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Crepuscular Rays

Crepuscular Rays
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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: 2009-07-24
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-25 9:20
Viewed: 3154
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crepuscular Rays

Also known as sunbeams. Crepuscular rays appear when an cloud or mountain range throws a line of light created by tiny atmospheric particles in the sky that can't be seen normally. In the far distance you can see a thunderstorm which is creating this interesting effect. If I were to take a series of images, it would show the path of the sun behind the horizon. Way cool!

I found the information about Crepuscular Rays in a new book put out by the Cloud Appreciation Society called The Cloud Collector's Hand Book by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. The Cloud Appreciation Society also has a website with beautiful and unique looking clouds.

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wow what a great snap!!!
I think its called as cinematography. I am not confermed about it but ur superb. the bacground. the shaddowed images and the vast sky.
very nice very good composition with natural colours.

SECONDLY THE CLOUD ON HOrizon its self is subject of grt image i think. heheheh but it is tooo faar. anyways regards and thanks .

Congrats Jan for enlightening me. I was not even close to knowing of this phenomenon. I thought I knew most of all things in the sky but this one eluded me. A great lesson with fine image supplement.

Hello Janice,
This is an interesting and most often times beautiful event that we are fortunate enough to witness. Once I was driving to Mt. Hood and from about 45 miles away this same event with the sun rays were shooting out from behind the peak and were split as they hit the glaciers on Mt. Hood. I was going for a day hike on Yoakum ridge when that occured so there was nso time to stop on the highway and capture that lone image. That was the only time I have ever seen the sun rays pass over the mountain so distinctly in the morning.
Yours is a beautiful capture, and the book must be as good as you say...

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-25 23:17]

Hello Janice,
An excellent and beautiful sunrise shot,wonderful and dramatic light rays,lovely colours,very well done,
Best regards Siggi

I did not know this phenomenon had a name, and what a mouthful for a name!
Lovely shot of the silhouettes!
An excellent composition one can only expect from you, Janice!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-27 0:42]

hello Janice,
Very interesting posting and a great thank you for your explanations in your note. Something original, I'm always interested in seeing new or rarely shown pictures on this site.
Take care

Your words "way cool" fit this image to a "T".
Lovely piece of work.
Mario, your neighbour.
P.S. Drop by someday for a cup of coffee.

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2009-09-24 4:31]

I love it.! Fantastic !

  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2009-12-13 12:20]

Hi Janice.

Very nice sunrice postal, excellent composition.
Great photo.


*smiley tomorrow.

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