Tags archives: sunsets

  • Sunset through Vog

  • Vog is a cheap and easy mishmash of the words volcanic and smog, and is a notorious phenomenon on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The vog here comes from two active craters of Kilauea, including this one, shown producing the gases that turn to vog.  When lava enters the sea (that had stopped weeks before this photo), those famous[...]
  • Sunset Sail off the Kona Coast

  • Calm Pacific seas and a Hawaiian sunset:  what better way to close the day?   The warm scene of tropical sailing evokes calm, peace and serenity—states of being so direly needed in the rushed world of social media and continual distraction.  My request, therefore, is simple:  study this image, then close your eyes for a few [...]
  • Double Reflected Convective Pastels

  • A weakening supercell moved over cool outflow from earlier storms, combining with some fall foliage at ground level to dazzle who witnessed the spectacle with a brief but brilliant splash of pastel tones.  The dominant light source for the scene came from a strange direction, too:  northeast (left)!  Sunset light first was r[...]
  • The Green Flash

  • My second attempt at photographing the elusive "green flash" worked, after barely missing one over the Gulf from Florida a couple years before.  This type is known as an inferior-mirage flash, where the sun is below the horizon, but a mirage under a thermal inversion acts as a thin, edge-on prismatic lens to separate the blu[...]
  • Puuhonua o Honaunau Sunset: Deep Zoom

  • A marvelous South Kona sunset paints the Pacific sky beyond Puuhonua o Honaunau National Park.  Deep zooming into a sunset sky rich in cloud diversity and textures can yield a perspective both microscale and macroscale at the same time.  That's because, while pointing to a distance of infinity, the subset sampled is just a s[...]
  • Twilight Surf: Olympic National Park

  • This twilight, on the edge of the land of "Twilight", brought solace, and not the least bit of fright.  Smoothed ethereally by short time exposure, the surf of Rialto and a shallow, thin fog layer offered a fluidly undular, matte reflection of the slate-blue sky above, as final reds of dusk painted the horizon.  Meanwhile th[...]
  • Hofsvik Sunset Prelude

  • As seen from Iceland's narrow western coastal plain, the interior bluffs and hills grasped the very last of their day's rays, while deepening golden yellows illuminated orographic low clouds hovering overhead.  Despite its shallowness, this cumuliform cloud feature produced warm-cloud rain, as evident in the short rainbow se[...]
  • Sherbet Sky

  • A small, soft-looking storm over the high desert (6,700-ft ground elevation) didn't promise much photogenic action—until sunset!  Enough low clouds were in the way that when the hidden mid and upper levels of the storm's convective cloud plume started to light up with sunset color, it diffused downward in pastel through much[...]
  • One Pacific Evening

  • One Pacific evening, in the cool and still ocean air, uncommonly gentle ocean waters slowly overlapped a long and broad shoreline at low tide, smoothly coating the sand and reflecting the subtle hues of the sunset hour, as a thin and shallow marine fog floated across the distance.  It was a moment both ephemeral and indelibl[...]
  • Godafoss Sunset

  • Though modest in height by Icelandic standards, Godafoss (Waterfall of the Gods) rightfully is renowned as once of Iceland's most inspiring and beautiful.  That's especially true when paired with one of those lengthy sunsets of a high-latitude summertime.  To balance the light for this shot, I employed either a 2- or 3-stop [...]
  • Summertime Supercellular Sunset

  • On our way northwest to set up for eclipse viewing two days later, we noted a massive, heavy-precipitation supercell on radar erupting out of a pre-existing, small area of thunderstorms to the distant north, in north-central Nebraska.  Too late in the day to drive closer than about 80 miles to the storm before darkness set i[...]
  • Cotton Candy Sky

  • Sometimes a sunset looks so delicious that one wants to reach into the sky, grab it and eat!  Cirrus clouds spread themselves in candy filaments through a deepening twilight blue, cast in that memorable hue for just a fleeting moment, yet long enough to evoke a sudden craving for a childhood carnival treat. Norman OK (9 N[...]