Are those real? Well yes!
I get a lot of comments on my photos. Posting once a day for nearly 2 straight years is going to get that. MOST people have a solid understanding of some of the nature in the world. But every so often I get a slew of comments claiming that Photoshop has created something that it really hasn’t! To be honest, I kind of like that, it means that I am blowing minds! So I concocted a list of 7 photos that people have said “Are those real?”
1. The Milkyway. The Milky Way photo has really hit a full stride of late, so many people are getting a chance to see it on their screens. But it wasn’t that long ago that people couldn’t believe what was in the sky! Now that camera technology is getting awesome, the ability to take photos like this is on the rise!
2. A parhelion. A parhelion is a bright spot in the sky appearing on either side of the sun, formed by refraction of sunlight through ice crystals high in the earth’s atmosphere. Here in Northern Canada we see these quite frequently, due to the ice…. We also just call these a “Sun Dog”. This one was VERY full!
3. Noctilucent Clouds. These are AWESOME! And VERY rare. This was taken at MIDNIGHT! Here is what they are:
Night clouds or noctilucent clouds are tenuous cloud-like phenomena that are the “ragged edge” of a much brighter and pervasive polar cloud layer called polar mesospheric clouds in the upper atmosphere, visible in a deep twilight. They are made of crystals of water ice. Noctilucent roughly means night shining in Latin. They are most commonly observed in the summer months at latitudes between 50° and 70° north and south of the equator. They can be observed only when the Sun is below the horizon.
They are the highest clouds in Earth’s atmosphere, located in the mesosphere at altitudes of around 76 to 85 kilometres (47 to 53 mi). They are normally too faint to be seen, and are visible only when illuminated by sunlight from below the horizon while the lower layers of the atmosphere are in the Earth’s shadow. Noctilucent clouds are not fully understood and are a recently discovered meteorological phenomenon; there is no record of their observation before 1885.
Noctilucent clouds can form only under very restricted conditions; their occurrence can be used as a sensitive guide to changes in the upper atmosphere. They are a relatively recent classification. The occurrence of noctilucent clouds appears to be increasing in frequency, brightness and extent. In 2012 Cumberland’s doctoral work in physics supported the possible interpretation of noctilucent clouds as a Miner’s Canary for climate change.
4. Ireland. This is more about the photo itself as I usually get people saying “Is that a painting?” Not it’s a photo. The thing that throws people off is that there was rain drops on my lens, giving it the blurry spots. Are those real? Yes the rain drops are real too…
5. Moraine Lake. This is located in Banff National Park, and that water colour is VERY real! Here is why it looks that way.
The lake, being glacially fed, does not reach its crest until mid to late June. When it is full, it reflects a distinct shade of blue. The colour is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis.
6. The Aurora Borealis. I could have just filled up a thousand photos of the Aurora, because it’s the #1 cause of “Are those real?”. But here is just one to tempt you to keep looking at my other photos 😛
7. This Crazy Lightning. Lightning is one of those things that does get faked a lot, some looks fairly decent, which is why people are skeptical. This one was particularly crazy due to how it seemed to travel horizontally down the cloud! But I was standing right there, it’s real. Hair raisingly so…
There are a lot of “Photoshoped” images out there, and some very creative people. But I am not that good with the program 😛 So I have to rely on something crazy to take place. And if you look hard enough you will find them! Hope you enjoyed my “Are those real?” post, please take a look at my gallery for my 50 most recent images RIGHT HERE!