Sundown at Alcochete, Portugal

August 31, 2013


Photographer: Nuno Lopes; Nuno's Facebook page
Summary Authors: Nuno Lopes; Jim Foster

The photo above shows a lovely sunset over the seaside village of Alcochete, Portugal. These well-positioned mid-level clouds (altostratus) were ignited as the Sun approached the horizon. When the Sun hugs the horizon, the longer path length of sunlight acts to filter out shorter wavelength colors (greens, blues and violets) leaving red and orange colors to paint the scene. Contributing to this beautiful seascape is moonlight from a just-risen full Moon. Note, the Sun has set to the left of the camera position -- the Moon is just off the frame at right. Photo taken on July 22, 2013.

Photo details: Camera Model: Canon EOS 550D; Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II; Focal Length: 18mm; Aperture: f/22.0; Exposure Time: 13.000 s; ISO equiv: 100; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 (Windows).