We took the iPhone 11 Pro to the Scottish Highlands and all we got are these amazing photos – CNET

We took the iPhone 11 Pro to the Scottish Highlands and all we got are these amazing photos – CNET

 iPhone 11  “the best $700 iPhone Apple has ever made”, so our full review. It is the phone camera upgrades, the travel, the excitement and the iPhone 11 Pro‘s triple-camera array is largely that continue to with the addition of the 2x telephoto lens. It is why I was so excited, jump in a McLaren super sports, head for the wilds of Scotland and see what they can do, the iPhone 11 Pro camera really. Mobile phone cameras across the board to exponential progress in the last few years have made-the Google pixels-4 and OnePlus 7 Pro come to mind with quality surpass what the average cell phone user needs

read: iPhone camera comparison: iPhone 11 with Deep Fusion vs. iPhone XR

But there was a lot of chatter about the iPhone 11 Pro has the potential to compete with professional cameras (for video). The curving streets and dramatic mountains that I drove were an ideal scene to test the phone’s new super-wide-angle lens.

My car of choice is the McLaren 600LT Spider — a V8 monster, was able to do 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds and with a roof to let the wrinkles away, all that beautiful from the outside to the inside. It also happened to be bright orange, I knew, were on the road. My route begins in Inverness in the Highlands, North-West, and after a lot of the famous North coast 500 road trip-route.

A brief note on my work for these shots before. My plan for this trip was to see how close the iPhone 11 Pro images can. my professional Canon EOS 5D MkIV DSLR camera For the most part I photographed in raw format with the torque app and the processing of images in Lightroom Mobile on the phone itself. Because of this, as I seemed to with my pro devices, it is the fairest comparison. Keep in mind that nothing you see here is “straight out of camera” (unless otherwise specified). Instead, I want to show how can be achieved, to Tinker with the camera of the phone, if you take the time, to take a picture.

The journey begins

I left Inverness including a vivid blue sky. It made for a tremendous backdrop and as I moved until later in the nearby Rogie waterfalls, in the morning, the Golden light gave a nice glow to the autumnal colours. The falls were in shadow and it had not been for a good photo, but a short walk to the nearby Hiking trails are kept of the appropriate object. 

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I turned this mushroom in raw format and Adobe Lightroom on the phone to help the red of the mushroom cap, as well as darken the edges of the image draw the eye to the subject. 

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As the sun rose higher, I came back to the road. This is the end of the long shadows and the Golden light marked for now, it is characteristic, fall morning. Now it was the wide blue sky and endless sunlFlight. I took the roof of the 600LT spider to take immediately, in my environment, and help keep an eye out for good photo opportunities.

As I drove, but I ran into a bit of a problem. Like a landscape photographer will tell you, an empty blue sky, not to the best photos. As such, I began to me for the theme, focuses more on the foreground interest.


This fishing port in Badachro bot good item on the ground. I filled the frame more with the boats and the curved coast line, instead of the detection of the empty blue sky. Was taken in raw format and edited in Lightroom. 

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stop at the roaster, high-country-coffee-Box-road-side-trailer for a caffeine boost.

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For this position overlooking Gruinard Bay, I went to a small hill, a short walk from the road. With the 2x Tele-zoom on the iPhone 11 Pro, I focused on the mountains and the beach rather than the sky. This I did in raw and minor adjustments of exposure and color. 

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at 5 o’clock I came to my stopping point for the night-a loch-side hotel in the vicinity of the village of Dundonnell, which gave me time to relax, a shower and a beer.

The weather Outlook for tomorrow: mixed showers. That should be me

The next day I began my three-hour journey. My first stop was in the port town of Ullapool, where I pulled up and wandered down to the water’s edge.


this recording I have of the Ullapool harbour around 9 PM, I love the soft morning light on the mountains and the cloud detail. This shot was in raw format and processed in Lightroom on the phone. I brought the highlights to the control of the bright sky, and brought some of the deep-drawing in the surrounding hills. 

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My main stop for the day was a hike on a rocky outcrop on the mountain Stac Pollaidh was. The ride there was not my favorite, but I finally squeezed the car into the small Parking lot at the bottom of the track.

The hike up to the top was more strenuous than I had imagined, but the views got better and better as I climbed higher. 

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This recording was made halfway into my climb Stac Pollaidh with the iPhone panorama mode. In spite of the use of the 2x Tele-mode, for a closer look at the mountains and lakes, I always recorded a wide scene. 

