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.


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.


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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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.

Copper Plate

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.copper_plate_03


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.

Red hallway

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.Red staircase

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.Red foliage

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.Red cactus bloomA 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.