Cell phone sunset


We had a gorgeous sunset today in Southern California, so I did the best I could to capture it with my cell phone (click for the full-res, stitched together, panoramic version).  Believe it or not, this is exactly what we saw today – no special effects work involved on this  one.

[Thanks to reader POLE for downloading and fixing the power lines in the final image, I didn’t even ask!]

12 Responses to “Cell phone sunset”

  1. 1 SebiMeyer
    January 6, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Smog CAN be beautiful can’t it? ;)

  2. 2 Peter von Frosta
    January 6, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Wow, that’s gorgous. I’m very jealous, it’s 16F over here and it’s snowing like hell :(

  3. January 6, 2009 at 6:02 am

    That’s very impressive. You hid the stitching really well. If it weren’t for the bends in the powerlines along the stitches, I’d never know you used a phone camera. Very cool. :)

  4. 4 Ankur
    January 6, 2009 at 7:18 am

    wow, very impressive for a cell phone camera.

  5. 5 doubleofive
    January 6, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Whatever. That Pollo Loco sign is a 3D model. I can tell by the pixels.


  6. 6 Scott Andrews
    January 6, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Hey, Mojo, if you want to see sunsets like this almost every night — without the crappy power lines and industrial buildings everywhere, and with no smog — come up to Portland, Oregon sometime.

    I grew up in California and moved up to Oregon in 1994 at age 24. It’s beautiful up here. You couldn’t pay me enough to move back to California! :-)

  7. January 7, 2009 at 1:15 am

    It is wonderful to see the pictures.
    Thanks for sharing

  8. 8 darthmojo
    January 8, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Thanks for the comments, guys. Yeah the stitching was a pain to hide because of those damn power lines! I find that, in general, cell phone cameras work pretty well when it’s a low-contrast situation. Get your subject out of the sun and into some shade and it will make a world of difference. Check out this image:

    No big deal, just a few friends, but it’s a damn good picture for a cell phone. Why? They’re in the shade! Class dismissed.

  9. 9 _pole
    January 8, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Well erasing the power lines from the picture is very easy with Photoshop. But then again you would also have to remove the masts and I actually like them. So I tried to paint new power lines. Ah, one more problem solved, hope y’all can sleep better now. ;)


  10. January 8, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Cool, just like Highlander 2.

  11. 11 Konrad
    January 9, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Gorgeous photo.
    Here in England it’s cold and grey.

  12. 12 darthmojo
    January 9, 2009 at 1:52 am

    POLE: Very nice job! Much better than mine. I agree that the masts add to the picture and your power line replacement really makes the picture perfect. I suggest everone check out his version. If I get the full-res fix I’ll replace it here.

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