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Pure Gold

Pure Gold
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-05
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon 30D, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-09 11:55
Viewed: 4589
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I mentioned a couple of posts ago that there was a "silver lining behind every cloud you see"...however, in this case it was pure gold.

On our return trip from Wyoming this past summer we were driving across Oregon. The sky got blacker and blacker and lightning struck all around us. There was no rain but plenty of wind, and dust from the recently plowed fields was being swept into the sky. When we noticed a small funnel cloud forming ahead of us we said, "That's it! We're not going any further" and pulled into an RV park. Just as we turned in I yelled to my husband to "STOP !" ...no it wasn't a tornado...just a great photo op. I grabbed the camera and took this shot out the window. A few seconds later the scene was gone.

I processed this as soon as we got home to get the color just as I remembered it. The unprocessed image, however, was much more red. Someone tried to explain to me why that was...but to be honest I didn't understand it. Maybe someone here can explain it.

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Hi there Evelynn,

This is an impressive sky you've captured! Verr much "right place right time" and nicely taken too - the exposure and colouring is spot on!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-09 12:53]

Hi Evelynn,
Wow, this is just like a painting by August Strindberg! Fantastic moment you've captured so well. I must start looking up a bit more!
TFS, Ulla

Hi Evelynn,
What an impressive photo. The colors are so intens. I, as a sky lover, really love the shape of the clouds and how the sunlight created those difference in brightness of the sunrays.

I am trying to think of a reason why the unprocessed version was more red. The only thing I can think of is the white balance, but then I am not sure if you shot this in RAW or JPEG.


Hello Evelynn,
Splendid colors!
I like much contrast between the sunbeam and sinks it of the clouds.
Thank you,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-09 13:20]

Hi Evelynn,

Quite impressive shot of these clouds and light formation,my compliments,



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  • fryz Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 2 N: 3] (120)
  • [2006-10-09 14:35]

j'adore!! très bonne effet de lumière ;)
un temps certainement préorageux!?

I am not a big fan of sky shots but this is indeed something special Evelynn. Its like the return of the Messiah. Good work.

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-09 17:19]

Hi Evelynn,
Very good picture of the sky. I like the effect of ray of light and the clouds are beautiful.
Regards, Francois

Dramatic sky Evelynn, wow.
I can see why you asked your husband to stop for a photo opportunity :)
The dark clouds really look ominous and scary. Interesting lighting.
TFS Janice

Wow fantastic capture of a fleeting moment of tremendous light! A bit of shadow highlight might bring out the dark clouds a bit more though.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-10 1:58]

WOW... I am just speechless!
Just stunning on all levels.
TFS. : )

What a shot - glad your husband is as well trained as mine is! just beautiful...

I was wondering if it woudl have been better in portrait to capture more of the funnel - but maybe there was no more to capture.

As for the red and the unprocessed image - are you refering to how it looked on the camera - guessing so becuase you said you took it in jpeg... I have noticed that the lcd on my camera makes things a slightly different colour to the actual picture, at a guess I woudl say it is something to do with the technology that Canon use to put the image on the lcd panel and how it estimates the colours etc. i have also noticed that Canon pictures tend to be more red than Nikon ones which tend to be bluer.. then again I might be up the wrong creek and simply wasting space!


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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-11-16 17:02]
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Wow! Absolutely breathtaking! If its one thing Im very fond of - it is this. Sunrays though thick clouds. The colour, exposure and detail in this picture is absolutely fantastic. I love it!


Hello Evelynn,
This is an amazing shot you captured very well.
Beautiful colours with excellent details!!
Very well done,
Thanks for sharing lovely photo.

Spectacular shot Evelynn.

It is as though a spell has just been cast up there in the heavens! Wonderful timing.
I like the yellow, perhaps you could put the original redder image in a workshop as comparison?

Well done on this awe-inspiring photo.


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