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With the iPhone 11 Pro super wide-angle lens, I put these rocks in the foreground in the lower third of the image, wherein the space for the mountains in the background. I shot this in JPEG with the iPhone standard camera app, and some slight changes to exposure and color in Lightroom.

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As I reached the summit, the wind was so strong that I had difficulties to get up and I couldn’t get to close to a steep edge. Still, the movement of the clouds meant that the landscape would be speckled with the rays of the sun, I was eager to capture it. 


The magical views from the top of Stac Pollaidh. I used to capture the super-wide-angle lens to how much of the scene as possible, keep the rock formations in the foreground. I typed on the touch screen to set the exposure for the bright sky, because it is easier to the shadows in Lightroom, when it comes to the rescue of a blown-out sky. I love the different layers of light that can be seen, as the landscape stretches into the distance, and the rays of sunlight are visible up above. 

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With some great shots of Stac Pollaidh under my belt, I went back to the car and carefully made my way back navigates along a tiny track, until I got to the main road. My next goal Kylesku bridge was a large wide arch of a bridge, which I did before the shot. 


On the way to the Kylesku bridge Assynt are the ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the shores of the hole. When I use the recording on my DSLR with a long exposure blurs the movement of water, and they create an ethereal, Ghost-like effect. But the iPhone has its own way to do this; by the an image as a Live photo, you can see the recording so that any movement in the live-image will be blurred. With this trick, I have reached almost exactly the same effect I would have by a slow shutter speed on my DSLR. 

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During the ride around Loch Assynt on the way to the bridge, the 600LT really came into its own. He grabbed the corners like it was glued and the slightest pressure on the throttle shot me out of the corner like a bullet. It was a lot of fun and the noise from the two upward exhaust was an everlasting joy. 


A long, open road. Perfect for a super sports car.

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shot ” of the Kylesku bridge before, I knew the best place was from the top of a cliff. I used the panorama mode on the iPhone to capture a wide scene. I would take a photograph of it love the car on the bridge, but since I was alone, there was no way I could have parked the car on the bridge and leave it in place while I took the photo-not without causing a traffic obstruction, anyway. 

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The bright orange of the McLaren 600LT, against the muted surroundings.  

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Because look down, it was to photograph is impossible, the car safely on the bridge, I decided to shoot it from an elevated Position, where it was surrounded by mountains. I zoomed in with the telephoto lens on the iPhone 11 Pro, and shooting in raw, what is to me more leeway to edit the recording afterwards. 

As I walked back to the car, the rain started in. I was full of hope that I would be motives find many more photo before my next destination. 

I went further North, to the more sweeping roads and through stunning moorland. Despite the weather, I kept my eye out for locations for good landscapes or good sites where I could take some photos of the car itself. A few miles along the route, I found a place that works well for the latter. 

It was a small quarry, in the vicinity of the main road. Large mountains of debris and rocks were piled up, and it is an excavator of a type was unattended. I wasn’t sure if it was allowed on the site, but there was no gate, no signs, and no one. I decided to quickly reverse shoot the car in a position that I liked and hopped to. 


I love the contrast of the vibrant McLaren against the colorless debris. I shot this using the Tele-mode on the phone, in raw format and have some basic tweaks to exposure and contrast in Lightroom. I lightened slightly to show the front wheel, its details. 

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Here is an almost identical shot with a Canon 5D MkIV and a 70-200mm lens. It is remarkable that there is so little difference between the two pictures. If anything, I prefer the iPhone picture for the way the reflections look on the front of the car. This is a great example of how good a Smartphone camera can craft in the competition with professional photography equipment, if you take the time to do it.

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Just as the sun was gone, I reached my overnight stay at Durness, right on the Northern tip of the Highlands. I had hoped to get shots of the interesting rock formations on the nearby beach, but I would came back late and it was already dark. Instead, I grabbed dinner to me, enjoy a pint of beer, relaxed in my bed and decided to the pictures in the morning.

By sunrise, but the weather was bad, with low clouds and a steady drizzle hanging. With my plans deadAllies should be foiled, I grabbed a few hours of sleep before I was back on the road. 

My trip on the 3. The day was very long; I cut in the middle of the high country, bypassing my starting point Inverness, and heading a little to the South of the port town of Oban. The route according to Google Maps, should make me about six hours, so I wanted to be on the road as soon as possible, to give me enough time throughout the day, to take pictures. 

