As a camera the iPhone 3 is often criticised when compared to other manufacturers’ phone cameras let alone small compact cameras. It’s low resolution, poor lens and limited controls make it easy to see why. But, with a little luck and imagination you can still get some interesting photos. Hopefully the images I posted from my London photo walk a few weeks ago, and the ones below from Mullion Cove in Cornwall, go a little way to demonstrating this.

These shots were all taken in the middle of the day.The light was pretty harsh with a lot of glare from the sea. We walked down the harbour and climbed over the wall and onto the edge of the cliffs. The composition options were pretty limited here, with the interesting scenes looking straight into the sun. I suspect that if I hadn’t broken my DSLR in the morning I would have moved on and looked for another location. But all I had was the iPhone so I started snapping. It was a little tricky to get the horizons straight, especially as the screen was too dim when facing into the sun, but I was pretty impressed with the camera’s results.

This first shot was a compete shock.

Mullion Cove, Cornwall
With next to no control over the exposure, I had expected there to be lots of glare and silhouette, but I hadn’t expected a beam of sunlight pointing straight into my shot! Ok, so I can’t really take credit for it. After all it’s an artefact from the lens, but it I was pleased nonetheless.

I took a few more facing into the sun before facing away a little for the next two images below. They are still pretty silhouetted but not too bad given the circumstances.

Mullion Cove, Cornwall

Mullion Cove, Cornwall
But I still preferred the ones looking directly into the sun, so I took these two looking down into the harbour itself.

Mullion Cove Harbour, Cornwall

Mullion Cove Harbour, Cornwall
The images above are all straight off my phone. When we get back from this trip I’ll run them through Lightroom or Photoshop. I think a little black and white treatment will help a lot. I’ll post the results if it works.

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