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The Brocken Spectre


The Brocken Spectre
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Copyright: Matt Booth (Prises2vues) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 1 N: 51] (312)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-09
Categories: Sky
Camera: Cannon EOS 350D, Canon EF 70-200 F/2.8 + Canon x 2
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-19 2:16
Viewed: 3596
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photo prise du sommet de Mont Barral. Un phénomène météorologique assez impressionant que l'on appelle un "brocken spectre" en anglais - pour la traduction, je fais appael à vos connaissances! Je ne suis pas physician, donc pour les explications techniques, je suis mal placé, mais il s'agit d'un arc en ciel qui forme un cercle, et à l'intérieur, on voit son ombre. J'ai vu ce phénomène à deux reprises - la dernière fois remonte à 15 ans lors d'une sortie hivernale sur l'arrête d'Annoch Eagach à Glen Coe en Eccosse. Dans les deux cas, j'étais au dessus d'une mer de nuages,et sur une crête avec le soleil dans mon dos. Petit moment de magie dans une journée déjà fabuleuse.

Ce n'est pas la plus belle photo que j'ai jamais prise, mais j'étais bien content de pouvoir capturer ce phénomène et le partager.

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Hi Matt

I'm guessing that this has not received much attention because few people have ever seen the spectacle let alone appreciate how rare it is. I have seen it once, also up a mountain in Scotland not too far from Glencoe on the far side of Rannoch Moor, but it was too brief (and way to cold and conditions unsafe) for me to get my camera out of my rucksack where it was being safely kept...

Your image shows the Brocken Spectre really well, but as you say it is a shame about the background in the case but we do not get to choose the times that we see these occurrences, only the chance to enjoy them when we do. It is good to see that your shadow is really obvious in the picture as well, something that will not be appreciated here - but is part of the spectre.

Create capture and TFS
Emma

Hi Matt,
I remember seeing this effect whilst hiking in scottish mountains, interesting effect and you captured it very well with nice background elements, it has 'magic' feel to it, I improved contrast in my workshop but not sure if it's better than original, I like your more delicate version too, very nice,
TFS & best wishes,
Tomasz

Amazing!
Unfortunately the thumbnail doesn't catch much attention. It might look as a miss or as playing with fancy filters.
If clicking the thumbnail open, this is a chock! What a fantastic scene!! Unbelievable!
I've seen something related when looking downward from a intercontinental plane. The layer of cloud was thick continuous and uniform. The flight from the plane straight on. So I could see it for like 30 minutes. A perfectly circular and complete rainbow with the shadow of the plane right in the middle. (No camera with me then)
Zut. Je m'apercois que j'ai commence en anglais. Pas le courage de recommencer.
Ca doit etre magique en effet de voir son ombre entouree d'un cercle de couleurs.
TFS
JM

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-19 12:18]

Hi Matt

I had to look the "brocken spectre" up to see what it was. After reading up on the subject I have to say well done for catching this. It makes quite a fantasy image. Great work

TFS

Karan

Salut Matt,
Vraiment impressionnant ce phénomène! Pour ton info, c'est le spectre de Brocken en français, du nom d'une montagne. Le mélange soleil et brouillard comme sur cette photo a eu cet effet magique. Superbe couleurs. Bravo!
Catherine

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