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Hobblebush flowers

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.

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Digital Zoom: Sirui 60mm

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. 🙂

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iPhone SE 2020 Macro Native Camera app Sirui 60mm

Trailing Pine. Sirui 60mm

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.

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Telephoto Macro: Sirui 60mm

One of my hopes for the Sirui 60mm “portrait” lens was that I would be able to use it for telephoto macro shots…to capture butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, and other small subjects from a reasonable distance. 60mm is not much reach, but it is way better than the native semi-wide angle lens on the phone. Add 2x digital zoom, which, on my iPhone SE 2020 at least, produces images which are quite good…all but indistinguishable from non-digital zoom images…and you are out to 120mm and a reasonable working distance for telephoto macros. This is an easy shot, in that the subject was not going anywhere fast…or anywhere at all. It is not dragonfly season yet, but I hope to get a chance to test the Sirui 60mm on a moving target soon. I am certainly pleased with the level of detail in this shot. iPhone SE 2020 with the native camera app in Auto, Moment thin case, and Sirui 60mm. 2x digital zoom.