Hoar Frost With iPhone 11 Pro

I went out in the yard early yesterday and noticed a few leaves with frost. As I looked further I saw most of the leaves in the shade and grasses were covered with heavy Hoar Frost and looked interesting. Since I am still getting used to the iPhone 11 Pro, for the multi-image pano series,  I shot a few more images than usual to help prevent some distortion. But the sun was starting to melt some as it was rising, so I worked quickly to get some of the more interesting subjects. The featured image is 5 overlapping images (2 top, 2 bottom & 1 center) with the 4.3mm lens on my iPhone 11 Pro, then assembled and blended them in Photoshop. For the featured image, I overlapped more than usual since I am still getting use to the iPhone 11 Pro for panos since the lenses are so small. (Sometimes in using the iPhone pano feature, you get distortion or a “warping” look in the panorama). So most times I shoot a series of images to assemble myself in Photoshop. The lenses in the 11 Pro are 1.5mm ( 13mm, Full Frame Digital Equivalent is 13mm), 4.3mm ( 26mm equivalent, Full Frame Digital), and 6mm ( 52mm equivalent, Full Frame Digital).

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2 image panorama, iPhone 11 Pro, 4.3mm lens, iPhone set to 16 x 9 format.

The following images are just single shots (except where noted) with the iPhone set to 16×9 capture format.

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2 Image panorama 4.3mm lens, to show more of the leaf and surrounding area with Hoar Frost.


Hoar Frost on Leaves, 4.3 mm lens, 16×9 iPhone format, single image of above image.

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Hoar Frost on Dandelion, 4.3 mm, iPhone 11 Pro, 16×9 format. (It was quite warm one day last week and a dandelion popped up.)


Hoar Frost on Leaf, 4.3mm, iPhone 11 Pro, 16×9 format

9 Comments on “Hoar Frost With iPhone 11 Pro

  1. Nice frosts, Reed. I just picked up the iPhone 11 Pro and am just getting acquainted but look forward to doing similar. How does downloading from your iPhone work with Lightroom? I haven’t tried it with the new phone yet but the old iPhone 6 caused the import to not function properly and LR would sometimes crash. I had to import through windows and then open in Bridge.

    • Thanks Steve! I do not use Lightroom so I can not answer that. My workflow is Adobe Bridge and bringing in the files into Adobe Camera Raw for adjusting. For some reason I never liked Lightroom. I have used Photoshop since 1990, way before Lightroom. It had no layers, no raw file support and no history to go back a few steps. When I was working on a file I would save a file in multiple versions in case I had to go back. So my workflow is built on decades of upgrades and using Photoshop. I download the images from my Apple cloud as 1 big download per session. I set Bridge to open the iPhone jpegs as “Raw” files for the raw adjustments. If I have a series of similar images I make an “action” to speed up adjusting the files or select a series to apply the same action, I tried switching the iPhone to HEIC Raw files, but they were much larger files, slowed the camera a little if shooting a series and did not see a significant difference over opening jpegs in Camera raw. On my Canon, Olympus & Panasonic cameras, I shoot Raw images. Have you ever tried High Pass sharpening? It is an interesting technique, especially for light or bright subjects or fine detail subjects, but you have to use it with care and not overdue it.

      • In my early days with Photoshop I did try High Pass as well as Smart Sharpen, but then started using Pixel Genius’ Photokit Sharpener, which is now Freeware, and also am now using Nik’s Sharpener Pro. Before LR I always used Bridge and ACR and resisted LR but am now getting comfortable within it and there is a lot you can do before sending an image to PS.

      • I use Nik software and mainly Adobe Camera Raw.for adjusting & enhancing my images. In my old studio, we had 5 wide format printers. So you really got a chance to see how using different techniques and software effects your images when you see the actual print 6 to 12 feet (or larger) wide!

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