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Time for another foray into atmospheric optics. Thank you and I am honored that the 2020 thread has over 8,900 views already. As usual I will be erasing the rest of 2019 and 2020 to make room for this years crop as I go along. 


 Finally broke the run of 100% stratus today. Good thing it as my day off of work.

Started off with a vertical image at 48mm...




A normal orientation at 26mm...



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Finally broke the inversion around here today. What was that bright yellow thing in the sky all day? Had some perfectly placed cirrus for the sunset also.


Around local sunset for the yellow. Do no look to close at the focus. Those darn ski mittens and lens changes can result in accidental manual focus.



Fire in the sky and ice on the pond...




Max red right before it disappeared....





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A small sucker hole opened up close to sunset this evening. Was not anything spectacular but at least it was something.


Some crepuscular rays at the top of the hole...




Some spot-lit clouds to the northwest...




More of an overview to the northwest just before the hole closed up...


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Finally. A day above freezing coupled with a day off of work. That means I could get out and actually see and image the sunset. But I made an error. Thought the overcast as going to ruin the sunset so I started heading home. Then the sun rounded the corner post sunset and gave a quick burst. Unfortunately I as already back in ton so I had to do the best I could with wires, trees and buildings in the way.


Started off with the color and the 100mm...




Finished off the color with the 16-35mm...


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Another nice looking evening at the pond. Too bad with all the construction out there it is nothing but a mud pit now. So I just stayed on the asphalt this evening.


Looking north when I got out to the pond...




Looking west south west around sunset with the 16-35mm...




Post sunset color with the 100mm...



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Nice but chilly sunset this evening.


When I got out there at 16mm...




I could not make up my mind about which of these next two to share, so I will just show both. This first one I processed to bring out the crepuscular rays at the top the most. But it made the over-all image a little hot...




This image was taken 31 seconds later and I processed it with a bit more contrast trying to balance it out. Made the crepuscular rays quite a bit dimmer  but I like the over-all better...




Max color right around local sunset...


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When I got off of work there as some fairly bold contrails on the western horizon. The sun set as I was driving home but I was able to make it home and grab the camera and drive a couple blocks to the south to snag a quick image. I was wondering why the contrails were so bold when most of the air around as so dry but a quick peek at the visual satellite did show a plume of moisture from Montana, through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois. Must have been focused around the 30 to 40,000 foot level as it really brought out the contrails. Without further ado here is what it looked like with the post sunset color...


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Got off of work early due to mechanical issues so I was able to make it out to the pond in time for the sunset. Had a nice convergence of clouds and light at the right time.


Looking north pre-sunset...




The bronze/gold moment...




Close to local sunset at 16mm...




The post sunset color...




Cheers! A three out of five stars night.


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Some serious cirrus this evening.






Close to local sunset and I like how you can see the Sun through the trees. Nice natural solar dimmer...




Post sunset color. I like the pink/purple retreating towards the red and orange all sliding westward...


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Was right right at the edge of the system at sunset this evening. Ended up being a whole night using the 100mm. And both images are not cropped at all. The way you see them is the way they were in the camera. 


Started off in the vertical mode when I got out to the municipal parking lot...




The last of the evening as the color started to wane...


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Had the right amount of clouds overhead this evening. Trouble was all the stuff over-the-horizon shut off all the post sunset light so there was very little color. Ended up just waiting till very late and all the clouds were grey or black...


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On 3/26/2021 at 1:41 PM, A-L-E-K said:

nice thread



Approaching system this evening. I was hoping for some edge dynamics. The atmosphere kind of, sort of tried.




Some weak crepuscular rays. Too bad the faint searchlight was not spotlighting anything.

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Last night was the approaching system. This evening it was the same system but departing this time. It as a close thing here in central Indiana.


Started off with a view to the south east as I got out to the pond. You can see the mud pit of all the construction. I am going to miss the views to the east from this location soon. Taken with the 16-35mm at 18mm...




First view to the west was for the crepuscular rays. The rays at the bottom right are easy to see. The rays to the upper left are kind of difficult and hopefully the squashing of the resolution does not preclude them from being seen here. Taken with the 24-70mm at 58mm...




A bit later as the clouds to the west were starting to break up. With the 24-70mm at 24mm and quite a bit of cropping of water at the bottom of the image...




Last image of some of the color late in the sunset with a faint sun pillar to say good night to. Taken with the 24-70mm at 51mm and cropped at the top and the bottom...



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The only clouds were to the east for sunset this evening. Both images ere taken with the 16-35mm lens.


Close to local sunset with the cirrus still white. Taken at 29mm and cropped top and bottom...




Post sunset color taken at 31mm and cropped top and bottom...


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Today was all about the midday cirrus. That as because by sunset it was raining here and nothing to see but grey/gray. Both images were taken with the 16-35mm.


Combing the cirrus with a downtown building. taken at 35mm...




The Courthouse and traffic stantions framing the cirrus, taken at 21mm...


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Even though the winds were howling and the temp just this side of frigid, I did go out to the pond for the few clouds that were around close to sunset. Both image were taken with the 24-70mm and at 70mm each.


Looking northwest when I first got out there...




