Jack Frost and Fred, First Thing this Morning

iPhone 4s tackles tough assignment: lens flare

Just in with 50 chilled shots of the early frost in the pasture grasses. This kind of shot won’t be possible after the first wet snow takes down the frail stems and lacy tops that hold frost crystals so beautifully.

I hope to have better shots, mostly with the Nikon D200. This one was with the iPhone 4S and is one of the first tests of how this little lens handles lens flare. Quite well, it turns out!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. That iPhone is truly miraculous as a camera! Beautiful scene. Shot straight at the sun, it is truly amazing that the exposure is perfect. How’d you do that with a point and shoot??