Why Is Everything Yellow?


Wednesday night I was in Rhyl with my local camera club for an informal session down by the harbour and the beach. During the day we had been having on and off thunderstorms and at 7 pm when we were due to meet it was still raining.

But according to my weather and cloud app it was due to clear by about 7:30 pm so there was a chance of a photograph, maybe even a decent sunset.

First thing I’ll say, the colour in the sky was funny, a sort of yellowish tinge to it. At first I thought the White Balance in my camera was wrong but all the other photographers were reporting the same thing. Humid as well and that thunderstorm wasn’t exactly clearing away too fast. At least it had stopped raining.

A little bit of research found the following.

Most thunderstorms occur in the late afternoon. By this time of day, the sun is beginning to set. The orange hue is caused by the same process that causes the vivid colours at sunsets. Shorter wavelengths of light (blue) are scattered quickly, leaving only the yellow-orange-red end of the spectrum.

The National Severe Storms Laboratory (USA Based)

That big old tree has been on this beach ever since I can remember. I’ve photographed it before but never in these light conditions.

E-M1MarkII OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8 ISO 200 1/4 sec at ƒ / 11

Down by the harbour, the light was even worse and the sky was just a flat dark grey. You could see that thunderstorm was still hanging around. So this is a composite image. It features the harbour and a different sky from the one that was present at the time.

Some people would rather see a photograph exactly how it comes straight out of the camera, but I’m not one of them. If something isn’t right I’ll change it, but I’ll so. This is a composite of two photographs.

E-M1MarkII OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8 ISO 64 2.5 sec at ƒ / 14

Now we’ve got that out of the way, I’ll leave you with my final image. A silhouette of the masts in the boatyard right next to the car-park.

E-M1MarkII OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8 ISO 200 0.8 sec at ƒ / 8.0

That’s it – Stay Safe

5 thoughts on “Why Is Everything Yellow?

    1. It was so weird, Yvonne. I was the last one to leave the beach and the light was getting weirder by the minute. Dark brooding, flat yellowish sky behind me, thunderstorm on the way, sort of sunset in front with bands of orange in the sky. Really humid, not a breathe of wind, we don’t do that here in North Wales, especially on the coast.

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