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Standing Really Tall

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There is about a half hour of daylight left. It’s time for me to start heading home. But first I have another mile on the Portage Hike and Bike trail to get to my car.

Being early December the sunlight is low in the sky as we move toward the winter solstice. It makes for some really warm light and interesting effects.

One of the latter is casting a shadow that makes me look about 15 feet tall.

I found it amusing and, of course, I had to make a photograph of it.

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Written by csanders429

December 5, 2017 at 9:26 am

Fishing at Sundown

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A lone fisherman doesn’t seem fazed by the fact that the sun is setting over Lake Erie and soon he will be plunged into darkness. The scene is Edgewater Park in Cleveland on a late September day that saw the region set records for high temperatures. The high temperature that day was in the low 90s. Fall has officially begun a few days earlier.

It’s Gonna Be a Great Day

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I’m heading eastbound in the pre-darkness hours on U.S. Route 22 east of Pittsburgh.  Somewhere beyond Blairsville, Pennsylvania, I got a glimpse of the sun rising over the Allegheny Mountains.

My destination was central Pennsylvania for an all-day fall foliage photography outing.

It was one of the more colorful sunrises that I’ve seen and I had to pull over where I could get a clear view. I’m glad I did because it got the day off to a good start.

Anniversary of a Dramatic Sunset

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One year ago today I created what may be the most dramatic sunset photographs I’ve ever made.

We were staying at a bed and breakfast northeast of Tucson, Arizona, at the home of a couple that had some land. Therefore, I had some open views of the surrounding landscape, which includes the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Saguaro cactus plants are a mainstay of the Sonoran Desert though they tend to do best on steep, rocky slopes.

Our hosts had a number of tall saguaros and I walked around their property looking for a suitable one to use to frame my images.

There was a cloud cover that was, fortunately for me, moving on. Ken said those clouds would yield a nice red sunset.

He proved to be right. The skies to the west were clear, but the edge of the cloud cover was still overhead.

That was key because it is not the sun itself but the reflection of light from the setting sun that creates the spectacular and dramatic colors that give a sunset its stark beauty.

From a scientific perspective, what we see  are light rays reflecting and then scattering after hitting particles of dust, water droplets and ice crystals.

Scientists say that the colors produced by light depend on how far it has to travel and at sunset that path is farther than it is in the middle of the day.

In short, what we are seeing is a filtering effect. Colors tend to be more vivid in skies that are dry, clean and contain smaller particles. This image was made in October when the air tends to be drier and cleaner.

From a photography standpoint, I’ve noticed that getting good sunset images takes patience as well as the ability to react quickly.

The dramatic colors of sunset don’t last long. They can peak and be gone in a matter of minutes. Maybe it is my imagination, but they seem to vanish much faster than they appeared.

But that’s probably a result of the run-up time to the sunset, which is often going to be long as you have to get in position for nature’s show and then wait for it.

And what a show nature can put on when conditions are right.

Cactus and Sunset

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The sun will soon be going down over the Santa Catalina Mountains that surround Tucson, Arizona, and the host of the bed and breakfast where we were staying has indicated that it should produce a spectacular sunset.

That will occur in a few minutes, but in the meantime, I’m trying out some other angles to capture the last of the sun on this splendid October day.

This three-image sequence works with two separate saguaro cactus plants to show the progression of the sunset.

I was fortunate to have the edge of a cloud cover that moved on at the right time. It would be the presence of those clouds that would make this sunset so dramatic.

Sinking Into Lake Erie

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Interstate 90 in the vicinity of Erie, Pennsylvania, is built on a series of high bluffs that provide a view of Lake Erie to the north.

The view of the lake is particularly pronounced near North East, Pennsylvania.

We had just finished dinner and were headed back to Ohio on I-90. I was sitting in the passenger seat, my camera in hand. I had a few opportunities to catch the sunset and this was the best of the lot.

The sun is about to sink into the lake, ending another day.

Sunset and Edgewater Park Pier

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This past Sunday was an unusually warm day with temperatures rising to a record-setting low 90s.

Edgewater Park in Cleveland on the shore of Lake Erie was crowded, particularly the beach.

I happened to be around at sunset time and there were still a lot of people out on the pier fishing or just watching ol’ sol disappear dip below the horizon.