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Fire in the sky

Fire in the sky
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-10
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Cokin P121M
Exposure: f/16, 1/10 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-06 10:50
Viewed: 4506
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well i had "Smoke on the water" not long ago and some people had wondered about the second part...here it is :)

This photo was actually taken before the "Smoke..." in the same say as the one right under it my gallery.
The scenery is pretty much the same, with some nice cloud formations and lovely colors created by the setting sun. This is looking a bit more to the north than the other one and facing straight to the Hungarian border.

As James nicely explained to me, the clouds here are some cirrus leading into cirro-stratus (thanks James). This is also why i'd like to take this chance to dedicate this shot to him, for his immense contribution to TN in terms of superb images, huge knowledge and...a mind-blowing number of photographed countries!

I also took a series of shots from this POV, that i stitched together and you can see the outcome here.

I hope you'll like it :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol. + Cokin P121M
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: +0
F-Stop: f/16
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: Tripod
TOD: about 5 PM
Weather conditions: setting sun

eqshannon, vanderschelden, NinaM, bobcat08, Jamesp, earthtraveler, Heaven, marhowie, JoseMiguel, Alex99, Necipp, jusninasirun, Evelynn has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To PaulH: Cheers Paul!horia 3 02-07 06:01
To marhowie: An honor, Howard!horia 1 02-07 05:24
To NinaM: Thank you, Francine!horia 3 02-07 00:41
To Jamesp: It's my pleasurehoria 1 02-06 23:19
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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-06 11:06]

My congratulations! Fantastic sky!

Yup! It is classic you...very nice addition...Smoke eh? How intriguing must have been a slight inversion in weather as well..

Hello Horia,
Smoke on the water. A fire in the sky. The next line in the lyrics I don't remember actually:-). So your next post will probably be a surprise, Horia;-)
Very good compo, good colours,...
Very moody image and well presented.

Hello Horia
I will be back with tmw with much more time to appreciate and evaluate what is a stunning image.

fantastik photo, very good colours end compo.....

Hello Horia,

A fantastic composition. Very soft colors. The whole picture makes a serene impression. You did a very good job. POV, DOF and BG are good. I have no more to say. Greetings and TFS BOB

Hello Horia
Interesting cloud formation, colours and frozen river give your shot really mystical atmosphere and nice composition.
WEll done and TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-06 13:52]

Hi .Just a quick note for now to say great picture .

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-06 14:44]
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Hi Horia

Thanks for the dedication - I am very flattered. This is a superb shot - the colours and composition are both exquisite. You have captured what looks like an approaching 'front' very well. The clouds are cirrus leading into cirro-stratus - very beautiful.

Thanks again my friend,


BTW - I will be in Romania from 30 April.

Hello Horia,
This is another great composition of the awesome sky!
good pov with depth, clarity, vivid colour and details to view and enjoy
many thanks for sharing

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-06 16:17]

Hello Horia,
Fantastic scenery, it is great to see how sun setting can be.
I like it a lot.

Hi Horia,
Wonderful image of these clouds over the water! Excellent job of exposure asnd composition. Beautiful color tones. Well done.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-02-06 21:52]

Hi Horia!

When photography approaches painting, when a picture awakes emotions, when a cloudy sky becomes a dreamland, then the summit of the art of taking pictures is reached. You are that artist, you have the ability to make us dream and to fly away, to go inside us through your pictures.

And thank you for remembering us the lead song of one of the best pop group the world ever had: Deep Purple, Smoke on the Water... a song, that was born while the Casino of Montreux burnt down in 1971. I was young then, and a fan of Deep Purple...

Kind regards


Hi Horia,
To use a slightly worn out adjective - Awesome!
This is the kind of sky formation/colors one always hopes for, but rarely gets..A favorite, most assuredly :)
You did very well mf,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-07 5:08]
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Hello again my freind,
nice to see your latest offering! i think the thing that strikes me here first, is the way the ice seems to almost merge with the sky in tone and colour...although that sky is very impressive in it's own right! You've taken full advantage of those clouds here, they are almost ghost like, ethereal even.
What i also like is the splash of yellow in the right hand side too...i am curious, was there more of this colour in the sky to be used? I only ask because perhaps it could've added more colour to the shot as a whole...although perhaps this is not the effect you wanted! Either way, this works for me beautifully...well done indeed, as always.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-07 5:48]

Nice dedication to James... he really knows his clouds!!
What a breath-taking image!
The clouds are amazing!
Beautiful colours.
Exceptional composition.
Incredible work Horia!
Very well done mate,

Hi Horia,
What an amazing sky you have got here!
The wide angular worked great to have such cloud's formations in the way it is.
The subtle tones got are so delicate and transmits a peaceful sensation.
Very good the effect got with the filter and that gradations at the top of the image.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-07 7:14]

Hi Horia.
Once more art picture form you and excellent use of camera/lens features. Pictured scene are great but I see you in it and your skill. Great blur effect with extreme sharpness of the land (lake), terrific delicate colour palette. I feel the movements of the clouds. Bravo. Great work of landscape writer.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-07 13:52]
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Fabulous and dreamlike landscape. Horia, those places you make us visit are fantastic and wonderful. I love those sceneries, you paint with light and very well, you could come from a lineage of painters that's old as history. You make me want to visit Romania... by showing us another side of this country that I find fascinating. Thank you!


Hi Horia, superb sky, splendid light and colors, wonderful composition, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

Buna Horia,
Nu stiu ce sa mai comentez, vroiam doar sa punctez, isa trebuie sa adaug si o "critica", ca altfel nu ma lasa regula.

Hello Horia, wonderful sky you've captured with excellent exposure, lovely tones. Beautifully composed, great intricate details in the clouds. tfs Rgds Necip

Hi Horia,

This is a very dramatic view of the sky.
Amazingly beautiful landscape.
Great shot!

Ben Lakitan

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-09 2:09]

Another fine shot Horia, very nice composition, great colors and very good details, thanks!


Hello Horia,

This is surely one beautiful cloud formation. I like the colors along the horizon with white cloud bursting up the blue sky. The small islands make good perspective of this wide sky exposure shot.

Best regards and have a wonderful weekend.


Hello Horia,
Two things captue my eyes here, first the amazingly beautiful pattern in the sky, next the wonderful and unusual colours of the same!
It is interesting to see how clouds in different altitudes are affected by the light, as the low ones remains in the shades...
A piece of art that also would look good on the wall!
Pablo -

This is a great shot Horia. I really like the stitched version also. It is quite dramatic. The wide angle really enhances the sweep of the clouds. I like the subtle colors too.

Nice work... TFS
Evelynn : )

A fantastic capture Horia, I like the way you kept the colours subtle in this. Love the formation of those clouds and the currents in the water. This is excellent, well done.

Hello Horia,
Very nice landscape.
I like the soft colors and the cloud formations.
TFS, Shir

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