Friday, 4 April 2008

Purple-red Clouds at Sunset - Sky Watch Friday

Deep purple and red Sunset looking over the city
Purple and Red Clouds Sunset over dark trees - Red at night, Shepherds delight
Last Sky Watch Friday, just after I put my post up, I went out to listen to a presentation on the Australian Navy. When I was walking in the door I noticed this brilliant sunset lighting up the sky. I happened to have my camera with me, so I was able to snap a few shots. I didn't have a tripod with me and I used about 250mm lens so I had to bring up the ISO a bit to get a clear picture.

Purple clouds at sunset
Purple and pink clouds at Sunset

88 comments:

  1. This is great David! Wonderful skies colors. Well done.

    Cheers.

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  2. Splendid photographs, now that him I look at me remind the song of Deep Purple `' fire in the sky...!
    Very good post!
    Nice weekend!

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  3. Beautyful photos,how lucky you were to get those shots:o)

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  4. Beautiful. I'm glad you're sharing them. Enjoy your day or evening which ever it is where you are now...

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  5. These are stunning! I'm so happy that you are sharing them with us. :D

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  6. Both are gorgeous! The first one looks as if the sky is on fire.

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  7. The colors are outstanding... I am so amazed at what nature paints for us.

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  8. Hi john,

    It is beautiful the colours we get. And different ones every day almost!

    Cheers,

    David

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  9. Hi kostas,

    I haven't heard of that song, but it sounds like an appropriate one!

    Have a nice weekend,

    David

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  10. Hi pernille's ting og tang,

    Thanks for dropping round again. The sun made it easy for me to get these photos, I'm glad you like them.

    Cheers,

    David

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  11. Hi anne-berit,

    I think we are lucky every time we get to see a sunset! Creation is so beautiful....

    Cheers,

    David

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  12. Hi ellen b,

    Thanks for your comment, it's 12:20pm here right now, but was mid-morning when I posted that. We are +1000 GMT in case you were wondering :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  13. Hi carole,

    Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great Sky Watch Friday at your place.

    Cheers,

    David

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  14. Hi leslie,

    Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed this sunset. Maybe if you're lucky you might even get to see the real thing tonight! I'll certainly try to.

    Cheers,

    David

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  15. Hi carletta,

    Fire is such a natural beauty, and so is the sunset. We have so much to be thankful for!

    Cheers,

    David

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  16. Hi michele,

    Yes, God has given us a great gift in nature. No artist has been able to represent it fully, and even these photos don't capture the full spendour of a sunset!

    Cheers,

    David

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  17. Hi lilli & nevada,

    Perhaps the greatest pastel of all time can be found in a sunset - right before our eyes every night.

    Have a great weekend,

    David

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  18. Spectacular colours! It's so amazing what goes on up there every day.

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  19. Hi dancin' fool,

    Even when I know how these colours are produced through the diffraction of the atmosphere and the lengths of the respective light waves, it never ceases to amaze me. I'm glad to see it's the same for you.

    Cheers,

    David

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  20. Hello again David.
    A pair of crackers on show here... and as you say such colour.
    Thank you for joining in with Sky Watch
    Tom

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  21. Great shot of the sunset.
    We cant se any like this here today. It is foggy!

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  22. Wild fire sky. such beauty, very well captured.

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  23. Fantastic show of light and colours being shown here.

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  24. Love your picture..great colour, the light and wonderful skies.

    -cheers

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  25. David: Wonderful capture of a colorful sky.

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  26. One can always count on the sky to give us a never ending display of marvelous colour and form. Fine shots that record a unique snstant in time.

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  27. Beautiful colors. Great shots.

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  28. Amazing sunset! Beautiful colours!

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  29. Very nice colors. Thanks for you kind comments on my post as well. :)

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  30. Fantastic colors, beautiful pictures, excellent.

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  31. I know the feeling of being without a tripod and having such a nice sky, however the colors came out great Dave. Its incredible how we always see sunsets and all the time they are so wonderful.

    Nice job mate

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  32. What a color! Amazing pictures!

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  33. Amazing colours! Well done!

    Petunia's SWFpost

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  34. These are wonderful shots David. The first one looks like the sky is on fire and I love the pastel purple of the second one.

