I was laying on my back watching the clouds from my perch at 13,000 feet, wondering if there was going to be a thunderstorm coming soon when I noticed this awesome optical effect in the clouds. Turns out this was iridescence. I’ve never shared this image before but this week’s theme gave me a reason to share it! =)
I was going to upload some wild rainbow drone image I have but this one seems more subtle…
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Whatever you’d like although it’s not one of my favorite images so I’m pretty open to any feedback. I barely edited the RAW file, lol. =)
That’s an interesting image. The iridescence is fascinating. I’m particularly drawn to the deep yellow and how it skirts the edge of the clouds to the right. Rotating the image to 180deg, this skirting is even more visible. Really reminiscent of interstellar gas clouds! It’s also great that the disc of the sun is partially visible and the transition from darkness to twilight along an oblique line is interesting. Surely, the colours of the iridescence stand out all the more against the “black” sky. Perhaps it’s worth returning to the RAW edit and PS to see if you can get more out of the image if it’s not too noisy? You could go really wild in an interstellar sort of way? Just an idea. And by the way, what sort of a perch are on lying on at 13,000ft? Sounds awesome!
Yeah, I’m sure that there is more life that can be squeezed out of this RAW file than I have patience for. BTW, we did get a nice and scary thunderstorm this afternoon! Haha! My “perch” was just a flat bit of ground about 1,000 ft. above from my campsite at 12,000 ft. here in the San Juan Mountains.
Thanks! I remember when I captured it (2017) that I was like, dang, that’s RAD looking… but your challenge here forced me to remember this image existed and that link you posted helped me realize what it is! I love how nature photography can help us expand our knowledge of natural phenomena!
Very cool, almost bizarre!! I thought at first it was crashing surf until I saw the sun. I do think it’s worth going back to the raw file with the newest converters. A linear profile could probably pull down the highlights, which look just at the edge of blown.