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Time to start this year's photo thread. I hope that more of our valued members will share their snapshots in 2022. Don't be shy, any motive is fine (but our ToS apply). :)

After almost eight years on iPhone 6 and 7, my wife and I finally upgraded to the iPhone 13 Pro. Amazingly, they come with three cameras, a "wide" lens at 26mm focus, an "ultrawide" at 13mm, and a telelens at 77mm.

I haven't taken anything presentable yet but here's an experimental teleshot from yesterday's ride: I have never seen so many herons in one spot, I counted over 30.

tama-heren.jpg


Another great iPhone feature is the pano mode (allowing 180-degree shots). Here's another experimental photo:

sunset-pano.jpg


Anyhow, let the photo games begin!

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Mine is 11pro, and tho I've looked (even checked trade-in value), I'm not sure there's enough difference in photo capability to go for the 13. 13 has more tele (x3 vs x2), but I don't use that much anyway. Macro mode, but I think I've learned to do an adequate job with the 11 (tho I may not realize what I'm missing).

There's no question tho that it has almost completely replaced carrying any kind of 'regular' camera--it's just too good/easy. If there is still a 'live' mode, learn how to switch that off (annoying, IMO). Portrait mode is so-so, sometimes good, sometimes less so. I've considered picking up the Halide app, but have never followed through on that.
 
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I'm afraid that my sets of Canon and Nikon SLRs will catch dust from now on...

If there is still a 'live' mode, learn how to switch that off (annoying, IMO).

Agreed, that was one of the first things we disabled. There are still a lot of features I have no clue about.
 

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I'd participate more but I don't have much in the way of "Japan Photos" these days.
From 6/7 to 13 is a huge step up in photo capability. The low light capability will blow you away.
I keep Live on even though it's a pain in the sense that you get a bunch of extra data. I try to edit/turn off the Live for the photos I don't want later (which is over 90% of them). But it's especially good for people shots. Even if you take 3-5 photos of a group invariably somebody's eyes are closed or head-turned. 3-5 photos gives you probably 30-50 frames to choose from. (Quality does go down though if you pick another frame). You can also convert them to videos if you get a good shot. Like what if one of those herons just took off with a fish in its mouth at that moment?
 

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I'm afraid that my sets of Canon and Nikon SLRs will catch dust from now on...



Agreed, that was one of the first things we disabled. There are still a lot of features I have no clue about.
I would agree if you were talking about point-and-shoot cameras but (D)SLRs? There just isn't any comparison for quality if you have a nice camera and lenses.
 
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I would agree if you were talking about point-and-shoot cameras but (D)SLRs? There just isn't any comparison for quality if you have a nice camera and lenses.

True, however, the difference in weight is considerable. It’s quite difficult to bring a DSLR, one or two lenses and a tripod on a bicycle. :)
 

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Two truisms, and people argue on and on about what the 'real' meaning of these might be: (google-able)

"The best camera is the one that's with you."

"f/8 and be there."
 

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I always judged my camera by the quality of night shots it took on the automatic setting. I loved the bright lights and colors at night in Japan and took great pics with a Yashika I had.
 

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Maybe this would give a better perspective on the tree size (big). Obviously chainsawed off, there were three like this but this one had the cleanest, most even sawing. I don't know trees, but I wonder why its center is so... off center. It is next to a concrete road, where I'm standing--could that be the reason? This was a common sugi, if that makes a difference.

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Maybe this would give a better perspective on the tree size (big). Obviously chainsawed off, there were three like this but this one had the cleanest, most even sawing. I don't know trees, but I wonder why its center is so... off center. It is next to a concrete road, where I'm standing--could that be the reason? This was a common sugi, if that makes a difference.

A quick glance on the net suggests that off-centre heartwood is either the result of the tree growing on a steep slope or exposure to strong winds coming from one direction.
 
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