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Heavy Weather
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Copyright: Krzysztof Pabis (cataclysta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 174 N: 2191] (5666)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-29 3:38
Viewed: 5698
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another musical inspiration. Heavy Weather is an 1977 album of famous jazz-rock band Weather Report.

After heavy storm a beginning of change. You can see the rainbow and wind-water vortex on the surface. I will present you weather changes in Antarctica in my next post. It will be collage of shots taken in one hour period from this moment.

Rainbows are optical and meteorological phenomena that cause a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere.

A rainbow does not actually exist at a particular location in the sky. It is an optical illusion whose apparent position depends on the observer's location and the position of the sun. All raindrops refract and reflect the sunlight in the same way, but only the light from some raindrops reaches the observer's eye. This light is what constitutes the rainbow for that observer.

Rainbows can be observed whenever there are water drops in the air and sunlight shining from behind a person at a low altitude or angle (on the ground). The most spectacular rainbow displays happen when half of the sky is still dark with draining clouds and the observer is at a spot with clear sky in the direction of the Sun. The result is a luminous rainbow that contrasts with the darkened background.

The rainbow's appearance is caused by dispersion of sunlight as it goes through raindrops. The light is first refracted as it enters the surface of the raindrop, reflected off the back of the drop, and again refracted as it leaves the drop. The overall effect is that the incoming light is reflected back over a wide range of angles, with the most intense light at an angle of 4042.

The traditional description of the rainbow is that it is made up of seven colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Actually, the rainbow is a whole continuum of colors from red to violet and even beyond the colors that the eye can see.
The colors of the rainbow arise from two basic facts:

1. Sunlight is made up of the whole range of colors that the eye can detect. The range of sunlight colors, when combined, looks white to the eye. This property of sunlight was first demonstrated by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.

2. Light of different colors is refracted by different amounts when it passes from one medium (air, for example) into another (water or glass, for example).

(source: compiled from wikipedia and http://eo.ucar.edu/rainbows/) If you want read more about rainbows click here

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To thor68: Chester Thompsoncataclysta 2 09-30 05:16
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Hi Chris,
Another beautiful mood picture. Excellent details and DOF. Rainbow in bonus!
Thanks for sharing,


Hi Chris,
Another beautiful landscapes you've captured.
Soft details and nice POV, as you say, it looks heavy weather. The capture of rainbow is lucky for you. :-)
Your note is very useful to me.
TFS and best wishes,

very nice landscape photo

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-09-29 5:00]

Hello Krzysztof
What a perfect capture of this marvellous rainbow.
The place looks tremendous, too cold even for penguins, but... WOW!
Magnificent note. Very good job.

I had the assumption that rainbows do not occur in Antarctica, Chris, but your image proves my assumption wrong, and how!
Very nice image with the rainbow making an arch over the mountain.
A perfect point of view from which all elements -- water, earth, sky AND the rainbow -- make a lovely composition.
Thanks for sharing yet another long-awaited image from your historical journey.

Hi Krzysztof, wonderful rainbow over a beautiful ice landscape, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

hi Krzysztof
if only we could hear the music you are choosing!
just great tfs

Hi Krzysztof,
A dramatic shot. Looks like some harsh but very beautiful scenery. well composed with several weather features captured in one scne. Great supporting notes about rainbows. Very well done.

voici une capture superbe prise au bon moment, les couleurs sont belles et nettes, bravo pour ce beau point de vue
merci a toi

Hi Krzysztof,
A very stunning photo. The combination of the rainbow with the ice landscape makes this a very wonderful photo. The hazy look and the vortex in the middle of the water shows the weather type perfectly. Even with the conditions, you still managed to get great texture in the rocks. The exposure is perfectly controlled and kept the show in perfect white condition.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-09-29 12:30]

I tam tez bywa tecza w tym surowym klimacie. Dosc wyczerpujaca informacja o teczy.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Hi Krzysztof,

Nice simple composition, which works very effectively. Nice regressing colours and detail as you look through the picture. Another good posting.

Kind regards,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-09-29 13:13]

Hi Krzysztof

Another splendid landscape photo from you, my friend!
I really like this one a lot since you've managed to capture a very beautiful mixtre: the icy-cold atmosphere of the arctic together with the wormth and happiness a rainbow brings...it does indeed create a unique mood :)
The note is also very interesting and makes a good read.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-29 13:23]

Hi Krzystof

Beautiful shot with excellent, misty colours which create a wonderful mood.


