Fata Morgana Mirage Phenomenon

Jan 2, 2009
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This is a shot of the mirage phenomenon known as "fata morgana" which typically occurs over snow or cold water. Not an extreme example of it by any means. A temperature inversion is necessary to bend the light for this effect. As you can see near the horizon line distant objects appear inverted similar to a true reflection. Also some objects like the rocks in this image appear to float. This shot was made with a 300mm lens plus 1.4x extender in order to flatten the perspective and make the mountains appear much closer than the actual 40 miles distant. Plus it is the lens that was already on the camera in case of wildlife encounters :redface:. Contrast on the mountains was selectively increased to reduce the haze effect but I fear it may be a bit overdone. Thoughts?

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