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Iridescent clouds

Uploaded by: retiredffwx

Wednesday February 22, 2012

Culpeper, VA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: One of the best examples of iridescent clouds I have ever seen.

Manufacturer: Canon

Model: Canon EOS 50D

x-Resolution: 72.00

y-Resolution: 72.00

Resolution Unit: Inch

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.5 (Windows)

Artist: Larry Patterson

Copyright: Larry Patterson (Photographer) - (Editor)

Compression: JPEG compression

Exposure Time: 1/2000 sec.

FNumber: f/11.0

Exposure Program: Manual

ISO Speed Ratings: 200

Exif Version: Unknown Exif Version

Shutter speed: 10.97 EV (APEX: 44, 1/1999 sec.)

Aperture: 6.92 EV (f/11.0)

Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV

MaxApertureValue: 4.00 EV (f/4.0)

Subject Distance: 16.3 m

Metering Mode: Pattern

Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.

Focal Length: 70.0 mm

SubSecTimeOriginal: 62

SubSecTimeDigitized: 62

Focal Plane x-Resolution: 5315.44

Focal Plane y-Resolution: 5306.53

Focal Plane Resolution Unit: Inch

Custom Rendered: Normal process

Exposure Mode: Manual exposure

White Balance: Auto white balance

Scene Capture Type: Standard

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22. stoneygirl
5:47 AM GMT on March 04, 2012
Now that is just plain far out!! LOVE it!!
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21. retiredffwx
1:20 AM GMT on February 23, 2012
Quoting Rescued77:
And they're often hard to see because the sky is so bright at the time. Sun glasses help the eyes. I'm curious, did you use a polarizing filter- I want to get one, they're really handy for a lot of things!
You are correct about hard to see. I just happened to have a couple trees blocking the early morning sun when I turned and saw this. No polarizer, I was shooting waterfowl at the time. They are handy when needed, and, if at all possible, buy a quality one. Makes a tremendous difference in quality.
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20. beanhead
1:02 AM GMT on February 23, 2012
They're cool, whatever they're called!
Congrats!
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19. Rescued77
1:00 AM GMT on February 23, 2012
It's a great shot! And what a sight. And they're often hard to see because the sky is so bright at the time. Sun glasses help the eyes. I'm curious, did you use a polarizing filter- I want to get one, they're really handy for a lot of things!
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18. Proserpina
11:30 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Nacreous clouds, I can see why they describe these clouds as 'pearly'.

Beautiful photo.
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17. retiredffwx
9:52 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/
is a great site for figuring out what is in the sky. We are all here because of a love of photos and the weather, and I want to say thanks for all of the comments. It really is worth looking up when you are outside.
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16. retiredffwx
9:49 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
"it is actually a reflection of the sunset way over the horizon. These clouds have to be way up there in order to do this. In some regions, they are known as nacreous clouds but those are primarily over the poles. Hope this helps"

Thank you, cobofthemop, but you are close, but off by a little. It is called iridescent clouds. Nacreous clouds are similar. This is a great sight for figuring out what is in the sky- http://www.atoptics.co.uk/
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15. ceocrocker
9:41 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Wow... just amazing! Great find and super capture!
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14. Leeuwtrots
9:24 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Gorgeous, congratulations.
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13. travelingrose
7:23 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Wonderful capture! Congratulations on this unusual and beautiful AC.
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12. catilac
7:09 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Pretty shot, Congratulations!
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11. relishthejourney
7:04 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Really superb and interesting!! Congrats!
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10. cobofthemob
7:03 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Ok, let me try to explain what this is. I am not a scientists, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express the other night. Even though this looks like a sheen of petrolium on water, it is actually a reflection of the sunset way over the horizon. These clouds have to be way up there in order to do this. In some regions, they are known as nacreous clouds but those are primarily over the poles. Hope this helps.
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9. dixiedaughter
6:35 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Fantastic image Larry, congratulations on this beauty!
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8. trailhiker44
6:31 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Fantastic shot !
CONGRATULATIONS on your AC !!!
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7. Whinniesv
5:49 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Just wondering... To what are you attributing the weather phenomena...? I would NOT guess an open pool of gasoline, or someone leaving on their gas stove, with the pilot light off...
Have you asked any knowledgeable weather people???
Beautiful, and well composed.... But a little concerned what this type of event would be called....
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6. newenglandlight
5:48 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
One of the best I've seen too! Beautiful! Congrats!
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5. RNJoel
5:40 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Perfectly composed - super cool clouds. Congrats.
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4. gardner48197
5:29 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Very nice, congrats on the new blue!!
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3. Biskitten
5:23 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Great capture - AC congrats!
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2. RadioDJgirl
5:10 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Super cool weather shot! Update: Congratulations on your latest AC! Not surprised at all. Love it!
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1. nanapoo
4:56 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
WOW...beautiful!!
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A life-time love of nature and living near the Shenandoah National Park has allowed me the freedom to pick and choose what I want to shoot. Having the freedom to do so without crowds allows me to wait for the image without interference. It doesn't get much better...

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