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Favorite photos from the Great Divide

There was no way I was going to bring my big digital SLR camera with me while bikepacking the Great Divide so I relied solely on my iPhone to take photos during the month-long trip. Overall, I’d say the iPhone performed admirably and the experience epitomized the old chestnut about the best camera being the one you have with you.

In another post, I shared some highlights from the time-lapse video I shot with the iPhone. Below are some of my favorite photos from the trip.

I found the main limitation of using the iPhone was the lack of a real zoom. You can only get closer digitally, which makes it tough to shoot wildlife and other faraway objects. The HDR (high dynamic range) option seemed to do pretty well at capturing scenes with challenging exposures and I had some fun shooting panoramas with an app called Autostitch.

There were definitely times when I wished I had my Canon D50 with me, but hauling a big, bulky camera like that was out of the question and the odds of it surviving the trip intact would have been perilously low.

Time-lapse highlights of cloud formation

I had lots of fun on my trip using an iPhone app for time-lapse photography. To make these videos, it definitely helps to have a tripod and holder for the phone so that it can remain motionless, or nearly so, during the recording. Then it’s as simple as opening the app, pointing the phone’s camera in an interesting direction, and starting to film. The TimeLapse app I used, as well as its competitors, allow you to adjust how often the camera takes a picture and a variety of other parameters.

It can be a hit-or-miss exercise, especially when you’re filming something as unpredictable as the sky, but sometimes the results are stunning. Here are some of the highlights of cloud formation from my bikepacking trip along the Great Divide.