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The Smoking Sea

The Smoking Sea
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-23
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 55-250mm EF-S 1:4-5,6 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-23 9:37
Viewed: 2012
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Been trying to capture this fog for awhile now. Arctic Sea Fog or 'Sea Smoke' forms when very cold air moves over much warmer water. The result can often be quite spectacular with towering vortices(see workshop for additional images) seen swirling about in tornado-esque movements. Member BobH kindly gave me some useful tips for photographing this phenomenon. Do see his images and for a very detailed description on the topic:


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-23 9:38]

Hi Derek,great capture of this rare and strange phenomenon,the light position was decisive to see so well the spactacle,very very nice,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2013-01-23 10:32]
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Hi Derek. Great shot and reminiscent of so many of mine, with the backlit sea smoke and dark cloud bank behind it. I don't see any of the vortices we discussed (one possible just right of center, but not well defined). Did you see any? I see this was taken about 30 min after sunrise, which is usually approaching the outside for vortex formation because of solar heating induced turbulence. If there weren't any vortices at all, that might be because the wind was too strong (pretty breezy down south here). Hope you can get in another morning of shooting tomorrow when the temp differential will still be large.

Thanks for the plug for my own shots. A note to anyone looking at those- Derek's link is to my first TN post and the first of three consecutive posts showing and discussing the sea smoke vortex phenomenon; be sure to check out all three posts. I'm still interested in connecting with anyone who has seen these or is trying to catch them.

Hi Derek,
what an atmosphere! Amazing colours. Beautiful place. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Derek

Here in Montréal area today we had a Arctic cold,
I am sure it is the same in the Maritimes,
you obtained a great atmosphere effect,
excellent panorama framing, great contrast, TFS


Hi Derek

Fantastic photo of such an amazing and never heard of weather phenomenon of course one which is restricted to certain cold climatic zones. Also thanks for sharing links to BobH who has provided lot of detailed notes and images of this phenomenon and also some quite off the beat images in his gallery.

Hi Derek
Very dramatic scene lots of tones and shapes. We get fog like this in the fall on our lake. I really like how you have used the light to make the fog the main attraction of your photo.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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