Light Wk 1: Observations


broadway & 2nd - sun rise

Thursday, 1/31/19, 8:21 AM
Broadway & 2nd St., New York City

A white orb of a sun rises from the east. It is amazing how the sun looks when captured on camera. The sun itself is the whitest spot in this photo. If I used the eyedropper to determine the color of the sun, I’m sure the hex would be #FFFFFF (heads up, I tried it and I was right it is indeed pure white!) Equally beautiful is the peachy glow that emanates from the sun and softly transitions into the sky blue. My favorite part is when the color of the sky mixes with the peach of the sun to make that complex green shade near the horizon.

The sun, when it is at this low angle in the morning, casts cool, long, lean shadows from the east to west. With this much bright light, the cellulite-like tops of the cobblestone are accentuated. The pattern of the road become all the more distinct, making the crevices of the road seem deep.

At 8 AM, everything that is exposed to the sun light is extremely bright as shown from the extreme highlights bouncing off the mid-street person and the van on the right. The man and the light post are outlined by a thin strip of highlight. Everything else that is not directly facing the sun, is backlit and hidden in shadow. What a lovely moment and time of day.

Indoor: Candle

Sunday, 2/03/19, 7:30 PM
Midwood, Brooklyn

In this case, I don’t think the video does the candle light justice. The subtle nuance of the color within the flame are not accurately shown via camera. I would describe the flame as having 3 color parts: blue at the bottom, transparent in the middle, and a opaque yellow for the tip.

A rich sapphire blue is outlining the bottom cusp of the flame, where the candle wick and the melted wax meet. Surrounding the wick is a slightly transparent pale yellow in the shape of a stretched out ellipse. This transparent part changes to a more opaque yellow at the top, which forms the tip. The tip is mesmerizing because it looks like strands of hair sometimes; it is not always a perfectly round point for the top. Instead it feathers and blurs out into the air.

The more I move, the more the flame moves unpredictably. When the flame is flickering sporadically, it is so fast that I feel as though my human eye can’t perceive its motions properly. Even when the flame is at its stillest, it is still gently moving and circling in gentle swaying motions.