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A day on the trail

A day on the trail

Wildflowers at Long Lake, John Muir WIlderness

Wildflowers at Long Lake, John Muir Wilderness



A day on the trail, with a sandwich a can of beer and an iPhone

Now that I’m back on the Eastside and living in Bishop I have a lot more opportunity to hike and fish. I mean . . . with the majestic Sierra Nevada and World Class fishing on the Owens River in the backyard who wouldn’t right?

The other day I headed up to South Lake and made out for Bishop Pass. The weather forecast called for rain, thunder and lightning which never developed as it turned out to be a bluebird day in the backcountry.

I wandered up the trail with my trusty Nikon D800 in my pack and began to wonder what it would be like to use my phone exclusively to capture photos that day. I am working on a set of tips and information to help non-photographers take better photos with their smartphones and this would be a great time to practice. So, the D800 stayed in the pack and I used my iPhone 5 all day.

Cloud Ripper Peak looming above Long Lake

Cloud Ripper Peak looming above Long Lake, John Muir Wilderness


What a blast it was. I found myself taking more photos than I might normally take. I’m not sure if it was the novelty of just using the phone or the convenience. It sure was easy to “point and shoot”. The phone captures great images and although none of these will ever be printed some turned out pretty nice.

I also thought that using the phone exclusively helped consolidate my thoughts about the smartphone photos tips I’ve been working on. If you’re interested in learning some super simple techniques to help you take better smartphone photos go to the front page of my blog and sign up for my mailing list, you’ll be one of the first to know when they come out.

If you have a smartphone photo or two your particularly proud of send em my way . . . I’d love to see them.


by the way . . . these were all captured and edited on an iPhone 5.   Can’t wait to get my hands on an iPhone 6!

an iPhone, a sandwich and a can of beer

an iPhone, a sandwich and a can of beer, John Muir Wilderness

Clouds in the wind above Long Lake

Clouds in the wind above Long Lake, John Muir Wilderness

Indian Paint Brush along side the Bishop Pass trail

Indian Paint Brush along the Bishop Pass trail, John Muir Wilderness

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