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What is the heiligenschein?
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Instrument   76 mm focal length
Exposure & film   1/180 s with digital camera DC3400 Zoom
Date & place   January 24, 2004, Pont L'Abbé (Finistère)
Under this barbarian name (for my latin ears) of heiligenschein, is hidden a deutch word signifying "gloriole". It comes from the dew droplets hanging on leaves and acting as crude lenses. Then the light cast on the leaves make the inverse path to illuminate the observer located between the Sun and the leaves. See this reference page about the heiligenschein.
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