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Jan 13, 2021 20:43:18   #
Victory Loc: Vancouver. WA
Some times we are just lucky!

Jan 13, 2021 21:09:09   #
lowkick Loc: Connecticut
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.

Jan 13, 2021 21:27:10   #
rkaminer Loc: New York, NY
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...!

Jan 14, 2021 05:10:37   #
Don, the 2nd son Loc: Crowded Florida
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.

Jan 14, 2021 13:10:52   #
Mark Williams

Jan 17, 2021 09:44:55   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
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.

Jan 17, 2021 16:30:34   #
jayluber wrote:
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.

Jan 18, 2021 10:37:47   #
JayRay Loc: Missouri
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.

Feb 14, 2021 05:54:20   #
Shoeless_Photographer Loc: Lexington
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!!!

One trick I've found is that if you have a layer of clouds in the area and it doesn't look like a sunrise or sunset will happen, look toward the horizon. If there's a gap where there are no clouds toward the horizon, the sun may just light up the bottoms of the clouds. Those are the best.

Feb 14, 2021 10:23:14   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
Another thing you can try is to check aviation weather observations at airports 50 to 100 miles away in roughly the direction your light will be arriving from. That helps weed out times where clouds on horizon squelch out the best light. Also perk up when you see mention of scattered high clouds rather than overcast.

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