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Interesting Phenomenon

Interesting Phenomenon
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-27
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 17-40mm f4L, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Theme(s): Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-05 19:19
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Interesting Phenomenon

While in Queenstown on our holiday we witnessed and photographed the most interesting phenomenon. We initially saw a very strange shaped cloud when were some 6 kms from Queenstown. This was the only cloud in the sky. We were unable to find a suitable place to stop to photograph it successfully so headed back to the lake edge of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. Over the next 13 minutes we photographed and watched it form into what looked like a volcanic eruption. There was a billowing puffey effect as you can see from this post, that grew in height and the centre of the cloud had a deep orange/pink angry glow. As you can image, many people were standing, watching, photographing and making many comments on the 'volcanic eruption'. A truely amazing event.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 4:54 p.m.
Date: 27th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 17-40mm L
Filter: Hoya UV 77mm
Shutter Speed: 1/50
F-Stop: F/18
Focal Length: 40mm
ISO: 100
Support: Tripod
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Stunning panoramic capture Pam, the cloud formation on the left (sorry right) has me spellbound. I would burn some areas of mid-tone on the mountain itself to improve contrast there. Very well done.

Spectacular capture Pam.
It's not everyday we see a event like this.
Colours, detail, composition are excellent.
I wish I could have been there to witness it myself.
TFS Janice

Hi Pam,
VERY COOL! Perfect pano crop and framing here. The exposure looks spot on. Colors, detail and DOF Are superb.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-06 2:37]

Hi Pam,
Not just a wonderful phenomenon, but a beatiful lake and mountains. Color and water reflection are lovely!
TFS, José M.

a very nice one Pam,
a fantastic view, good, great atmosphere, good colours and a fantastic quality, very good job, I like it a lot.
gr. jaap

Fantastic picture here Pam! I think that was a volcanic eruption. - Excellent landscape, great framing, sharpness and POV. Wonderful colours and very interestinge note too. Thank you for this great presentation.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-06 3:45]

WOW Pam! What a corker! Such an amazing cloud formation, and you were so lucky to see it and catch it. And showing it from this distance gives us all a good view of it too. Well done,
(Yes, I'm back!)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-06 3:49]

Impressive phenomenon is this wonderful landscape. You were lucky to be there at this amazing moment. Congratulations Pam anr thanks for sharing his beautiful panorama.

Hi Pam,
This is a really interesting cloud/eruption. I've never seen anything like it before. The mushroon part on top is really impressive. Besides form the cloud, the photo is just beautiful as well. The mountains on the left are beautif in shape and color, and you low POV feels like we are on a boat sailing toward the could formation. Great colors and great light.

Hi Pam,
this looks spectacular - I think you stayed there longer to watch if there will come out a fire-fontain? I would have done so ;-)
It's a beautiful place, so silent and clear, I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-08-06 7:13]
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This is quite astounding, Pam. I'd like your permission to send a link to this photo to the environmental sciences department at my university.
In terms of photography: your colours are superb and I like the "framing" with the dark mountain on the right and the tree on the left.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-06 8:52]

Hi Pam,
Yes really looks like a vulcanic eruption.
I like the way the wind blows the cloud to the right. Beautiful landscape too.
Well seen and TFS

Hello Pam,
If I didn't know better I would bet my.....that this shows a volcanic erruption. Great post and note. TFS Thomas

Hi Pam,

Hi Pam,
Very nice. I like the contrast, color, panoramic composition and details I see. The unique and interesting cloud formation makes it GREAT! :)
Very well done!

Good evening Pam,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. POV is good.
Well composed and excellent notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-08-06 14:36]
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This is a wonderful shot, an amazing scenery.. Wish you had uploaded a larger version to the panorama section. TFS

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-08-06 15:14]

Hello Pam, very nice composition. The cloud is a very interesting one for sure. I don't know alot about them but I bet it has a very nice name :-) Lovely scenery, very well done.

Hi pam
Cette photo est très impressionnante, par son décor mais surtout par la force de la nature qu'elle représente.
Sur tous les plans, tu as bien composé cette photo cette chaine de montagnes avec ces droles de nuages dans le ciel sont très impressionnants.
Merci et au revoir...JP

what a strange occurance.

you have caught it really well. great view by the way, with some stunning mountains.


Hi Pam,

This is really very interesting. I wonder what caused such a cloud. It has quite a strange colour for a cloud. A good landscape as well. Thanks for this post.


I find it hard to believe that it was just a cloud. It is very strange and you captured it really well. It's a super photo with great DOF and exposure.

Evelynn : )

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-07 14:09]

Wow... me gustaría poder estar alli mismo ahora Pam, de veras.
Excelente paisaje con todos los detalles de calidad que debe tener.
Sería interesante la posibilidad de usar la opción de Panorama para esta imagen.
Felicitaciones y saludos... Ricardo

Wow... I would like to be able to now to be there same Pam, endeed.
Excellent landscape with all the details of quality that it should to have.
It would be interesting the possibility to use the option of Panorama for this image.
Congratulations and greetings... Ricardo

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-08 9:05]

Ho Pam,
great shot, this is really amazing. Love the POV and the details. Interesting note you added.
Excellent composition.

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2006-08-12 10:27]

Bellissimo panorama, luce chiara, grande dettaglio e grande sensibilità nello scatto
Ciao Paolo

Interesting comments, and I hate too burst your bubble. But the interesting cloud formation is just smoke from a grass fire. The farmers here burn off the old high country tussock to let the new growth come through. Happens every year.
But it does make an interesting photo.

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