Heavy backlit clouds

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Comments (16)

©junebug on June 16, 2007

Great photo. Those clouds look ominous.

tube2001 on June 30, 2007

It is hello, tube2001. I am glad to leave comment to my photograph. This photograph feels the grandeur and liked it very much, but does smash a retainer intentionally? . Let's convert it into monochrome so experimentally. Because a photograph becoming basic is a good thing, I will become an absolutely splendid work.

steandeb on July 11, 2007

fantastic.! a great combination trees and clouds dont you think?

moonwalker1 on July 11, 2007

Great photo, this clouds look amazing!!

Ryan Calhoun on July 11, 2007

Thanks for your comments, everyone. I couldn't have been more lucky to have the cloud block the sun like it did.

steandeb on July 12, 2007

thanks ryanearth. i know its strange how you capture different colours at certain times of a sunset. alot of my sunset pictures have pink tinges in them.i wonder is this air pollution? i took a series of photos on the beach in march of my illuminated man .when i got them home they were completley 'pink'. any thoughts?

Ryan Calhoun on July 12, 2007

Sunlight has many different colors in the spectrum, not just yellow. Gases in the atmosphere normally look blue when sunlight passes through. Most of the day, the light takes a short path to the ground. But at morning and evening, the sun slices through more atmosphere because it arrives at a more extreme angle.

Lots of things affect the color of the sky in addition to the angle. Different air pressures (densities) at different altitudes. Different temperatures at different times of day/year, and different parts of the world. Different gas mixture in different seasons (sea algae produces more oxygen in early summer).

Clouds play a huge role. Not just the amount of cloud cover, but the type of cloud and elevation. This is determined by the sun, wind currents, humidity, and topography. Some regions get clouds once a day, some once a week, some once a month. Often, where I live, the most beautiful clouds can fill the sky all afternoon, but disappear by sunset.

Also, digital cameras aren't perfect; nor is photo correction software. The green channel is the most accurate in most modern cameras (because they have more green sensors), and blue is probably the least. The camera tries to balance each shot by identifying true white (the white balance). With normal landscape type shots, it works well, but can make mistakes with extreme lighting conditions or extreme closeups. It's very easy for a shot to be too red or too blue. This is even more true when it's a backlighting situation, where there's a high contrast from light to dark.

Air pollution will change the color of the sky at all times of day. More toward gray or brown during the daytime. The air will just look thick. At sunset, you'd probably see a soupy orange-brown. The sunset colors will be spoiled and everything in the distance will be hazy. A good sunset in clear air can have any color from white to black, from pink to blue.

The key is that the camera should see what your eyes see. Any color that gets added by the camera is either a digital artifact or a color imbalance (or maybe lens flare). If your pictures come out too pink, it's probable that the red channel is just too high in the image.

Those are my thoughts. Whew.

steandeb on July 13, 2007

thanks very much for taking the trouble to answer my question! i am only a novice with a basic digital camera at the moment. i just point and shoot. i am amazed if i get a decent result.i have had lots of good information given out on panoramio. i am always looking for good sunsets and curious about the cloud formations.you certainly have educated me here. thanks again and take care.

Marilyn Whiteley on July 27, 2007

I haven't been all through your collection, Ryan, but was delighted to find this in the trees forum. Wonderful, dramatic shot!! (Wait until I get home in October to my faster internet connection. Then I can browse without the frustration I have with this slow dial-up!)

Ryan Calhoun on July 27, 2007

Thanks Marilyn. I have an idea for you...return to this spot and take the same kind of silhouette with your tree...it could be very dramatic as well!

Ryan Calhoun on July 27, 2007

No, no, I meant the one I said...it was supposed to be a little joke! It's a beautiful picture and the tree is very interesting, but it could obviously never be a silhouette, unless the "silhouette" was done as a joke as well. ;-)

Marilyn Whiteley on July 27, 2007

I seriously considered its possibility as a joke (if that's not too convoluted!!), but since I'd posted the two together on the tree forum ... Anyway, it prompted me to post another I rather like.

Erwin Woenckhaus on August 11, 2007

Very nice shot!

Ryan Calhoun on August 11, 2007

Thanks, Erwin!

Amelia Royan on November 25, 2008

Every cloud has a silver lining, and this beautiful shot certainly lives up to that saying Ryan. I love it - Gold Star. Greetings from Norway. Amelia

Ryan Calhoun on January 11, 2009

Thank you very much, Amelia! Greetings from the US. Ryan

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