2011 Advent Calendar

Day 8: Double Rainbow

8 : Double Rainbow

July 19, 2011

Taken the day after the Canola Field at Sunset (Day 7).

I hadn't planned on using this image for day 8, but when I was getting the original choice ready, I stumbled across another image in that set and couldn't make the call.

Leave it for another day and go with the double rainbow.

8:50PM, the rain has just passed. I was walking past the window and caught a glimpse of the rainbow. When I looked closer, I noticed that there might be a full rainbow so I grabbed the camera and walked out to the street in front of the house.

The full rainbow was visible with a bonus: a second rainbow on both sides.

The light from the setting sun added to the scene. The sun was just creeping between the clouds and the western horizon—creating a line of light on the house.

After taking the initial shots, I spent some time trying to get enough images to stitch together a panorama of the entire rainbow. I was able to get the full panorama, but I wasn't happy with the result. The colours and the light didn't quite work.

In the end, I found this black and white of the double rainbow with the strip of light on the house was the best image. Maybe because it's not a typical rainbow shot.

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The original without adjustments. You can barely make out the second rainbow and it wasn't quite working for me.

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From the panorama attempts. The peak of the full rainbow.

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Looking west towards the sunset. If you look close, you can see the small opening between the clouds and horizon the creates the strip of light on the house.

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The other side of the rainbows in black and white.