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Clouds - 2018

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Best dynamics from this evening...

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The max red was due south this evening. I slewed the camera in that general direction. Kind of surprised traffic on the interstate cooperated and gave me a break to get this image in. That almost never times out right.

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When I got to the pond this evening with the 16-35mm...

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There was a small, quick splash of color post sunset. With the 16-35mm...

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As the color was fading away, With the 100mm...

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Just as an aside, looking at the visual satellite, I can not see how that splash of color happened. Was that little sucker hole in eastern Iowa the trigger? Good thing I did not look at the computer before hand. I would have never been out there if I did.

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Another evening that tries the patience.

 

Pre-sunset...

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Then the clouds rolled in again. Will the rest be a washout? Nice design though...

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And sometimes if you wait long enough, the clouds will erode...

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Bonus fading color...

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An extremely colorful evening at the pond tonight.

 

The post-sunset begins...

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The greatest dynamics happened here. I like the orange to the white clouds in the middle and back to orange again. Only to repeat it again in the reflection...

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To show your the greatest extent of color, this is at 16mm and it sort of chops the ends off a little bit. Color everywhere...

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As usual, when the colors fade into the distance they get a little funky. Groovy man....

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While last night was all brash and in your face, this evening was laid back and subtle.

 

Looking East north east when I got to the pond...

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Right after local sunset...

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The last of the color as it fades away...

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I almost did not make the trip to the pond. I looked at the visual satellite first and was unsure. Who am I kidding? I was going to be out there regardless.

 

What it looked like when I got out there...

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As the color started in earnest....

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Some nice color this evening.

 

  The extent of the clouds...

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The best dynamics...

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The best of the red flash that was more a purple flash...

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Another amazing night out at the pond.

 

Starting off around local sunset...

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The orange flash was all close to the horizon...

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The red flash was worth the price of admission. One of those, "Woah!" moments. The crepuscular rays ( or cloud shadows ) from over the horizon were spectacular. The Great Father in the Sky outdid himself this evening. Salute!

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After the greatness of last night, this is only going to disappoint. But the good news is that fishermen forced me to a new spot at the pond. The new perspective was refreshing. Still like the old spot better though.

 

White clouds...

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Orange clouds...

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I reined myself in this evening and did not go out to the pond this evening. Does not mean I did not take cloud pics though. I still took some from my front yard.

 

Only color, light straw yellow, was way in the distance. With the 100mm...

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A larger hole opened up just before the last of the light faded. With the 16-35mm...

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Was back at the pond this evening.

 

When I got there...

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Gorgeous night...

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It really was something to see this evening...

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Ending the night with a rocket engine blast off...

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You would think that with an upper low directly overhead that there should not be much of a sunset. Glad I made the trip out there though. It was worth it.

 

Looking east when I got there...

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Back to the west, with the 100mm. I like all the layers of clouds...

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Probably the best dynamics of the evening...

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The red flash was a little over the top and kind of out there toward the horizon. So it took quite a bit of cropping but I still like it...

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I went to the pond but never went down to the water. The view to the west was sub-par. At least some of the other directions tried to be interesting.

 

Looking east-north-east. Textured ceiling above the firehouse...

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Looking south-west...

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Looking south. Just a slight smidge of red...

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Another fun night at the pond.

 

When I got there, vertically...

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When I got there, horizontally...

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Local sunset...

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Best post sunset dynamics...

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The new Billboard graphics work well with the post sunset colors...

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Looking east when I got to the pond was very photogenic this evening...

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I went out this evening hoping for a halo or sundogs with the blow off tops from the stuff in Illinois. A faint halo was the best I could do. By hitting the contrast and saturation hard I was able to make it stand out a little bit...

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As the low level moisture started working back into the area...

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Kind of a plain vanilla sunset this evening.

 

When I got there...

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When the Sun was disappearing for the day...

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About the best the post sunset color was going to get...

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Only two images tonight. I should have just picked one but I decided to let you see how much the light can change in just seven minutes and thirteen seconds.

 

Local sunset...

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Post sunset...

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These are from last night. There was a thin tenuous layer of cirrus way up in the atmosphere. Stayed white while the lower atmosphere went orange with the sunset. Looked real striking. Hope I could reproduce properly.

 

Local sunset...

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Here is post sunset at 16mm with the top and bottom cropped rather severely...

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Did not go out to the pond this evening. Figured the convection to my west would put a damper on any sunset color. Guessed right. But I did stop mowing the grass to take this from the front yard...

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Back at the pond this evening.

 

Local sunset...

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Beginning of post sunset color...

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End of post sunset color...

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With the afternoon convection moving from the south east towards the north west and falling apart overhead, I thought this evening might be colorful with the west being open of clouds.

 

What I started with pre-sunset...

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Here comes the post sunset color. Nature's fireworks are the best.

The yellow...

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The orange...

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And the reds...

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While waiting on the fireworks I kept an eye on the sky last night.

 

Looking east...

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Looking west...

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This was way past sunset and the clouds had to be illuminated with reflected light. Backscatter light looks real cool but lasts only a moment.

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Just enough moisture in the atmosphere to make the sunset interesting.

 

Pre-sunset...

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The post sunset color starts...

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Here comes the red from the east...

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Red in the western sky...

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Stick an arrow in it. The sunset is over...

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Not much in the way of clouds. But enough to make an effort.

 

I got to set up looking due south this evening. Fortunately the fishermen took the night off and I was able to use the north side of the pond...

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What little of the red that I had this evening...

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Just to show you why I was not looking west like I normally an doing...

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With a system of garden variety storms moving through north to south late afternoon/early evening, I thought there was a good chance of some good color to the sunset.

 

When I got to the pond there was close to a halo. More like two disconnected arcs but it still looked cool...

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Post sunset color begins...

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Red moving into the area...

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The reds exiting the area...

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Some cirrus made for a nice sunset this evening.

 

Local sunset...

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Post sunset color getting started...

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The extent and expanse of the orange...

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The reds...

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