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Red Sun Mourning

“Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.” Red sun rising … the bright sun red burned out to white as the camera tried to see through thick smoke from 4 wildfires. Normally, the Sierra Mountain ridge, about 60 miles away, stands sharply visible below the eastern sky. This morning’s smoke from those wildfires hid the ridge. Above is the unedited original. Below are Elements 14 (Photoshop) edits.

First, on the left, I matched the photo’s sun to the red sun my eyes had seen. Selecting and filling the selection was easy peasy. Oh yes, I cropped the top and bottom edges.

Then, on the right, I applied the haze removal tool.

The left is the same version as the above right. But now, on this right is a solarized iteration of the version with the burned out sun.

Which version do you prefer?

The Squirrel Chase One-two-three Photo Processing Challenge–August 2021

22 responses

  1. I like the one that is a double photo plus the original. Hope the smoke isn’t affecting you too much Donna. When the smoke from fires here was so thick, I developed a sort of smokers cough. Had to stray indoors as much as possible.

    August 27, 2021 at 7:36 am

    • Thanks Brian. It seems each photo conveys a different feel. The solarized one makes me think of the burnt trees and homes. The haze removal almost seems pretty. We too are staying indoors and ordering air purifiers. The AGI has been over 100 for over two weeks, and gone from 171 to 203 the last three days. I know Australia has gone through this. And Greece, too. 😳

      August 27, 2021 at 8:14 am

      • They are high readings. I hope the fires aren’t too close 🙂

        August 27, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      • The Caldor Fire is closest but still about 30 miles away. Several small communities “buffer” us from the edge of the fire but are evacuated. Fortunately for us, the winds are driving the fire in the opposite direction but threaten many other communities.

        August 27, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      • That’s still close. Glad the wind is on your side 😀

        August 27, 2021 at 6:53 pm

  2. Beautiful photos! I live in the Central Valley and have noticed ash on my car in the morning. The rains can’t come soon enough this year!

    August 27, 2021 at 8:34 am

    • We, too, had the ash falling on our cars. So sad for so many. If I knew an effective rain dance, we could all have a dance party.

      August 27, 2021 at 5:42 pm

      • If only we knew one!

        August 28, 2021 at 8:56 am

  3. Beautiful captures!!

    August 27, 2021 at 10:40 am

    • Thank you … must credit the editing software for much of the effect.

      August 27, 2021 at 5:48 pm

  4. Thank you for the like.

    August 27, 2021 at 5:28 pm

  5. Cool effects. I am drawn to the strong purples in the middle one.

    August 30, 2021 at 8:08 am

    • Amazing what shows when the haze is removed. Thank you for visiting.

      August 30, 2021 at 5:29 pm

  6. Nice photo, I love your original shot, the sky is soft and smooth, it look peaceful

    August 30, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    • Thank you, An. It does look peaceful … more peaceful than it actually was. I appreciate your visiting my blog.

      August 31, 2021 at 6:42 pm

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  8. That sun looks incredible and I like the last one with the change of it. Nice!

    September 1, 2021 at 11:12 am

    • Thank you Kathleen. The different versions seem to emphasize different elements.

      September 1, 2021 at 6:26 pm

  9. VM

    Rising Sun and great pics

    October 17, 2021 at 6:37 am

    • Thank you–glad you liked them.

      October 17, 2021 at 8:29 am

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