If you’ve never been to Ashland, Oregon, the deer aren’t scared of people at all. If you go for a walk in Lithia Park, you’ll probably see some…along with some tourists trying to get as close as they can for photos. Please don’t do that, btw.
This doe came down into the park for a snack with 2 fawns while my friends and I were sitting on the grass. They were all eating for about 20 minutes while people stood, stared, and tried to get photos.
I had my Nikon on me all day and hadn’t used it much, so I put it back in the apartment because I was tired of wearing the backpack. It figures that this would be when something interesting would happen.
As the doe and fawns grazed, they slowly migrated over towards us. Thats when I started to use my iPhone and got the above photo. I knew the lighting wasn’t great. The shutter speed might not be fast enough to keep moving animals sharp. I figured I would shoot anyways.
Next thing I know, the doe is walking right up to me and ended up getting about 6 feet from me. I tried to lower my iPhone and steady it near the ground. As you can see below, the shutter speed really wasn’t fast enough to freeze the action.
This is the type of situation I’d like to test how the iPhone5s performs. My guess is the 5s will create a higher quality image for a few reasons. First, the larger sensor and wider aperture will allow more light in, which allows for faster shutter speeds. Also, you can shoot in burst mode, up to 10 frames per second, and the iPhone will choose the sharpest version. If I understand correctly, the 5s is also capable of taking 4 photos of the same image and merging the sharpest parts of each to create the sharpest possible photo. Combine all of those technologies and you’re sure to get a better image.