Some times we are just lucky!
Mark Williams wrote:
Anyone know any secret agent ways to predict firey sunrise/sunsets? Would have loved to have been ready for Manhattan from Jersey yesterday... Magnificent!!!
There is a phone app called Sky Candy. It's a small help - at times.
We all love great sunsets or sunrise pictures. The problem is that when an impressive sunset shows up, I never have my fancy Nikon Z and when I have it, it has the wrong lens. But one day I decided to take my phone out from my pocket, set it on panoramic mode and took this picture. I think it's pretty descent and remarkable considering the phone went back into my small shirt pocket. This picture is not enhanced nor retouched in any way, I just pressed the button and scanned the horizon. Maybe if I had my Z camera...!
Watch local RADAR and weather station "web cams" for clouds and the edges of said clouds, then be there! I typically drive 25 miles to a beach, at times the cloud cover goes from puffy (great) to solid (ugh, not telling anyone I'm going for a sunset) as I get closer. My BEST sunset photos came from those excursions!! The sky exploded with color and sunrays from the far EDGE of the cloud bank over the Gulf of Mexico. OH! and don't leave the minute the sun drops below the horizon, watch for about 10-15 minutes, it occassionally sends up spectacular colors from beyond the rim. I learned that the hard way being stuck on a road with traffic and power lines while the sky was ablaze! Maybe I'll post a few later.
Watch your local weather report and adjust timing for where you are. I’m on the Central Oregon Coast and it works well to subtract about 4 hours for when weather is predicted to hit Portland. Depends too on how fast the front moves and whether or not it’s coming straight in or rotating from the north and west. Predictions today are as good three days out as they were a day out 10 years ago. Watch those radar images for oncoming cloud cover and types. Solid clouds = not good.
To predict red skies???
I’m in Oklahoma. Here and in Texas, we experience high levels of dust in the air at different times. The saying in the central corridor is, the more dust, the redder the sunset. I agree also with those who have spoken about volcanic ash, a superfine dust.
Best sunrise and sunsets have a partly cloudy sky and are best when there is an opening in the clouds low to the horizon to allow the sun to illuminate the bottoms of the clouds. Smoke, volcanic ash, dust, and pollution in the atmosphere will all add color. Set white balance to cloudy (do not use auto white balance as it will tend to neutralize some of your vivid sunrise/sunset colors). If the sun is still above the horizon do not include the sun in your frame when you meter the shot (half press and hold the shutter release and then recompose with sun in the shot and then fully depress the shutter release to take the shot). Also bracket the exposure at -0.5, -1.0, and -1.5 stops to further saturate your colors.
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