Sunlight Through Foggy Canopy

December 06, 2011

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Photographer: Christoph Kaltseis
Summary AUthor: Christoph Kaltseis; Jim Foster

The photo above showing misty sunbeams penetrating a mature forest canopy was taken near Gahberg, Austria. These beams are simply local crepuscular rays, made visible by fog droplets, taken when the Sun was well above the horizon. The shadows between the bright rays result when branches and leaves effectively block sunlight. Note that unlike crepuscular rays seen at sunset caused by clouds on the horizon, the beams shown appear not to extend from the foreground into the distance as much since, at this small scale, perspective isn’t nearly as significant. Photo taken On October 22, 2011.
Photo details: Camera Maker: NIKON CORPORATION; Camera Model: NIKON D700; Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8; Focal Length: 50mm (35mm equivalent: 50mm); Focus Distance: 15m; Aperture: f/10.0; Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400); ISO equiv: 200; Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV; Metering Mode: Center Weight; Exposure: program (Auto); White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No; Orientation: Normal; Color Space: Adobe RGB (1998); Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Macintosh. Original image in 14 bit NEF-RAW.