Black Kite (Milvus migrans) and Iridescent Cloud. Composite montaged image of two photos.


  • Leeo
    Leeoover 7 years ago

    I love that iridescent cloud! I’d never heard about it until I saw your website & since then I have been looking & have seen it a couple of times, but not nearly as pronounced as this. Thanks for making me aware : )

  • Ern Mainka
    Ern Mainkaover 7 years ago

    Thanks Leanne. I saw a little bit of iridescence today and last week while driving. But it was typically short lived and only minor. It usually requires a 300mm lens to fill the frame like the one above. It’s just a few degrees off the sun and mostly goes unnoticed by most as it is so bright. I accidently aimed my camera (with 300mm lens on) at the edge of the sun a few years ago and got a bad stinging pain zap on the back of my right retina while shooting this stuff. My sight was affected for a long time but fortunately seems to have mostly recovered. I’ve developed an alternative method for aiming the camera more safely. Really good displays are pretty rare in my book.
    See Celia Coulter’s Blog entry;
    Unexpected Beauty

  • hillsrain
    hillsrainover 7 years ago

    Extraordinary capture Ern. I know that pain, maybe not quite that intensity, but am rather careful these days, even with shooting sunsets into the sun. Only get one chance with eyes. Some beautiful irridescence around of late with so much high cloud.

  • richiedean
    richiedeanabout 7 years ago

    Nice one Ern,

  • Christine Beswick
    Christine Beswickabout 7 years ago

    Superb Image Ern.

  • avocet
    avocetalmost 7 years ago

    great image.

  • Cassie Robinson
    Cassie Robinsonover 6 years ago

    Wonderful colours Ern.

  • mcrowleyphoto
    mcrowleyphotoover 6 years ago

    great title for a fantastic photo!!

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 6 years ago

    wonderful capture!!

  • DoreenPhillips
    DoreenPhillipsover 6 years ago

    Stunning work of Art

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