iPhone Photography Workshop – The Holden Arboretum, Kirtland – October 20/27, 2018

Brockway Mountain Drive, Keweenau Peninsula, Michigan

I recently returned from an 8-day visit to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,more than 16,000 square miles of rugged natural areas and historical sites associated with logging, copper and iron mining. My Nikon D7200 and D800E cameras received a good workout, but many of my favorite images were taken with my new iPhone XS, including all the images shown with this article.

Aspens and Fall Foliage near Copper Harbor, Keweenau Peninsula, Michigan

Panoramic photographs are much easier to make with an iPhone than a digital SLR or mirrorless camera, provided you follow a few basic rules, which we’ll be covering as part of an intensive 1-1/2 day iPhone Photography Workshop at The Holden Arboretum on Saturday, October 20. 

Tree Lungwort, Black River, Gogebic County, Michigan

I have a special interest in lichens, and one of my goals for the Michigan Upper Peninsula trip was to find and photograph Tree Lungwort, Lobaria pulmonaria, a striking lichen that turns a bright apple green when wet. I endured several days of rain during my visit to the western end of the Upper Peninsula, and finally found several examples of this elusive lichen, which hasn’t been found in Ohio for several decades, on old-growth birch and sugar maples near a waterfall along the Black River, close to the Wisconsin border west of Porcupine Mountains State Park. The iPhone is excellent for moderate close-ups, up to about 4 inches from the subject, and for higher magnifications you can attach a supplementary close-up lens.

Scott Falls, Near Munising, Michigan

There were several other photographers parked along the roadside when I visited Scott Falls, an attractive and very accessible waterfall near Rte 41 in Alger County, west of Munising. I used an iPhone app, Slow Shutter Cam, to create a slow shutter speed and blur the water for this image. We’ll cover many of the most useful iPhone apps for landscape and nature photography in the Holden workshop on Saturday.

Iron Industry Museum Panorama, near Negaunee, Michigan

Above is another panoramic image taken with my iPhone XS, handheld. You don’t need a tripod, multiple exposures, and an image stitching program to make great iPhone panoramics, unlike digital SLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Keweenau National Historical Park History Center, Calumet, Michigan

There are still a few places available at the Holden Arboretum iPhone Photography Workshop this coming Saturday. For more information, here’s a link to an earlier blog article, with more iPhone fall images:

To register, visit the Holden Arboretum website:       




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