Occoquan Color, by iPhone
I like my iPhone 3GS just fine but I will never consider using it for a photo shoot. Well, let me clarify. I will never consider using the iPhone for a photo shoot unless I leave all of my camera gear sitting in a backpack next to the kitchen door as I drive away for a photo shoot. I arrived at the Occoquan River last Saturday morning with two tripods and no cameras. Given the one hour round trip from home, and the rapidly changing light conditions, I felt I wasted a good chance for a photo shoot.
As I gazed at the beautiful scene of colorful foliage, reflecting clearly upon the surface of the Occoquan River, I remembered my trusty iPhone. I figured that the iPhone could at least capture the essence of the moment. I further rationalized that we could also check out the photo and video quality of the iPhone and then, perhaps, I could justify a "serious" photo shoot with what I considered a glorified cell phone and email/web device. So, I pulled out my iPhone and took a few photos and a short video.
See below for more photos and a video. Also, I'll rate the iPhone 3GS photo quality.
You can judge the results for yourself. Given the situation, I was quite happy with the outcome. At least you will get a picture of what I saw Saturday morning at Sandy Run Regional Park, it was truly a beautiful scene. The photos and video capture the moment, which was my goal.
The iPhone 3GS, with its 3 megapixel camera, does well with bright light scenes, especially if you have a steady hand. Recent improvements to the camera in the iPhone 4, including a 5 megapixel sensor, a LED flash, and additional DSLR attachments, make it more of an option for photography. The Motorola DROID X has topped the iPhone with an 8 megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video. Who knows, perhaps I'll be doing future photo and video posts with a new cell phone device?
Regarding the photos in this post, I think they are fine for low resolution webpages, such as this post, but I won't be making the photos into 8x10 prints for my office. I also noticed the colors in the photos appear a bit skewed, particularly the blues and purples, but not in a way to detract too much from the scene. In summary, the iPhone is a nice back-up camera option when you want to capture a quick shot and don't have access to your favorite camera(s). I can hardly wait to upgrade my iPhone. What cell phone cameras have worked well for you?
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