Light and Color in the Outdoors

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 13, 1995 - Photography - 417 pages
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All of science springs from the observation of nature. In this classic book, the late Marcel Minnaert accompanies the reader on a tour of nature's light and color and reveals the myriad phenomena that may be observed outdoors with no more than a pair of sharp eyes and an enquiring mind. From the intriguing shape of the dapples beneath a tree on a sunny day, to rainbows, mirages, and haloes, to the colors of liquid, ice, and the sky, to the appearance of the sun, moon, planets, and stars - Minnaert describes and explains them all in clear language accessible to the layman. This volume includes 80 new photographs, over half in color, illustrating many of the phenomena - ordinary and exotic - discussed in the book. Most of the new photos are by Pekka Parviainen, the renowned Finnish nature photographer.
 

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Contents

Light and Shadows
1
Reflection of Light
9
Refraction of Light
45
Curvature of Light Rays in the Atmosphere
59
The Measurement of Intensity and Brightness of Light
95
The Eye
111
Colors
131
Afterimages and Contrast Phenomena
137
Rainbows Halos and Coronas
185
Light and Color of the Sky
259
Light and Color in the Landscape
321
Luminous Plants Animals and Stones
371
Measuring Angles out of Doors
377
Photographing Natural Phenomena
379
Further Notes and References
385
Index
399

Judging Shape and Motion
161

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