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My first stop was at this waterfall, I discovered a short walk from the side of the road. Since I wanted to enabled a long exposure blurs the motion of the water, I shot with the iPhone default camera mode, with Live photos. I like the way the water strip as it is on the pool, but I didn’t keep the phone still enough. Some of the rocks and the landscape came out a little blurry. 

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I went Further down the road, this tiny hut. By climbing on a small hill in the vicinity, I recorded not only the hut, but also the car, as it faced the street, curving into the distance. The dark clouds certainly add a sense of drama and atmosphere that was absent on the first day had, if I have the blank blue sky. 

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I discovered this boat by chance as I drove to another hole. I shot this image in raw format, and slightly under-exposed to capture the drama of the clouds. I then use an adjustment brush in Lightroom to selectively lighten the boat, so it is more in the frame. 

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there is No Scottish road trip is complete without a picture of a Highland cow. I found this in an area that had to be off of the road and pull over an image. The pouring rain made the cow look lonely and abandoned in his bleak surroundings. I shot this with the telephoto lens and Digital zoom, as the cow was some distance away.

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I made good progress on my long journey, in spite of the uncomfortable weather conditions. Unfortunately, the traffic was congested, especially around Loch Ness. Due to its fame as a home of the alleged monster Nessie, it’s no surprise that the road to him was around, littered with coach tours, and sight-seers, 20 km / h in a 60 zone.


A super sports car with a bit of a road trip-the mud on it is a wonderful thing. 

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As the traffic eased and I moved to the South of Loch Ness, I pulled into a Parking lot with an attractive forest near to it, if only to take a break from trundling behind endless string of buses. The weather cleared by this point, and so I wandered down to the edge of the hole.


the view from The shore was very nice, but thoroughly uninspired as a a photo.

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changed, thanks to a short rain shower, the conditions, 15 minutes later, and a beautiful rainbow broke out in the sky. I discovered this when I went away from the coast, but sprinted as fast as I could, knowing this would be visible only for a few minutes. I made the rainbow so it is connected with the boat. I’m pleased with this image because it shows the importance of patience in photography. In just a short period of time, this scene was transformed from a dull snap in a beautiful landscape. 

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Back on the road, I went through the town of Fort William, and noticed on the GPS that I was in the vicinity of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. I found a Parking spot, was pulled over and went for a walk along a footpath I found. 

I would never knew in the area, so that I where I was going or what I would find. But I started from the sounds of the rushing water, so I thought it was a water front would be a case, of a type that could lend itself well for a photo. Go quickly, I knew that time was against me (I had about a half a mile and had seen nothing to shoot). It was about 4 o’clock, to put the point, and the sun began, which meant that they started in some beautiful Golden light to vote on the nearby mountains. 


It was only as I turned, I noticed how beautiful the mountains behind me were on the search.

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Finally I reached the Steall waterfall. I wanted to keep a good distance, the whole of the waterfall, and I liked how the branches in the vicinity of me, half-frame, the falls. My main problem with this image is that the sun went behind the mountain, which means, the were immersed completely in the shade. As a result, it is a bit flat and lifeless. I would love to come back at sunrise, when the morning light light the you are beautiful.

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finished, I raced back to the car and as soon as I could. I wanted to photograph to Oban with enough light left to that port. 


fortunately, I have the time and captured this shot of Oban harbour. You can see the round McCaig’s Tower, which is the culmination of over the top. 

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As night fell on the port, I. the iPhone 11 Pro-new night mode-recording a lot more light in dark scenes Here’s the original, unedited version.

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And here is the exact same scene, taken with the iPhone-XS-Max, which did not offer the night. It is also clear how much of a difference the new fashion.

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With a few exposure tweaks in Lightroom, I edited the 11 Per image in this. Many of the fine details are mushy — like you would find with shooting at a high ISO speed on a DSLR. But it is amazing how much light was absorbed in what was essentially a completely dark night. 

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This is the edited version of the XS-Max recording. I tried to set the exposure according to the 11 Pro-as close as possible. The image noise, blotchiness, and other artifacts, makes the image completely unusable. Long story short: If you want to take night photos, the is the iPhone 11 Pro is the way to go.

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My next day’s ride from Oban to the town of Balloch was estimated to take two and a half hours, even with the detour I had planned. I knew there were many photo-ops would be on the way. As such, I took several small roads around the coasts of bays and lakes on the hunt for good photos. 


