Athens sunset on fire

Check this unique Athens sunset photos shot from my balcony on 11th of January 2015. The weather was warm today following a very chilly and cold week in Athens and central Greece. The colors are something different from what we are used to seeing in Athens, Greece.

Athens Sunset on Fire

Those colors! I can only describe them as if the sunset is on fire! From red and orange to yellow and purple. No digital enhancements have been made to the Athens sunset photos below. They were shot a couple of minutes after the sun set over Athens city.

But why the sunset showed red color? The most basic answer i found thru internet is that light is refracted by particles in the atmosphere and the red end of the spectrum is what is visible. At sunset, light must travel farther through the atmosphere before it gets to you, so more of it is reflected and scattered and the sun appears dimmer. The color of the sun itself appears to change, first to orange and then to red because even more of the short wavelength blues and greens are now scattered and only the longer wavelengths(reds, oranges) are left to be seen.

For a more interesting approach i found the following answer ( The red colour in the sky at sunset (and sunrise) is due to an effect called Rayleigh scattering. There is a similar form of scattering called Mie scattering which is responsible for the white colour of clouds. Particles in our atmosphere that are approximately the same size as the wavelength of visible light cause the white light from the sun to scatter and split into individual components. Oxygen and Nitrogen (the main components of our atmosphere) scatter violet and blue light due to their small size. This is why the sky appears to be blue in the day time, especially at midday when the Sun is closest to us. During sunrise and sunset the distance that the light has to travel from the Sun to an observer is at its greatest. This means the a large amount of blue and violet light has been scattered so the light that is recieved by an observer is mostly of a longer wavelength and therefore appears to be read.

Dimitris Giouvris is a destination wedding photographer based in Athens, Greece.


Athens sunset 11 January 2015