    Your name intrigues me because my English tutor at uni was called David Webb. ;0)

    David McMahon sent me - glad he did.

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  35. Absolutely beautiful - outstanding colors and imagry.

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  36. I like the pictures. I've been taking pictures for years, but I am clueless about camera and photography. Maybe someday, I'll read about it and take better pictures.

    My sky watch

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  37. Hi old wom tigley,

    Better than any fireworks display! I'm pleased to join in Sky Watch, it's great to see so many great pictures every Friday.

    Cheers,

    David

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  38. Hi truls,

    Ah, fog is nice for photos too though, don't despair just because you can't see the sunset! Sometimes you can get very mysterious shots with the fog and sun, why don't you try some today?

    Cheers,

    David

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  39. Hi imac,

    Interesting that this sky reminds us of fire, isn't it? Both natural phenomena, both occur every day, and both look great when captured on photos!

    Cheers,

    David

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  40. Hi quintarantino,

    Yep, I'd rather have a sunset every night (and sunrise every morning) than a laser show at the olympics.

    Cheers,

    David

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  41. Hi guild-rez,

    Thanks for dropping round. I hope you'll be able to see the sunset from your garden tonight!

    Cheers,

    David

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  42. Hi fishing guy,

    Thanks for visiting, have a great SWF and Weekend after that.

    Cheers,

    David

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  43. Hi tom,

    It's great to see you around again, I hope all's going well in Ohio. Have a great weekend, hope you get lot's of great photos.

    Cheers,

    David

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  44. Hi cetoady,

    Unique instant in time is actually quite applicable to a sunset. One of the marvelous things about these natural displays is that they change every second almost. You can keep snapping shots as fast as your camera can take them and most of them will be different.

    Cheers,

    David

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  45. Hi andrea,

    Thanks for visiting. Have you noticed that your clouds and mine this Friday are quite in contrast?

    Cheers,

    David

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  46. Hi debbie in nc,

    Some have called purple the colour of royalty - now I can see why! If I were royalty, I think I would sit and watch the sunset all day!

    Cheers,

    David

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  47. Hi marie,

    Thanks for dropping round again today. Your Sky Watch was beautiful this week, I look forward to more next Friday!

    Cheers,

    David

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  48. Hi alan,

    Thanks for following up on my blog. It was great to be able to check out your site, and I'm glad you liked my photography too.

    Cheers,

    David

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  49. Hi daniel j santos,

    Thanks for your visit, hope to see you round again next Friday (or even before!) :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  50. Hi reuben chircop,

    He he, I think we've all felt that lack of tripod, it almost feels as if a body part is missing sometimes! :D I feel the same about the sunsets, it must be somehow built into us or something.

    Cheers,

    David

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  51. Hi sonia,

    The sunset is amazing, I only hope I was able to capture a small part of it's beauty in this representation of it's colours.

    Cheers,

    David

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  52. Hi petunia,

    Thanks, I enjoyed your Sky Watch photo, I'm glad you enjoyed mine.

    Cheers,

    David

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  53. Hi crazycath,

    Hmm, it's a small world, isn't it? You came from David, to David, who incidentally had the same name as your uni teacher, David. The blogosphere is certainly a great way to meet people! I know David Mcmahon, but not the other David Webb. What country was he from?

    Cheers,

    David

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  54. Hi t.r.,

    Thanks for visiting. I love your profile picture, did you make it yourself? See you round at your blog.

    CHeers,

    David

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  55. Hi serendipity,

    It's impossible for you to be clueless about photography if you've been taking pics for years! Practice is the biggest contributer to photographic expertice, just keep taking photos and you keep learning!

    Cheers,

    David

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  56. Hi stacey huston,

    Thanks for visiting again today. See you soon!

    Cheers,

    David

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  57. really nice SWF photos.

    I also like your spider web in the masthead.

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  58. Colorful shots!

    Lovely landscapes!

    Luiz

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  59. Hi texas travelers,

    Thanks, you've given me an idea with your comment. What about a spider web with a sunset as the background? :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  60. Hi luiz santilli jr.,

    Yes, these are considered "landscapes" even though they don't have any land in them! Thanks for visiting, see you next Sky Watch if I don't get round before then.

