Clouds and rain

Clouds drift low in the sky during the monsoon. In Khandala, half a kilometer above sea level, they drift along roads. You’ll be driving along a clear road, then you take a turn, and suddenly you are inside a cloud. During the day you see this as reduced visibility. Your camera also sees the same thing. It is different at night.

I had to pick up a pizza for dinner. As I waited, my eyes saw a drifting mist and a light rain. My phone camera saw a fairly clear night. The software in a phone camera is tuned to give you the clearest possible image. Especially at night this involves a lot of algorithmic enhancement. Most of the time I’m happy with it. But it cannot deal with mysteries and atmosphere. You have to teach the algorithm to show what you see.

The clue to accomplishing this is in the halo of light that you see around the front of the building. Fog scatters light. That’s half the reason it reduces visibility. I took a photo with my flash on. The intense light of the flash makes the fog visible. The fog actually now looks denser than it did to the eye. I think a diffuser over the flash will give a result closer to what my eye sees. I’ll have to take some time to improve on this technique, but I think I have the principle now.

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

16 comments

  1. An interesting point about phone cameras, although all modern cameras do this to some extent it seems. I often find that a photo doesn’t reproduce a scene as my eyes saw it, because our eyes compensate for different conditions in a way that cameras can’t, and much more subtly too. I tend to use editing software to tweak an image until it is closer to what I thought I saw – even if the image were in fact a more accurate rendition than my eyes had given me! I want people to see in my photo what I saw in the scene 🙂

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  2. I discovered that using the flash gave me a true night view. I was filming the full 🌝 and everything came out almost like day yet it was moonlit and the trees were black. On night vision all the colours were as clear as day. Daylight settings were better. With the flash.

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