Like most photographers, I am constantly challenging myself. From always improving my camera and post production skills to trying to capture new subjects. This year I was able to capture an image of a Sun Halo. In years past when I have noticed on, I have struggled to find a good composition. Unless the sun is low to the horizon, it usually takes up the whole frame of the camera. This where challenge lies with a good composition to make the image interesting enough. I have photographed a sun halo in the past but it has just been the Halo in the sky and nothing else. Well, this year while I was on Wickaninnish Beach near the town of Tofino, I was able to get a composition that consisted of more than just the sky with a sun halo.
What is a sun halo? This is an atmospheric phenomena know my many names, like 22 degree halo, sun halo and icebow to name a few. Simply, it is a large ring around the sun that can be colorful like a rainbow. These circular halos are produced by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Sun halos were used as part of weather lore as a means of weather forecasting before the development of meteorology. It was used as a sign that there will be rain in the following 24 hours. This is fairly accurate because cirrostratus clouds that cause them can signify an approaching storm. Coincidentally, we had a good rain storm the next day.
Back to the image. I was eating lunch on a bench at Wickaninnish Beach when I first noticed the halo. The colors were really vibrant at the time. I scrambled around to look for a composition, and found this piece of drift wood that also helped block part of the sun. By the time I got set up the halo was already starting to fade but I was able to get a few images that I was satisfied by.
While I was finally happy to capture a good image of a sun halo I will continue to look for better or more interesting compositions. As for my challenge(s) this year? There are many but the best one will be something I wasn't even expecting or planning.
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