Red Sun, But Not In An Image

Posted by
Don (Spokane, United States) on 26 September 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Morning after morning we've had a very red sunrise because of the smoke. I've tried to capture the red sun without success.The sun today was was almost the same color as the sky. I've tried very small f stops but that didn't help. I know the smoke filters, but I'm not sure why all the color would be gone, unless the brightness is simply beyond the capture range of the sensor. What do you think? Any theories?

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

I think it is a beautiful photo. Love the silhouette of the trees.

26 Sep 2012 5:19am

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26 Sep 2012 5:53am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandisoe cile et iamge quel soleil quelle couleur superbe.

26 Sep 2012 6:18am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

I don't know why it won't come out red unless the sky was a deeper red, but it's a stunning image anyway Don

26 Sep 2012 6:52am

Jatta from Joensuu, Finland

I suppose that the sun has so strong light, which makes it over lightened.
I have had same problem in my sunsets photos but the photo is so beautiful in spite of it!
Colourful day to you Don

26 Sep 2012 7:43am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

whatever way it worked but it worked out beautifully, fantastic shot

26 Sep 2012 8:00am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

no but it's beautifully done anyway Don

26 Sep 2012 8:00am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Not sure why, But I love this image :)

26 Sep 2012 9:29am

Beth - VA from United States

wow, what a view. lovely. (:

26 Sep 2012 11:26am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Eine Antwort darauf habe ich auch nicht. Finde das es trotzdem gut aussieht.

26 Sep 2012 12:51pm

tataray from france, France

J'adore et je remix )

26 Sep 2012 12:58pm

TexWisGirl from United States

it is still a very beautiful photo.

26 Sep 2012 1:08pm

Susan Rose from Georgia, United States

I think your only hope is an ultra-fast exposure, but then you probably wouldn't see much red in the sky. Some things are beyond the reach of digital cameras and/or lenses (but maybe not beyond reach for the $10,000 models). If you have a good film camera, you may want to try that.
I really like this photo. You have certainly captured the beauty.

26 Sep 2012 2:23pm

franz from Baden, Austria

first of all, this is a dream of a photo, don! secondly, i have experienced the same problem, and have found no solution, either. sorry, but let's keep trying ...

26 Sep 2012 3:52pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is gorgeous, Don! The sun is too bright given the rest of the scene. If you do HDRs, try that and you might get quite a bit closer to what you saw.

26 Sep 2012 4:33pm

Cheri Pogue from Orange, United States

I think it is an amazing photo.

26 Sep 2012 4:41pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

It's beautiful, Don, and the sun's light is probably just too bright to allow the registration of color ... or that's my guess, anyway. ;p

26 Sep 2012 5:13pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!
so beautiful colors & lights!!!
Amazing & lovely!

26 Sep 2012 5:17pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

I really like this burning sky

26 Sep 2012 7:22pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

It makes for a beautiful image, no matter what. Perhaps as mentioned above, a fast exposure time will help?

26 Sep 2012 8:34pm

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

This is absolutely magnificent ... the contrast of the red sky and the sun is really fabulous !!! The silhouettes of the trees are awesome ...

26 Sep 2012 8:39pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Awesome composition. I, too, think multiple exposure might be the way to go. With this simple of an image, HDR software might be too much. I would try several (tripod mounted) exposures successively underexposed. If the sun comes out good in one, layer it under one with a good sky, then just softly erase the blown out sun, revealing the good sun. But maybe that is too much work.

26 Sep 2012 8:52pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I don't have an answer, but this is gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful!

26 Sep 2012 9:29pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous, don

26 Sep 2012 10:31pm

Arash from Brisbane, Australia

stunning shot. well seen.

26 Sep 2012 11:42pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! Even if it is not exactly what you were trying for , it is still amazing!

27 Sep 2012 12:35am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I agree - its a great image, no matter what.

27 Sep 2012 1:55am

Rose from United States

I don't know the answer, but I do know this is awesome as is!

27 Sep 2012 2:34am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

i'm also unsure how to faithfully capture the scene you saw, but this looks spectacular nonetheless.. :)

27 Sep 2012 3:01am

Candace from Phoenix, AZ, United States

No, but it's a beautiful shot nonetheless.

29 Sep 2012 9:06pm

Mari from Russian Federation

Sun being in its brightest red. This is a stunning shot.

2 Feb 2015 7:00pm

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