A pretty stone bridge is a good thing.

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Next, there was still this small port. I used to capture the 11 Pro with the new super-wide-angle lens to the fishing boat in the foreground.

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The port is also the home of this friendly dog. I used Portrait mode, an attractive bokeh in the background. Good boy.

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Further along the main road a turn was off I’d planned in advance. I had researched the Region extensively and found some shots of a mostly sunken fishing boat, with the bow poking out of the water. This made for an excellent photo, and after a lot of research online, I found out where exactly it was. 


This recording was on the iPhone-XS-Max.

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This shot was a lot harder than I thought, and I ended up taking this shot with my iPhone XS, Max. Because the sky was incredibly bright compared to the rocks in the foreground and the boat itself. I needed something like a graduated neutral density filter — essentially a piece of glass where the top half is darker than the lower. By sliding it in position, it the sky darkens, to help balance the exposure as a whole. 

use this filter on my phone, but I needed a Moment phone case, and the 37mm filter mount makes the company. I could then attach my Lee Filter, square filter mount, insert the “grad ND”, and you shoot exactly as I do on my DSLR. Unfortunately, the iPhone 11 Pro has just been released, and the Moment had not created a case for all this. I have all the necessary accessories for my XS Max and as such I get the phone instead of the shot, you can see here. 

It was very hard to find both in this place and travel to him, but I’m glad I did. I like the stones in the foreground and how they form leading lines to the boat. My timing was not so great, although the sun was positioned almost on top of the boat, so that it will fall almost completely in the shadows. I had to do to get a lot of exposure to the recovery in Lightroom, the last image. 

It is a shame that I couldn’t shoot, the iPhone 11 Pro with every Moment of my lenses, or my professional Lee filters. They really help transform the landscape photography and are a crucial part of my professional setup when I shoot landscapes, or cars.


My Adidas Terrex Freehike GTX boots were essential, since they already know the worst of the forest paths. They are sturdy, but comfortable enough to drive in. My Arc’teryx Beta SL jacket is also formed a great barrier from the rain. It is important to consider your clothing when shooting areas like Scotland-even the good weather can quickly sour and you need to be prepared to stay safe. Don’t go Hiking in the mountains in Chuck Taylors and a T-shirt.

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The bad weather permanently on my last couple of miles to Balloch, but I loved the dramatic clouds in the sky.

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My stay in Balloch signaled the end of my journey. The last day was just a long journey back home, stopping off to briefly visit in the Peak District to help my mom, and rope you, you shoot the car.


I wanted to take a picture of the car in action, driving on a road. To achieve this, manipulated my iPhone 11 Pro on the back of my mother’s VW Polo (below) and I drove behind her. I had a Bluetooth camera shutter release in my hand, I catch the fire of endless frames, in the hope, at just the right angle. This recording is the best of the series, and even then it is not particularly sharp. The lack of motion blur of the road makes it look like the car was simply parked on the tarmac.

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the rig I used to get the shot. I used a Manfrotto suction Cup with a Magic Arm to attach the phone to the car. A standard smartphone clamp held the phone securely in place. I’d also bought a cord to connect the rig to the rear windshield wiper — a precautionary measure so that if even if the suction mount fell, the system would not both the phone and potentially damaging McLaren fall into the street, destroy it.

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A few hours ‘ drive from the Peak District, and I was home in London, tired and sore, but still satisfied with how the trip had gone. 


The rear wing of the McLaren 600LT a perfect picnic forms-table for pork and apple pie.

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I set out to see if a cell phone can capture camera, a trip like this, as well as my DSLR would have, and I really think that it is a scarce thing. I was seriously impressed with the images I shot with the iPhone and there were a lot of pictures, I couldn’t say whether they were taken with the phone or professional camera. This is not something, say, I would like to present to you a year ago. 

I’ve Had my time, and my Lee filters and accessories with the phone, I think it would also closhe. I shoot my DSLR with me on the trip and also the intention of some extra shots for fun, but I found that I couldn’t just take the need it so often. I trusted the iPhone, the quality would be enough to get what I wanted. 

it is not true that the iPhone will completely replace my pro gear when I’m doing photo shoots for CNET, I can say with confidence that I will, in any case, the choice of only the phone awkward on my DSLR if I’m for short breaks. Instead of a complete kit bag of equipment, this small rectangular plate that fits in my pocket can do powerful

Released on Thu, 07 Nov 2019 17:48:00 +0000

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