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Solar Flares on Planet Soap Bubble (SOOC)

There is no editing at all here, just a crop (SOOC = Straight Out Of Camera). That incandescent spot is from the sun (don't ask me how or why - I'm no scientist), and god knows where the coloured spots come from. I love them all though, even that comet flying in at the top.


I got up early this morning to take this, as the air was so still. I used manual settings to get the exposure right, and I was very glad to use a low ISO, for a change.


I'm getting a lot of satisfaction from taking these shots. I think this one is so beautiful. It reminds me of Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey. I especially love the boundary layer to the bubble, and how the corona flare breaks through it, almost like a sun rising behind a planet.


There's nothing remotely artificial about this shot either. That dark background is simply the shade of my hedge - very dark because it's underexposed compared to the outrageous brightness of the bubble. This is not a studio shot - all natural!


If anyone wants to try this, please please please be CAREFUL OF YOUR EYES. I'm no expert here, but I imagine you could burn your retina by staring at these flares through a viewfinder.


And if anyone can explain to me how these effects happen, what they are etc, then I'd be pleased to know.

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Taken on May 23, 2010