Haotian Chen – Cloud First – Cirrus uncinus

Haotian Chen – Cloud First – Cirrus uncinus

I took this photo during my trip to Albuquerque last weekend to observe the spectacular annular solar eclipse. There was a beautiful cirrus uncinus that appeared to the right of the sun. My camera was tracking the sun at that moment, so I held up my Samsung S23 Ultra to capture this beautiful cloud. This image has not been post-processed.

From the Skew-T diagram, we know that CAPE = 0, which indicates that the atmosphere is stable.

  • Place: Albuquerque, University of New Mexico, Johnson Field
  • Time: About 9:45 am, Oct 14
  • Direction of the cloud: East by south
  • Camera: Samsung S23 Ultra
  • Lens/Focus length: 70mm telephoto lens
  • Resolution: 4000×3000, 12 megapixels
  • ISO: 50
  • Aperture: f/2.4
  • Shutter speed: 1/4643 s

Some additional photos, all captured by S23 Ultra:

This image shows the relative positions of the clouds and the surroundings where the photo was taken. The cirrus cloud shown in the first photo in this post was at the upper right of the light pole below the center of this photo. The location was on a large lawn at the University of New Mexico where many people came to view the annular solar eclipse. Taken by the 13mm wide-angle lens.

The high-light moment in the annular solar eclipse, when the moon was just in the center of the sun, forming a beautiful ring. Taken by the 230mm ultra-telephoto lens + solar filters. Never point the smartphone or camera lens directly at the sun (without any solar filter or protection), especially the telephoto lenses. It is possible to damage the sensor or hurt the eyes!

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2 Comments. Leave new

  • Sam Lippincott
    Dec 7, 2023 15:08

    Incredible photography as always Haotian. I particularly love how the clouds in these look like bifurcating fractals. The vibrance of the sky also assists in creating a very nice visual composition.

  • Ari Matrajt Frid
    Dec 1, 2023 18:13

    I like how the clouds look ¨whispy¨and how vibrant the sky looks.


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