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Red Sky In The Morning ...

Red Sky In The Morning ...
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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-23
Categories: Sky
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500, Hoya 55mm Cir-Polarizer
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/120 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-10-31 13:40
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Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sunrise and sunset are mostly noted for the associated changes in the colour of the sky especially around the sun. On some occasions, clouds will also reveal different colour patterns if present around sunrise and sunset. It is very difficult to describe the various colour changes that occur with the different clouds around these times. But there are general stages that are associated with the times from dawn to sunrise and sunset to dusk

The heights of the clouds have an important influence on the length of times that cloud reflections occur. The higher the cloud, the longer the cloud bases will be able to reflect light. In fact, high clouds will reflect light for periods of up to 30 minutes whilst low clouds will typically reflect light from their bases for around 5 to 10 minutes. The reason for such a vast difference is that lower level clouds near the horizon are much closer to the observer (around 1 to 15 kilometres away) than clouds at higher levels which may be up to a few hundred kilometres away. The cloud bases of higher clouds therefore reflect light well before sunrise and remain so until just before sunrise. The same situation still applies for sunset but in the opposite order.

The process of sunrise and sunset obviously occurs in a set pattern. Let us consider only one level of cloud in the sky. The cloud closest to the horizon will reflect light first. Gradually, clouds further away will also begin reflecting light. The process continues with colours changing from red and pink to yellow although occasionally some blue or violets are also observed. This of course depends on the heights of the cloud and the patterns of their bases.

Now, if combinations of clouds occur, then different patterns will be observed representing the different reflections of light from different levels of clouds in the atmosphere. This means that the higher clouds are still reflecting light from the sunrise for instance and lower level clouds are only observed as darker regions with no light being reflected from their bases. In the case of the lower clouds in particular, their shadows are observed as well as the sun's rays. This provides the observer with the opportunity to observe the outline structure of the clouds, especially cumuliform clouds with rounded tops such as cumulus.

During sunrise and sunset, even the same types of cloud may appear different in various regions of the sky. Cumulus, for example, will reflect more light at the opposite regions of the sky to that of the sun as compared to cloud closest to the sun. This creates a varied contrast and must be taken into account by observers trying to determine the different types of clouds in the sky.


Sunrise over Portland in Dorset.

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Hi Julia,
Did you call the firedepartment. ;-)
The colours are amazing. Well done with the composition.
A good and informative not.
Well done.

Hi Julia,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and presentation.
I see near the bottom a small dark cloud, the shape of a duck. LOL


Sensational colors in the sunrise, Julia!

A great capture and lovely composition.

Wonderful job, thank you.

For reasons I'm not sure about, I wanted to see this shot the other way around, so I did a ws, what do you think?

Almost as my :) Congratulations!!! Such sky it rareness - in my country is only several days in autumn. Good job. TFS. (please look for workshop - I have remade a bit your photo).
Regards !!!

Hello stranger, nice shot.
Good colour, detail and sharpness.
Well composed and good notes.
Thanks for posting.
How are you doing Julia? I haven't seen you on here for a while.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-01 5:09]

Wow ! I wanted to say here that I appreciate this wonderful and interesting shot of sky ! Congratulations Julia and thanks for sharing.
PS : the raison of my too short comment is on the forum...

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-01 5:43]

Hello Julia,
Very very warm colors ; I loved your shot!
Your note is very good...Thanks for sharing this complete work:)

Hi Julia,
WOW! what a sky scene. The gradient of color from yellows to reds is beautiful. Excellent detail in this dramatic shot.

Awesome red sky Julia. This is an excellent note explaining how it all comes together. Well done & Thank You.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-01 11:15]

Oh yes! Fire in the sky! Beautifull colours, patterns, shapes. Excellent note.

Hello Julia,
What a fireworks of colours from Yellow, orange to red. The blue elements save your picture from looking like a lava stream.
Very well seen and done. TFS. Thomas

It's a lovely shot!

Can't type much... can look and click though... sorry for the short comment.

Vivid color, well done.


Wow Juli, flaming sky. Excellent! Fantastic colors and composition! TFS.

Gorgeous, fantastic colour and composition. Beautiful...

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-08 14:41]

Julia, indeed, vivid and hot colors.

I like texture and pattern created by the clouds.

A very nice image.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-08 23:06]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good. Anna-Lu made an excellent and spectacular WS.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Julia.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-14 15:15]

Hi Julia,

This is a phenomenal shot. The colors are truly beautiful and the composition is perfect. Great note too. Well done & TFS!


A super shot, the colours are great.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-19 3:01]

Just B R I L L I A N T Julia.
Thank you

The colors are incredibly intense. This is a great display of an upper atmosphere anomaly. Well done Julia. Paul :)

Wow, what a sunset! I never thought such a thing could be seen in England. It reminds me of some of the photos in the holiday brochure for Fiji :)
I like the way you've left out any land, concentrating on just the beautiful sky.
Amazingly detailed note also, it was like a science lesson!
Very well done.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2005-11-22 9:43]

Hey Julia,
great cloud formation lovely warm colours,
great compo.

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-11-30 9:51]


What a GREAT shot!!! The colours and lighting are awesome. Very good composition. Very artistic and scenic. Lovely!


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-23 12:43]
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Hi Julia, this is a very odd looking sky. I love the colours and the textures of hte clouds. I think I would have liked a little bit of ground in the frame to give it an anchor. It is a very nive shot though.

Happy Christmas!

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2005-12-25 23:58]

I love this burning sky, Julia! Wonderful capture! Well done! Tfs!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-12-30 16:11]

HI Julia,
Fantastic Sunrise.
Great colours and thanks for the interesting note.

  • carnota Gold Star Critiquer [C: 51 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-16 8:28]

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

wow julia, a burning sky! :-)
for me as a big fan of sunsets and sunrises
this is one of the best if ever seen! lucky you. the clouds could be just a little bit sharper, but the colors are just incredible.
well seen & done, thor.

Hi Julia,
What an fantastic capture with this amazing colour,
excellent details in the sky and nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Julia,
wonderful composition, I love this scenes, are really beautiful; but I can´t take never a shot of that kind.
Good colors and perspective. Superb note, very useful to me

Bonjour Julia
C'est une superbe de prise de vue que ce levéde soleil. On jurerait que le ciel est embrasé.Trčs belle composition et le dégradé de couleurs de haut en bas est parfait.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-06 10:08]

These clouds are wonderful ! Colors, DOF and composition are excellent, the sky seems to be on fire. It's rare to have such a beautiful sky, and you've caught it nicely on your photo.
Great job !

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-04-19 2:38]

Hello Julia,
Light, colors, clouds are very nice.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hi Julia, stunning sunset. The sky is beautiful in colors, framing and composition.
Well done.


Absolutely amazing colours! Your Composition, sharpness and detail are excellent. TFS,

This was on the first page of TN this morning. What a wonderful photo to get up to - given me inspoiration for the day, thanks.

A spectacular sunrise Julia. Wonderful colours and detail. Janice

O my goodness Julia! I dream of such skies. What an awesome sight to behold. I think Iv only seen such a sky once in the past three years and of course I was driving home from work :( Well done and TFS.

Hello Julia
Fantastic photo, just like all the others in your gallery.
I wish I could get such good results.
Its great that you volunteer at the wildlife sanctuary.
I have a very small sanctuary operation at my home but it continues to grow arms and legs every year.
Of course, Spring is my busiest time.
Great photo and a great gallery to accompany it.
I enjoyed looking through your collection.



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