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!
At different angles the iPhone camera picks up other colors and some of the light reflections gain a 3-D depth to them.
Another angle adds some warm colors to contrast against the blue and the reflections are more diffuse.
The curved lens of the camera creates swirls of color.
A recent experiment with blue and green hues resulted in images that ranged from exotic deep sea creature,
to pixelated and glitchy,
and more of the same!
One afternoon last autumn I was sitting waiting for the bus. I noticed a nearby sculpture had acquired a nice patina and decided to take a few shots of it. Overall it was a rusty, copper color, but close up the iPhone camera picked out a lot of colors and textures that were not visible to the naked eye. It looked like a uniform shade of brown without the camera!
Blues, greens and different shades of brown.
Textures were highlighted. It almost looks like the surface of Europa or some other moon captured by the cameras of Voyager.
In the days of film, certain formulas were known to enhance different parts of the color spectrum over others. Generally Fuji film emphasized Green hues and Kodak emphasized Red hues.
The iPhone camera seems to emphasize Red hues in the color spectrum. The light receptor seems to really boost colors in the Red range.
This dark hallway had a few accent lights to show the way. The slow shutter speed of the iPhone camera boosts the chroma and the brightness of the light and the reflections make the walls glow.
The Red accent light on this staircase is boosted into a Red glow that contrasts sharply with the blackness around it. The room itself wasn’t nearly as dark, but the slow shutter speed of the camera emphasizes the Red over all other hues and the remainder appears black as a result.
The Red leaves of this Japanese Maple were a Burgundy to Brick Red under the ambient light of a grey, autumn afternoon, but the iPhone camera’s receptors push them into the Magenta to Crimson range, while leaving the yellow leaf unaffected.A pretty Red cactus bloom in the morning sun. The Red hues are boosted to an almost glowing degree while the greens, browns and yellows of the surrounding plants and stones are much more natural.