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Firey Sunset..Literally

Firey Sunset..Literally
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Copyright: Cathy Hampton (luvsdogs3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 184] (586)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-07
Categories: Desert
Camera: Olympus C-3040Z
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-04 22:26
Viewed: 4248
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During the summer of 2002, the states of Colorado and Arizona in the US were devasted by wildfires to the point of being designated a national disaster area. These wildfires burned for months and destroyed over a million acres of forest land. Sadly, the largest fires were determined to be caused by humans!

While vacationing in the nearby state of Utah, the sunsets were gorgeous over the high desert landscapes because of the smoke traveling from the fires. While a beautiful sight, the impact of humans on the land humbled the experience.

A Thanks to Adrian for the NeatImage suggestion :-)
PS: I debated about putting a black border and/or cloning out the right hand tree... thoughts?

Here some of the science behind the colors of the sunset:

The size and concentration of atmospheric particles in the path of incoming sunlight determine the type of sunset observed. When sunlight encounters very few particles in the atmosphere, most wavelengths of light reach the observer's eyes with almost equal intensity. The reduced scattering produces the white or yellow sunsets.

As incoming sunlight passes through a more dense atmosphere, shorter wavelengths of light (violet and blue) are efficiently scattered away by particles suspended in the atmosphere. This allows predominantly yellow and red wavelengths of light to reach the observer's eyes, producing a yellowish-red sunset.

When there is a high concentration of particles in the atmosphere that are slightly larger than air molecules (like smoke, dust, and pollutants), shorter and intermediate wavelengths of light (violet, blue and yellow) are scattered away. Therefore, only the longer wavelengths (orange and red) reach the observer's eyes, giving the sun a orange-red appearance.

When incoming sunlight encounters a heavy concentration of particles in the atmosphere, the shorter wavelengths of light (violet and blue) are scattered away, resulting in a red sunset. Red sunsets are often observed from a beach because of the high concentration of salt particles suspended in the air over the oceans. These particles effectively scatter shorter wavelengths of light, producing red sunsets. Dust and ash particles injected into the atmosphere by volcanic eruptions can also cause red sunsets.

Source: University of Illinois, Dept. of Meteorology

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-05 1:53]

Hello Cathy!
Very nice sunset capture.Great colours and composition!Thanks for posrting...

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-05 3:29]
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Hello Cathy!
Wonderful and unusual shot on TN.Dramatic story of the capture,informative note about the scane is perfect and attracts more attantion then photo.I liked warm colors and POV a lot.I think it would be better if you cropped the tree on the right side or totally not.I this case is not important but image is a little soft and you should use narrower f and may be a tripod.(These are only my ideas not a rule;)).Totally I liked your work a lot.TFS....:-)

Hey Cathy,

Lovely setting. It's a bit of a sad story, but the way I see it, you told it well, and captured the shot well. Not all stories are happy ones, but they need to get told. When I saw the thumbnail I thought this was created with heavy use of filters. It's amazing that this is natural. Thanks

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-06 19:33]
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Hi Cathy, lovely colours here. It's a very warm and pleasing composition. It's all fine but I wish that the tree was in sharper focus. I think cloning out the right hand tree would be a good idea. Very well done.

Hi Cathy, a belated welcome to TN. There are lovely colors in this sunset. I think you did well to get them out. The tree could be a bit sharper and yes I would clone out the one on the right.

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  • MAXME (0)
  • [2005-08-21 0:10]
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Looks all too familiar for me,i am part time forest fire fighter,on big bulldozer,(D-8 Caterpiller)
It may be true that man causes fires but we also upset the imbalance of nature by putting them out.Protected forests seem to get diseased from older wood that would have been naturally burned away.Although it is devastating,fire is actually good to replemish our forests.
Now different forms of logging are being practiced to help against these massive burns.
i can't say it's a nice picture,sorry but when you lose friends in fires like this they just aren't nice,but i will rate it hi

I like your photographies, but this in special, has great interest, harmony chromatic and a perfect one and balanced composition

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