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.
Lets look at the iPhone 5s camera’s specs…
- 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels
- ƒ/2.2 aperture
- Sapphire crystal lens cover
- True Tone flash
- Backside illumination sensor
- Five-element lens
- Hybrid IR filter
- Tap to focus
- Face detection
- Burst mode
- Photo geotagging
- 1080p HD video recording
- 30 fps
- True Tone flash
- Slo-mo video
- Improved video stabilization
- Take still photo while recording video
- Face detection
- 3x zoom
- Video geotagging
Faster A7 Chip
M7 Motion Coprocessor
Better Security (fingerprint ID)
I was planning on upgrading even before they announced all of this. I’m very happy with the improvements to the camera. It sounds like it will help produce higher quality photos. I can’t wait to get my hands on a 5s soon.
Video of the camera
On the drive back from Ashland, I stopped at Lake Shasta to stretch my legs and take a few photos. The lake was really low, which made for some cool cracks in the dirt. I even set up my Nikon on a tripod for some self portraits, but I haven’t checked to see how those turned out yet.
The above photo wasn’t doing a whole lot for me. I like drama in my photos or something a little more interesting than the norm. I tried a mirror image and liked the composition. If I wasn’t too lazy to go back and edit it some more, I’d add a vignette, but I have stuff to catch up on after being away for 6 days.
Shot with camera+. Edited with Snapseed and mirrored with CameraProFX. There are plenty of apps that you can create symmetrical photos with. I just happened to try CameraProFX because I downloaded it recently and wanted to see what it had to offer. I didn’t see anything that made me feel like I need to keep it on my iPhone.
I haven’t been able to shoot or blog much lately. I’ve been busy with grandma and had to run down to the central coast for a few days. I caught a couple of sunsets on the beach, but really wasn’t motivated to take any photos. Its hard to do anything creative when you’re mentally drained. Grandma was doing much better this past week, but yesterday she came down with a fever and got quite ill. Turns out she has pneumonia and may end up back in the hospital :(.
Instead of sitting by her bead while she was sleeping/getting sick, my aunt said I should go do something. Lucky for me, a friend said she was looking for adventure and we ended up doing a spontaneous trip to Big Sur. It was my third trip there this year and her first time ever. I’m probably familiar enough with the coast there that I could do workshops now.
Since we left around 3, we didn’t have a lot of time to explore. I decided to take her to Julia Pfeiffer Burns to see McWay Falls because its the most gorgeous spot on the coast. This waterfall is on the same trail, but in the opposite direction. The tourists all go to see the waterfall on the beach, but this one is a nice surprise after a little hike along the creek and through the woods.
Shot with camera+. Edited with Snapseed.
We’ve got quite a few new readers here since my interview was posted at iphonephotographyschool.com. The last two days have been my top two days for visitors since I started this blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. Anyways, for the new people that might not know my current situation, I moved in with my grandmother last month to take care of her because she has dementia. It’s so much more demanding than I ever imagined.
Yesterday, my aunt took grandma to see the doctor because shes had headaches for over a week now. We still don’t know what they’re from. We had a heat wave last week, she’s stopped taking one medication, and it could just be allergies. Who knows? She also got her wrist x-rayed and blood drawn. Next week she gets to wear a heart monitor because her pulse and blood pressure are low. Not what you want to see in someone that has fallen twice this year.
They were gone at the doctor for an awfully long time, so I decided to surprise her by picking up some flowers at the store. They looked very nice in the store, but when I got home and unwrapped them, one of the gerbera daises was snapped off the stem. Someone had just laid it in the bouquet anyways :(. Oh well, she liked them all the same.
Today looks like its going to be challenging. When we have a day that’s outside of her routine, like yesterday, she is extra confused, anxious, worrisome, and forgetful. Last night, she kept asking me if I ate dinner, even though I ate right in front of her. Then, this morning she asked me how long I’m staying, like I’m only visiting. Fingers crossed that she regains some clarity and we have a mellow weekend.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed. I added some pop with the drama filter and used a circular tilt shift filter to try and draw more attention to the daisy and blur out the background. It changed the image just enough to make a difference. Often times, when everything is in focus, its hard for the viewer’s eye to go where you want it. Using a vignette or blur is a great way to lead them to your subject.
Yesterday, I drove my grandma and my mom to see my cousin’s baby who had just flown in from China the other day. Here, Anu is showing her great grandma the stick she’d been playing with. She’s only a year and a half, but shes really really big. It was funny watching her reaction to walking barefoot on the grass. I guess there isn’t a whole lot of it in China. I hear its mainly used for dogs to do their business.
On the drive to my cousin’s house, grandma was asking us questions about Dementia and if we thought she has it (she does.) She asked for examples of other things besides memory loss. She seemed to be pretty lucid a few times yesterday and when she was, she was curious about her health. She knows her memory is fading.
At dinner, we were talking about the day. She said she thought someone was coming to see her earlier. That’s because the day before, she kept talking about a nurse that was coming by to evaluate her. I reminded her that she had a whole house full of people that morning with two of her daughters, a caregiver, and a nurse. She couldn’t remember it at all. You could see the fear and frustration in her eyes as she was on the verge of tears. It’s an emotional thing to witness, as you can imagine.
I went to on of the more hidden beaches around here recently. I’ve been here a few times before, but never remember seeing this stop sign in the surf. There’s a whole section of beach closed for some dang birds, the snowy plover. There were ropes and other trespassing signs, but this stop sign seemed out of place.
Shot with camera+. Edited with XnSketch.