Serenity now!

Just one of those evenings where the only things to say are “oooooh” and “aaaaah.”

Thin crescent moon in sunset.
Crescent moon shines as setting sun paints the sky.

And the sharp-eyed observers in Greenbrier, Arkansas, found a planet hiding in the pixels. Props to @AstroScanObs!

Asto Scan

Fire in the Delta

This week’s photo challenge is Let There Be Light.

The sun set the sky on fire. A beautiful end to a day of thanks.  All taken along I-40 and U.S. 70 east of Little Rock.

Others who switched on this week’s challenge:

Weekly photo challenge: Infinite

Day or night, the sky offers infinite possibilities.

Milky Way against dark sky.
MILKY WAY — A seeming infinity of stars as seen from our patch of Arkansas. (Oh, that thing in the lower right is the satellite dish of infinite channels.)

SHELFISH --Shelf cloud sweeps across the Ouachitas ahead of an Oct. 12 cold front.

SHELFISH — Eerily smooth and pink-lit shelf cloud sweeps across the Ouachitas ahead of an Oct. 12 cold front.
Dual lightning bolts.
BOLT — Storm casts two bolts. This is what followed the shelf cloud above.
And some other delightful entries:

Feeling a little black and whitish

Of course, these are not truly black and white, having been shot in living RGB on digital point n’ shoot. When framing a shot for eventual conversion to black and white, or specifically infrared-ish, there is still the challenge of evaluating the color and contrast in the viewfinder and filtering it through your brain, hoping the resulting image will match your ambitions.

The first lesson I had in this area was in the pre-digital days. As wire editor for a newspaper chain, I’d watch as The Associated Press LaserPhoto machine spit out, on a special paper, color photos as color separations. There were four images for each photo and though they were black and white, each represented the yellow, black, cyan and magenta components of a full-color image.  When aligned correctly and run through a four-color press, magically, a full color image would appear.

When shooting through an RGB device, your imagination has to substitute for those CMYK separations — taking it a step further and using only three mental filters, red, green and blue.  Of course, if your image doesn’t meet your ambitions, there’s probably a fix in Photoshop.

Cypress growing in a backwater.
Cypress growing in a lake near the Arkansas Forestry Commission nursery east of Little Rock.
5-24 Cloud rays BW
Clouds spread out like rays from the north.

This was originally shot for this weekend’s In the Background photo challenge, aiming for a little bird in a tree in the background. Once downloaded, the clouds just leapt from the frame.