Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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BT – Antarctic sunset

At about 11:30pm there were some breaks in the cloud as the sun approached the horizon, and as I was still up I headed outside in the hope of a spectacular sunset. I was not disappointed.

Some orange-tinged rays of light hit one of the nearby peaks.

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Meanwhile, the sun itself was setting behind some other peaks in a gently dramatic fashion, and I was having a hard time finding an exposure setting that captured what my eye thought it was seeing. I have some rather underexposed shots that give the sky a stunning fiery red appearance and which create a silhouette of the mountain range, but that wasn’t really what it looked like and so I have only included one of them. The remaining shots have overexposed the sun itself but allow you to see the ice and rocks, and the more muted colours are a better indication of what I thought I saw. If I had the time and expertise I might spend some time doing some post-processing to produce something more effective, but I have neither, so you’re getting things straight out of the camera, apart from the occasional levelling of a wonky horizon.

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This is the one shot that is definitely under-exposed; the colours weren’t quite this over-the-top vibrant.

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This is nearer the mark, although it feels a bit washed out to me. I mentioned earlier that I might be able to get better results if I tweaked it a bit, but that would imply that I can remember what the colours actually looked like … and I confess that, over a month after the event [at the time of actually writing this blog entry], I can’t!

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And the last shot was taken at 11:49pm, which is the latest I’ve ever stayed up for a sunset. As best I can work out (or, more accurately, “as best the latitude-longitude sunrise-sunset calculator website at http://www.exptech.com/sunrise.htm can work out for me”), sunrise was about two hours after this. My one regret from the whole trip was not to stay up through the short dusk-dawn to capture the sunrise.

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