Double and supernumerary rainbows

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    Supernumerary rainbows (the additional cycles of color at the inside edge of the primary bow) are not commonly observed and occur only when the raindrops are all nearly the same size. Compare this supernumerary bow with a normal rainbow and you can easily see the difference for rainbows taken on the same day only a few miles apart near Paihia, New Zealand.
    The darker region between the primary and secondary bows is called "Alexander's Dark Band" and arises due to raindrops preferentially scattering (refracting and reflecting) light from the sun backwards at angles inside the main bow and outside the secondary bow. Photoshop has been used to perform a few adjustments to this picture. First, the brightness was decreased and contrast increased to enhance the presence of the supernumerary bow. In addition, the guy and girl were turned in the opposite direction to face the rainbow and the pedestal was moved a bit to the right so the rainbow appears to be ending at it.

    optick, Today is a good day, and 29 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. PhillipC 103 months ago | reply

      One of the best I've seen

      from the 1-2-3 Landscapes group

    2. pmsmgomes 103 months ago | reply

      Another fave!
      Great shot!

    3. h a n g i n g p i x e l s [deleted] 103 months ago | reply

      Great shot....well capture...people adds to the picture.

      1-2-3 Landscapes group

    4. Mr. Greenjeans 103 months ago | reply

      Beautiful and dramatic!!! Love the colors!

      I saw this in the 1-2-3 group! [1-2-3]

    5. Dave Curtis 103 months ago | reply

      Photoshopped to perfection! I like the fantasy treatment here as well as the physics lesson. It was worth turning the people around so they weren't looking out of the photo.

    6. Lump Of Hesitation 103 months ago | reply

      Bizarre, fantastical, slightly spooky... Something about this picture pushes all the right buttons. Your tweaking has really paid off.
      1-2-3 faves

    7. Photo Inge 102 months ago | reply

      Great rainbow shot that has a lot going for it!

    8. Spector1 100 months ago | reply

      Superb! Sent to Meg on 12/21/06.

    9. 1blessedmom Photography 99 months ago | reply

      This is another spectacular rainbow photo. Thanks for pointing out to me that mine is also a supernumerary rainbow. I had noticed that it appeared to repeat some of the colors, but I wasn't aware of what it was called.

    10. Angele. [deleted] 99 months ago | reply

      Wow!!! This is really something! Thank you for looking at my rainbow photo! I'll try to do what you suggest so we can see if mine is a supernumerary rainbow too. LOVE learning new things! Thanks!!

    11. Caro's Lines 97 months ago | reply

      wow even more staggering!

    12. allr1 92 months ago | reply

      Amazing, stupendous,marvelous and first time
      to see this. Wow, thanks.

    13. ColchesterChris [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

      Great shot - really good capture.

    14. silyld 83 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Supernumerary Rainbows, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. Casper Mok 69 months ago | reply

      It is certainly brilliant capture with good explanation.

    16. CP Images 55 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture.

    17. nuframe 55 months ago | reply

      Fantastic !!!

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