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Hi all, seen this site linked to a Lens Review site and thought to investigate further ?
My intial upload pic here is whats known as a Solar Halo which are caused by high altitude Ice Crystals ! its always a challenge taking & processing these Halos as detail in the cloud structure is seldom obvious.
Hope you find it worth a look ?

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:0.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 0.0 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Jul 2009 - 2:54 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Unknown (-1)
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Unknown (-1)
Title:Solar Halo
Username:Boboptics Boboptics
Uploaded:7 Jan 2013 - 4:08 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 6:20 AM

This is very well processed to retain the detail and looks almost like a huge moon or planet in the sky! I like the use of the pylon to shield the sun and add interest and depth.

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paulknight
7 Jan 2013 - 7:21 AM

Very effective and a bit scary in these "post-end-of-the-world" times.

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chedd
chedd  3 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2013 - 7:43 AM

A fantastic capture.....excellent work

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franken e2 Member 123270 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 7:48 AM

Impressive first upload.

Ken

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avacreates
7 Jan 2013 - 8:40 AM

This is one awesome looking photo but I don't understand that ur shutter speed was 1/1000 as its a low light image, I'm guessing you have an awesome camera, I doubt I could take this shot so well with my camera, please correct me if I'm wrong because I'm fairly new to photography, any advice would be appreciated
I haven't seen those halos before, do you check the astronomy sites to know when to expect this type of event?
Will see you around the site Smile
Ava

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ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 9:06 AM

Great shot,
Ali GrinGrin

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janeez e2 Member 61248 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 9:47 AM

What an incredible first image. This is fantastic. Very well done. Grin

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Newdawei  3 China
7 Jan 2013 - 10:56 AM

It just looks like a giant standing there with a fantastic background, great job!
Chen

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banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2013 - 3:47 PM

A very interesting shot, I like it. Welcome to EPZ and enjoy the site.


Regards


Willie

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Boboptics
Boboptics  1 Australia
8 Jan 2013 - 4:52 AM

I appreciate the comments all, Quite a surreal scene in the way I have presented it, apocalyptic almost ? Halos can be quite striking at times, next best thing down here compared to them Northern Aurora Light shows, whooot !


Quote: This is one awesome looking photo but I don't understand that ur shutter speed was 1/1000 as its a low light image, I'm guessing you have an awesome camera, I doubt I could take this shot so well with my camera, please correct me if I'm wrong because I'm fairly new to photography, any advice would be appreciated
I haven't seen those halos before, do you check the astronomy sites to know when to expect this type of event?
Will see you around the site Smile
Ava

Thanx Ava, tho this is Not a low light Image, I think it is just the way Ive processed it in photoshop, The sun and clouds (ice crystals) in this case produce a lot of light, hence camera settings, ISO 100; Av 11, so not very wide aperture; & 1000th exposure ! The foreground trees are naturaly silhouette and the top corners I have killed the exposure levels to add 'POP' to the Halo circle !
No astro site needed to find them, More of a weather occurance than anything, Keep an eye out with those days that have high thin cirrus clouds, So many people seldom look up, be surprized at what is missed , ,

Happy Hunting

Bob

Last Modified By Boboptics at 8 Jan 2013 - 4:55 AM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 7:56 AM

Very effective image that demands attention. Never seen anything like it naturally produced. There is a bright and dark spot bottom right - would clone them out.

Paul

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