Tiger Lilies – iPhone vs 18, 50 and 140mm

Our Tiger Lilies are now blooming (early June), so for a short time, we are enjoying the most orange of flowers.

For those of you new to photography, this first bloom gave me an opportunity to give you some examples of how you can change the look of many things you can shoot. For example, here are 4 different looks:

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With a smartphone (left image), you can fill the frame with the flower and everything is nice and sharp, but so is the background. Plus, you see lots of the background thanks to the wider lens.

With an 18mm lens at f/2.8 on a crop factor body (2nd image), you can get less of the background in focus.

And with a 50mm lens at f/2.8 and 140mm at f/2.8 — each at further distances (3rd and 4th image), you get even less distraction in the background, but now less of the flower is in focus because the depth-of-field is getting very shallow (less than an inch which doesn’t cover the entire depth of the flower).

What do you get if you shoot the iPhone at the same distance and crop?

It isn’t just the distance that is creating shallow depth-of-field. More later in a separate post.

But, there are some ways to create shallower depth-of-field with smartphones, but they give different results than photos from larger sensor cameras. I may put together examples another time.

So there you go — a little example of how depth-of-field can change the look of your photos.



For those of you interested, in order to match the iPhone’s deep depth-of-field, the 140mm at several feet away would have to be at more than f/16.

Here is a progression:

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Why do some of the photos say “cropped”?

Because the minimum distance of the lens did not let me match the composition of the other setups. Here are the crops (middle two):

What’s up with the color?

This shade of orange is particularly hard for monitors to display. On 3 different monitors and 2 different model iPads, this color looks different. Here is an enhanced version vs the straight-out-of-camera JPEG.

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The enhanced looks great on my iPad Pro with lots of shades, but looks over saturated on my large monitor. On the other hand, the SOOC looks washed out on my iPad Pro. And don’t get me started with how it looks on my camera.


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