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Bryan Smith on December 22, 2010

A brisk -23C combined with snow fog to create some unusual lights over Ogema

Nick Weall on December 23, 2010

Interesting Bryan I have never seen this effect before ~ neat ~ Have a good Christmas ~ nick

Astrodan on December 29, 2010

Beautiful. Example Of wasteful Light Pollution Though Lighting up the Beautiful night Sky.Dan

Brian Humphreys on January 21, 2011


americatramp on February 12, 2011


Really Great shot!


My best regards and a nice weekend, Christian

© Tom Cooper on February 21, 2011

I have seen this effect only a handful of times. It is causes by large, flat ice crystals (or snow) falling through still air. The crystals tend to line up horizontally like a leaf falling from a tree. Thre result is these strange pillars of light that almost look like there is something smeared on your lens...even though it is clean.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 22, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Bryan Smith
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS
    • Taken on 2010/12/21 22:45:55
    • Exposure: 20.000s
    • Focal Length: 54.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash