Another Lake Woodruff NWR Landscape

Here is another 2 image iPhone Landscape panorama from our visit to Lake Woodruff NWR in Florida. The 2 images were brought into Photoshop on 2 separate layers, then I let Photoshop align and blend them into one final image. In this image if you look closely you will see 9 Black Vultures on the path. The images were shot with the 4.3mm lens (full frame FOV equivalent would be 26mm). In previous visits years ago the vultures would sometimes follow you around on the paths. When this first happened it was a little unnerving to have a large bunch Vultures follow you for a quite while. As we walked they were making a hooting noise. At least this time they flew away if we walked close.

6 Image iPhone Panorama

On our trip to Lake Woodruff NWR in Florida I relied on my iPhone 11 Pro for my wide angle or panorama images. I am really liking the quality of the images I get from it for my panoramas. It was a lot easier to walk the trails without carrying 2 larger cameras. Especially in the warm Florida heat. The above featured image was taken with the 1.5mm lens (Full Frame Camera Field of View equivalent would be 13mm). I do not use the panorama feature much on the iPhone 11 Pro because of distortion in the iPhone panorama image on the ends of the image and some warping in the middle of the image. I prefer to shoot a series of regular individual images and then assemble my panorama in Photoshop which reduces the strange “warping” in the center and on the far ends. Plus I get very large files for printing.

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8 image iPhone Panorama, 4.3mm lens (Full frame FOV 26mm)

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3 image iPhone 11 Pro Panorama, 1.5mm Lens (Full Frame FOV 13mm)

Below are examples of Panorama Warping when using the Panorama feature on the iPhone 11 Pro. The wider the lens you select, the more distortion in the file. The ends are farther away so you get a “bowing look” in the middle. And the ends “fall” back away giving a bending look. Plus when shooting individual images for the panorama or stacked panorama, I get a very large detailed file for printing.

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14 Image iPhone Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge Landscape Panorama

For this landscape I used the 1.5mm lens on the iPhone 11 Pro and shot 14 images. (Full Frame Camera Field of View equivalent is 13mm). I brought the files into Adobe Camera Raw to adjust the files and pull out detail and balance my settings. Than I open them into one layered Photoshop file with each image in a layer. Next in Photoshop I align and blend Automatically the 14 images into one final blended image. I still have layered sections and save the layered file just in case I need to touch up something. Then I flatten the image for the final image.

Lake Woodruff NWR Sunrise

When we were at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge I mainly used my iPhone 11 Pro for landscapes. I did not want to carry 2 larger cameras, so I used long lenses on my main camera and relied on my iPhone for landscapes. I have found that when shooting a series of images to blend for panoramas, you have to overlap the images even more on the iPhone than with a regular camera. I did not want to use the panorama feature on the iPhone because you usually get an odd warped distortion or curved section in the middle of the panorama even if the subject is straight across from you. I think this is mostly because of the extremely small lenses for the sensor in the iPhone. I also used the 16:9 format in the iPhone for many of these images instead of the standard 4:3 format.

The featured image is 3 horizontal images stacked vertically. I shot these with the 1.5mm lens, 4:3 format, iPhone 11 Pro. (Full Frame Equivalent is 13mm)

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4 horizontal image Panorama, 1.5mm lens

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7 horizontal image Cloud Panorama, 6mm lens

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8 Image Panorama, 1.5mm lens (At corner of path where path turns 90 degrees) This is also the look you get when using the built in pano feature in the iPhone even if it is not at a corner, but is a straight horizon in front of you. It distorts the sections right in front of you because  it is closer to the lens. That is why I shoot multiple images and assemble them in Photoshop.

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2 Image Panorama, 1.5mm lens

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3 Image Panorama, 4.3mm lens

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4 Horizontal Images, Vertical stacked Panorama, 4.3 mm lens

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.

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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.)

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

Fall Walk In The Woods

We took a walk through the woods at a local park just to get some fresh air. I only had my iPhone 11 Pro with me since I was not thinking anything would be interesting to photograph. The sun was low and most of the leaves were off the trees, but the shadows of the trees were amazing. The iPhone did a nice job photographing in a variety of lighting conditions. After getting use to the new iPhone for a while now, I tend not to use the pano mode as much,  preferring to shoot multiple images to assemble my own wider or panorama views. Even with the 1.5mm lens selected (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm), I want more width without more height. On this walk I had enabled the phone to shoot HEIC Raw files instead of jpeg files. This way I supposedly had true Raw Data to work with in Adobe Bridge before opening in Photoshop instead of enabling Adobe Camera Raw to open jpegs as Raw files with settings. Also for certain scenes I like using the 16:9 capture mode setting for longer scenes without using the 4:3 usual capture. The 16:9 does not work with the 1.5mm lens.

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1.5mm lens 

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1.5mm lens

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16:9 format – 4.3 lens

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2 image panorama – 4.3mm lens

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4.3mm lens 16:9 Format

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2 image panorama – 1.5mm lens – assembled in Photoshop

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2 image vertical panorama – 4.3 format

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4.3mm (26mm Full Frame Equivalent) 16:9 Camera Format

 

Rain Drops After The Storm

I am still testing the iPhone 11 Pro for a variety of photo subjects. These are to see how it does for closeup details. Not quite a macro camera, but very close. Plus because of the iPhone 11’s small lenses you get quite a bit of depth of field for these closeup subjects.

For these images I was using the 6mm lens (Full Frame equivalent would is 52mm)

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iPhone 11 Pro – 16 x 9 Format

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iPhone 11 Pro -16 x 9 format

 

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iPhone 11 – 16 x 9 format

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A little closer view

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Wet Leaves In Grass

 

 

 

 

 

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