Multicolored sun rays filter through the trees and onto the Salmon River at Torrey's Hole

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Comments (7)

Pierre Durand on December 5, 2012

Great shot Ralph !!!!!!!!!!!LK

Greetings --Pierre

Ralph Maughan on December 5, 2012

Pierre, Thanks!! I was amazed how the different colors of the pine trees, and autumn colors of the other trees, affected the color of each ray of light passing down to the water.

ags83642 on December 5, 2012

Wonderful photo Ralph, I always say being in the right place at the right time beats all the camera equipment in the world. Good Job! Greg.

Bruce MacIver on December 6, 2012

Have to agree with the above, Ralph, you don't see that 'effect' very often . . . liked.

Ralph Maughan on December 7, 2012


I think it is not all that uncommon, although I just discovered it. Discovery was not with this photo. I noticed it while autumn hiking this year through some yellow aspen and green conifers, and I just happened to see it by putting my lens slightly into the ray while standing in the shade.

This would not have worked with my trusty Nikon DSLR. It would have caused too much flare and reflections on the lens, but lately I have been using a suburb, but small Canon powershot s-100, and there is much less flare. If I get my lens an inch too far into the sun, I lose the color separation and the contrast is too great.

Bruce MacIver on December 7, 2012

Interesting . . . I also like the sparkly flashings off the water . . . just the right shutter speed to capture that nice star burst!

Dave Smith on November 14, 2013

Very well done L.. Dave and Maggie

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 5, 2012
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    by Ralph Maughan
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S100
    • Taken on 2012/10/14 13:12:59
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 12.93mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.33 EV
    • No flash