I’m a sucker for collections of botanical and floral images. Botanica, by Ralph Nelson, caught my eye at the library, and I was completely blown away by it as soon as I picked up the book. These images would be outstanding on any measure, but they’re all the more remarkable by virtue of all having been done with an iPhone!
In Botanica, Nelson does not discuss technique beyond saying all images were shot with iPhones 3GS, 4, and 4S. But Botanica was a (successfully funded) Kickstarter project (Kickstarter page here); on his Kickstarter page, Nelson says that not only were all images shot with iPhones, no cropping was done and no apps were used, with no editing beyond basic traditional photo techniques. That’s unbelievable! These images are awesome. The detail is amazing, the rich textures and colors are vibrant. Without any cropping, I’d say Nelson’s mastery of photographic composition is spectacular.
Here is a selection of more botanical images shot with the iPhone. [Update: Ralph Nelson has asked me to clarify that the images featured here, which are to be found at his website, do not actually appear in the book, having been shot after the book was published. Still, both the images in the book and those shot later and featured at Nelson’s website are all great!]
It is difficult to do justice to this collection in a few images. At Nelson’s website, you can see galleries of his botanical and other images, and also download and view PDF galleries of selected images. (Also included among the iPhone work are abstracts, ocean and beach images, and other images.) Nelson is also a prolific photographer, and his site includes a great portfolio of sensitively and perceptively done portraits of celebrities.
Nelson is now retired from his career in film cinematography, and his work and career has been highly lauded and recognized with many awards. These photographs pay tribute to his talent and experience.