Full 180-degree Rainbow over Morro Bay, CA, with Dynegy aka Duke Energy under arch, 21 Jan 2010

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    Full 180-degree Rainbow over Morro Bay, CA, with Dynegy aka Duke Energy under arch, 21 Jan 2010. Photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; iPhone 3GS handheld. The focal length of my good camera setup (Canon 5D w/ 100-400mm lens) was way to long for this shot. Even my iPhone was way too long to capture the entire 180-degrees of this gem.
    Tech note: Set auto-exposure point to be over the rainbow pattern for best contrast and exposure.

    Tech note: [these specs are pre-3GS]
    The iPhone's focal length is 3.85mm, but because of the tiny sensor's crop factor, this ends up being equivalent to a 37mm lens.
    Focal length: 3,85mm (equivalent to 37,0mm)
    Aperture: f/2,8 (fixed)
    Focus: infinity (manually adjustable to 2cm)
    Sensitivity: Auto ISO
    Shutter speed: 1/5s fixed (light sensitivity is only regulated by per-pixel-ISO)
    Depth of field: 1,47m to infinity
    Sensor size: 1/4"
    Resolution: 1600x1200px (3MP)
    Dynamic range: 6,3 f-stops
    Color space: sRGB, automatic white balance
    Dimensions: 8mm x 8mm x 5mm
    From: ideenecke.blogspot.com/2009/04/iphone-camera.html (written ~ 3-4-09)

    Correction (and lots more information on the 3GS camera specs):
    (more) Jan. 12-15, 2010 updates
    3GS 3-megapixel camera (resolution: 2048x1536 pixels)

    edpuskas, HansWobbe, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. GIGEO 52 months ago | reply

      Awesome. You were in the right place at the right time.

    2. Crooked Hill 52 months ago | reply

      The contrast with the angry bg sky is really striking.

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    3. Steve Corey 52 months ago | reply

      That's a beauty. It as if the stacks were blessed.

    4. minicooper93402 52 months ago | reply

      wow, mike, gorgeous! i knew i could count on you to capture a rainbow while i was stuck at work. thanks!

    5. cheryl strahl 52 months ago | reply

      You certainly captured the moment Mike - spectacular!

    6. byrne.images (out on assignment) 52 months ago | reply

      Very well done, Mike... Very well done adn a fave for sure.

    7. marlin harms 52 months ago | reply

      There was an old photo quote, "F8 and be there!" Not that f8 means anything anymore, but the important thing is be there, with iPhone or whatever. Great shot.

    8. flythebirdpath~}~}~} 52 months ago | reply

      Wow, very cool, Mike. I've been waiting to see a rainbow.

    9. betty wiley 52 months ago | reply

      quite the rainbow! must have been a beautiful sight!

    10. grandmasandy+chuck 52 months ago | reply

      Great exposure and super rainbow shot.

    11. photog momma t [deleted] 52 months ago | reply

      good timing!

    12. jkirkhart35 51 months ago | reply

      So many well deserved comments, Mike. These do not last very long, and you caught it just perfectly. Congratulations, again.

    13. goingslo 51 months ago | reply

      Beautiful scene and wonderful contrasts. Love your saturation of colors, too.

    14. Let there be light (Andy) 51 months ago | reply

      Spectacular shot. These conditions make for beautiful photography.

    15. John F Hark 51 months ago | reply

      Great capture of this awesome rainbow Mike and nice work with the iPhone.

    16. pikcris 51 months ago | reply

      Nice shot!

    17. mikaku 49 months ago | reply

      fantastic capture again Mike
      interesting juxtaposition too

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