I went for a drive over Mt. Hamilton last week, trying to escape the insanity that is the bay area. I was also on the lookout for fall color, and, surprisingly, there was plenty of it. I have a color film print from this area that is about 15 years old now. Everytime I see it in that album, I’m reminded that there is actually some color in the area around this time of year.
I got serious with my iPhoneography on this day trip, since my Nikon is still broken. I used an iPro 2x telephoto lens and mounted it on a tripod. Normally, I handhold when using HDR apps like TrueHDR and ProHDR, but using a tripod gives a better result because the 2 images are actually lined up. On this day, ProHDR performed better for me. I use TrueHDR most of the time, but it left the scenes looking a little flat.
I did notice, and maybe you did too, that the telephoto lens was adding a blurred vignette to the images. Thats not great if you’re all about capturing the best image quality, but it doesn’t mean you can’t use it creatively. I’ll just have to think of it as a new challenge.