Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: a South Bank sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Here’s a short series of photographs taken around the South bank, Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridge during the fading light of an autumnal London sunset.

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: South Bank at sunset, autumn 2018

8 Comments on “Jet trails, blue skies, skyscrapers and glass lamps: a South Bank sunset, autumn 2018”

    1. Indeed I do.

      Jet trails (or Contrails/Condensation trails”) are produced by aircraft engine exhaust or changes in air pressure, typically at aircraft cruise altitudes several miles above the Earth’s surface. Contrails are composed primarily of water, in the form of ice crystals. The combination of water vapour in aircraft engine exhaust and the low ambient temperatures that exist at high altitudes allows the formation of the trails. Impurities in the engine exhaust from the fuel, including sulphur compounds (0.05% by weight in jet fuel) provide some of the particles that can serve as sites for water droplet growth in the exhaust and, if water droplets form, they might freeze to form ice particles that compose a contrail.

      I hope this answers your question in full.

          1. I slightly beg to differ chem trails can hang around for quite longer periods than they did in the past.
            Do you know why.
            Regards
            Oh by the way very good light balancing in your pictures are they straight out of the camera or post edited?

            Regards Michael

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