Pacific Sunset

June 30, 2006


Provided by: Mila Zinkova
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Mila Zinkova

This artistic sunset was captured near San Francisco, California on May 13, 2006. A combination of the long path length of sunlight near the horizon and nicely positioned altocumulus and altostratus clouds are responsible for this intriguing canvas. Nearly all of the shorter wavelengths (violets and blues) have been scattered out of the observer's line of sight.

Photo details (approximate): shutter speed 1/4000, aperture 10.

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