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Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-24
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-29 7:44
Viewed: 3397
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There is very little to compare to sky watching in Tucson during the monsoon season. Nature puts on remarkable shows and I am fortunate to witness them from my windows.

Double Rainbow

A rainbow is a color spectrum in the shape of an arc that appears when sunlight shines on the water drops at low altitude angle. A rainbow can be observed clearly when the sky is dark with rain clouds and one is standing in the direction of the sunlight. One commonly spots a rainbow near a fountain or waterfall. There are seven colors that form a rainbow. These rainbow colors include red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The rainbow does not have a particular position in the sky. It always appears in the opposite direction of the sun and in respect to the position of the observer. The rainbow appears at an angel of 40° to 42° between the line on the observer's head and his/her shadow.

The basic double rainbow meaning implies that it is a secondary rainbow. It is seen appearing outside the primary rainbow and is particularly duller in color than the original rainbow. Also, the natural colors of the rainbow in order are inverted compared to the primary rainbow. This means instead of the red towards the outside, it is on the inside and blue is on the outside of the double rainbow.

A double rainbow is caused by the reflection of the sunlight inside the raindrops. These raindrops appear at the angle of 50° to 53°. This double reflection causes the appearance of the secondary rainbow. The colors of the secondary rainbow are lighter than the primary rainbow because the amount of light that escapes the two reflections is more. Also, the secondary rainbow has more surface area in the sky. When you look closely, there is a dark area of the unlit sky present between the primary and secondary rainbow. This unlit area is called the Alexander's band. It was named after Alexander of Aphrodisias, who was the first person to describe a double rainbow.


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There is something ethereal about this fantastic shot of double rainbow, Jane. I guess the cameras go bonkers while trying to capture a rainbow. The effect is mind-blowing in this picture. The colours of the rainbow are well captured and are beautiful to look at.
Great to be your neighbor today!

hello Jane
Very nice picture with the 2 rainbows
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-29 8:31]

Hello Jane,
Very beautiful photo of this double rainbow. The mountains in the BG looks of silver. Very special. Pleasing composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-29 13:19]

Hello Jane.
Very nice capture of this double rainbow.Well exposed and composed.Colors,framing and visual impact are wonderful.Best regards Siggi

Hello Jane,
great capture of this double rainbow with beautiful colours and nice snowy mountains in the background. Well seen and done, I like it very much.
Best wishes,

Hello Jane,
I like a lot your double rainbow!... You've great lucky by yo can see this nice weather phenomem. I can remeber see this in my country only for times in my 40 years!.... :) Only one per decade!... he... he... he.... Here rain, rain, and rain a this time... the sun shines not strong enough to make the rainbows ... and less double rainbows! :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-29 16:03]

Hi Jane,magnificent capture and very nice scenary too on the ground,perfect light balance for the best result,a top quality pic,no doubt.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-29 18:05]
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Hello Jane,
What a spectacular sight you witnessed, and were fortunate enough to capture for all to enjoy. The composition of this photo is superb, with just enough mountain range and tree foilage to keep it interesting, yet still keeping the focus on the double rainbows.
If I remember correctly this view is right off of your patio. Simply gorgeous!!

Hello Jane
Beautiful photo with excellent composition and fantastic atmosphere.

fine capture of this double rainbow with beautiful colours.
Have a nice day

Ciao Jane, wonderful double rainbow on a fascinating mountain landscape, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-30 4:03]

Very fine double delight, well captured with good exposure. tfs.

Hi Jane,
I hope I never grow to old to apreciate rainbow scenes like this, very nice. Do you have a monsoon season in Arizona (my question mark will not work) Well done.

Hallo Jane,
another fantastic image of the Rainbow, this time not one, but two, superb lighting and colours, very well composed
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-12 10:00]

Hi Jane.
Fantastic picture. Great reproduction of both rainbows. But the key impressive point of the shot steel or silver mountains as a BG. Fantastic effect. Bravo. Wonderful for looking picture. My compliments and TFS.

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