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Night Mode

so I got my iPhone 11 Pro Max on Friday. Let me tell you something about “Night Mode.”

It is witchcraft. What the hell?! This shouldn’t be possible with a tiny little sensor on the back of a phone. I’m figuring out the quirks so there will be better examples in the coming days. But for now, here are some shots from my first night with.

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Some have been edited using Apple’s new on-board editing tools. The editing options are a huge improvement. Now, Night Mode isn’t perfect. You have to be super still. It works best if you can brace the phone against something or mount it on a tripod. It was fairly windy when I took the outside shots, so the trees are fuzzy, like they would be in DSLR long exposure. But the fuzziness is really fuzzy on some due to the limitations of the tiny sensor on the phone. The fuzzy bits get a heavy noise reduction treatment right away. Meh. But the sharp bits are sharp.

Anyway, here are some samples.

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This picture of Sugarloaf is how you really take advantage of Night Mode is the best situation. I was able to put one edge of the phone on the table. The phone measures shake, and when it detects none, you can have it do a “30-second” exposure. It’s really taking bunch of different shots over that 30-seconds to stack to create the best output image possible. This was taken in very very low light. It’s shocking how little noise and how much detail there is. It is edited a little, but it doesn’t look too different from the original. It also helped that Sugarloaf didn’t move at all for that 30-seconds.

Oh, some of the outside house pictures... when I was taking them, cars drove by with headlights and such on (it was nighttime) in frame in a few of them. The software magic completely removed any trace of them.

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Witchcraft. Very good witchcraft. 

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