This is another shot I took for my photography class assignment of Night Photography. It was taken from my Safely Distanced 10th floor kitchen balcony, overlooking the Whole Foods. The lights you see in the driveway in the center are the lights from a tow truck. I was primarily interested in those flashing lights, but the overall contrast of bright lights in the bottom parking lot, the dim lights in the upper parking lot, and the high angle of my camera yielded this surprising result.
I had an assignment for my Zoom photography class to take one or two photos at night. In this case, I raised my phone to take a shot of the street lamp (and the back of a street sign) whilst I was giving the dog her last walk before bed. We need to be out and in rather quickly, so I raised my phone and took 2 shots. No agonizing, just…… done. And one of them was good! It would not have occurred to me that my iPhone could produce such stunning nuances of night-time color.
This was something of a strange sunset to begin with, before I took my figurative “paint brush” to it. It had the unusual dark swirly spot in the middle, which I don’t often see in our sunset sky. I decided to amp up the intensity of that center to the max, and then experimented with the color curves for a long time. If you look closely, you can see some streaks of pale yellow in the lighter pink area under the spot, and if you look very closely, you can see the black tip of a church steeple in the lower left corner where the fuchsia blends into cosmic orange. Add to that the cosmic orange in the top two corners and the bottom bowl-like curvature, and I was finally happy with the result.