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Candle in the sky...

Candle in the sky...
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-29
Categories: Ocean, Sky
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Solar Shows, Sunrise & Sunsets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-30 17:35
Viewed: 5065
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot in my recent series of Sun Pillars.

Whereas I had not seen many of these before, this year around Christmas I have seen a whole series of them.

Keep in mind that to see a sun pillar the atmospheric conditions have to be just right. Of course the sun comes up each day , but in order to get this effect there have to be < the right kind of > ice crystals in the sky.

On the Western Prairies sundogs are often seen when the right conditions exist. This year I am seeing sun pillar in Atlantic Canada.

Keep in mind that we have had the greenest Christmas in years. This lack of snow appears to be offset by
spectacular solar displays.

I hope you enjoy these phenomenal lights in the sky!
[ Previous posts; on TN :
Ten days ago, Dec 19th at 08:00 exactly
Other sun pillar posts; on TE :
Today at sunrise;
Dec 20th, at sunset ]

This one was shot on the morning of Dec. 29th, after I pulled an all-nighter. It is dedicated to my Mother,
whose birthday this was. She was always cheered after the Winter Solstice when the days are again lengthening.
I too feel that cheer, and try to make the most of it.

Photo shot at 8:10AM;
solar pillar as seen over the Eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean;
photo cut and compressed to fit TN

Here is a good website with additional information about the solar events I have been dabbling in. So long, ;j.

"I look at life from both sides now..."

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To bazzap: Sun Pillar, not a Sundog < Sundogs come in pairShoot_Score 1 01-12 04:30
To Alex99: Fire and Water...Shoot_Score 1 01-01 02:35
To claudine: Solid Solar ReflectionsShoot_Score 1 01-01 02:34
To trinko: Solar SolosShoot_Score 1 01-01 02:31
To Adanac: Solar PlexusShoot_Score 1 01-01 02:29
To anniejo: Solar flexusShoot_Score 1 01-01 02:27
To loot: Voorspoedig Nieuwjaar!Shoot_Score 1 01-01 02:20
To anniejo: ContrastShoot_Score 1 12-30 21:55
To loot: Flametree!Shoot_Score 1 12-30 21:54
To Adanac: Moses eh!Shoot_Score 1 12-30 21:50
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-30 18:16]
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Hello Jaap

It is true that globally we are experiencing strange or weird weather conditions this year. I have notice that a lot of people made mention to this fact, but fortunately it also gives us the opportunity to see some wonderful manifestations in nature that we maybe would not have seen otherwise. Like these sun pillars you have shown us via a number of excellent photos. I must also say that this one is very aptly named 'Candle in the sky'.

Your composition is great and I like the fact that you aligned the tree with this phenomena to make it seem like the light is emanating from the tree. Great colours, good details, and appropriate exposure levels gives this posting ample appeal and a pleasure to behold.

Excellent work and TFS.
Best regards

PS. While running the risk of repeating myself, I still wish for you and your loved ones a wonderful and fulfilling 2007.

PPS. I still have had no luck with your 'Shaman', but the search continues.

I LIKE this shot!! Great composition of the light atop the tree; and the subtle, yet vibrant colour of the coming daylight.....
makes a nice contrast with the golden colours of the sunrise.
I like the way you caught the "sun pillar" above the fir tree, AND the reflection of that "pillar" that is caught in the branches of the tree, there on the water.
NICELY done!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-30 20:18]
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Hi Jay,
Well I like this one just as well as the other one. If the tree was a bush I could call you Moses, LOL
Still not slepping in Jay.

nice composition. good colors

Hello Jay,
This is a very beautiful and interesting post. I like this great contrast, lightning and colors. Nice POV and composition. This is very well done with excellent exposure. Thanks,

Hi Jay.
Very nice artistic shot and amazing captured moment. Excellent work with lighting, exposure and DOF. The result is very expressive and wonderful. Best wishes for 2007 and TFS.

Hi Jay,
I am glad my picture bought back memories. Well it is the other way around as well. I worked for a year in Edmonton. I remember seeing light pillars for the first time and being amazed. In winter I initially wondered why farms had lights pointed at the sky at night until I was told about the atmospheric conditions that produced them. It was great to be reminded.

Again Jay another greet shot. Theres no way I can take away from this photo, it is one very good photo.


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