04.24.2021 Quabbin Hill

One thing I have struggled with is matching a shot from the iPhone that I processed in Snapseed and one from the 5D Mark IV in Photoshop. I often snap something with the phone to get a sense of the composition before shooting with the big camera.  I’ll post to Facebook with the phone and then sometime down the road decide to work it on the computer. I’ll show the two here and see what you think.

I’ve always liked this tree, which I negligently have yet to ID and also the tall pine behind.   On this morning the sun was just cresting the trees to the east and filtering through the surrounding trees to add some light to just the subject and foreground.

From the 5D Mark IV

From the iPhone 11 Pro

It’s pretty close.  I will go back and make an ID.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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22 Responses to 04.24.2021 Quabbin Hill

  1. The main difference I noticed is that the lower right is lighter in the 5D Mark IV picture than in the iPhone picture.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    In the 5D photo, the foreground grasses are sharper and the colors are richer.

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  3. Nice Steve! I tend to open the iPhone images in Adobe Camera Raw. Never tried Snapseed.

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  4. On my computer screen, the sky on the right side of the 2nd version has a different shade to it, almost slightly brownish. But I like the rich colors of the foreground.

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    • There is not a lot of targeted white balance adjustment in Snapseed. There is targeted adjustment but just for brightness, contrast, saturation, and structure.. Lightroom does offer that.


  5. On the screen at a glance, not much difference in color and contrast, but upon more critical close-up inspection, the one taken with the 5D is SO MUCH SHARPER and has so much more detail, especially in the foreground (but also overall, there’s no comparison). Therefore, my vote is for the one taken with a “real” camera.

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    • That is almost always my choice as well, Bob. So much more data to work with but, that said, it is impressive what a camera phone can do. The same no comparison statement can be made between the 5d Mark IV and the 5d Mark II it replaced. Although when I go to the archives I get some nice detail and color, the newer camera just offers more. I did manage to get the 5D image pretty close to the phone which was the exercise.


  6. Peter Klopp says:

    I like both photos very much, Steve. In the first picture, warm colours dominate the scene whereas the second one makes a slightly more sombre impression.

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    You did indeed get them very close, but I very much prefer the camera version. There’s a lot more detail and saturation – as I’m sure you’d expect.

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  8. That’s a good practice to shoot with the iPhone first. I clearly see more sharp details in your Mark IV image. It is a nice tree with its light, mossy trunk.

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    • I often do that for immediate feedback before composing with the big camera. In this case I shared the iPhone shot on FB before getting home and doing a processing of the larger file. It gave me a nice exercise in matching. I am hoping to photograph it again this weekend but with flowers…it is a dogwood.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Very interesting – I will have to try this – I have an iPhone now and sometimes I end up photographing almost the same scene with phone and camera but not exactly the same scene. I actually have used the iPhone as a wide-angle camera when I have a prime lens on that I don’t want to change, maybe because I didn’t want to carry a wider-angle lens. 😉 It renders certain scenes really well, others not so well, and I’m still learning which is which. The iPhone is terrific with skies – cloudy skies I mean. I wish the files weren’t sharpened so much in the phone.
    Your iPhone photo looks very soft, which seems strange – and I do think it’s a very pretty softness. The differences in sharpness make a very big difference in feeling for me here – the camera’s superior sharpness lends an air of an old painting – esp. in the lower half. The phone’s softness seems to go well with the overall feeling of a foggy morning. But in processing, I’d probably end up with something between the two.

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    • Well, more pixels do allow for more sharpness and I don’t think Snapseed’s sharpening is as accurate as Lightroom and PixelGenius’ Photokit SHarpener or Topaz Sharpen so there is that as part of an explanation. There is another example here os my shooting with the phone on the way to work and then returning to shoot with the 5D Mark IV later as I did with the barn…that color shot was with the phone. But generally the phone helps with assessing the scene and lighting before getting down to serious business. 🙂

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