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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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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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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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Sunset April 28th

Sunset April 28th by slitherjef
Sunset April 28th, a photo by slitherjef on Flickr.

Skies started out clear today but in the afternoon, the layer of clouds rolled in. I had thought there was a slim chance of a colorful sunset tonight, but I took notice of a wee bit of color in the sky so I pulled out the camera, started to take some handheld shots but I ended up upping my ISO and dropping my shutter speed, I ran in and got the tripod.

As I was doing this, the sky continued to get color to it. After setting my camera up, getting the remote switch I took a few shots and noticed to the North West color was really getting good.

The bad news? The houses in the way. I decided to take the shots anyway. I know most people would have probably not taken the shot (or would have been in a better location anyway).

As I was shooting, now at the 1 second mark, I stopped the lens down another stop, so this is an underexposed image, this was done to bring out the colors and saturation even more. Then I did my usual processing and decided for a different type of crop: 2.39:1

I really dig the colors here

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Photos, Sunset, Weather

 

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Rays, Rainbows and Rain

Well, we finally got some half way interesting weather rolling through Denver today, a brief thunderstorm in the afternoon and one that missed me earlier in the day. The first cell that passed over us today had some neat structure on its base but I failed to get to it in time. I did get some shots of the anvil after it passed over and headed out of town. The later cell proved a bit more interesting for me, producing a rainbow that did not last too long.

Rainbow

Rainbow over the Pond

 

Since the storm passed by near sunset, some interesting colors started to show, at one point, the thought of, “this looks like root-beer” crossed my mind.

Storm Cell

Storm Cell near sunset

 

Of course, the sun did go behind the cloud that did not do the Rainbow any good, something more spectacular showed up in the west: Crepuscular rays.

Crepuscular rays

Crepuscular rays Over The Rockies

 

Not too shabby, I think since I was stuck at work while this was going on. The key is, to time your breaks just right. The thunderstorm produced some very nice lighting which was helped by the sun which was getting ready to set.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Photos, Weather

 

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Sunset Over the Rockies

Hey all. April 15h turned out to be a bit of a surprise as skies where mostly clear the whole day. However, near sunset some clouds did roll in to produce a very colorful sunset. I was at work at the time but was able to step out for a break to snap a few shots off with the g12 before the sunset started to fade.

Sunset

Rocky Mountain Sunset

 

Rocky Mountain Sunset

Love the colors here

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in Photos, Sunset

 

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