Winter Sun, Bangkok, Thailand


Setting sun at Loha Prasat, Bangkok, Thailand

Setting sun at Loha Prasat Temple, Bangkok, Thailand

It’s been a good winter for red suns so far. I’ve photographed this phenomena three times in the last month, twice in Bangkok and once in Koh Kood.

See blog: https://warrenfield.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/pristine-for-now-the-charm-of-koh-kood-thailand

Due to the oblique angle of the sun when low on the horizon, light must travel through more atmosphere to reach us (see diagram below). Blue light, with a higher frequency wavelength than red or orange, is scattered and absorbed by dust particles in the earth’s atmosphere away from our sight, leaving only the lower frequency red and orange wavelengths to get through.

Sun

Camera exposure affects the colour of the evening sun too. The picture above exposes for a little detail in the temple roof compromising the exact red colour of the sun, over-exposing here almost to white. With the naked eye I see a redder sun but happy to let the image stand as is.

Temple detail in setting sun at Loha Prasat, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple detail in setting sun at Loha Prasat, Bangkok, Thailand

Image specs top pic: Olympus E-3, f5.6 1/640 second, ISO 100, EC-20 2 x teleconverter,  Zuiko 90-250mm f2.8 Telephoto Zoom, white balance cloudy mode, manual exposure, manual focus, metering: spot, natural mode, tripod. 

Image specs above: Olympus E-3, f5.6 1/200 second, ISO 100, EC-20 2 x teleconverter, Zuiko 90-250mm f2.8 Telephoto Zoom, white balance cloudy mode, manual exposure, manual focus, metering: spot, natural mode, tripod. 

Sources: http://earthsky.org/space/sun-looks-on-horizon

© Warren Field 2013
Taken on OLYMPUS E-System Cameras and Zuiko lenses.

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