I still remember the movie “Independence day” and the poster (not one my favourite movies, but never mind). When I saw the very special sunset this morning, the movie poster was the first thing on my mind and the inspiration to the title.
I had to double-park my car and almost got too late to work – but I got the photo. The explanation of the heavy beam of sunlight must be a tick layer of clouds (with one single hole in), which can be seen in the horizon. To complete the photo there was one more could, above to catch the sunbeam.
Perhaps I should have found some nicer trees in the front, but there wasn’t time.
Besides resizing and a light sharpening the only thing done has been an adjustment of the gamma level to 0.9 in order to make the beam brighter
Second note: Thanks to John for learning me about the phenomena "Sun pillar"
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mrcrow (3993) 2004-02-10 11:58
nature will always beat at us our own game
fantastic opportunist shot..a real 'snap' shot. takes some doing..
you need the real to get the surreal..
jmaddocks (563) 2004-02-10 12:09
A beautiful capture of a hard to catch "sun pillar"! Check out this site for more on sun pillars . The lack of trees I think makes a greater focus on the pillar and the sun, who are indeed the stars of this photo.
scalerman (26884) 2004-02-10 13:02
The one thing about sunrise/set pictures is that they're enjoyed most by the photographer who was there. I never tire of seeing them myself. Nice one here.
charmante (1090) 2004-02-10 13:14
it think it costed all these troubles : the result is really interesting : we have a perfect range of colors in this sky , from yellow to purple-blue..
RobBrown (1789) 2004-02-10 14:05
A pretty good sun rise this , colours superb, nice one
PLD_images (7149) 2004-02-10 14:34
Good tittle to this very nice photograph. I like the warm colors. It does make us remember this movie.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-02-10 14:44
Wonderful shot, Jeppe. I had not heard about sun pillars before, but I think the way you managed to capture this one certainly was worth the trouble you mentioned. An appropriately huge amount of your frame is dedicated to the sky here, with the excellent tree and land silhouettes at the bottom. Very well done.
Georges (11185) 2004-02-10 15:59
Très jolie prise la couleur dominante donne l'impression de s’élever dans le ciel.
Le premier plan est aussi bien vu cela donne un point de rattachement a l'oeil.
manny (21833) 2004-02-10 20:22
This sunrise has a dramatic cast. The composition (minimal bottom) is very appropriate to allow focus at the sun more than what's underneath. Good shot.
orme (7205) 2004-02-10 21:33
A really beautiful shot, Jeppe. Excellent colours. I think the trees you have are just right - so they don't distract us from the sky. I like the way the 'sun pillar' leads us up to the clouds. Very well captured.
avigur_11 (21954) 2004-02-11 3:50
Ut does remind me the movie, but it also looks like a beginning of a nuclear explosion. Any way it's a wonderful shot with great colors. Well done, Jeppe.
jrj (34841) 2004-02-11 5:18
I have seen it but never captured it. Well done Jeppe and a good thing that you bring the camera around ;-)
henrye (3500) 2004-02-11 6:25
This is definitely a sunrise with a difference. The effect of the "sun pillar" is amazing. Fantastic colors, and I like your composition too. Very well done!
jhm (122508) 2004-02-11 6:38
I'm sorry for late Jeppe, a beautiful capture of a hard to catch "sun pillar"! Beautiful picture. Well done.
dominique (11414) 2004-02-15 3:49
Pretty framing and pretty colors, I like the trees in bottom, it is well made.
shadi_atos (403) 2004-02-16 3:26
Wow the light of the sun is so natural, beautiful sunrise well done
rnutball (671) 2004-02-18 2:47
Very nice shot Jeppe, I do love the sun piller and your refrence to ID4 movie.
I had to do a W.S. on it to see it upside down. Check it out and I hope you like it.
Didi (48938) 2004-02-25 14:49
Are they comming ?
I saw also this great movie. It's a very good composition with hot colours in the sky.
psantiago (22) 2004-03-04 13:35
Great picture, a very nice sun pillar. Maybe more trees would be nice.
snsk (794) 2004-03-11 7:21
what fantastic picture, i like the colors, the rising sun light seems like a huge explossion.weldone.
stephan (14) 2004-03-13 4:13
What to add but wonderful. I have never seen this kind of phenomenon. And the title :-)
Hanssie (9921) 2004-04-23 14:27
Mmmm, and another one!
Great light, what a splendid photo
( And I see, I'm not the only one here )
maurajn (902) 2005-03-10 23:51
Jeppe, that is a very fine example of a pillar! Wow! I just found this in the theme on halos, pillars, etc. I've become quite fascinated with these optical effects the past year being in the arctic. Even my reference website on these phenomena does not have such an excellent example! Thanks!
MLINES (12516) 2006-08-10 17:17
Hi Jeppe, Very striking effect caught by you here. Good colours and nice cropping. Interesting note which makes others feel your enthusiam for this great hobby. Well done. Murray.
- Copyright: Jeppe Madsen (Jeppe) (18654)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-02-10
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Universe, L'univers, Universo, Universum, Halo, pillar and sun dogs [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-02-10 11:53