Capturing Filoli’s holiday splendor with new Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

by Scott Loftesness on December 6, 2019

A few months back I upgraded to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max primarily for its new camera system. The new system includes three separate cameras and lenses which provide three different focal lengths. Apple calls them wide, ultra wide and telephoto.

Note: It’s ironic with today’s technology that this small handheld device includes three whole cameras and lenses unlike a more traditional camera where a camera body can accommodate different lenses. With the iPhone you get three whole cameras with their lenses.

Last night we attended a holiday event at Filoli in Woodside which began at 4:00 pm and continued into the evening. Filoli is all decked out in holiday lights and trimmings this time of year and, for us, this was the first time we’ve seen it in all its splendor in the evening.

After darkness fell, I had the opportunity to try out night mode on the iPhone 11 Pro with excellent results. When the camera needs to use night mode it switches automatically into that mode and displays a small counter on the screen which tells how long you should try to hold the camera steady which it takes and combines multiple shots behind the scenes into the final image. It’s pretty amazing how well it works and, in typical Apple fashion, how easy it is to make great nighttime images.

Top image is an example taken of the main house at Filoli.

Included also are  a couple of other examples straight out of the camera that were taken earlier in the evening before the camera needed to switch into night mode.

Scott Loftesness is InMenlo co-founder.


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