Four Ways of Looking at Doe Run Ridge

Sunset on Doe Run Ridge, focusing on the lone Sugar Maple.

Gorgeous light on a favorite treescape, and me with nothing but an iPhone…

Hmmm. Well, why not? I walked to the ridge till I came close as a midrange telephoto might have taken me—and shot this beauty in four different ways.

In so doing, I discovered how powerful this tiny, computerized camera could be:

  1. Featured above is a straight, head-on shot of the lone Sugar Maple, using the iPhone X’s 2x lens.
  2. Below, you’ll see a wide angle look that includes the lone tree plus others to the right, using the iPhone’s “normal” lens with optical image stabilization—shot in burst mode, to improve my odds of getting a perfect shot.
  3. Third is a 180° panorama, shot with the iPhone’s panning mode and the phone held vertically.
  4. Finally, a video! I freehanded a panning shot across Doe Run Ridge, smoothly as I could manage, taking advantage of the iPhone’s optical image stabilization.

Let me know what you think! I came away from this shoot quite impressed with the iPhone X’s camera—especially when compared with my previous phones, which had never quite done the job of capturing detail in landscapes.

But I’d like to hear from YOU! Should I do more iPhone shoots? No? Let me know!

Sunset on Doe Run Ridge, wise angle view
Second of Four. Here I switched to the iPhone X’s optically stabilized “normal” lens, which equates to a 35mm camera’s wide angle lens. I love to zoom in and turn my eyes back and forth between the Sugar Maple on my right and the grove of trees over to the left. This grove has a beauty of its own, with each tree displaying a markedly different canopy.

Four Ways of Looking at Doe Run Ridge, 3 of 4
Third of Four Views. NOTE: Please ZOOM IN to enter and explore this beautiful world! This is an iPhone X panorama. Holding the phone vertically, facing way off to the left, I selected “Panorama,” then rotated my body nearly 180° and let the iPhone X processor work its magic. The stabilized “normal” lens gave me a surprisingly smooth image. I’m only sorry that I didn’t set up my tripod to give the image even more detail.


View Four. Tap this link to see a video!


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