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rayleigh scattering
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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-01
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 1:3.5-5.6 ED DX, Hoya Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-01 3:35
Viewed: 3962
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yes this is another sunset image. I thought the parachute, the boat, and the flattening sun as it enters the horizon are decorative elements to spice the scene. I was on a small boat when this was taken. Although I brought my tripod with me, the cramped space prevented me from using it as well as trying other cam settings.

According to Wikipedia, the intense red and orange hues of the sky at sunrise and sunset are mainly caused by scattering of sunlight by dust particles, soot particles, other solid aerosols, and liquid aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere. These enhanced red and orange colors at sunrise and sunset are mathematically explained by the Mie theory or the discrete dipole approximation. When there are no particulates in the troposphere, such as after a big rain storm, then the remaining less intense reds are explained by Rayleigh scattering of sunlight by air molecules. Sunset colors are typically more brilliant and more intense than sunrise colors, since there are generally more particles and aerosols in the evening air than in the morning air. Nighttime air is usually cooler and less windy, which allows dust and soot particles to settle out of the atmosphere, reducing the amount of Mie scattering at sunrise. The reduced Mie scattering correspondingly reduces the amount of red and orange scattered light at sunrise. Sunrise color intensities can however exceed sunset's intensities when there are nighttime fires, volcanic eruptions or emissions, or dust storms to the east of the viewer. A number of eruptions in recent times, such as those of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and Krakatoa in 1883, have been sufficiently large to produce remarkable sunsets and sunrises all over the world.

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Hi Danilo.
Great sunset with wonderful colors.
Beautiful composition with this boat and the "flying" man.Nice image.
Best regards.Alin.

Hello Danilo,

Great work with wonderful sky colors.
Excellent lighting and sharpness.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Danilo
marvelous sunset.
prefect timing in catching the touching point.
stunning sky in orange tones and silvery water.
the parachute and boat add interest and are bonus to the scene.

Hello Danilo

How a so fantastic sky !!! Good timing for the parachute.
Dreaming sky, really superb !
I like the boat silhouette and the perfect 1/3 rules third.
Clever use of light and colors.
Best regards

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-03-01 4:16]

Hi Danilo,
Great timing of this sunset with all the happenings during this capture - the parachute, the boat and the sun starting to immerse into the water!
Great shot, my friend, adorned with the beautiful colors of the natural phenomenon.
The spectacular sky seems an artist's palette!
Well seen and neatly presented.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Hi Danilo,

Another breathtaking sunset from Philippines!
What a great blast of colors in this wonderful work. The person with the parachute enjoying the best of the sunset, is lucky though! Great sharpness and perfect POV make this work so pleasing to enjoy.
Well done, my friend!

best regards,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-03-01 4:28]

Hi Danilo

I like the flattened perspective from the zoom. Good sharpness & vibrant sunset colours with nice silhouettes. Tfs!

Ciao Danilo

Beautiful capture and view!
my favorites! Your horizon
is fabulous and charming!
Sharpness and clarity are nice
Pleasant is look at.
Very well captured and composed,

Have a nice day


It's fantastic! Danilo.
You captured it at the "right time, right place". The colors of the cloud look so amazing as well as the water. The silhouette of the boat is lovely.

Indeed, the parachute, the boat and the sun produces a great composition with such flat seas. Although the sea surface is not that flat, as we can see the wind producing ripples and decreasing intensely the light reflection on the water.
Great shot.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-03-01 7:15]


quel ciel, une merveille, un rêve magique, ces formes ces couleurs avec le bâteua, le parapente dans le ciel, le soleil est idéalment placé au moment ou il se pose sur la mer, une merveille.

Bravo et amitié


Great sunset and very good moment with flying man. I like this colors and composition.
Regards Zoran

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-03-01 7:26]

Hi Danilo,

The colors and cloud formations are beautiful, and thanks for the detailed note about lighting. The parachute and boat provide interesting elements as well. Would a tripod make that much difference on a boat? It would seem like the boat's movement in the water and vibration from the engine would negate any benefit.


the colours here are incredible must be one the best sunset images i have had the plesure to view hope you have in a frame on the Danillo
tfs bryan

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  • vidya Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 18] (303)
  • [2010-03-01 9:15]

can never take a sunset like this Danilo Martinez.. amazing..the little boat , cool sun,the sky colors and the parachute cant be better any more...

est regards vidya

Hello Danilo,

Wonderful sunset photo.
The boat and the parachute are great bonus to your composition.
Excellent sharpness and light tones.
Colors tones are fantastic.

Best regards,

Hello Danilo,
Amazing warm tones of sunset. I liked position of horizon line and boat as focal point
Selahattin E

Boa noite Danilo
What a lovely scene with a great waem light- My preference go to silhouette of the boat...Nature is beaiful and you show it with a a intense mood.
Um abraço

Wow, what a sunset Danilo. Exceptional colours.

Love the inclusion of the boat and the paraglider.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-03-01 23:07]

Superb scene and superb colors.
Beautiful atmosphere


Hi dear Danilo,
Very impressive sunset shot with an amazing atmosphere.Well captured.TFS.


Hello Danilo! Fantastic parachute, wonderful ship, amazing seascape and marvelous sunset. Superb work. Great effect. Well done!

Hola Danilo
Bellisima imagen con un colorido fantastico con el sol justo sobre el horizonte , ademas de un barco y el parapente en el cielo , gracias por compartir un momento como este
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Hello dear Danilo!

That is an amazing shot. Splendid view in lovely tones of the sky. Very vivid and great contrasts. The inclusion of the fishing boat and the paratrooper gives life and action to the shot. Very nice sharpness and wonderful layers with no noise in the shot.

TFS, indeed very beautiful shot!

Best Regards,

Hi Danilo,
WOooooow!!Stunning sun set with a lovely composition,the flying parachute,the floating boat and the intense orange tonal effects in horizon and the low positioned of sun makes it all a wonderful shot,very well captured and an elegant sun set presentation,well done.
Best Regards,

Hi Danilo!
Excellent POV,wonderful sunset!
Beautiful view,superb colours and sharpness.

Hi Danilo,
Amazing sunset with great colors and light,
nice silhouettes and wanderful sky,
Excellent point of view and details
very well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-03-03 4:59]

Hello Danilo, What a superb shot with lots of interresting things to lokk at. A very well balanced composition, great color saturation and shot at the perfect moment. Great stuff!


Grande imagem Danilo,
Composition and color in this magnificent capture from a magical moment.
Best wishes,

Hello Danilo!
Incredible sky and lovely atmosphere!
Excellent capture and momment!
Best regards!

merhaba my dear friend danilo
excellent atmosphere and sunset.excellent colours and beautiful timing.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Olá Danilo

Linda fotografia...belo momento bem registrado
com uma bonita composição, cores e detalhes
muito interessantes. Amei.

Hi Danilo,

Splendid sunset you captured, in splendid colors and light! I like very much this composition and the atmosphere of this place. Excellent clarity as well.

Best regards,

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-03-07 22:09]

Hi Danilo,
beautiful moment you catch.Great sunset.Beautiful harmony of the colours.TFS.Necla.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2010-03-08 10:08]

Hello Danilo,
Beautiful and excellente sunset colours.I like the decorative elemente like the boat, and suns the structure of clouds and bonus silvery water.
Good work my friend.
Best wishes.

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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2010-03-23 7:08]

Hi Danilo,
The sky is on fire! The parachute & boat are a nice touch.


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