Well, this is ... just a shot! a shot of the sun.
Oh, please, add to this shot the smell of smoke due to forest and peatbog fires around Moscow..
Everything around is dry... dry leaves on the ground; yellow dry grass. The city is gradually losing its green colour.
What are we going to expect next?
At the time of the shot it was +36C outside; +31C inside. For Moscow such weather is absolutely abnormal.
Moscow is like a huge boiling pot these weeks ( I wouldn't say days!)
You can almost easily look at the sun because it's behind a layer of smoke mixed with clouds.
I've already forgotten what is the natural colour of the sky over Moscow :(
The title was inspired by the movie "Soleil Rouge" (Red Sun) made in 1971.
No filters were used for this shot, I just shot in RAW and adjusted the exposure when preparing the photo for posting. I did my best to preserve the natural colours - just as they were at the time of the shot.
For those who are curious what adjustments I've made to the RAW file in Photoshop:
temperature: 4400, tint -2;
full light: 33;
NB: oops!! the exif info of the shot says the shot was taken at 18:27.
I'm sorry! I forgot to adjust the clock in the camera to Moscow time after I returned from my holidays!
So the exact time of the shot is 20:27.
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Didi (49146) 2010-08-03 11:07
Staring Alain Delon Charles Bronson Toshiro Mifune and Ursula Andress (Undress) :)
Ambiance of heat, there is pollution on the sky.
I share your sadness.
goodwill (4144) 2010-08-03 11:09
Your Canon seems to enjoy the nature, in its raw form ,which inspires you to click in the hot conditions, with dry leaves and the smoke hiding the glares of the Sun. If the timming is 20.27, this means the evening is over and the night is knocking the door.....so is this the picture of dawn from Moscow, or is it the Industrial smoke overpowering the Moscow Sun!!
In all the shot attarcted, the moment i logged in to TE.
Vitaly (898) 2010-08-03 11:14
For extreme heat, hanging over Central Russia it is a very relevant picture. You must hold out for another week and the heat starts to decline. And I hope to see from you the blue sky and green leaves.
bema (25964) 2010-08-03 11:35
hope yo will get some rain soon up there, but the weather-forecastings diddn´t promise that this afternoon..
nevertheless a fine capture, beside this sure tragical moments around Moscow..
keep yourself care, have a good time, Bernd
vladic (4153) 2010-08-03 12:04
Cette image est très symptomatique! Je partage tes inquiétudes et les craintes sur le sort de Moscou, expérimentée par la canicule. Il faut avoir l'espoir le mauvais sort se détournera.
Bien à toi et bonne soirée,
saxo042 (31856) 2010-08-03 12:09
We read about the extreme heat wave in Russia and about all the disastrous forest fires around Moscow. This is indeed a very current document of your situation. This is a very strange and weird picture. At the same time a very good photo, well composed and with good colours. You could send some of the warm air a bit west, we are having mostly rain here...
boa (4313) 2010-08-03 14:07
I really like sunny days, but 36 degrees..and for weeks.It must be really hard ! Let's hope for cooler weather very soon. You have captured a good symbol for the heat in Russia, the sun ! I can almost feel the heat, it is well composed also.
Bästa hälsningar, with hope for some rain.
siamesa (27455) 2010-08-03 14:59
Boa noite Elena
Ah! for us from Northeast this temperature is common. I can imagine how hot is it for you. Impressive photo.
Better days for you there.
serp2000 (29612) 2010-08-03 20:14
Еще раз доброе утро, Елена,
1. Вспомнил Чичерину- жареное солнце больших городов.
2. вспомнил япоские картинки, только листики немного не те.
Коротко и ясно. Очень лаконично. Остальное в тексте. У нас тоже горят торфяники, будь они не ладны.
Пойдем и проживем этот день!
mafegan (8622) 2010-08-03 21:26
A photo I would more expect to be taken where I live. Your extreme temperatures and the accompanying fires have made into the news down under. A simple photo which conveys the message of your current conditions. Cheers, Marlene
shevchenko (18243) 2010-08-03 23:41
I like the gentle color and lighting, distinct photo,
simply but impressive silent view, good shoot.
bukitgolfb301 (30387) 2010-08-04 0:15
I am just free many thanks for your kind attention.
Yes I am afraid of your country situation whenever I see and read some media. Please take care of yourself.But thanks to bad condition, your work is very much fantastic, it is an irony.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-08-04 1:20
Very simple composition but very nice nad very efficience with these beautiful colors. Good balalnce in the composition with the elements well located. The vegetation on the left give depht to the image.
