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Shepherd's Delight

Shepherd's Delight
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Copyright: Gary Fudge (garyfudge) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 5 N: 320] (1098)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09
Categories: Sky
Camera: Nikon D80, 18-70mm Nikkor ED, Digital
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-19 4:52
Viewed: 3451
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a couple things about a red sky: first, you almost always have reddish skies to some degree in the morning, unless of course it's completely overcast. And these reds vary from light pink to deep red, from a splash of colour on one cloud to a horizon extravaganza. Sometimes the sun is just a red ball in a clear sky. All of these variations can be called a red sky yet they all don't forecast rain. The predominance of red at sunrise (and sunset) happens because when sunlight comes from low in the sky it travels through much more of the atmosphere then it does when it's overhead, so, the light rays have more of an chance to bump into water vapor molecules or specks of dust, stuff that makes the light look red. Also, to see the red sunlight, the sky has to be at least partially clear. There has to be a hole in the clouds somewhere for the red light to get through to your eyes, otherwise the sky would be gray. Now, because storms move from west to east, the red sky of early morning can reflect off of scattered clouds associated with a storm approaching from the west.

This shot accentuates the reds because the colour also reflected from the wheat fields which were ripe for harvesting.

It was taken early evening traveling through Perthshire heading home.

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Hello Gary
Excellent landscape with
beautiful colors,Perfect
composition and POV,Welldone.


Hello Gary lovely sky colours and a bonus moon pretty sharp detail and well composed in my opinion tfs rgds Necip.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-19 13:08]

Hi Gary

I have been trying to get a nice red sunset without success. I keep seeing them from the trains on the way home from work but when I take the camera out there is no sunset. This looks great with that bright shiney moon and the lovely field colours



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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-02-19 13:44]

Hello Gary,
Nice a romantic shot and a subtile colors.I really like pastel sky with moon at the centre.
My best regards,

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-02-20 17:03]

Hi Gary,

What an amazing looking sky, very beautiful!
Very good POV and composition, a good title and I enjoyed your interesting note.
Thanks for sharing.

Greetings, Nel

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-21 14:33]

Very nice photo Gary with different hues of red all over the place. The moon adds a nice touch. The only thing that comes to mind is possible use of graduated neutral density filter to open up the foreground.
Best wishes,

Hi Gary
Very interesting notes, I'm always fascinated with weather. Where I live storms usually come from the north, east, west and sometimes from the south. In September & October when the full moon rises it takes on a gorgeous orange-red colour, we call it the Harvest Moon.

This sunset was really worth capturing, the colours are beautiful!
The reflection from the clouds onto the wheat field just add more beauty.
TFS Janice

Impressive beautiful shot, Gary. And informative note, to boot!

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