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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    I have a question.

    On the way home this afternoon i stopped and photographed this strange shadow effect at sunset.

    My question is what is it and why does this happen?

    Thank you.

    Russ

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  • Location: Heswall, Wirral
  • Weather Preferences: Summer: warm, humid, thundery. Winter: mild, stormy, some snow.
  • Location: Heswall, Wirral

    I think its probably to do with the scattering of the photons just your eyes uses to see. The way it appears is much like a rainbow, once you got up to that point it wouldn't be there. As FP as said the sun is below/behind the cloudline and if you have a look at the 'silver lining' to the cloud, the photons have scattered, reflecting the darker colour of the cloud above the 'silver lining'

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  • Location: Swallownest, Sheffield 83m ASL
  • Location: Swallownest, Sheffield 83m ASL

    The suns rays above are called crepuscular rays..

    These are caused by dust/ice/water in the atmosphere.. because the sun is low on the horizon and the light is projecting upwards, you also have the clouds projecting shadows onto the dust/ice/water.. a beautiful effect.. :whistling:

    You also have the opposite effect caused by breaks in the cloud and the rays are down to earth..

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    Thank you for the answers and comments, now i know and i am glad you liked it. :whistling:

    Russ

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