Shard earlier today

Photo taken by a friend earlier today, of the Shard from downstream:

Photoed with an iPhone 11. Pointed straight at the early afternoon sun. I’m impressed that the iPhone software managed to make so much of a distinction between on the one hand the Shard and its’s Guy’s Hospital smaller companion, and on the other the buildings in the foreground. Not sure my camera would have done so well.

In general, I love that blue-ish colour of the Shard and Guy’s. Again, don’t think mine would have managed this. I would have managed something, but it would have looked different.

What my friend saw when looking at this scene while photoing it was, I am sure, very different.

For all kinds of reasons, including the camera contrast but many others besides, my photos never seem to look quite like that. Strange that something so automatic should end up being so individual.

One thought on “Shard earlier today”

  1. Lots and lots of “computational optics” with the cameras in recent iPhones. Software is used to compensate for the inadequacies of the camera. Mobile phone cameras have very powerful computers on hand to do this. Conventional cameras don’t.

    And, well, the quality of the camera is now the main noticeable difference between a cheapish phone and an expensive phone, and is also the most important thing that gets better from year to year. Phone cameras are a lot better than those of five years ago, and are astoundingly better than those of ten years ago.

    Do I want an iPhone 12 Pro? Oh, hell yes. But being careful with my pennies at the moment.

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