Light Rings Illusion

February 21, 2023



Photographer: Joni Tornambe 
Summary Author: Joni Tornambe 

To be able to see the circle like features in the tree canopy shown above, the solar elevation and my angle of incidence had to be just right. Branches and twigs that are roughly perpendicular to the Sun act as mirrors of sorts, scattering light back towards the viewer. It’s our pattern-seeking brains that merge the individual glints into circles. Photo taken on January 4, 2023.

Photo details: ISO 200;1/250 second exposure; f6.3.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Coordinates: 34.8642108, -84.3253202

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