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Punakaiki Sunset

Punakaiki Sunset
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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: 2005-08-23
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 17-40mm f4L, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: South Island Winter Holiday 2005
Theme(s): ~~ Sunsets & Sunrises part I ~~ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-07 4:09
Viewed: 7018
Points: 14
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A beautiful West Coast sunset at Punakaiki. I like the colour of the breaking waves. Thanks for looking

What Makes a Sunset?

At sunset the sky often looks orange or red. Billions of tiny particles of dust are in the atmosphere and are too small to see. However when light hits these particles the light bounces off them and is scattered. Blue and violet light scatters the most and orange and red scatter the least. At sunset and sunrise when the sun is low in the sky, the sunís rays travel through a thicker portion of the atmosphere than in midday, so they run into more particles in the atmosphere and the light is scattered.

The above obtained from http://wow.osu.edu/experiments/light/part1/sunset.html


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 5:39 p.m.
Date: 23rd August 2005
Weather conditions: Sunset
Lens: Canon 17-40mm USM L
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/750
F-Stop: F/4.5
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-09-07 4:25]

Coasties: Master of sunsets & sunrises. :) I like the sunrises slightly better, but this sunset is great aswell. TFS!


Another good sunset Pam with nice detail in the shadows and sea. The sun looks a little hot...Ha ha well it would be. 6/10 Well done.

Good Morning Pam, Very nice WA shot of this dramatic sunset. I like the balance I see in your composition of FG, sea and sky. Very well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-07 11:03]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful sunset capture.Looks like a painting picture from Ayvazokski;)POV,colors,details and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

Nice shot Pam, excellent landscape, I like the details and sharpness. Good work! Thanks for sharing.

Very nice shot Pam,
Nicely composed, good warm colours and well detailed. Good POV.
Very well captured, thanks for posting

Hello Pam,

I appreciate this picture , it makes me think about impressionist painter Claude Monnet for his painting " Impression au soleil couchant ".

Very nice sunset! The colours are very soft and tha atmosphere is really relaxing!
Bye Tom

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