Opportunity again...The ability to be somewhere at the right time and understand it's nature, then capture it in the lens and after all said and done...notate it well to pass along. We are given a gift from you in your experience where few have gone..

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-29 17:13]

Hello Krzysztof

A wonderful capture of this rainbow .The weather looks very active and changeable.The vortex caught my eye immediately.very well focused with excellent details.TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-30 0:49]

Hi Krzysztof,
Another fantastic shot from Antartica. It must be such a great place to be in and such wonderful feeling. The rainbow makes the phot so majestic. Excellent POV to portray this breath-taking scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

hm, never listened to Weather Report, but on their album "Black Market" (1976) and "Forecast: Tomorrow" (2006)
chester thompson played the drums and he is normally with genesis and phil collins on tour who i like very much..*g*..
ok, enough small talk, to the pic now. that looks like really heavy weather, the one where you stay at home and get cozy and warm.
terrific capture and composition - the rainbow above the "wild" water and in front of the snow-covered mountain is amazing.
well done & keep warm, thor.

Hi Chris,
A lovely capture of this beautiful scenic view along with the rainbow. Very nicely composed and well seen. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hi Krzysztof!
mighty and beautiful with
good composition!

Niesamowita fotka! Nie dosc, ze tecze nie jest latwo sfotografowac, to jeszcze w takim miejscu jak to! :)
Bardzo podoba mi sie kompozycja oraz kolorystyka zdjecia. A w notce to znalazlem chyba wszystko czego mozna sie chciec dowiedziec o teczy! ;>

Cool rainbow capture Chris,
I like the way the rainbow arches through the sky, ending at the mountain ridge and waters edge. I think I would've selected from the water up, and increased contrast a bit. Just a suggestion :)
Well done!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-30 5:37]

Another superb capture in the series.
I love the colours and contrasts and it is truly fabulous to see images from a place so unlike anything most of us will ever see.
Superb notes as well

Hi Krzysztof,
A fine capture of the harsh weather at the bottom of the Earth, or top...It depends on your POV. Excellent DOF, contrast and focus on the hard to photograph whites. Very well done.


An interesting shot...a scene where a rainbow (at least in my mind) is unexpected. Love that!
Beautiful composition and I agree with the others who fell this photo creates a sort of mood.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-01 1:11]

Hi Krzysztof,
simply magical..the colour of the sea, the impressive icey crags in the background and a Rainbow too! Great timing to capture the first moments of the water spout forming, with excellent notes as usual. Great work.

Hello Krzysztof,
Another beautiful scene from Antarctica. You did capture the rainbow well. POV and composition are great.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-01 19:39]

Hello Krzysztof ! Great shot my friend, great composition with the rainbow over those superb mountains. Good work !


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-02 1:08]

Hello Krzysztof,
Beautiful photo. The rainbow adds so much to the compostion. Exposure is very well handled.
Best wishes,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-10-02 4:33]

Czesc Krzysiek!

Po prostu zapiera dech, nic dodac, nic ujac. Myslalem, ze po twoich fantastycznych zdjeciach z krainy lodu juz nic mnie nie zaskoczy. Mylilem sie. Tecza na tle zlodowacialych gor. Pierwszy raz w zyciu widze cos takiego. Notatka tez super, ale to zdjecie...przysnic sie moze!

Hello Krzysztof,

Once again an excellently conceived, well presented and complete post from you. I enjoyed the notes immensely! It's incredible how you captured two phenomenons of the atmosphere in one well composed picture. This is a rare sighting and I'm sure it felt great to witness such an experiment of nature.
I'm curious what aperture and shutter speed you used to capture the rainbow. I've read about some optimal settings for photographing rainbows somewhere on the net but can't remember what they were. However, I photographed a similar phenomenon last year using an aperture of f/11 and 1/640 shutter speed. You can see it here. I'm curious if you have knowledge of the ideal settings for capturing the rainbow. Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-13 3:03]

Hi Krzysztof.
You managed to reflect amazing nature phenomenon. So refined work with great composition and nice delicate colour palette. Bravo and TFS.

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