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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5 Comments. Leave new

  • 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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