Looking west with some small and faint crepuscular rays...


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Tonight I was not sure what to expect. Before I headed out to the pond a quick look at the visual satellite showed a slug of moisture From Iowa edging into Illinois. Figured I would head out even though it as still extremely dry overhead.


When I got to the pond pre-sunset, Down on the water back at my summer spot. Taken with the 24-70mm at 46mm and cropped top and bottom...




This last image was taken at a new location. The construction crew built up this mound that is about eight or nine feet high. That puts it around 15 to 18 feet above the pond. Seeing how the breeze as up I was not going for a reflection shot so being so much above the water did not matter to me. It also allowed me to get just a smidge more of the western horizon in it. Taken with the 100mm and cropped top and bottom some. The last of the post sunset color...


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Tonight the slug of cirrus moisture was more overhead.


When I got out to the pond. Taken with the 16-35mm at 20mm...




The yellow taken with the 24-70mm at 51mm...




Local sunset with the GND inverted to calm down the reds on the horizon...




Post sunset max red. And yes this is shot dark on purpose so as to not blow out the reds. Taken with the 24-70mm at 70mm...


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Plenty of clouds again for the sunset this evening. Maybe not the best color but still worth being out there. The conditions were quite pleasant also. No coat needed tonight at all. All images taken with the 16-35mm.


When I got out to the pond. Taken at 20mm and slightly cropped at the top...




For the cell phone crowd, a vertical orientation. Taken at 35mm and no cropping at all. It came out of the camera as you see it here...




As the Sun peeked through the clouds on the horizon. Taken at 22mm and cropped slightly at the top...




Post sunset color taken at 35mm and slightly cropped at the top again...


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And now for something completely different. A sunrise. Naturally everything is backwards early in the morning. 


Starting off with the reds. Taken with the 24-70mm at 54mm...




Here comes the orange. Taken with the 16-35mm at 33mm...




A vertical during the local sunrise. Taken with the 24-70mm at 70mm...




Post sunrise color before everything went to white. Taken with the 16-35mm at 35mm...





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Back to my normal sunset.


Vertical orientation crepuscular rays when I got out to the pond. Taken with the 24-70mm at 50mm...




Horizontal orientation crepuscular rays. Taken with the 24-70mm at 55mm...




Some more very faint crepuscular rays closer to sunset and some better color. Taken with the 16-35mm at 25mm...




The post sunset was short and abbreviated with the system to my west. The best I could do. Taken with the 100mm...


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Fully expected it to be raining hen I got off of work. Lo and behold, the Sun as shining. Was not planning to take any images tonight but the sunshine made me do it again.


Looking west when I got out to the pond. Taken with the 16-35mm at 17mm...




Looking east at the photogenic cirrus ( almost mares tails). Taken with the 16-35mm at 17mm...




Post sunset color at the beginning. Taken with the 24-70mm at 46mm...




Post sunset color at the end. Taken with the 24-70mm at 59mm...






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Was not entirely sure what to expect with the sunset this evening.  The low remained to my west but most of the forcing moved just east of me as the sunset started.  I went out just in case I could get some edge dynamics.


 Started out with the broad crepuscular rays during the yellow light right after the Sun jumped that little sucker gap. Taken with the 24-70mm at 46mm...




Had some finer crepuscular rays with the orange light up at the top of the image. Taken with the 16-35mm at 26mm...




I really got surprised with the red flash for the evening. Exceeded my expectations greatly. One of those "ohhhhhhh, ahhhhhhh" ,moments. This one was taken with the 24-70mm at  40mm...




Too bad the water was not still. I still tried to get a reflection image of it though. Taken with the 16-35mm at 35mm...




Good night my darlin' , whereever you are..

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I fully expected the dry air to win this evening and crush any clouds. But hen I walked out of the diner I noticed some stubborn cirrus and a few contrails hanging around. Decided to make the trek out to the pond anyway.


When I got there, taken with the 100mm...




Close to local sunset and more of an overview. Taken with the 16-35mm at 35mm...




The post sunset oranges. Taken with the 24-70mm at 59mm...




What little red there was. Taken with the 24-70mm at 70mm...





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It was a "kind of" evening at the pond. I kind of thought something might barely happen.


"Kind of" close to local sunset. Taken with the 16-35mm at 30mm...




Post sunset and "kind of" yellow. Taken with the 24-70mm at 70mm...




Post sunset and "kind of" orange. Taken with the 100mm at 100mm of course...




Post sunset "kind of" red. Taken with the 34-70mm at 70mm...7V2A5982.thumb.JPG.0409041b0f9a81f7c39602a0f6ca8d4a.JPG



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I had no idea what to expect this evening. I did not check any satellite images beforehand. Just went out to the pond to go out and shoot whatever happened.


When I arrived for the pre-sunset there was a smattering of cumulus down low and some nice cirrus up high. Taken with the 16-35mm at 17mm...




Close to local sunset and you can see that the dry air was winning and getting the upper hand on all of the clouds. Taken with the 24-70mm at 70mm...




The post sunset color was distant and diffuse. Taken with the 100mm at 100mm of course...




Have a great weekend!

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