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Spectral Aura

By Jasper87  

There are two meanings for the adjective 'spectral', both seem particularly apt for this image.

1. Of or like a ghost - If I'd known this place was so haunted I would not have been staying behind for the sunset and having to walk through the churchyard afterwards!!

2. Of or concerning the spectrum - The rainbow effect around the sun is caused by the light refracting through the water vapour and ice crystals of the high altitude clouds.

The rainbow effect is natural, albeit accentuated by two ND grads. The grads have removed the detail from the towers but adds to the spookiness.

The image is taken, again on the North Kent Coast at Reculver Towers, a while later than my previous upload.

Iso200, 1/320s, f16, 18mm, tripod, remote release. (nb.. should have used ISO100!!)

Many thanks for all your comments on Two Towers, very appreciated, and to Ade and Darryl for their UAs.


Tags: Sunset Beach Kent Landscape and travel Reculver towers Contre jour lighting

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norton 14 6 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 7:55AM
Great image, well composed and captured................


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19 Sep 2012 7:55AM
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
19 Sep 2012 7:57AM
A most eye-catching composition making the most of the late evening light.

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
19 Sep 2012 8:02AM
Great and nicely image,well done,
moiral 7 12 Scotland
19 Sep 2012 8:02AM
Beautiful silhouette, lovely light across the water and lighting up the seaweed in the fg. Most of all GHOSTIES - love the thought of them TongueGrin. Beautiful shot Dave. Moira
19 Sep 2012 8:04AM
Superb image, Dave. Nice pov and comp. Deep
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 8:05AM
I have seen many images of Reculver in my time, additionally I have taken many. However without fear of persecution or prejudice, I believe this to be one of the finest. A superbly balanced low light composition, beautifully exposed, and one which generates a great feeling of calm. "As for the ghosts. "bah humbug'".....

Regards Nathan
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 8:09AM
An excellent capture.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 8:18AM
Beautiful ............... Love all the colours, not just in the sky but on the sea and in the foreground too...... Lovely Grin
Interesting stuff about the spectrumSmile
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 8:22AM
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
19 Sep 2012 8:39AM
Superb shot, the image justifies the title!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
19 Sep 2012 8:40AM
Beautifully rich in colour and texture.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 9:14AM
Well thought out and executed, Dave.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 9:17AM
Superb shot, great composition and light, beautifully captured.

derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 9:30AM
I remember that effect Dave. Very rare I would think. Excellent image which really evokes the atmosphere.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Sep 2012 9:34AM
All I can say is SUPERB, Dave.
This is an excellent capture which I think revels in detail and light.
I think there are great shots to be had by shooting into the light.
Well done. WesternRed.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 9:56AM
double WOW!!!!!
Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
19 Sep 2012 10:03AM
Excellent capture, love the way the lens has transformed this.
Coo, the sea certainly brings in the rotten seaweed…
Tibetan 5 3 England
19 Sep 2012 10:18AM
Great even a little spooky, has that atmosphere one tries hard to achieve but often fail, so I think you have done a grand job of this like it lots, no problems in the church yard hopefully lol. regards Leon. SadSadSadSadSadSmileSmileSmileGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Humblebee 5 1 England
19 Sep 2012 10:21AM
The thumbnail had your signature all over it Dave - and what a magnificent image it is, one for the wall, for cards, postcard, china even ... Carol Grin
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 10:28AM
Beautiful scene Dave.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
19 Sep 2012 10:42AM

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 11:11AM
Wonderul use of light - one for the Verbatim Light competiion?
Lovely curves in the composition.
The towers look good from this angle.
xwang 8 56 8
19 Sep 2012 11:41AM
Superb light and foreground, excellentlly taken.. great work, Dave.
Just one thing, do I see a kind of blue line on the top of the towers and the surrounding area? Is it the filter's effect?
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 11:53AM
An absolutely cracking shot. SUPERB.
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 12:11PM
Great shot.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 12:26PM
Wonderful light
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 12:45PM
It has produced some wonderful colours Dave. I've seen a similar phenomenon when walking in mountains which may be slightly different. In any event, a great composition enhanced by this light.
19 Sep 2012 12:54PM
Absolutely spectacular. Superb composition, details, like the silhouetted towers, and the lighting is out of this world. Beautiful work. Well done!

