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physics of Rainbow

physics of Rainbow
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Copyright: Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 71 N: 3675] (14660)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-13
Categories: Sky
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5~5.6G ED, 52mm HOYA Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/16, 1/5 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-16 0:30
Viewed: 3490
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends in TN,

I was exited with this first rainbow capture when I was ready with the tripod and CPL attached. It was late in the evening with the sun setting on my right shoulder with the raincloud gathering on my left. A double rainbow can be seen here with the one on the right very subdued.

A most charming example of chromatic dispersion is a rainbow. When white sunlight is intercepted by a drop of water in the atmosphere, some of the light refracts into the drop, reflects from the drop's inner surface, and then refracts out of the drop. As with the prism, the first refraction separates the sunlight into its component colors, and the second refraction increases the separation. The result is the rainbow.

Thanks for viewing!

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TIFF to ACD- Tweaks with Level and Curves.
Resized, and framed.

Model NIKON D80
Software ACD Systems Digital Imaging
Exposure Time 1/5
F-Stop f/16.0
ISO Speed Ratings 100
Focal Length 18 mm
Date Taken 2008-10-13 18:41
Metering Mode Pattern
File Size 264 kb
© jusni nasirun 2008

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Hi Jusni,

After the horizontal framing of this scene, this vertical one one also great shot in all around. It is nice to see double rainbow:) once more thought one of them is relatively weaker.
TFS and cheers,

Your simple explanation of a rainbow leaves nothing to doubt, Jusni.
This is a wonderful capture of a rainbow but vis-a-vis the scene on the earth. You have chosen the right perspective because this occurance in the form of two rainbows has greater appeal in relation to the green earth lit by the last rays of the setting sun.
Well done and thanks for sharing the image.

Salam Jusni
you are right. its beauty is exiciting. I saw two rainbow. their colors splendid, but your capture and composition wonderful. POV above green crop (I think rise) also superb. I like composition. Maybe and inshallah I can visit your beautiful country. It is a sister country for Turkish people.
many thanks. Best wishes my friend

Ciao Jusni,
eccellente documentazione di questo bellissimo fenomeno fisico, ottima composizione verticale che dà profondità all'immagine ed esalta i colori dell'arcobaleno, molto buona la definizione, bellissima luce subito dopo la pioggia.

A clear and sharp picture with lots of saturation and nice composition.
Best wishes,

Hello Jusni! Amazing rainbow. Nice landscape. Beautiful colours. Good capture. Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-16 6:23]

Hello Jusni,
A nice capture of a part of a double rainbow in great lighting. The technical standard is excellent but I think I would have concentrated the composition more on the rainbow rather than the paddy-field FG, but that's just my opinion.
TFS this fine image,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-16 10:16]

Hello Jusni
A very good capture and yet with a good composition.
I liked the great colors and the vertical position you achieve.Congratulations for the look and great capture!
Regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-16 10:21]

Hi Jusni,

I looked at this shot and immediately thought of "The Wizard of Oz" and Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." A beautiful scene with a double rainbow. I wonder if there is a pot of gold there. So nice with beautiful grass and mountains in the distance.


Merhaba Jusni,ebemkuşağı ve manzara bir harika.Şimdi o yolda yümek vardı diye geçirdim içimden.Ellerine sağlık,selamlar :)

Abang Jusni,
great rainbows well captured with the best pov to include the beautiful padi field!
the lighting is extremely beautiful in this image!
I compliment for this fine landscape of nature
well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-16 22:36]

Hi Jusni,
Excellent shot of the Rainbow (actually a double one)and you have captured the mood and ambience so well here. Lovely fresh colours and the natural lighting is so beautiful. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-16 23:19]

Hi Jusni,
I like the scenery and the mood in this photo. Colors, light, exposure control and POV look very nice. TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-17 3:45]

Hi Jusni.
This cute shot reminds me my shared one year ago rainbow shot. Very nice place, impressive combination of the lights and shadows, wonderful coloration of the fields and of course, fine natural double rainbow. My compliments and TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-17 6:27]

Assalamualaikum Jusni,
this is really great.
Once in a blue moon you get it.
Now you got two.
Excellent composition and opportunity well grabbed and excellently executed.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-17 9:56]

Hello Jusni, amazing shot with superb rainbow. Superb landscape Ganesh

hello Jusni

from one beautiful lamdscape shot to another,
beautiful image with fine POV and the vertical framing
gived to the image a fine DOF, beautiful colours,
and i love the shadow/highlight parts of the image, TFS


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-20 22:18]

Hi Jusin,
A wonderful shot ...this one is different from the usual rainbow shots, 'coz this is almost as if a rainbow was falling from the sky ...a steady stream of colours connecting the sky and the earth directly.
I like the way you composed this with the green field in FG and the cloud and mountains afar.The turn that the firld takes at the leftadds more depth to the compsoition.
very well cpatured.
TFS & Cheers

Hello Jusni,

Not only do you capture the rainbow, you even manage to capture the hint of the second one... very weak but visible to the right side!

"Occasionally, a second, dimmer, and thicker secondary rainbow is seen outside the primary bow. Secondary rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops, and appear at an angle of 50°–53°. As a result of the second reflection, the colours of a secondary rainbow are inverted compared to the primary bow, with blue on the outside and red on the inside. The dark area of unlit sky lying between the primary and secondary bows is called Alexander's band, after Alexander of Aphrodisias who first described it."

Well done!

Pablo -

Hello Jusni,
very nicely composed, well reporting presentation of a double rainbow in late afternoon in a beautifully inviting landscape setting. Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2009-01-19 0:50]

nice one Jusni! i like how you haven't gone for the whole rainbow but composed it well with the rice field instead.. well done!!

Greetings Jusni, I've just spent some time viewing your work... fantastic! You have such variety and do a splendid job presenting it. You have lovely detail, colors, and subjects. My guess is that this is rice growing here.

I look forward to seeing more of you work.


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