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Copyright: Colin Brenchley (colinbrenchley) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 28] (341)
Genre: Monera
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1999-02
Categories: Desert
Camera: Minolta Dynax 700si, Minolta AF 75-300, Fuji Sensia 100, Circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-02-01 17:23
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mirages are optical illusions, common in sandy deserts, caused by the refraction of nearly horizontal light rays by the hotter, and therefore less dense, layers of air near the surface, by which, a distant object, directly invisible, appears to be near at hand, as though reflected in a sheet of water. This mirage was seen during the middle of the day whilst travelling through the Skeleton Coast national Park to the north of Swapokmund. No adjustments have been made to this image.

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This is interesting Colin. There are a lot of erroneous ideas about what mirages are in colder countries. You see them depicted in old films in such silly ways. I think most of us have seen them to some extent on hot tarseal roads. Its good to see them documented and explained like this though. It must have been hard to choose a focal point for this one...since what you were trying to capture doesn't really exist in a way. A very original idea for a post.Well done.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-02-02 1:17]

Well done. I sometimes hunt in conditions like this, so I know about illusions. Good.

Dear Colin,
I discovered your portfolio, when I trawled TrekNature for my theme "Our Planet" for a mirage.

I travelled this way in the late seventies - and I have to admit - would have been thrilled to bits to see this sight.

I was amazed to read, you took the photograph in the middle of the day - the lightening has a sort of feel of late afternoon...

You must be tremendously proud about your work, it is REALLY OUTSTANDING!

I am so sorry to have no words write / comment "properly". I have never seen a photo like this. All I know I like it VERY MUCH and add it to my favorites.

Have a nice evening
Kind regards

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