The light in the desert can play tricks on you. Make you see things that aren’t really there. After a morning of landscape photography, Jack and I were driving north through Big Bend National Park to the Persimmon Gap ranger station. We pulled over for a quick shot of the long park road running east into the distance and I noticed a “halo” around the sun.
Looking up, I honestly thought it was just a trick of the light; of the clouds and smoke from the recent wildfires. It never really occurred to me that the atmospheric conditions would be just right to form not one, but two distinct “halos” around the midday sun. Still not believing what my eyes were telling me, I quickly turned my camera straight up and took several shots, trying to center the sun and halos in the frame.
I’m still not sure what caused this incredible effect but I swear to the Lord that this image is completely untouched, except for adjusting the exposure in Adobe Lightroom 3.
I think I saw God that day!
Desert Halo – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/16 for 1/1000th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.
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