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 1:19PM
superb work worth risking a ghost or twoWink
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 1:39PM now I know SmileSmile
Lovely colours in the sky and water Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
19 Sep 2012 2:42PM
Simply stunning, Dave! A real beautiful capture, gorgeous light Smile
Trev Smile
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 2:44PM
This is a cracker Dave, I love the effect you have managed to capture here. I love the dark towers too... you can almost sense the coming night! Excellent.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
19 Sep 2012 3:16PM
A glorious image, Dave, very well spotted, composed and captured. Carol
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
19 Sep 2012 3:17PM
Not just luck. This has been photographed with great skill and knowledge of equipment.
cabbie Plus
11 31 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 4:58PM
Spot on a classic image well done

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
19 Sep 2012 5:01PM
Awesome capture Dave, that is the problem with using ND Grads is it darkens other parts of the image, have you tried the Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw, using this you can lighten or darken any part of the photo, with my Tiger upload today the light was very tricky and the eye's were so dark you could not see them, using the Adjustment Brush it has brought back detail to the eyes, would work on the church.


8 10 10 England
19 Sep 2012 5:08PM
Leaves me speechless. I like the way the towers are a silhouette - seems to add an air of mystery.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 5:32PM
Luv it, Dave, my favourite type of image, absolutely superb, brilliant use of light and texture to create that wonderful lead in foreground interest. Once again thanks for all the information, most enlightening and helpful.
Well done.
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 5:46PM
Stunning capture .Great light ....Phil
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 5:57PM
Dave stunning shot
a really beautifully and well thought out image
19 Sep 2012 6:01PM
Super clarity and light, Dave.

Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 6:42PM
Outstanding and imaginative work again Dave. Very nice.

19 Sep 2012 7:19PM
Another stunning shot Dave its got the lot
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 7:36PM
excellent light on fg Dave
bill33 Plus
7 34 1 Scotland
19 Sep 2012 7:37PM
Beautifully captured Dave, the grad filters working well to keep the mid day sun under control, another beautifully composed and executed image, very well done, Bill.
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
19 Sep 2012 7:51PM
a great sunny seascape, lovely light on the f/g and superb tones in the sky.
now i'll have to dig out a bridge picture! Smile
Wish I could get in sooner with a comment.

Great shot, everybody else has said it.

Must try harder.

Like it a lot.


clintQB 6 51 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 8:15PM
Beautiful, serene and it
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 9:17PM
Every thing has been say about the image, apart from "Superlativa"
19 Sep 2012 9:52PM

Quote:Double WOW!!!!!
WOW WOW, I say tooSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile!!!!!!! AniaWink
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 9:55PM
clever image, much more to it than meets (or doesn;t meet) the eye.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 10:08PM
This is rather special, Dave, and I love the idea of it being haunted.

I found this in the Cloud Appreciation Society under iridescence, and this explanation.
19 Sep 2012 10:24PM
Superb image Dave.
Love that light.

19 Sep 2012 11:21PM
Brilliant and beautiful image. Well captured. Elaine Smile
19 Sep 2012 11:40PM
Excellent shot, Dave.
LexEquine 11 19 United States
20 Sep 2012 12:35AM
'Superlative Image & Composition' ~ Peter Smile
another in a growing PF of good images
20 Sep 2012 8:31AM
A cracking image Dave. Well captured
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 7:23PM
A late vote Dave but worth every comment above .Love it SmileSmileSmile
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 7:48PM
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
20 Sep 2012 10:08PM
wonderful light... a golden light that is very hard to record. I wonder why would have preferred 100 ISO?
looks fine to me... But I never even bother with dragging a tripod, only use it at home now.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 10:12AM
Great as an atmospheric shot of the weather conditions and I can see why you had to over-grad! I wonder if HDR bracketing would have got you around that problem? Although I also thing silhouetting the ruins works well for spooky factor, but HDR might have brought out more from the middle ground.
Being picky with my retrospectoscope Wink I'd have been tempted to maybe use the groyne for FG interest rather than the seaweed which is a bit grotty and less interesting even if it adds a second lead in line to the sun reflection (or maybe you should start carrying boulders and rocks around with you like I do TongueWink ).
Never heed my ramblings though, as you can see by votes and accolades the image has been well recieved!

Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 10:34AM
Excellent capture, Dave.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
21 Sep 2012 11:12PM
Wonderful light and composition.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
22 Sep 2012 8:12AM
Waaaw I really like this one
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
22 Sep 2012 8:25PM
An excellent composition Dave, the portrait format works so well
22 Sep 2012 9:15PM
A beautiful composition
23 Sep 2012 9:31AM
Great title for this lovely image.

John Smile
Wendyp 5 England
23 Sep 2012 12:35PM
I love everything about this picture.

25 Sep 2012 12:31AM
Dave, sorry so short of time this week, but a great composition with all the right mix.

26 Sep 2012 12:47PM
Dave, this is A M A Z I N G !!!!!!! Pure class my friend. Thankyou also for your good wishes for my holiday.GrinGrinGrinGrin

Bonico 8 Romania
6 Nov 2012 9:30PM
Like it. Congrats.

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