Capturing a sunset while experimenting with the iPhone camera’s exposure setting.
Sunsets can change colors as the sun dips out of view: from golden to brown to orange to purple. And things get evermore interesting when your camera’s exposure setting gets involved.
This past weekend, I was feeling too cold to witness one such sunset. So instead, I opened the blinds in my living room and enjoyed some dusky hues from the warmth of my apartment. And to make things interesting, I was playing with my iPhone camera’s exposure setting, which allowed me to capture vivid colors of the sunset, with the blinds in my living room offering a dark contrast.
I sorted the photos above in the chronological order in which I captured them, and I include the exposure value and timestamps for each photo in their captions (all of the same sunset, taken from the same vantage point — my couch 🛋). It was pretty revealing to see the different colors that the camera can capture at different times of the sunset, and particularly at different exposure values. (Maybe I am stating the obvious here — I have a lot to learn about photography.)
I will experiment with sunrises next 🌅
Unlike me, my wife loves to brave the cold to capture a perfect sunset. So, while she was out on the balcony, I got this silhouette of hers — again as a low exposure shot. This was the last such picture I captured that evening. The stark shadows formed by her silhouette and the blinds, against the hues of a fast fading dusk caught me off-guard.