Corey Murphey | Clouds First | Fluctus


Corey Murphey | Clouds First | Fluctus

This image features an altostratus fluctus cloud produced by a Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilty. The air above the fluctus appears to be moving to the left of the image (from the west-southwest).

  • Stable atmosphere (CAPE = 0)
  • Estimated Height: ~5000m above ground (~2 fingers width)
  • Taken facing 211 degrees Southwest in Niwot, Colorado (5190 ft above sea level)
  • Winds from the west-southwest at 35 knots (above the fluctus)
  • Camera/Lens info:
    • Camera: Olympus OMD E-M10 Mark II with Olympus Digital 40 – 150mm 1:4-5.6 lens
    • ISO: 100
    • exposure: 1/160
    • aperture: f/5.1
    • focal length: 108.0mm
    • focus distance : 53.24m


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  • Ciaran Rochling
    Dec 15, 2023 11:06

    Hey there Corey!
    Wow! I am impressive with the editing! Also amazed that you were able to capture this type of formation. Great job all around! Stunning!

  • Hannah DelGuercio
    Dec 13, 2023 16:57

    The swirls of this cloud are really cool to look at. I like that you were able to capture something specific we had talked about in class.

  • Jonathon Gruener
    Dec 13, 2023 13:57

    The editing on this image is spectacular. You changed a somewhat monotonous photo to something absolutely gorgeous. This is such a rare cloud to spot, and I think you did it justice.

  • Sam Lippincott
    Dec 7, 2023 15:13

    I absolutely love how you edited the image. Unedited, it’s not super pleasing to look at but the edited version…not only did you capture the rare fluctus, but you enhanced the photo to the point of beauty!

  • Sierra Greeley
    Nov 27, 2023 22:01

    Hello Corey,
    I think it is cool that you were able to capture a Fluctus cloud. I also think that the editing you did really enhanced the image. It made the clouds stick out better and increased the overall contrast of the image.

  • Kenny Olavarria
    Oct 31, 2023 03:04

    The editing on this image was outstanding. I never knew so many details could be extracted by using software!

  • Monica Luebke
    Oct 24, 2023 18:17

    I think this is a super cool cloud photo you were able to capture. The initial image to the final image are interesting to compare. I think the final image resembles waves in the ocean which I naturally find appealing because I love the ocean!

  • Izzy Young
    Oct 24, 2023 17:27

    I thought this phenomenon was so cool (since I captured it too). I like the way you framed this to capture just the clouds, well done!

  • Sarah Hartin
    Oct 23, 2023 17:16

    I love the way you edited this image. I think it really highlights the type of cloud and also enhances the beauty of the image through the more intense color.


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