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Friday, January 21, 2011

Shimmering Water, Red Sky

Astoria, Oregon ~ January 19, 2011

For those who do not know Astoria, this is the drawbridge over the mouth of Young's Bay where it empties into the Columbia River. The bay is on the left, the river on the right. This image is another take on the sunset from January 19th.

Depending on where I looked and how I directed the camera in that amazing red glow, different elements showed up. Here you can see the blue-gray line that indicates ripples on the surface of the water. You can also see vertical lines of light paralelling the pilings and the bridge columns. These are actually the reflections of the headlights crossing the bridge. I'm not sure how the angle of the light from the cars could make this happen, but I watched as each vehicle produced the light on the water, and the light moved with the vehicle. I love the time of day when the intensity of the light in the sunset somewhat matches the intensity of the electric lights. There was so much going on here, it was one of those evenings that makes your breath come fast and want to share the moment. 

For more Weekend Reflections, visit James and participants from around the world at Newtown Area Photo.

I hope you enjoy the new, larger format. You can still click to enlarge the photo somewhat, but in most cases you won't need to any longer.

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16 comments:

Woody said...

Ohh, that's nice, love the colors. You should shoot this on a tripod with a long shutter speed (a couple seconds?). This will run turn the headlights from spots into lines which would probably look pretty cool.

Jack said...

Wow, you get some pretty fiery sunsets out there, don't you? Back East, we have to look for more subtle stuff. This is a nicely composed picture.

Sylvia K said...

We do have gorgeous sunsets here in the northwest, don't we? This is glorious! What a terrific capture! Good to see you, Cheryl, it's been a while. Hope all is well! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

James said...

What a shot! This is excellent! I love the color.

Gabriela Abalo said...

Beautiful sunset - great shot!

have a great weekend

cheers from Uruguay :)

cieldequimper said...

Sheryl, this is pure magic.

If you have time on your hands, come and have a look at the sunset on VDP Sunday.

Have a great weekend and say hello to Lee for me.

Karen said...

Oh, gorgeous colours!

Debby said...

Really beautiful colors.

Sar@h said...

Great capture !

Jacob said...

Oh boy, this is scintillating! One of your best, Tapirgal! Fantastic colors, of course, but so much else to see...love the silhouetted bridge, too, and the pilings and their reflections!

The sky is utterly amazing all by itself...looks like someone has painted various strokes horizontally and at an angle...

Fram it and hang it.

I really like the look of your blog!

J Bar said...

That's brilliant.

Lesley said...

Wonderful! You are right about the intensity of the light being so evenly matched. I'm impressed with the clarity of the streetlights, a few minutes later and it would not have been so effective.

DawnTreader said...

Beautiful silhouette photo and reflection.

'Tsuki said...

Nice sunset... I love the colors you were able to capture.

Serendipity said...

Gorgeous reflection shot!

Francisca said...

Magic!

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