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Smoky skies pt2

These shots where taken at Barr Lake on 6/5/11 and go with the previous posting. Just too tired last night to edit the photos and get the ready for web (and prints!).

All afternoon the sky in Denver had a smoky hazy look to it and before heading down to the Lake, I seriously thought things would not pull trough, In fact as the evening went on, the colors in the sky got better and better. The sun was a totally different look, red, and even the clouds took on a smoky brown, just plain odd. Even the lighting was different.

The sun sets on the Mountains of Colorado

Sun is setting. Note the colors here.

As you can see, things look a bit different. Almost has a lavender pearlescent look to the whole image. From here, things only got better. Aside from the bugs, I don’t know how many spots I had to take the healing brush to and to top it off, I managed to get a hair or eyelash inside my mirror box and it found its way to my sensor. Time to bring out the rocket blower and wet cleaning kit, I guess.

After sunset

After the sun had set, I happened to notice the crescent moon hanging in the sky

What a stunning display of light. Too bad about the wildfires that caused this.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Photos, Sunset, Weather

 

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Smoky skies bring amazing sunsets

At the lake by slitherjef
At the lake, a photo by slitherjef on Flickr.

Right now and for the past couple days sunsets and even sun rises have been red here in the Denver area. These colors are due to smoke from out of state fires being blown in by the wind.

If you are in the Colorado area, give a look at the skies during sunset or sunrise. If things are just right, the colors are amazing.

 
 

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Sky Fire

Fire by slitherjef
Fire, a photo by slitherjef on Flickr.

The photo here is the result of some experimenting and a couple new techniques.

I had stepped out my front door this evening and seen a pretty sunset starting. Too bad my foreground was mostly blocked and littered by houses cars and other stuff you would find in a suburban neighborhood. Not really photogenic.

At first I thought about letting the great looking sky go with out getting any shots but decided to grab my nearest camera, a Canon G12 and took some shots. While the shots I got in the camera looked pretty good, once they where loaded up on my PC I thought I was just going to keep them to my self, but after a little bit of experimenting I came up with this photo.

Just an FYI, this is NOT a reflection shot… This photo was done by mirroring the image vertically and doing some cropping.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Photos, Sunset

 

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Water Color

Water Color by slitherjef
Water Color, a photo by slitherjef on Flickr.

Got to the lake mid afternoon today and lighting was harsh. I was thinking of shooting a time lapse but could not find a suitable spot to do so until I ran across this scene. By the time I started the shutter the light had started to fade, this was about 8pm. So I decided to just shoot a couple stills.

The reflection here really caught my eye but the shore line of the lake was not working to my advantage. I walked up and down rotated the camera and then finally settled on this composition and location.

Shot using a circular polarizer and Lee 2 stop hard GND filter. I ended up underexposing the raw file and needed to bring it back up in post.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Photos

 

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Sunset in the East

Sunset in the East by slitherjef
Sunset in the East, a photo by slitherjef on Flickr.

It has been a while since I have got to pull out my camera and I thought tonight was going to be the same. Near sunset I went out side and seen the sky clearing in the West, I figured it would be a bust, but I decided to go out and look anyway. When I stepped out side and looked to the East, the sky was lighting up pretty good.

It feels good to get a photo.

on another note, I still have yet to put to use my lee hard edge GND filters or my singh-ray reverse 3 stop. This is starting to bum me out, but perhaps the weather will start to behave and my work schedule will allow me to do more shooting and perhaps use my filters.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Photos, Sunset, Weather

 

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Experimental HDR

experiment by slitherjef
experiment, a photo by slitherjef on Flickr.

Been a little bit since I got out and got some photos so I decided to share a bit of an HDR experiment. Mostly because I was bored and I wanted to see if the software would be worth buying since I already have a handful of GND filters. The idea was to get rid of the blown highlights, a GND would not have done much good in this example, and I still blew out some highlights during the HDR conversion.

Your thoughts are welcome

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Photos, Uncategorized

 

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Partial 22° halo and CZA

Partial 22° halo and CZA by slitherjef
Partial 22° halo and CZA, a photo by slitherjef on Flickr.

On my way home from work tonight I took notice of a partial 22° halo around the sun. When I got home I decided to go ahead and shoot the incomplete halo, thinking the rays would be a nice effect as well.

Well, I got a couple shots off and seen a little bar of color near the zenith (strait up). The sun is pretty low about 90 minutes or so from sunset. Which could be why the circumzenithal arc (near the top of the frame, pink on the bottom and light blue on the top) above the halo is so dim and small.

One other possibility is the arc is part of a much larger halo, the 46° halo, but those are rare and huge.

While this is far from the best example of a circumzenithal arc or “CZA” this is one of the best ones I have managed to photograph. I did kind of push the processing on this photo a bit to help bring out some details. A circular polarizer was also used

Here is a link about solar altitude and the brightness of CZAs: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/czasalt.htm

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in Atmospheric optics, Photos, Weather

 

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