Fire In The Sky – Incredible Inspirational Sunset Colors [30 Pics]

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Fire in the Sky – Red Sunset

These shots look so dramatic. Thing is, the sky was mostly darkened, while shooting at telephoto filled the shot with the only color. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

 Fire In The Sky   Incredible Inspirational Sunset Colors [30 Pics]


Introduction

We see them every day, but sunsets still take my breath away each time. What really is fascinating, at least when viewing a California sunset, is the outstanding variety of “heavenly” colors.

I just returned from yet another sunset walk with my wife in Santa Monica, and decided to put together an article about the “Fire in the sky”. I would like to draw your attention to the large variety of colors. Be sure to click the image to get to the larger version.

It is very hard to capture the true colors of a sunset, and many of the photos below are from the same shoot. The reason why I include them is to see the incredible diversity in the minute-by-minute shifting colors in the sky. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Ain’t our world beautiful – well at least at sunset! [30 Pictures]

Hint: Use the “j” and “k” keys to jump from one picture to the next.

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Fire in the sky: Red sky behind tree

Here I took a longer exposure, blurring the surface of the pool. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Dusk above pool in Santa Barbara

The recent oak tree trimming makes the palms stand out more. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Dusk above pool in Santa Barbara


Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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 Santa Barbara Dusk above pool in Santa Barbara

Beautiful how, only moments apart, the skies keep changing color so dramatically. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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 Santa Barbara Dusk above pool in Santa Barbara slightly different angel.

Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Clouds turning pink against the blue sky

Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Pink clouds


This shot was taken looking uphill, straight North. The contrast in this photo hides the high haze produced as the contrails diffuse, but don’t disappear. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Red and Yellow

The altocumulus and altostratus clouds — the starring types in most dramatic sunrises and sunsets — are the main attraction here. Invisible on the horizon are the Santa Monica Mountains. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Brown and Gold

This series was shot through a chain link fence. Here’s a wide-angle view. This is also more what the sunset actually looked like to a human, rather than just to a camera. The Nikon Coolpix 5700 also has a lens snout that cak peek through the holes. A big SLR couldn’t do that. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: California Palm Trees

Setting sun through the palm trees at Chase Palm Park, along the beach in Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Half Sun

The sun got much brighter as it peeked out from beneath the smoke clouds Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Pink clouds

Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Orange Clouds

Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Yellow to Red Clouds

I love the texture here, the ladderlike shapes of the altocumulus clouds. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Moments before the Sun sets


Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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 Fire in the sky: Silver lining – more like gold lining 

Sunset at JFK from the Lufthansa/Aeroflot gates. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: A buffet of colors

A New Years Day sunset, to the west over Santa Barbara’s Mesa, with San Miguel Island on the horizon. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Blue and Yellow

Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Sun behind Santa Barbara Mission

In descending order of distance, the subjects are the Sun, the Gap Fire, and Mission Santa Barbara. Note: the Mission is not on fire. Distances: Mission, 800 feet; Smoke, 8 miles away; Sun, 8 million miles away. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Green grass with golden shimmer

Finally got the gold light on the grass. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Golden sky above Denver Airport

Sunset view from Denver International Airport. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Choppers, Fire streak over Santa Monica and Westwood, California

Photo Credit: KristiH

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Fire in the sky: Pink Sky over Los Angeles

Photo Credit: KristiH

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Fire in the sky: Dark Blue with Yellow Streak from Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Photo Credit: KristiH

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Fire in the sky: Sunset over the Baltic Sea, Estonia

Photo Credit: Eero Siimson

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Fire in the sky: Sun behind ship in the Baltic Sea

Photo Credit: Eero Siimson

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Fire in the sky: Waves under Red Sky in Malibu, California

Photo Credit: KristiH

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Fire in the sky: Brown Sky

The Sun starts looking more like the Moon. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

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Fire in the sky: Goodnight Sun, see you tomorrow

Photo Credit: Doc Searls




4 Responses to Fire In The Sky – Incredible Inspirational Sunset Colors [30 Pics]

  1. David @ The Solar Ontario Blog October 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Wow. Those are amazing oranges and purples. I never see a sky like that around here. Sometimes we get the oranges, almost reds, but it never fills the sky like that.

  2. sharkie002 October 13, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    It’s called saturation enhancement.

  3. Scot October 14, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Pretty incredible! I just linked to you on our facebook and Twitter (@lochnessponds). Great Burning Man pics, too!

  4. Yesfrin April 7, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Wow!! I have never seen images like these, I just loved them! :D

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