Daily Telescope: Seeing the stars with your iPhone at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

Daily Telescope: Seeing the stars with your iPhone at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Zoom in / Stars over the Grand Canyon.

Mitchell Yee

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Good morning. It’s December 8th, and today’s photo is from the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Photographer Mitchell Yee admits that this isn’t the best shot one can take from such a remote location, but there’s a reason: he took it with his iPhone in August.

“Even though it’s a fairly ordinary photo, what amazed me was the level of quality of cell phone photography,” Lee said. “Normally, I would have carried my big Nikon camera, but since we were walking to the bottom of the valley to meet Dorina, the weight was restrictive. So I skipped the extra 15-20 pounds of camera, lenses, and tripod and instead enjoyed the walk.” 9 miles with my 18 lb pack. Of course, this shot could have been much improved with a “real” camera mounted on a tripod. But there I was, lying on my back on a sandbar, with the best camera I had at that moment , iPhone 13 mini, and I still got the shot I wanted.”

Doris, I’m pretty sure, is a boater. But I’m kind of into it “I’m afraid to ask,” Andy Lands with that one.

Anyway, I thought the photo was beautiful, and I appreciate Mitchell sharing it.

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