Number One

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Our iPhone 14 Pro phones arrived yesterday. After doing all the things that it takes to transfer data, photos and apps from one phone to another, the light turned wonderful. I couldn’t do much about it immediately. Luckily, all of that took only about 30 minutes. Apple has transfer procedures down to a fine science. It was pretty seamless.

I looked outside and the sky was still doing all sorts of beautiful things so out the door I went. I made about 15 frames. This was among the very first.

The phone’s camera is easy to use. But, iPhone cameras have generally been very instinctive to use. In this case you can even work in RAW if you want to, but that takes a flip of a switch in settings. I use Snapseed for basic phone development and post production. When you develop a RAW file, the desktop changes so that you can work on RAW files.

Why RAW? The file contains more data. It’s more like a film negative. More data equals a better final photograph. If I use a DSLR or mirrorless camera I only work in RAW. So, why change because I’m using a phone?

Look at the picture.

Usually, I complain about phone imagery showing a lack of depth, not any more. It’s contrast is smooth and doesn’t clump up. The image is what older photographers — like me — call “creamy.” The color is rich but isn’t garish. I’ve tested sizing. Obviously, I could only use the screen, but I upsized it to about 20×24 inches and there is no problem. I didn’t test it further, but still that’s a good sized photograph.

By the way, that’s what fall looks like.



9 responses to “Number One”

  1. allentimphotos2 Avatar

    It looks as if you have winner in both the image and the new phone. Do you think it is the new software or the lens that has been improved? I’ve got an old RX and I usually photograph using the Lr Camera.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Oh yes. The optics and processor are much better than even the 13. Apple has made a big deal of that. In fact, they are pushing the 12 pro, but not the pro max, which is a slightly bigger phone.

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      1. allentimphotos2 Avatar

        Thank you. I’m not likely to get a new phone as there are other things ahead of that on my list.


      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Two things happened. I lost my phone even though at the time I was holding it in my hand, and it was Musical Miss’ normal upgrade cycle time. In truth, I’ve only been shooting with my phone for many months so this phone is important to me. They are expensive, but when you consider what they do, they do a lot for little money.

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      3. allentimphotos2 Avatar

        Yes, I totally agree that they do a lot. It’s like having a small computer, camera, calculator, radio in your pocket. I may looking into AT&T’s buy back lease system. The only drawback is that the phone is locked and I still travel and use a sim card when going to another country. I know there are E-sims but I’ve not explored them enough to feel confident. What have you heard?


      4. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        There are a couple of ways to deal with traveling. For foreign travel, you can usually tell the telco where you are going and they re-port your number so that you won’t be charged roaming fees. We do that with a couple phones. We also buy “burner” phones on site to use in whichever country we happen to be traveling in. Domestically, there is no issue. I’ve been using a New Mexico area code for years. My wife uses 716, a Brooklyn area code in New Orleans and, now, Virginia.

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  2. kunstkitchen Avatar

    Wow, that looks amazing. Such detail.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Isn’t that something? I used to say that the problem with phone photography is that the resulting image doesn’t have a lot of depth. Not anymore. The sensor-processing ships are just great. I may never use a camera again.

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      1. kunstkitchen Avatar

        It’s very impressive.


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