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    These photos are hardly Night/Long Exposure shots, but they fit under Astronomy. After photographing the red lunar eclipse a week ago, I was surprised today (Wednesday) to see the sun just as red. The color was caused by smoke from the Moonlight fire - the perfect name after the red lunar eclipse - in the northern Sierra Nevada.

    This exposure emphasizes detail in the smoke cloud:




    This exposure was shorter, bringing out the yellow color in parts of the sun that shined (shone?) throught the cloud:



    It was overcast all day in Nevada City because of the smoke, not clouds. The smoke became so thick before sunset that the sun disappeared completely.

    I used the same setup as for photographing the lunar eclipse: E-510 + EC-14 + OM 500mm mirror lens, for a total focal length of 700mm (1400mm equiv). The smoky sun was a bit brighter than the moon at totality, though.

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    Very nice smoke shots I really like the 1st one.

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    From another perspective, you've just used gas and smoke particles as a free solar filter!

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    I'll bet those would make very nice large prints.

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    Thanks Tony, acme and Hokuto. I consider these to be interesting photos of a colorful phenomenon but with no particular artistic merit, so I don't plan to print them. However it's going to be printed by the local newspaper in their reader-submission column because of its local interest.

    Hokuto, these photos can be printed as large as anyone could want because, taken through a thick cloud of smoke, there is no sharpness to lose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Finnerty View Post
    I consider these to be interesting photos of a colorful phenomenon but with no particular artistic merit, so I don't plan to print them. However it's going to be printed by the local newspaper in their reader-submission column because of its local interest.
    "Artistic merit" is greatly overrated, I think, Tony Or rather, there's no accounting for taste, and I think these shots could well be considered artistic. --not to mention, once people find out "it's the same photograph that was published in the paper," there may be demand for some prints.

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    Nice shots. I'm not sure which I like best myself. I have a few similar shots that I took from my front yard when we got some of the smoke from the Florida/Georgia fires a few months back. At times the smoke completely covered the sun up, then it would reappear again. Was interesting to watch, too.

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