A tonic for the jaded – the iPhone 6 Plus

In light of my recent berating of all things digital and Fauxtoshop, a few friends have asked me how do I reconcile the use of the iPhone as a photographic tool.

A few years ago a friend of mine purchased a Samsung Note 2. We happened to be sitting in a local coffee house while he had this huge thing glued to his ear. Of course I had to have a play. Now, I don’t like Android, but I did like that huge real-estate screen. Secretly, I coveted it (in a round-a-bout wholesome way may I add). So when Apple announced the iPhone 6  Plus I just knew the 6 Plus was my next phone.

In March of this year 2015, it came time to retire my iPhone 4S. Being three years old it was beginning to look a little worse for wear and one of the switches was starting to behave erratically. Despite these little failings the battery life was still excellent, despite three years of constant use and abuse. 

My hands are not the largest and I was concerned that the 6 Plus would be too big. Not a problem at all. In fact, when I pick up my wife’s iPhone 5S I think “Wow! That’s is just sooooo small, the screen is just sooooo small, it’s TINY. However did I cope with my 4S?”. Yes, you become very accustomed to that large area of real estate. And what real estate it is, a very impressive screen! In fact, it could do with being a little larger!

To be able to take your photos, edit them and then upload them to a cloud service, Facebook, Instagram, Revel or whatever all on one device is just amazing. In fact, I would not be surprised if in a few years mirrorless and DSLR’s will be able to do the same. It is the way it is all going.

I can’t fault the performance of the iPhone 6 Plus camera. The colour, white balance, exposure and sharpness are all of a very high quality. I would like more dynamic range though, stuff more pixels, I want more dynamic range! Another thing I would like is a dual lens arrangement with the focal lengths of 35mm and 135mm. That would be fab!

I love iPhone photography! The essence of the matter is that the iPhone provides a welcome break from my usual work. My approach to iPhone photography is very different from using, what I call, “real cameras”. It is very therapeutic. Of course, you don’t need an iPhone, any phone with a camera and editing apps will do! Yes, that includes you Android people!

When I am bored, feeling jaded or fed up or just need a break or some fresh approach, enter the iPhone. With it I commit all sorts of photographic sins. My iPhone photography is blasphemous, heretical and breaks every rule in the book. I like producing absolutely adulterated imagery. It’s dirty and sordid and I love it!

This is what I like doing with the iPhone…

Pen Cerrig Calch from Sugar Loaf.

Pen Cerrig Calch from Sugar Loaf.

Pen y Fan and Corn Du.

Pen y Fan and Corn Du.

The Second Severn Crossing.

The Second Severn Crossing.

Reflection, Chepstow.

Reflection, Chepstow.

Pen y Fan and Corn Du from Cribyn.

Pen y Fan and Corn Du from Cribyn.

Swrd yr Eira near Ystradfellte.

Swrd yr Eira near Ystradfellte.

My home town - Chepstow.

My home town – Chepstow.

Cloud above Pen y Fan.

Cloud above Pen y Fan.

The winding path up Corn Du.

The winding path up Corn Du.

365 Steps.

365 Steps.

The mighty South Ridge, Snowdon.

The mighty South Ridge, Snowdon.

The Awesome Crib Goch from Snowdon Summit.

The Awesome Crib Goch from Snowdon Summit.

Yr Aran.

Yr Aran.

Crib Goch.

Crib Goch.

Stairs near Chepstow.

Stairs near Chepstow.

Hay-on-Wye market.

Hay-on-Wye market.

Sudbrook wall.

Sudbrook wall.

Chepstow Castle.

Chepstow Castle.

St. Mary's street, Chepstow.

St. Mary’s street, Chepstow.

Sugar Loaf from Table Mountain.

Sugar Loaf from Table Mountain.

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