Have a nice day,
mauro61 (52527) 2010-08-04 1:22
composizione dalla tonalità pastello con una inquadratura molto curata.
un caro saluto
Uhu (8347) 2010-08-04 3:38
Живые там еще? В тучах горящего торфа?
У нас тут тишина и никакого дыма, хотя вроде как на болотах Город Теней и Город-Тень поставлен, и жара тоже последние 30 дней...
Хорошая фотка, навевает.
jplebrun (21208) 2010-08-04 6:37
c'est à votre tour de gouter à la température extrêmement chaude, nous c'est au mois de juin qu'on a eu des canicules à ne plus en finir, mais le résultat photographique est superbe bravo.
holmertz (27198) 2010-08-04 7:54
A strange and sadly beautiful picture, more looking like a poetic Japanese painting than a photo from Moscow. The Russian fires keep us quite busy at my office these days. I do hope for your sake, and ours, that we will be able to report about nicer things in the near future. We've had a lot of rain in Sweden recently. I would be only too happy to send it to Russia.
jemaflor (69709) 2010-08-04 9:58
Well captured this sun and good composition with these leaves on the left side, original soft color ... and interesting report photo about the russian hot weather and all these forests fires, good idea and photo.
maloutim (8744) 2010-08-04 20:19
En regardant ta galerie de plus près, je me suis rendu compte que cette photo, magnifique et tragique à la fois, était directement liée à la situation difficile du moment! J'ai lu ta réponse à holmertz, et je ne peux que constater que tu es directement concernée!
Si seulement on pouvait échanger notre pluie mal venue avec votre trop plein de chaleur!
Bon courage et à bientôt!
PixelTerror (0) 2010-08-05 3:53
I've seen this somewhere before...
Conditions could be (much) better from your health, but at least you could get an image to remember this special summer, good framing to get a balance between the 2 main elements. Cover your mouth and nose and drink !
macondo (17997) 2010-08-05 5:13
A very striking and apparently lovely artistic picture, very minimalist. But yes, it could be another planet, that smoky pink sky and half-blocked sun. We see this too often here, when there are huge bushfires. One can almost feel the heat.
Nicely balanced, the two subjects, and the sharpness of the foliage conveys its fragility.
Ah, the dreaded 'I forgot to adjust the time on my camera' syndrome! Don't we all do that?
ellelloo (6570) 2010-08-06 4:11
The heat there has indeed been something exceptional and the forest fires horrific. It also must a awful pain and a big health risk for the people to breath the smoke, which just continues to fill the air there according to our news.
Your photo while documenting the situation is also a beautiful one, well composed and artistic.
We have also got our share of the heat coming from your direction. An all time high temperature record in Finland was broken late July in the eastern Finland (37.2 °C now). Rains have been minimal. Yesterday was the first rain day in ages in Espoo.
Take good care of yourself, Elena!
jmdias (46230) 2010-08-08 9:37
I remember only once temperature reaching 36 celsius here in my high town, and it was very bored. Anyway our houses are more prepared for hot days than to colder days like nowadays. here you got a nice image, full of beauty, full of information about the problem, the image looks like some central brazilian towns that are covered with smoke during august too. nice compo
pablominto (53744) 2010-08-09 0:04
Elegant simplicity in this composition, with only the silhouetted branch to compliment the sun!
But the background is tragic, with the draught and accompanying fires...
Weather wise this has been a year out of the ordinary, starting with long periods of extreme cold in my place..!
Kielia (20657) 2010-08-14 11:12
how are you today?
This image is a delight for both the aesthete and the meteorologist! A simple but a great composition with a fantastic atmosphere of apocalypse. The colors are so beautiful. My compliments!
COSTANTINO (42760) 2010-08-19 11:44
another kind of a shot with the sun
but the phrase add to this shot the smell of smoke
due to forest and peatbog fires around Moscow
make us feeling sad...
we must think about the future unfortunately
thanks for your thoughts
fritzi007 (7742) 2010-12-12 5:59
Strong photo of a natural disaster!
Wish you a nice week
kennyblack (4193) 2012-01-03 8:09
Hi Elena, simple but effective this your image, three objects,sky,sun and tree create a special effect and progressive fantastic colours. Compliments :))
Have a nice evening, greetings ... Marino
- Copyright: Elena Su (fanni) (13874)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-08-03
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Canon EF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS, Hoya 72mm UV HMC
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-08-03 10:52