Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sun Photos

"Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful
than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon"
The Sun - Mary Oliver

Almost as fascinating as the Moon is the Sun. The Sun has been worshipped for thousands of years and has a rich history in human culture, including the ancient Egyptians associating it with their deity Ra, the Greeks associated it with their gods Helios and Apollo. In literature, Icarus is said to have attempted to fly to the Sun, but his wings melted. It goes on and on. Without the Sun, life as we know it would not exist. It is as essential as water.

I've always wanted to capture the splendor of the Sun. Well, now I got the chance. It seemed to be somewhat hazy tonight and created a wonderful effect with the Sun. Below are some of the photos I took of the Sun before it set tonight. They are taken with a Nikon D90, 70-300mm lens and 1.5x tele-converter. All of the photos are the originals and have not been edited in any way.


  1. Hey Colin, you got some pretty good shots of our Sun, I have always been fascinated with it, it gives us so much and asks for so little in return, I'm amazed more people don't image it, nothing better then a cool sunset is there?

  2. Thanks Bob. I'm still amazed at how it looked. All I can say is thank God for live view. Sunsets are awesome.

  3. I love taking sunsets and sunrise... They are gorgeous.. :)

  4. Thanks for stopping by Cashmere. I agree that sunset/sunrise is very beautiful. One day I will capture some in pictures.

  5. Astro-Nuts these are excellent shots of the sun. What would we do with out sun? Its everything on Earth. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and nice photos. Anna :)

  6. Thank you Anna. The Sun is really fascinating. Imagine if we didn't have it.