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Sunset Mirages

Sunset Mirages
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-19
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Cape Wrath, Outer & Inner Hebridies
Theme(s): My Sunsets and Sunrises [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-06 15:57
Viewed: 4884
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was one of those event where you didn't know what you were exactly looking at, at the time and I have only just found out what it was.

What caught my attention at the time - other than a very nice sunset, was the fact that there was 2 reflections of the sunset in the loch. At the time, I had no idea why, but it caught my attention and since then, I have found out that it was a sunset mirage.


Some info more info
Sunset mirages, two or more images of the sun, are seen when its low slanting rays are unusually refracted between air layers of different temperature.

Usually the air temperature falls smoothly with increasing height. The most we then see is a slightly flattened sun. A mirage needs more severe temperature variations.

One class of mirages, M-Mir sunsets, occur when there is a temperature inversion – warm air overlays cooler layers.

The sunset at left was produced by a temperature inversion. The cooler air trapped below the inversion is visible as the darker layer.

Sometimes there are several inversion layers and we see the sun miraged into multiple pancake-like shapes.

Another sunset mirage form, Jules Verne called it an “Etruscan vase”, occurs when the sun-warmed afternoon sea produces an abnormally hot air layer immediately above its surface.

Miraged suns often presage the elusive green flash!


I have done absolutley nothing to this picture other than convert it from RAW and resize. Colours etc are exactly as they were and NO filters were used at all.

Please enjoy and feel educated. I certainly have been trying to establish why there was an extra refelction. I hadn't noticed the 'waistline' in the setting sun when I took the photo - but I was being eaten alive my midge and clegs at the time.

Oh and why F5.6 - I could not stand still for long enough to set up and tripod and need something that would capture the setting sun without camera shake and a tripod... or me being the evening meal for too many flying insects.

See the workshop for a clearer view of the 2 reflected suns on the water.

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The landscape of Scotland definitely has a different look to Ireland and I cant wait to revisit maybe next year. I think you caught such beautiful light in this capture Emma and again with strange phenomena. I love the tranquility of this peaceful scene, it makes me want to pack-up my camping gear and travel again. Very fine work mf.

Hello Emma, excllent colors, great details, excllent Bg and POV perfect details, greaty Job, TFs Kyle

Hi Emma,
The light and colors here are beautiful! You really composed and framed this shot very well. Great double reflection! Simple, clean, and beautifully done.

Hi Emma,
Awesome sunset colours!
Bit surprised to see it is that dark this time of day...
Nicely composed image, the calm waters with the grass is adding to the beauty!
Pablo -

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-07 3:26]

Hi Emma

Another splendid shot of your true speciality: landscapes.
Superb colors, great POV, perfect composition and exposure.
Also excellent workshop image!

Bravo and TFS

Wow! Very interesting! I've never seen before. Well done Emma. Congratulations. TFS.
Composition : 5
Sharpness : 5
Color : 5
Depth Of Field: 5
Point Of View : 5
Background : 5
Contrast : 5
Focus : 5

Framework : 5
Note : 5

Selamlar / Regards.

Hi Emma !
A wonderful picture, with excellent colors, composition and POV. The reflection of the sun in the water is very beautiful, and I love the grass that is growing in the water. A calm and peaceful mood. Very well done !

Hi Emma,
This has also been a reason of some of the UFO sightings, but then the sun was hidden behind a hill and the reflection was seen in the cloud layer just above the hill. I've never seen it before and I am glad you came up with a photo of it. Tjee, now you have shown me two natural phenomals within a week. What is next? Bigfoot?? :-)
This is really a beautiful photo and so well exposed. You probably set your camera to under exposure. The shallow DOF gave it actually great contrast between the sunlight and the rest of the scenery.

Well isn't that intersting...and aside from the science lesson the photo is really nice too. The grasses and their reflections in the water add a nice touch.

Thanks for sharing and educating us.

Evelynn : )

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-08-07 13:15]

Hello Emma!
Nice photo! The double sun effect is really interesting, but I found the reflections on the water the most beautiful detail in your picture. TFS!

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