Dan's mugshotDaniel H. Bennett was born in London in 1965 and lived in England until moving to the United States in 2000, settling in Northern Colorado.

His interest in vision and observation of the behavior of light has been life-long. On a trip to France as a young man his hosts called him “Monsieur Tête-en-l’air” (Mr. Head-in-the-air) due to his always watching for halos, rainbows, sun-dogs (parhelia), etc. He was particularly influenced by a book written in 1939 (published in English in 1954, Dover) by Professor M. Minnaert, called The Nature of Light and Colour in the Open Air. A Field Guide to Time-Varying Light Sources was conceived as a modern successor to that book, and adopts a similar approach, while revealing the secrets of modern light sources.

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Monday, 26 October 2015 21:19

LG's G4 cellphone is (almost) perfect for TVL photography

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I've just moved to the LG G4 phone, and was excited about its camera's manual mode. Tonight I had a chance to try it out. I photographed this restaurant, which has a line of white LEDs around its windows:

 Restaurant with white LED decoration around the windows

By using the camera's manual settings, I captured this image:

 Vertically swept photo of the restaurant

The time-varying behavior of these LEDs is very easy to see with the naked eye, and may well be one of the easiest subjects for vision jiggling.

To get this image, I selected the following settings:

  • Manual focus (so that it would not be trying to focus while taking the shot)
  • ISO 500 (to underexpose the image so that I get the lights, not the whole scene)
  • 1/8 second (to capture for long enough to give me plenty of dashes in the traces)

The primary weakness with the G4's camera is that there's an appreciable delay between pressing the button and the shot being taken, and since you have to keep the camera moving it's unpredictable what you'll capture. The solution is to take several shots until you get what you want. Aside from that, though, and the lack of optical zoom (which isn't too much of a problem for this type of photography), the G4 makes a great pocket tool for the photographer of time-varying light sources. Highly recommended.




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