Capitol Reef, 2018

Camera: Apple iPhone XS
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Aperture: f/1.8
Focal Length: 26mm equivalent
ISO: 25

We took a quick trip down to Capitol Reef National Park and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument that Trump recently slashed the size of.  This is some of the last truly remote wilderness in the country and it is precious to keep as true wilderness.  The ability to walk through the desert and hear nothing but the sound of your breath, the beat of your heart and your footsteps is something that is increasingly rare in America.

We saw signs of big cats, including hiding spots with tracks and scat documented in the photos below.  We were able to see the stars at night in a true, dark sky environment, and we ate at Hell’s Backbone Restaurant as well as visited Etta’s Place Cider (@ettaplacecider) for their annual apple tasting.  All in all, we packed a huge amount in to just three days, and it was a very much appreciated break from the constant chaos and wall to wall work that we have been doing since the beginning of the year.

This trip was also an experiment of sorts, bringing no other camera other than the iPhone in my pocket as an imaging device to experiment with modern cell phones as cameras and to go as minimal as a photographer can go.  As far as results, it is a mixed bag there.  I am truly impressed with what smart phone camera sensors can accomplish given enough photons.  Aperture control is still an issue as is low light availability.

 

Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/60
Aperture: f/2.4
Focal Length: 52mm equivalent
ISO: 250

 

Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/727
Aperture: f/1.8
Focal Length: 26mm equivalent
ISO: 25

 

Camera: Apple iPhone XS
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Camera: Apple iPhone XS
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Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/5128
Aperture: f/1.8
Focal Length: 26mm panorama
ISO: 25

Full resolution image here.

 

Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/1776
Aperture: f/2.4
Focal Length: 52mm equivalent
ISO: 16

 

Camera: Apple iPhone XS
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Aperture: f/1.8
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Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/428
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Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/3185
Aperture: f/1.8
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Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/235
Aperture: f/1.8
Focal Length: 52mm equivalent
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Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/261
Aperture: f/2.4
Focal Length: 52mm equivalent
ISO: 16

 

Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/1190
Aperture: f/1.8
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Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/2160
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Camera: Apple iPhone XS
Exposure: 1/1916
Aperture: f/1.8
Focal Length: 26mm equivalent
ISO: 25

 

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