Circular sun halo #2

19 04 2008

This was the second shot I got outside the Conservatory at Lewis Ginter. The building in the background is the library and administrative offices. I like this shot because it looks like something out of a science fiction movie!

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Circular sun halo #1

19 04 2008

Carmen and I were in the Lewis Ginter Conservatory when I got a cell phone call from Michael to go out and look at the “rainbow around the sun!” The meter went crazy trying to set up a decent exposure pointed at the sun, of course, but I was able to get this shot just outside the conservatory entrance with a 100 ISO, aperture shut down to 22, and set to a 60th second exposure. My research has revealed that high cirrostratus clouds form the halo and this same cloud is on the advancing edge of warm fronts with their associated heavy rain. They can often be forecasters of rain, but that is not always the case. Whatever they are, they are otherwordly and really neat to witness (and hard to photograph!).

http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/circular.h

Not all colored patches in the sky are rainbows…click below:

http://www.atoptics.co.uk/rainbows/notabow.ht

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