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Small white ghosting shadow while filming with sun behind me!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by White Airwolf, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. White Airwolf

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    seems when Fly late afternoons with sun low and behind me, I get this small white ghosting of an image over the terrain below.
    When I pan say 90 degrees, it seems to go away!
    I'm using ND filters.
    Anyone else experience this? I would say ghost image is about 5 feet across on the ground. Quite annoying.
    I'm wondering if it could be a reflection of some kind or perhaps the ND filter is not up to par?
     
  2. Kilrah

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    #2 Kilrah, Oct 16, 2016
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    It's called the opposition effect and there are a few threads already on the subject.
    There is nothing (and I mean NOTHING) you can do about it and is caused by light travelling in (mostly) straight lines and how it is reflected at different angles from objects.
     
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    I don't think either response is correct here.
    It only seems to be present late in the day when I can see the shadow of the Inspire on the treetops or ground.
    The Wikipedia explanations refer to mist and clouds and celestial objects, which this clearly isn't related to, as the spot appears while flying on both sunny and cloudy days.
     
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  6. Kilrah

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    Backscatter was the term I was looking for, thanks!
     
  7. Meta4

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    This is what you are looking at: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...cr&ei=1iAEWLawHqzM8gfeoL6IBw#q=Heiligenschein
     
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    I first noticed it after I started using a Polarized Filter. I've not ever gone back to the stock glass, so I can't say that would be a factor.
     
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    First time I saw this was in a passenger jet while looking out the window. Saw it many time thereafter while traveling.

    When I saw it on my Inspire 1 videos, I knew exactly what was happening, although I wasn't expecting this to happen.
     
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    When I fly a hang-glider (so I am there in the air, not just the camera) it is the common effect that the pilot can see down below. Actually if there is more than one glider in the air at closer distance (quite often since we all need the same vertical thermal wind) and accordingly more shadows on the ground, you can very easily determine which shadow is yours - just by seeing the glowing halo around just one shadow, yours.