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!

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Blues, greens and different shades of brown.

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Textures were highlighted. It almost looks like the surface of Europa or some other moon captured by the cameras of Voyager.copper_plate_03

Reds

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.

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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.

Impressionism

Eternally linked to the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art movements is the consumption of Absinthe by several key artists such as Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, van Gogh, along with many of their subjects.

Absinthe played a key role in the here and now ideals of the bohemian artists and writers of the period and their quest for the temporary. This lead them to try and capture the movement of light  across surfaces and the transitory qualities that resulted.

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Here I try to capture the light in a glass of Absinthe. It is a pale green spirit that becomes opaque when spring water is added to it. The fluid becomes cloudy or milky with a tint of green, like a pale jade stone or the run-off from a melting glacier.

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By moving the camera around the glass, different refractions occur and the light jumps around. The pale green turns across the spectrum from aqua to chartreuse.

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The slow shutter speed of the camera allows in a great amount of light and heightens the chroma of the colors. At certain points it begins to reflect within the camera and mirror images are captured.

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The “Green Fairy” dances around inside the glass and the iPhone camera captures the twists and turns quite well.