Splash upon the Clouds

The image is a blend of two single images. The first image was taken during sunrise (f/16, 1/1600s, ISO 100, 600mm). In order to expose the clouds properly, the sun was over-exposed along with the thinner white clouds over the solar disk. Such a break in the continuation of clouds gave an illusion that some clouds are behind the sun (especially those which are on top of the solar disk). The pattern of the clouds also resembles a splash. To further play with this illusion, the sun was captured later with a white-light solar filter (f/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 100, 600mm) to reveal its photospheric details with two visible sunspot groups AR12794 and AR12795. The two images were first edited via Abobe camera raw and then blended in Photoshop. The final resultant image creates a surreal effect of the sun being splashed upon the clouds.

Gear: Nikon D5600, Sigma 150-600c, Thousand Oaks Solar Filter (white-light), Digitek DTR 520BH Tripod

Exif: f/16, 1/1600s, ISO 100, 600mm (Image 1), f/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 100, 600mm (Image 2)

Processing softwares: PIPP, Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop

Capture Date: 25th December 2020

Location: Kolkata, India

Autore: Soumyadeep Mukherjee