If you want the ultimate experience of using Night Mode on the iPhone 11, how about a city where there are 40 days of continuous darkness?
Head to the Arctic Circle and you can visit places where the sun never sets for weeks in summer and where it never rises for weeks in winter. Photographer Amos Chapple went to one of these photos to take great photos: the Russian city of Murmansk…
Chapple said so in a photo essay on PetaPixel.
For my last photographic essay “Forty Days of Darkness”, I bought the new iPhone 11 Pro and went to Murmansk in Russia, the largest city in the Arctic Circle. From December to January, the sun never rises over Murmansk. With the iPhone camera (most of the time) set to “night mode”, I filmed life there in the dark.
He said that just using the iPhone gave him an unprecedented level of freedom to film.
The first morning I woke up in Murmansk, it really struck me what a revolution this generation of phones represents. I got out of bed and rummaged through my travel case to find my toothpaste and toothbrush. It took me a few solid minutes. Then, after rubbing, I grabbed my phone and headed for the door.
As I walked down the hall, I remember thinking that I just had a harder time organizing the equipment I needed to brush my teeth, than I had to prepare for a day of professional photography. 12 hours. No SD cards to check, no batteries to charge, no bag full of lenses … Total freedom.
He described Night Mode as almost witchcraft.
The night mode of the iPhone is the wickest camera technology I have ever used. I still don’t understand it. I was photographing hand-made three-second exposures, but have never seen blurred motion. All the shots I made were vivid.
Even stranger, every time there were movements in the frame, such as a person walking or snowfall, the camera froze, or only slightly interfered with this movement *, so that it * absorbed light for a long exposure.
Interestingly, when the camera detects that it is on a tripod, it behaves just like a normal camera, so during long exposure people who walk or fall in snow simply become blurry. I took a tripod with me but I almost never used it after I noticed this switch that the camera does.
Chapple shared my frustration over the lack of any way to manually activate Night Mode when the camera disagrees, and the internal reflections seen in images with bright lights.
These complaints aside, however, the photos are magnificent. You can find sles below, but visit hers to see them all. If you use Night mode and have your own photos to share, please do so in the comments.