Day two of attempting to be creative.
I starting using the Filmic Pro app on the iPhone, in addition to using the mount and tripod. Shooting indoors was a bit more of a challenge but it's a nice day today with plenty of natural light
Using the app, I was able to better control the focus and exposure. In this shot, I detached the mount from the tripod and balanced it on the counter. Seemed to work.
Lots of learning ahead, especially how to contort oneself to access the controls on the screen while lining up the shot.
Also, this took a few attempts. So I'm a little jittery.