The Same Deep Water As You

In the same vein of the previous post From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, these shots were also taken from a close angle to a white background and the shadows that were cast created colors enhanced by the iPhone camera. The addition of Nasturtium flowers add vibrant orange and reds to the muted blues and greens.

Changing the angle of the camera slightly shifts the reds in the spectrum of colors captured.

Shifting it back the other way brings out more orange and the green changes to a blue gray.

From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea

I was planning on photographing something else, but by happy accident, I discovered this instead.

By tilting my iPhone at an angle above my white counter top I was able to create shadows on the counter top surface that had a blue green hue. There were several light sources and the shadows would overlap at certain points creating an image similar to an abstract painting.

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The shadows would overlap and reinforce themselves, creating edges or simulating folds, but it was all just shadows and light.

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Muted blues and deep greens were created by merging the shadows created by the iPhone and captured by the iPhone camera. The light sources were two overhead incandescent lamps and natural light from a window.

Moving the camera created different overlapping shadows and different colors and edges.

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Red Alien

For New Year’s Eve 2016, I opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate. I had a red light illuminating the room and decided to see if the iPhone camera could capture the bubbles floating to the surface.

Instead, it captured aliens. Red aliens.

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The head. Take me to your leader.

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Spine and ribs.

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The tail end stinger.



Rye whiskey is an old school classic best served in a heavy bottomed highball glass, neat, or in this case over a single ice cube that is almost as big as the glass.

The rich amber whiskey hues contrast with the texture of the ice. Whiskey adverts are famous for subliminal messages and some even altered the photographs to create hidden images. If you look closely at this one, you might see a raging bull with a ring through his nose. All created by light, ice, whiskey, and the iPhone camera. No Photoshop necessary.

Moving the camera a bit introduces some fiery yellows to the concoction.

Tilted back the other way and the amber turns more to the red, and while the bull is back; he is further away, but I think the sight of red has angered him and he is about to charge!

Blue Blazer

By some happy accident, the iPhone camera picks up colors that aren’t visible to the eye or amplifies those that are. I have been surprised by bold reds reflected back off bare chrome before, but tonight I got blue. Blazing, bright blues!

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At different angles the iPhone camera picks up other colors and some of the light reflections gain a 3-D depth to them.

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Another angle adds some warm colors to contrast against the blue and the reflections are more diffuse.

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The curved lens of the camera creates swirls of color.

Flare for the Dramatic

At certain angles sunlight creates dramatic lens flares on iPhone images. Some are fractal rainbows while others reflect the refraction of the lens itself.
Fireweed at Mt. Baker

This flare looks like a beam that wants to capture the Fireweed growing on the slopes on Mt. Baker.

This flare looks like a psychedelic ’60s acid trip or special effects lighting from the original Star Trek.

Rampart Lakes

This flare looks like a rainbow waterfall flowing into one of the Rampart Lakes in the Cascade mountains.


A recent experiment with blue and green hues resulted in images that ranged from exotic deep sea creature,

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to pixelated and glitchy,

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and more of the same!

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In Rainbows

Continuing with my recent spectral findings, I used other glasses, with and without various liquids to create multicolored light experiments.

The refraction of light above and below a layer of liquid shows a rainbow of colors.

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By moving the angle of the iPhone camera by small amounts, a full range of the color spectrum could be captured.

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Bold reds to pastel pinks could be found in different chroma ranges as the light shifted.multicolored three

Brilliant blues shown under muted rose and lavender.

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Another slight shift introduced yellows and chartreuse into the frequency range. I couldn’t see these colors with the naked eye, but the iPhone camera was able to find them!

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Red Ribbon

I inherited several crystal port and sherry glasses from my maternal grandmother. They have multi-faceted stems, so I decided to get the iPhone camera as close as possible and capture the light that came through.

The iPhone camera captures reds very well, no matter the light source.
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By moving the camera lens ever so slightly I was able to capture a longer string of red and white lights.
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The facets of the crystal stem that I was shooting through created all sorts of interesting strings of light.
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In addition to the reds and whites that refracted within the crystal, some blues appeared at the very end.
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Here is another experiment in capturing light passing through liquids and being how the iPhone’s camera reacts.

This is light reflecting through a cocktail that is a deep maroon brown. It contains a mix of rye whisky, orange bitters and Tia Maria. The swirls are deep and rich hues of brown, red and orange.
At a slightly different angle the light shifts and the fluid of the cocktail becomes more golden and an angry sky forms in the reflection above the swirls. The feedback caused by the increased exposure adds texture.
This cocktail was made with gin and St. Germain. The clear liquid captures and reflects the surrounding environment, introducing all sorts of colors for the iPhone camera to pick up.
The classic Sidecar cocktail is a tawny amber color. The iPhone camera accents that and the glow of the light reflected from a window through the glass.