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!
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.
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.
The difficulty I have with macros is remembering to take them. The Sirui 10x macro lens is easy enough to twist on to the Moment thin case, which is always on my iPhone SE2020, but I do have to remember to do it. It produces excellent results. You just have to move in on your subject until it comes into focus, and touch the shutter button. The native Apple Camera App works well in good light. This crocus, the first to open this spring in our yard, was in the shade of the trunk on an overcast day, but still had plenty of light.
My Sony Rx10iv has something called “clear image zoom”…a special 1.5 and 2x digital zoom with extra processing to preserve detail and image quality. It works pretty well, and gives me a bit of extra reach when I am desperate for it, without sacrificing pixels in an after-the-fact crop. Digital zoom on the iPhone SE2020 (and I assume most iPhones) seems to use the computational power of the phone’s processor to do an even better job of eliminating digital artifacts when you zoom in. At least under 2x, I can really see no decrease in image quality. It is pretty amazing, and turns the excellent Sirui 60mm into an effective 120mm lens…long enough for some telephoto macro effects. iPhone SE2020 with the Moment thin case and the Sirui 60mm lens, native camera app with 2x digital zoom. Next I am going to try a bit of digital zoom with the 10x macro lens. 🙂
I am really impressed with the quality of the Sirui 60mm lens when mounted on the iPhone SE2020 and the Moment thin case. This is actually taken with the native Apple Camera App at 2x digital zoom, giving me a nice close up at 120mm equivalent. I am beginning to see the appeal of a phone with multiple cameras and different focal lengths from ultra-wide to moderate telephoto. Something like the iPhone 12 Pro model…but I am a long way from replacing my SE. 🙂 For now I can deal with switching lenses as needed. The Moment thin case makes it easy.
The trick with the Sirui Macro lens is getting the right distance. It has a very narrow range of focus. It also has a little translucent “hood” that gives the approximate distance for closest focus, which might be useful for coins and such, but is less useful in nature. It is a matter of moving the phone closer and further until you get a sharp image on the screen…and if your subject has any dimension to it…until the parts of your subject you want in focus are in focus. And, again, I find that using a camera app that allows you to set the shutter speed is a big help, as you are generally at an awkward angle to hold the phone as steady as you might like while touching the shutter icon, or pressing the volume buttons. iPhone SE 2020 with the Moment thin case and the Sirui 10x Macro lens.