Lake Bracciano, the Tyrrhenian Sea and Sunglint

October 28, 2020

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Photographer: Alessia Scarso 
Summary Author: Alessia Scarso 

Shown above is an aerial view of Lake Bracciano (Italy), in the foreground, the Tyrrhenian Sea, the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, and lastly Corsica island, which lies on the horizon line. The camera is facing the Sun. Note the sunglint on all of the water surfaces. This optical phenomenon results when sunlight is reflected off of a body of water at the same angle that the camera is observing. Though glinting is generally considered to be detrimental to remote sensing, in some cases it actually enhances details that can’t be detected otherwise, the roughness of the water surface, for example.  Photo taken on July 12, 2020.

Photo Details: Camera SONY ILCE-7RM3; Software Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (Macintosh); Exposure Time 0.0003s (1/3200); Aperture ƒ/4.0; ISO equivalent 100; Focal Length (35mm) 48