In a clear day in Sierra Nevada, Spain, enjoying the recent snow, I noticed something rising over the horizon.
A very iconic mountain, La Sagra, was looking at us from 120 kilometers away. It is an isolated mountain with more than 2.ooo meters and a clear view over the rest of the area. Really a good sighting and also a visit worth it!
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1.- Nikkor AF-S ED 300mm – f/4
2.- Nikkor Zoom AF-S ED VR 70-300mm @ 145mm
1.- November 01 th 2016
2.- February 16 th 2016
The prominent Canigó, photographed from Allauch, a strategic location (to make photos) next to Marseille, at 320 meters high. To illustrate this singular view we have chosen two images of Alain Origné, an expert photographer specialist in this type of portrays.
The distant silhouette of that mountain from this part of France it’s only perceptible thanks to the influence of atmospheric refraction, as the trajectory of rectilinear vision passes beneath the line of the sea. Actually many people already call “Canigó effect” to the fact when it’s only possible to see a silhouette thanks to atmospheric refraction.
By the other hand, the conjunction with the sun. Obviously it was not coincidence. In concret, from Marseille the succes occur around 8 February and 1 November. Some photographers from distant horizons as Alaign Origné take advantage of the dates to achieve the best images.
Fabrizio sent us this clear view of Mt. Rotondo at 170 km. on a windy Winter day.
Corse mountains can be seen from Southern Toscana when conditions are good, as in this case when wind and usually clear Winter air allowed the snow in the farthest peaks to be clearly seen above Montecristo and Isola del Giglio.
Mont Caro is an isolated mountain located very close to the Mediterranean Sea on the East coast of Spain.
Its height has made it famous for its hurricane force winds when a low pressure system comes close to our country and NE winds blow throught the Ebro valley nearby.
In this case, its height allows us to achieve magnificient views during the evening.
When I arrived to the Summit of Mont Caro, that can be easily reached by car, the situation was not so good, as the mountains in the distance were visible but the details were missed up by daytime turbulence and light scattering.
Just because the peak portrayed here is geometrically not visible from the observation point (the highest peak in Poland). That small Romanian peak is appearing due to refraction, that curves the light beams across the atmosphere and allows hidden objects to show as if they were visible.
A great example of how refraction is something to very care about in distant observations.
Radoslaw has sent us this amazing picture of Tatra Mountains where all distant peaks covered are shown in an amazing detail, with all ridges and summits perfectly defined and appearing beautifully above the horizon.
This image is a clear example of how snow covered mountains are key for distant obervations, together with a very clear air as the one this picture suggests.