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Chinook Arch

Chinook Arch
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-22
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-23 7:41
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Chinook Arch

Last night we had a Chinook Arch during the sunset. Yesterday I posted a close up of the clouds, this image shows more of the arch. The arch stretched far to the NW and also to the SE.

When the Chinook Arch arrived over Cochrane last night the winds really picked up, they even woke me up. Sometimes the winds can get up to 100 km/hr.

There was a wind warning yesterday in the Pincher Creek and Waterton Lakes areas, and is normal when Chinooks arrive. Pincher Creek and Waterton are the one of the windiest areas in Alberta.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-23 8:09]

hi janice,
awesome image, great capture, just clouds won't create mood, with the silhoutted foreground one can feel the coming of the wind, its purely wonderful landscape. tfs.

Gee... more of this amazing cloud bank. This shot feels even more ominous than yesterday's The color is stunning.

Evelynn : )

Hi Janice!

I love this kind of shots- amazing, almost unnutral but true, I have some of this kind but all of them in paper, not digital.... waiting to see some of this kind in real now.


hello Janice

a superb shot of these clouds, WOW ! i love the effect
of 3 layered image, the ground's black silhouette,
the sky's cold colour tones, and the clouds warm colour tones,



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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-10-23 16:31]

Hi Janice,
Wow! What a wonderful and strange looking sky! It looks like an abstract painting. The colours and the different patterns are stunning, great composition.
Very well done

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-10-23 19:15]

Hi Janice,

What a dramatic image! It looks like Cochrane is being descended upon by some gigantic orange storm cloud. You've picked up the vivid colors of the sunset very well in your shot.

When I used to live in Calgary, we had a view of the mountains from our deck. Whenever a Chinook was forming, we would see a sweeping arch in the west over the mountains. I've seen the temperature go from -20C to +20C in a day.


Hello Janice

That thing is ominous looking,like it will part and reveal the hidden mothership.
The colours and lighting are well done.
Excellent POV,the silhouette of the ridge and treetops is very effective.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-23 21:58]

Hi Janice

A lovely shot showing the magnificent forms and colours of the arch. A great contribution to TN.


Hi Janice,

Wow what an image, this is heaven coming to earth,well captured and composed, it really makes you feel the atmosphere.TFS.

  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-10-24 3:17]

Hello Janice,

Once again these formations of clouds take my breath away. Lovely and scary at the same time. Nice POV, composition and colors. TFS.


Hi Janice
That is fantastic Great, mesmerizing cloud. Perfect exposure, interesting POV.Very good job

  • Great 
  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-24 6:53]

Hi Janice
Good heavens the sky will fall.
Perfect shot and excellent light.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Janice,
Very strange !
Great capture.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2008-10-28 16:41]

Hey, aren't pictures of clouds how you got started here, Janice? This is one fantastic scene -- the shape details and colors in the clouds really make it. I find the trees along the bottom to be a bit ugly, but I think they add a nice context.
P.S. I've seen the temp go from -20 to +15 in one HOUR! (I think it was March 2008.) But how WINDY was it? -- I like the +15, but I don't like the 100 km/hr winds!

Hi Janice,
I missed this one. This one is even more spectacular. The different shades and the shapes in the cloud are very beautiful. I've never seen such a sky for real and would love to experience it.

  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-10-29 13:32]

Hi Janice.

Wonderful postal, surrealist imagen, beaufiful colors, tones, contrast,sharpness and composition, good note.


PD. smiley p. later,today no more.

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-29 19:54]

Hi Janice,
Superb capture I love it when you get chinook arches, :-).
Great lighting, creating wonderful atmosphere. Thanks for sharing Janice.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-31 18:47]

I wanted to come back to tell you how much this picture impresses me. The colours are just fantastic and the arch or cover made by the clouds must be very impressive. I love the clear blue sky being invaded by the thick salmon clouds. Une merveille,


amazing scenery, TFS Ori

Soooooo very very GRAND!!!
You are getting good at this!!!
M. your neighbour.

  • Great 
  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-12-03 17:58]

Amazing, the power and beauty of mother nature. This is very good shot with exellent color and light, the fiery cloud against the bright sky and the silhouette of the trees and slope creat a beautiful composition. Thanks

Hi Janice,
Wonderful and dreadful at the same time. Simply unbelievable... My mouth is opened but I can't say a word. Brilliant capture. Into my favorites immediately.
Best regards, László

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