Amazing Sun

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See the fantastic in depth presentation of this work with Chris Potter on youtube

I have no explanation, trick of the eye, the lens, the camera. I just captured it and wanted to share it.

Ok so I had the feeling to go take some HDR images of the sunset tonight. Fairly clear day, heavy rain the night before.

I have had this crazy prompting to start using filters just what ever comes to mind and to capture reflections of the sun as well. I had an expensive pair of polarized sun glasses my dad used. One day the lens popped out and I never bothered to fix them. So I took some pictures without the lens. Then I held the lens in front of the iphone camera in HDR.

The most important pictures I am going to bring to your attention that I can’t explain and the conditions were just me going at it with a camera. No real scientific method but following my gut like always.

1 – First Reflective Image

I took this image to try and capture the suns reflection on the outside of the polarized lens. My back was to the sun. Please don’t get me wrong here. There are a ton load of unknown variables but i captured what I captured and really wanted you to see it for yourself.

normal – non hdr


2 – Second Reflective Image

Not a clean window I know. But look at the interesting similarities.

normal non hdr
normal non hdr
hdr cut out of original but still original size no filters
hdr cut out of original but still original size no filters
inverted now
inverted now


This is just my regular old sun glasses with a mirror-ish glaze. Nothin special but more trippy looking orb action bro!


cut out still same size



I flipped the lens the other way and more strange stuff. Zoom in on the strange ‘sun spots’.

002 normal through lens backwards
002 hdr
002 hdr through lens backwards – (ZOOM IN ON THIS ONE FOR SURE)

No Lens just raw images

0077 normal
0077 normal – raw no lens
0078 HDR – raw no lens

Through my normal glazed sunglasses

Set 1: 0075 & 0076

0075 normal
0075 normal
0076 HDR
0076 HDR

Through the Polarized Lens

Set 1: 0090 – 0091

0090 normal through lens
0090 normal through lens
0091 HDR through lens
0091 HDR through lens

Set 2: 0092 – 0093

0092 normal through lens
0092 normal through lens
0093 HDR throuh lens
0093 HDR through lens

Equipment: iPhone 4S

  • Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • 5-megapixel still camera with HDR
  • VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second with the front camera
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • LED flash
  • Photo and video geotagging

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