Having an cellphone camera means you always have a camera with you. As the saying goes, the best camera is the camera that you have with you. But knowing that you have the iPhone camera always at your disposal can make you lazy. I sure wish I had my Nikon D4 when I shot the above photo of sunlight filtering through the trees along a creek in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park just outside of Columbia, Mo. The image looks somewhat acceptable on the screen and could make a small print, but that is about it. The bigger problem in my mind, is that the image is shot in jpeg image format, causing the image to lack the tonal range that is possible when shooting with a professional camera in the camera’s native raw image format.
Note to self. Always have the iPhone at the ready, but take the Nikon too. I suspect this will be a lesson that I’m likely to learn several more times before it sinks in. Sigh. …
Sometimes I will convert ‘interior forest’ type of photos into black and white images. I like how the black & white tones simplify the image, while lending a sense of mystery to the forest. Another example of where I have done this is the photo below (shot with my Nikon D3) of an assortment of ferns, including Hapu’u tree ferns, in a small crater in the wet forest near Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube) at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. The fern forest photo makes a impressive and stunning large print.
TOP: Sunlight filters through the trees along a creek in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park just outside of Columbia, Mo.
BOTTOM: An assortment of ferns including Hapu’u tree ferns in the wet forest in a small crater near the Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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