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Upper Sun Pillar

Upper Sun Pillar
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-11
Categories: Sky
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sunsets, !Solar Shows, Sunrise & Sunsets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-17 10:35
Viewed: 11181
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sun pillars are vertical rays of light above or below the sun. In most cases only the upper sun pillar is visible. It is of about the same diameter and colour as the sun. The upper sun pillar can be observed best short after sunset. Then it looks as if the light beam of a bright searchlight is going up vertically from the horizon. At sunset its colour is a kind of orange—white. Some minutes after sunset the pillar becomes more and more orange-red and fades at about 20 to 60 minutes after sunset. When the sun pillar is fully developed, it sometimes has a diffusely en1arged top. That is the upper tangent arc, the “arms” of which form a sharp angle at low sun elevations. In freezing fog, a sun pillar can be more than 30° long. In many cases, however, there is a pillar of only 5 to 10° visible.

Sun pillars are caused by the reflection of sunlight on the base ends of rotating plate—shaped and on the prism faces of rotating column—shaped ice crystals. Sun pillars also require ice crystals oscillating around their vertical axis. Sun pillars can also be caused by snow crystals. The formation of a sun pillar can be compared with the path of light (glitter path) formed by the setting sun on a wavy water surface.


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I like the contrast between the orange sun ray and clouds with the sky in the first half of the picture that has a kind of dark blue-violet colour.

Very nice!

Did you use a filter?

Very informative picture. Thanks for the elaborate note.

nice landscape with great colours, details, composition and note!
Have a nice weekend!
Thanks ana:)

Very nice capture of beautiful landscape,
perfect exposure, very nice colour and great composition.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-18 8:49]

Hi Shir!

Very interesting and beautifull picture. I saw this kind of meteorology events few times in my life - they always looks amazing. Interesting note also.

Hi Shir,
Very nice landscapes. POV, DOF, colors and framing,composition are marvelous. TFS. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza


Great picture acompanied by a very interesting note.

greetings from Belgium

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-08-08 7:07]

Great shot Shir!
fantastic colours and the mood!

Hello Shir,

Also "Themed" ;)

Tfs, Jay

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