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A Dash of Purple in the Night Sky

Updated on September 16, 2013

Enhancing Evening Hues of your Photos

Dusk, nightfall or nighttime are genres that are often neglected by the photographer.

Although the colors of the coming of the impending darkness are simpler and have pastel variations, they are still very beautiful and make some beautiful photos.

This website is a collection of some of my own photos, which have been slightly enhanced to emphasize the various shades of purple. This can be done easily using Photoshop and I have included a mini-tutorial below.

I live in Arizona and the evening sunsets, on many nights, have these shades of color. My own backyard is a canvas that changes, depending on the weather and the atmosphere.

I hope you enjoy this trip down lavender lane.

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A Purple Arizona Nightfall
A Purple Arizona Nightfall
Girl pointing at sky
Girl pointing at sky

"Daddy, why is the Sky Purple?"

That is actually a very good question!

I would much rather answer that question than any about the facts of life. In fact, if you are asked about babies, just look up to the sky and say, "Wow, look at that purple sky; do you want to know why?"

The answer is "scattering." While the atmosphere does not absorb light, the molecules scatter it. Actually, the sky is more violet than blue and putting it simply, blue is easier for us to see.

The spectrum that we can see is covered by the colors of the rainbow. There are other colors, we just can't see them. Green has a low frequency, which makes it easiest for us to distinguish. Blue also appears easily to us. Violet colors are a little more difficult for us to discern.

I believe that many people love violets and purples because they are not as common to us and we love to see things we are not used to seeing.

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Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix - A little mood music to play as you browse

Get "Purple Haze" Here - Download in MP3 Format

Purple Haze
Purple Haze

Yeah, I know. The purple haze he speaks of is not the same as the haze in the sky.

However, you can interpret it however you wish and I prefer to think of it as the perfect music for a moody Fall sunset..

 
Purple Twilight
Purple Twilight
magnifying glass
magnifying glass

Magnifying the Colors in your Photos using Photoshop

There are various ways to enhance or emphasize colors in your own photos using Photoshop.

I am going to emphasize one simple way to do this and you can do this for your own photos.

First, use your eyedropper and click on the color that you want to emphasize in your photo. For instance, if you want to use green, click on a nice green color in your photo.

Next, go to the MODE drop down in Photoshop and select the "black and white" setting. This will make your photo black and white.

Click on the "color replacement" tool and paint over the features that you want to replace with green color and any other features that you want to have a green tint. I leave the rest of my photos as black and white. This technique draws the eye to the color enhanced features.

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Full Moon with a Dusky Hue

Full Moon with Purple Sky
Full Moon with Purple Sky

Do you like a Purple Sky?

What is your favorite color of twilight sky?

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Cumulus Clouds at Twilight

Purple Clouds at Dusk
Purple Clouds at Dusk

The Moon peeks through the Mesquite Tree

Sppoky Fall Moon
Sppoky Fall Moon

Kid Rock Sings about the Purple Sky

Half Moon with Lavender Highlights

Lavender Half Moon
Lavender Half Moon

My Cat with a Purple Moon Glow - He was feeling a little colorful that night so he wanted to get in on the act

Purple cat
Purple cat

Purple Rain by Prince - A little more purple in the weather forecast

Purple Rain in MP3 Format - Available at Amazon

Purple Rain
Purple Rain

Well, we can't talk about weather unless we include rain.

This song was very popular and has been remade several times. One of the new versions was at this year's American Idol.

 

More Cumulus Clouds with the Sun Giving it the last Highlight of the Day

Cumulus clouds at twilight
Cumulus clouds at twilight

Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky - Vincent Van Gogh - 1890 - Fine Art Interpretation of a Lavender Sky

Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky - Van Gogh
Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky - Van Gogh

Purple Stratus Clouds at Dusk

Stratus Clouds at Dusk
Stratus Clouds at Dusk

The Super Moon

The Super Moon
The Super Moon

While taking Photos of the Sky, please watch out for the Lightning - Please also leave some comments

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      Excuse me while I kiss the sky.....:)

      Very nice lens!

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      PatriciaJoy 3 years ago from Michigan

      What a fun way to combine favorite things. The music videos brought back some memories and I've always adored purple. Great job!

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      I always add a touch of purple to my pastel sky-scapes, interesting to read this lens.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      kepezzo 3 years ago

      Nice lens, I really like the use of purple in photos.....

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      Wow, great colors!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. Such a great lens, I want to see more pictures of different coloured skies now!

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      Teri Villars 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @sunnyskyzonline: Thank you very much! I appreciate it!

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      sunnyskyzonline 3 years ago

      I really like the purple twilight picture. And thanks for the Photoshop tip I plan on using that asap for some of my photos!

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      NatureFan LM 3 years ago

      Amazing pictures! Great lens!

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      Teri Villars 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @ecogranny: I know, as we get older, we tend to forget things too quickly, huh? I appreciate the compliments and the visit. That is one of my favorites also...right from my backyard!

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      Purple is my favorite color so I enjoyed your lens a great deal.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful photos! I especially like the moon through the mesquite tree. Thank you for including the explanation for color and scattering. I hope my brain can retain that for when the grandchildren ask those questions. : )

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      Teri Villars 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Max Globe: Thank you!

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      Max Globe 3 years ago

      Great photos!

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      Some amazing photos. After blue I find purple a very pleasing color. I learnt something about colors in the sky today. Thank You.

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      Beautiful pictures, you have some very unusual shots. Love the purple sky!

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Interesting lens, and unique too. I like taking photos of the sky very much. The most awesome are clouds - their colors, shapes, textures...

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      Teri Villars 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Meganhere: I have a hard time seeing purple due to my color blindness, but because of that, I have great respect for it!

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      Teri Villars 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Meganhere: I have a hard time seeing purple due to my color blindness, but because of that, I have great respect for it!

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      nomorestatic34 3 years ago

      Great lens!! You reminded me of the album Purple by Stone Temple Pilots, listening to Still Remains right now. Thanks!

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      Meganhere 3 years ago

      Awesome lens! Purple is my second favourite colour, after red.

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Love the music video on purple sky.

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      premjayaram 3 years ago

      love the purple haze

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      fyrdragon350 3 years ago

      my favorite twilight colors, when i'm actually outside when that times comes, are the burnt orange and amber to shellfish pinkish hues.

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      ashleydpenn 3 years ago

      Twilight is one of my favourite time of the day. I would like to practice my photography more at these times.

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      TedWritesStuff 3 years ago

      Great Pics.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Loved your lens, the pictures and the tunes LOL! Saw this featured on IMMINENT! The âNightfallâ Highlight Reel

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      You really have a way with these photographs. I find night shots interesting. I particularly like your take on the question: Daddy why is the sky purple? Fun.