Self Portrait

The photographer as Brocken Spectre in one of the gullies of Piz Lad. The concentrical inner rings are called glories,, while the outer rings are fogbows. Thanks to atoptics2 (see below) for the explanation. Sept 8th 2008


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vancouver islander

vancouver islander - Oct 9, 2008 3:21 pm - Voted 10/10

Popularly called...

...a "sundog" is it not? Very nice is any event.

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Oct 10, 2008 2:47 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Popularly called...

So it's a sundog? Luiso calls it a Brocken Spectre. I guess I'll still have some research to do :-)

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Oct 10, 2008 2:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Popularly called...

Did my research - Luiso was right:


Athmospheric Optics

Touching the Light

vancouver islander

vancouver islander - Oct 10, 2008 11:02 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Popularly called...

Luiso's quite right.

A sun dog is something else - but at least you'll know one when you see one (as will I).




woodsxc - Oct 14, 2008 3:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Popularly called...

Sundogs are partial rainbows that appear on opposite sides of the sun. They don't require rain, just clouds. This is not a sundog.


Whiteout - Oct 11, 2008 6:01 am - Voted 10/10



Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Oct 11, 2008 6:05 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Amazing

Not quite a whiteout - but only little was missing :-)


atoptics2 - Oct 12, 2008 5:23 am - Hasn't voted

Glory, Brocken and Fogbow

This is a magnificent sighting. The shadow is that of the photographer cast through the mist - it is often called a "Brocken Spectre".

The inner coloured rings are a 'glory'
produced when sunlight is diffracted and backscattered by the small water drops of fog and mist.

The outer rings are a fogbow with very bright and clear inner supernumerary fringes

To produce so many clear inner fringes the fog droplets must have all been almost of the same size.

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Oct 12, 2008 6:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Glory, Brocken and Fogbow

Thanks for the explanation. I'll change the caption accordingly.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Oct 12, 2008 10:08 pm - Voted 10/10


thank's for letting us see that great photo!

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Oct 13, 2008 3:36 am - Hasn't voted

Re: beautiful!

You're welcome. It was just a matter of being at the right place at the right time...


mills - Sep 22, 2010 3:59 pm - Voted 10/10


Superb photo, just found this and it blew me away, thanks for posting :)

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Sep 27, 2010 4:12 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: MIndblowing

Thanks! The real experience was even more strange than the photo tells. Also, I cannot decide whether I like this picture or the other one:

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