verm

 

 


Comments

Julie Garrison Frederick(non-registered)
C'mon. You staged this! ;-)
dkish(non-registered)
this is the best iPhone photo ever!
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