Friday, September 17, 2010

Science and Magic

Crepuscular rays are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from a single point in the sky. These rays, which stream through gaps in clouds are columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions.
"Crepuscular” means “pertaining to twilight,” and the rays occur around dawn and dusk when the contrasts between light and dark are the most obvious. The contrast is what  makes these rays of light so visible.
(Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm IS, 1/125 sec @f 5.0, ISO 100) 

We had a particularly hot and humid summer this year in Indiana which caused large cumulus clouds in the evenings.   These three images were made standing on my back deck during the crepuscular hours...
 All of this science talk makes my head hurt!  I much prefer to call these rays of light by a more mysterious name:
God Beams
The name fits them well since they seem to originate directly from heaven. 

This image was made on the 29th anniversary of the death of my father.  The quality of light began to change as the sun began to set.  Enough so, that the intense glow was noticeable from INSIDE the house.  It was the flood of golden light that drew me outside to witness a fiery sunset with bright God beams.  Perhaps it was the significance of the day, but this image really resonates with me. (Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm IS lens, 1/6 second @ f 8, ISO 100)

I never tire of witnessing this scientific phenomenon. 
It is truly magical!

(Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm IS lens, 1/60 sec @f 22, ISO 200) 

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