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.

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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