The Hobblebush is a viburnum, and like most viburnums it has both sterile and fertile flowers. (I had to look this up last night while processing my photos, but honestly I have always wondered what it was with the two kinds of Hobblebush flowers in each clump). The large white showy flowers surrounding the clump are the sterile flowers and mature first, followed by the tiny, just slightly green tinted, fertile flowers in the center. They overlap in bloom, so you can catch the whole cluster in bloom if you time it correctly. The theory is that the large sterile flowers attract pollinators…but I am not sure that really explains this odd arrangement of flowers. There are a few other plant famileis that share the sterile/fertile flowers habit, but very few. What we have here is a close up with the iPhone SE2020 and the Sirui 60mm, and two macros with the Sirui 10x macro lens. Even the close up is more than life size…about 2x. Those center flowers are tiny. And this is where the Phonography comes into its own. I can, and do, carry my phone and the 60mm and macro lens everywhere with me. I would only carry a true macro set-up, even if I owned one, when I was specifically going out for macros. 🙂 Standard iPhone Camera app on Auto.
Violet from our lawn. Sirui 10x Macro lens on the iPhone SE2020 with the Moment thin case. Standard Camera app on auto. Processed in Apple Photos. This is what the macro lens is all about!
It is hard to capture the visual effect of a mass of flowers, especially delicate flowers like the Trout Lily, but a low angle ultra-wide shot is about as effective as you can get. iPhone SE2020 in the Moment thin case with the Sirui 18mm lens. Standard Camera app on Auto. Emmon’s Preserve, Kennebunkport, Maine.
One of the things I like about an ultra-wide lens is the extreme depth of field that allows for this kind of ground level, environmental close up. You can, of course, archive a more macro presentation of individual flowers with a longer lens, but there is something to be said for keeping nature in its context. iPhone SE2020 with the Sirui 18mm on the Moment thin case. Standard Camera app on auto.
As I have probably said before, macros do not come naturally to me. I have to make myself take them…kind of put myself in macro mode…but once I have I do enjoy the close look. The Sirui 10x Macro is an excellent lens. Sharp, with good contrast, and will do any macro subject justice. This is a Trout Lily from Emmon’s Preserve in Kennebunkport. iPhone SE 2020 with Moment thin case. Standard Camera app. Auto.
One of the things I like about the ultra-wide perspective of the Sirui 18mm lens, or any ultra-wide, is the ability to get in close and still capture the wide view. This shot from the Sirui 18mm on the iPhone SE 2020 with the Moment thin case is a case in point. Holding the phone just about on the ground, I shifted the focus point to the close flower on the left (by touching the screen), to get the effect I was after. Standard Camera app, auto.
The Sirui 18mm, or any ultra-wide add on lens (or even the built in ultra-wide on some phones)…in this case along with the the native Camera App on the iPhone SE2020, is a real cloud machine. The auto exposure with “Smart HDR” engaged does an excellent job of rendering cloud drama. You will see, however, some lens perspective distortion if you angle the camera and lens (the phone that is) up to include more sky. Note the birch clump in the lower right hand corner. If I were to correct for the vertical perspective error, and attempt to maintain the full width of the sky it would look like something like the second photo…and cropping out the black would cost me sky, which is the subject of the photo after all. 🙂 Which is why we have learned to live with that the strangeness in our images whenever the sensor is not parallel to the ground or perpendicular to the horizon. 🙂 Whatever camera the images were taken with.
Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, Kennebunk Maine. The iPhone SE2020 takes full resolution panoramas up to 360 degrees. Add the Sirui 18mm for some extra height and you can get impressive results. This panorama is over 14500 pixels wide (shrunk to 2000 for posting here). That is a huge file and a huge image. It is not quite 360 degrees because I lost some when straightening the horizon. Panoramas are something that I have to remember to do, and they are difficult to display and view effectively, but can be impressive. Native Camera App in Pano mode.
Some things just deserve a macro shot, and the iPhone SE2020 and the Sirui 10x Macro lens on the Moment thin case is just the ticket! The Macro has the loosest fit on the Moment case, but it works, and considering that they were not designed to work together, that is pretty surprising. The Macro produces a nice out of focus background and renders close up detail very well. Native Camera App on Auto.
Nothing technical about this photo. Just a nice landscape with water from the Batson River at Emmon’s Preserve. iPhone SE2020 with the Sirui 18mm on the Moment thin case. Native Camera App. Auto.