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10/12/2016 04:53:13 PM · #1
Why so blue?

If you live at sea level and have never been to the higher elevations of Colorado, you may be skeptical of our blue skies. (I routinely receive derogatory comments about my skies in my challenge entries.)

In addition to thinner air, we also have clean, dry air. All contribute to a deeper blue sky at elevation. I do understand and forgive those who are confused.
10/12/2016 05:29:51 PM · #2
That's funny.....

I don't think it's so much limited to Colorado so much as a truly rural thing. Here in south-central Pennsylvania, out in the country, we get phenomenally lustrous blue skies. I was out Monday afternoon shooting for a challenge and I simply marvelled at how lovely and deep the blue was in the sky. The air is very clean and clear here, and it was just a spectacular day.

Some people are simply not as fortunate as those of us who have the great outdoors right at hand.

Message edited by author 2016-10-12 17:33:34.
10/12/2016 06:36:57 PM · #3
Those of us who live at sea level and on the coast, especially, tend to forget just how blue skies can be. Even rural coastlines have the sky muted by rising moisture most of the time. As Jeb points out, venture far enough into the boonies and the difference is remarkable. Still, the real shocker comes when you go UP, up to where folks like Richard lives, and there's just less atmosphere to haze up and the intensity of color can be profound. Go high enough and that blue starts turning purple.

We were just out at Yellowstone; the sky in this shot has actually been DEsaturated to make it look more "real"...

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10/12/2016 07:58:53 PM · #4
I think it's easy to question skies. Many times I get a comments on my white skies:

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(an example. Don't think I received comments on that one.)

But we get the light, high overcast skies. And if you meter on the subject, many times it completely blows the sky white.

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We don't get very many truly impressive sunsets. So many times I doubted people's sunsets, I think particularly Australian ones, when I started entering here. I mean, I've traveled a lot, and just never see the deep orange sunsets.

Until this one:

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Even looking at it now, it looks completely oversaturated and fake. But I remember the shot and that I really didn't change the colors at all. I did underexpose it a tad when I shot, but it seems like you have to in order to have sunsets look the same as your eyes see them.

So it's hard not to judge things based on your own experience. So threads like this are actually quite nice. To let people know what the world is like outside of our own understand!
10/13/2016 04:28:57 AM · #5
I can attest to the Super blue skies ..Lived in the Rocky Mountains for a year...I never wanted to come home. Sometimes our skies in IA can look super blue too but not as deep as the mountains can be..only a few times I have seen it here.

White skies as well is common cause of the overcast..just a weird thing our earth is sometimes lol

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Message edited by author 2016-10-13 04:44:36.
10/13/2016 11:41:44 PM · #6
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I hope this shows up, This is the sky totally unedited in August in Garland County, Arkansas. The skies seem to even be bluer in September. I didn't have any filter on my lens.

Message edited by author 2016-10-13 23:46:43.
10/16/2016 05:52:16 AM · #7
They can absolutely be blue.
Image taken with my mobile phone, unedited

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