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Exactly 8:00AM ... Sun Pillar

Exactly 8:00AM ... Sun Pillar
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-19
Categories: Ocean, Sky
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Super -EBC Fujinon Lens Optical Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-20 3:30
Viewed: 4582
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The last sunrise surprised me with a "solar flare".
Originally I wrote:
"I have no better way to describe it. Does anyone know what this phenomenon is?"

Thanx to several feedbacks I can now add that this phenomenon is best called a "sun pillar".

Little did I know that I would find an excellent description in my own "backyard", with a photo from Sutherlands Lake, NS. Here is more information on same.

Being from out West I do know what sundogs are; and this was not that phenomenon; details are here.

NOTE: No adjustments other than scale & crop. Colours are as shot.

PS I forgot to mention that the small objects on the calm water are not early birds bobbing along,
but are the floats of lobster-traps that have been dumped in this part of the harbour / cove / bay.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To peter_stoeckl: Hallo PeterShoot_Score 1 01-10 15:51
To saguzar: Thanx HernánShoot_Score 1 01-10 15:34
To peter_stoeckl: Thanx Peter!Shoot_Score 1 01-06 11:07
To dkaved: PSShoot_Score 1 12-29 16:38
To dkaved: Centered?Shoot_Score 1 12-29 16:26
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To claudine: Joyeux Noël!Shoot_Score 1 12-23 18:12
To PaulH: Season's Best!Shoot_Score 1 12-23 18:07
To Juyona: FELIZ NAVIDAD!Shoot_Score 1 12-23 18:06
To carmia: FELIZ NAVIDAD!Shoot_Score 1 12-23 18:04
To Adanac: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!Shoot_Score 1 12-23 18:02
To nathan: MERRY CHRISTMAS!Shoot_Score 1 12-23 18:01
To Libor: VESELÉ VÁNOCE!Shoot_Score 1 12-23 17:59
To Clancys: First timerShoot_Score 1 12-21 09:24
To marhowie: Sun PillarShoot_Score 1 12-21 09:22
To nathan: Sun PillarShoot_Score 1 12-20 18:08
To PaulH: Sun Pillar, not a Sundog < Sundogs come in pairsShoot_Score 1 12-20 18:07
To Adanac: Sun Pillar, not a Sundog < Sundogs come in pairShoot_Score 1 12-20 18:04
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To carmia: Sun PillarShoot_Score 1 12-20 18:02
To Juyona: Sun PillarShoot_Score 1 12-20 18:02
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  • nathan (44)
  • [2006-12-20 3:32]
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Hi Jay, no idea what this is called but amazing none the less, very nice shot of this beautful setting.
well done

Hi Jay,
Great capture, nice composition and timing. Early morning is always a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing. Rick

precious dawn, a wonder! Greetings.

Hola Jay, Magnífico momento, buenos tonos y colores maravillosos, buen trabajo... saludos

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2006-12-20 5:54]
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HI Jay

Great shot, very peaceful colours with a nice composition. In the UK i think these are called Sun Pillars or a Sun Dog?



Hello Jay,
This is a beautiful sunrise. It is amazing to see how sunrises bring a feeling of hope and new beginning; I think they are very symbolic. The exposure seems great to me and I like this POV and composition. Well seen! Thanks,
PS. the sun is rising earlier here... Same country with many differences :)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-20 8:53]
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Hi Jay

Indeed an interesting phenomenon...very well captured!
The exposure here is impeccable, and due to that, all the colors and tones are charming and very well saturated.
Also the POV is excellent and the perspective is great, the clouds on the horizon are lovely and the overall composition is fantastic.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

This is a first for me seeing a shot of a sun pillar. Fantastic shot from the shore, Jay.

Well done Jay.
I appreciated your note explaining this phenonmenon. The sun pillar makes for an interesting comp & sky, that is certain :)
Nice exposure and colors as well.
Merry Christmas!

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2006-12-22 7:46]
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Hi Jay !
Nice shot.I feel good atmospere
I like the clouds.
thanks a lot Libor

Hi Jay,
Truly a wonderful phenomenon these sun pilars are and one that I have experienced myself (as seen here).I like how it extends over the wide expanse and how it touches and illuminates the water.Not sure if I would have centered it in this case...but that my opinion.Well captured...have a pleasant evening.
Regards, David

Hello Jay,

amazing atmospherical phenomenon, very clearly pictured and described. Wonderful colours, exposure well controlled, a lot of fine details around, and perfectly well balanced composition.
I love the explanation of even the small things that are easily overlooked in front of the spectacular ones. Being a guy from the mountains in the center of Europe I've only heard of lobster traps but never had the chance to see any.
And the dot of light coming from the house to the left is lovely, and quite remarkable: One single pixel can tell a whole story of somebody living in splendid isolation. That's unique.
With thanks, and best regards,


Hi Jay,
Marvelous landscape, I like the dark clouds in the horizon, occulting the sun and permiting to see the sun pillar, a phenomenon rare in my latitudes.
Thanks for sharing1

Nicely done Jay! A grad filter here would have helped even out the exposure, but you managed a pretty good photo as it is.

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