I must admit that this picture might look a little nerdy but hopefully you forgive me my excitement. Due to the breaking of white light in the different colors of the spectrum, just after sunrise, there is a chance of seeiing a green flash. This can be seen in the first second after the sun have setted when the colors of the spectrum that bent most (red, orange and yellow) are already below the horizon but the next color in line – green – can appear for just one second. I have witnessed this ‘green flash’ for several times now and been able to photograph this rare phenomena. What you need is a really clear sky and a far sight, the far horizon.
During last winter tour on Lofoten, I saw the sun setting behind the mountain and – I really don’t know why – started to shoot with 400mm telephoto lens in burst mode at the last seconds of the sunset and continued till the next seconds. I felt like I could capture something special. During the shooting I say the green flash with my eye, really exciting when you think about the fact that this was not the horizon but the edge of a mountain.
In theory, after the green light has gone, the next color in the spectrum is blue and there are just some pictures of the ‘blue flash’. If you look closely you can see the blue light on points where the green light just has disappeared. My first picture of the ‘blue flash’! The last color of the spectrum is purple and if you look really good you can see the ‘purple flash’ also, the rarest of the sunset phenomena!
Ok, it’s still a little nerdy but I hope you forgive me my happiness… for me it’s enormous exciting to have captured these rare phases of the sunset.
And if you want to know about the time… the difference between first and last picture is less than 2,5 seconds!