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Everest and Lhotse circumzenithal arc
© Topper Harley, May 2008
Camera used: Canon G7
5*VOTING: number of votes 236
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In my opinion one of the best photos I have seen on UKC for quite a while.
Brilliant work!
Alex Roddie - 07/Nov/08
wow, now that really is a special photo
Jon Griffith - 07/Nov/08
Why is it upside down? The Rainbow that is...
Sean Kelly - 07/Nov/08
Sean - The "upside down rainbow" `Circumzenithal` CZA arc is an etherenal rainbow fled from its watery origins and wrapped improbably around the zenith. The CZA forms only when the sun is less than 32.3 deg high. When the sun is near the upper limit the arc is faint, as the sun sinks the CZA brightens, extends into an arc of increasing radius and becomes narrower. It is at its best when the sun is about 22 deg high ! NIce photo :)
mr mills - 07/Nov/08
Wow, awesome shot, thanks.
robdan - 08/Nov/08
WOW. Stunning image, thanks for posting!
iceicebaby - 08/Nov/08
Sweet Jesus!
What an awesome shot..
THE.WALRUS - 08/Nov/08
In reply to Mr Mills: Ah. Now I understand...?
Sean Kelly - 09/Nov/08
If this isn't photo of the week then there is no god!!
tommakin - 10/Nov/08
Nice photo - There an excellent page on CZA and other atmospheric optics at http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/cza.htm which explains how they are formed.
Andy Harpur - 10/Nov/08
I would rather say it's a CIRCUMHORIZON arc (or may be INFRALATERAL arc), it seems like the sun is higher than 58 deg!!!
cado - 11/Nov/08
Looks strangely like an engraving.
EarlyBird - 20/Nov/08
Great picture-mine of that view is no where near as good!
Vip1r - 22/Nov/08
holly shit this is a great shot
chrismidd - 09/Jan/11
I dont care WHAT the arc is.It is a good picture even without it..
mgco3 - 03/Jan/12
possibly the finest technical photo I have ever seen
Ouncepounce - 02/Aug/12
just a quick scramble up the west ridge to the left. brilliant pic
dremelmaster - 02/Sep/12
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