    Cheers,

    David

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  61. Hi chriss,

    Thanks for dropping round. We both posted sunsets this Friday!

    Cheers,

    David

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  62. Called in from Anna - fantastic colour in these shots, it's good to get hand held to work like this.

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  63. Beautiful sky! Nice colour shade and shapes.

    Have a great weekend!

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  64. Hi julie at virtual nexus,

    You have a good point there - handheld shots do have a different "flavour" to them than tripod shots. I suppose you need some of each, and they are both suited to different skies.

    Cheers,

    David

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  65. Hi alexander,

    Thanks for dropping round. I hope you have a great weekend too. Just as every sunset is unique, I have never seen two clouds the same. So I guess this photo contains two things which will never be seen again - better look closely, or you might not get the chance later! :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  66. Hi David,

    Glad I stopped by...I like the colors in your sky watch photos this week.

    If you have the time, please stop by my blog, I am living in the country north of you....

    Cheers,

    Scotty

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  67. Hi Scotty,

    Thanks for dropping by. I'll check out your blog right away, I've got two guesses at what country you live in.......

    Cheers,

    David

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  68. I think the Apocalypse is here! Great shots!

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  69. i can't believe how deep and vivid those colors are. its wonderful.

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  70. Many thanks for your comments on mine; the atmosphere in Colchester Castle was like that. Though familiar with SLR's, I have yet to sort out the manual settings on the IXUS (Canon) compact I am using...

    Out of interest, is the tag cloud from Technorati?

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  71. Wow! We don't have skies that look like this! Great photography.

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  72. Great sky photo. aren't you glad you stepped outside? I always carry my camera---almost no matter what. MB

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  73. Hi tamy 3 sides of crazy,

    It does look a little like a furnace, the "blazing ball of the sun, wreathed in firey cloud".

    Cheers,

    David

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  74. Hi andree,

    Thanks for visiting. The sunset has some of the brightest colours in existence, partly because they emerge from the sun, brightness itself.

    Cheers,

    David

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  75. Hi julie at virtual nexus,

    I know the feeling with the compact cameras, trying to sort out the settings. Most people prefer compact cameras, but I find an SLR is *much* easier to use when you want manual settings - instead of wading through menus, you can just spin a knob or flick a switch.

    My label cloud is essentially the technorati one. I think I actually got it from another site though, I'll try to look up that site and the instructions for you if you want.

    Cheers,

    David

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  76. Hi rambling around,

    I'm sure you get many beautiful skies, even if not ones like this. Looking at your blog, you certainly get just as many great photos!

    Cheers,

    David

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  77. Hi small city scenes,

    Yes, I tend to wonder what would have happened if I had got inside on time - I was running late and that was why I actually saw this sunset!

    Good idea, carrying your camera with you always. I try to, but it's quite bulky and gets in the way a lot, so easier said then done.

    Cheers,

    David

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  78. Glorious sunset photos, David. I live by Lake Huron but we seldom have the clouds for such great sunset and sunrise photos. Your sunset ROCKS!!!

    JJ :D

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  79. David, lol, you liked it so much (your sky watch photo), that it becamed your icon - cute. There is nothing like red skies, since we see blue all the time. Thanks for sharing these. Anna :) BTW how is the blog color scheme going, this looks good to me too.

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  80. Hi JJ,

    Isn't it interesting how different parts of the world have different skies? At one stage I thought the sunrise would be the same all over the world, until I started seeing other peoples sunrises on their blogs. It's great to be able to share these experiences with other people through the blogosphere.

    Cheers,

    David

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  81. Hi Anna,

    Yes, I thought my old animation wasn't quite right, and then I thought, oh this picture would make a cool profile picture, and I think it did :) I didn't really think that other places in the world get different coloured skies, everywhere in Australia we get red/orange sunsets everyday, so it's sort of taken for granted. With the colour scheme, I've sort of postponed it for a few days, a photo comp closes in a few days and I have to sort through my photos to find the ones to print. Will get back to you though when I fix something up. As a matter of fact, I might post about it on my blog.

    Cheers,

    David

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