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.

Daniel is married with four children, a motorcycle and two accordions.

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ISBN-13: 978-069-236090-3

ISBN-10: 0-692-36090-5

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Saturday, 12 December 2015 17:59

A city from the air

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In case you weren't already convinced that most street lights are time-varying, here's proof. This is a shot I took of a small US city (I don't know which) from an airplane at night. I swept the camera while taking the shot, using a 1/10 second exposure time. As you can see, there are many lights and groups of lights which show strong periodic traces. Most of these lights are pressurized sodium street lights, which flash at 120 times per second (in the US).

I had to adjust the exposure and tone curve in Lightroom to compensate for the fact that a city at night isn't very bright as far as a camera's concerned; and when you sweep the camera, it's even dimmer.

Swept image of a city from the air

Last modified on Saturday, 12 December 2015 18:05

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