I decided that this would be a great post to start off the NEW YEAR with a double rainbow! The photo above was taken during a fishing adventure at a nearby lake. It was early in the morning around 7:00 A.M. and the rainy clouds had just parted way for a few minutes for a blue sky with a little sunshine to appear. It all happened so fast. I couldn’t have captured this photo in time if it weren’t for my trial and errors and taking the time to practice and getting to know my camera.
In an earlier post I mentioned the benefits of a CPL filter. I must say that I have that additional piece of equipment to thank as well.
The Scene and Camera
As I mentioned above this was taken in the early morning hours at a nearby fishing spot. It had been drizzling for about half an hour before the rainbow appeared. Since my equipment is not weather proof, I had my camera in a plastic bag inside of my camera bag. It is in my nature to try to shoot as much as I can. However, I take as many precautions as I can when trying to protect my equipment. When the rain eased up, I took my camera out in the hopes that I would see a water bird stopping by to have breakfast. I was much more pleased at what appeared a few minutes later. It was good timing that I had my wide-angle lens attached with a CPL filter at the time. Click here to read my post about the benefits of a CPL filter.
At first there was one rainbow that appeared. I grabbed my camera and snapped the photo. I used a narrow aperture to ensure every thing was in focus. Along with that, I paired it with Auto ISO because of the light changes from the moving clouds. It was important for me to capture some type of foreground in this picture to give it my depth and character. I found a nice spot where there was a broken log and a few rocks along the shoreline of the lake. After taking the photo from a few different compositions I thought my time had run out – I was wrong. A few milliseconds after lowering my camera the other rainbow appeared. I was in shock for a few seconds because it was my first time ever seeing this type of natural phenomenon (in person).
Based on the information that I had heard about them, I knew it wouldn’t last long. Realizing that, I quickly put the camera back up to my face and captured the photo. The double rainbow was an extremely quick experience. When I looked at the back display I could see that it was much smaller than what I had originally seen a few seconds earlier. The double rainbow only lasted about 15 seconds max. Then, it was gone.
On a final note
I have to admit this was a case of being in the right place, at the right time, with the right settings and equipment. Some people believe that rainbows are a sign of blessings or good luck. I am one of those people. It was very reassuring to me to see this phenomenon happen. I’m not sure if I will ever get to experience this again any time soon. That is why I am so thankful that I had my camera with me to capture the moment so I could look back on it for many years to come.
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