Wave Clouds Lit From Below (1) (clouds sky nighttime ). Photo by RickyRood
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Wave Clouds Lit From Below (1)

Uploaded by: RickyRood

Saturday August 18, 2012

Lafayette, CO (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: This is a an existing light photo of a wave cloud lit from below by houses and cities. This is looking south from a relatively dark farm in Boulder County, CO, towards Denver. Manual exposure. The clouds are aligned east and west and propagating to the south. The Front Range is to the west.

Image Description:

Manufacturer: Canon

Model: Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Orientation: top - left

x-Resolution: 180.00

y-Resolution: 180.00

Resolution Unit: Inch

YCbCr Positioning: co-sited

Compression: JPEG compression

Exposure Time: 1 sec.

FNumber: f/3.4

ISO Speed Ratings: 1600

Exif Version: Unknown Exif Version

Components Configuration: Y Cb Cr -

Compressed Bits per Pixel: 3.00

Shutter speed: 0.00 EV (APEX: 1, 1 sec.)

Aperture: 3.53 EV (f/3.4)

Exposure Bias: 1.00 EV

MaxApertureValue: 3.53 EV (f/3.4)

Metering Mode: Pattern

Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.

Focal Length: 4.0 mm

User Comment:

FlashPixVersion: FlashPix Version 1.0

Color Space: sRGB

PixelXDimension: 3648

PixelYDimension: 2736

Focal Plane x-Resolution: 19000.00

Focal Plane y-Resolution: 19000.00

Focal Plane Resolution Unit: Inch

Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor

File Source: DSC

Custom Rendered: Normal process

Exposure Mode: Manual exposure

White Balance: Auto white balance

Digital Zoom Ratio: 1.00

Scene Capture Type: Standard

InteroperabilityIndex: R98

InteroperabilityVersion: 0100

RelatedImageWidth: 3648

RelatedImageLength: 2736

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4. RickyRood
1:46 AM GMT on October 17, 2012
It was at night. I am not so good with cameras anymore; they became electronic and automatic. So I did a bunch of exposures over exposing and under exposing 1, 2, and maybe more f stops. One problem is that off to the south and east, at the bright spot in the picture, is Denver. If I exposed too much, then it became a white bright blob. What is cool - there are a few pictures were I did not move the camera and you can see the wave propagate.

I'm probably too whiny about the ratings! Most of my favorite pictures rate lower than my vanity expects.
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3. Fieldofflowers
1:30 AM GMT on October 17, 2012
I think it is a beautiful picture. The sky is creepy, which is cool. I still can't tell if that was a storm or a night shot. It may help to set the exposure even longer or brighten it up a little in an image editing program. I did something like that with my night time shot of the MN fair. I selectively brightened the sky but kept the foreground lighting as it was.

As far as the low ratings, I don't understand. I had taken photos of a wave cloud before and no one cared for it either. I don't know why other people don't seem to care for those clouds. I find them impressive though. Anyways I added this to my favorites.
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2. RickyRood
2:08 AM GMT on October 11, 2012
Yes, it was that dark. Tripod. Long exposures. I thought they were neat pictures, but the people did not rate them so well.

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1. Fieldofflowers
6:57 PM GMT on October 09, 2012
Impressive clouds! Was it really that dark?
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About RickyRood


I'm a professor at U Michigan and lead a course on climate change problem solving. I write blogs for WU, take on problems that I can't solve, and sometimes learn something along the way.

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