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Dimensions1920 x 1110
Original file size531 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken9-Jul-15 21:20
Date modified21-Dec-16 17:50
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D810
Focal length15 mm
Focal length (35mm)15 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/160 at f/4
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 80
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
Digital zoom1x
3 Pots of Gold

3 Pots of Gold

This lovely and unusual rainbow was photographed along the Iceland coast between the towns of Hofn and Vestrahorn.

I had never seen the crossing rainbows visible in the lower right portion of the photograph. Orvar Porgeirsson, one of our guides, explained it as follows, "The raindrops up in the air that form the rainbows "see" two suns. The original one and a reflected one in water. These two sources of light create two paths of light into the raindrop and two rainbows with different view angles.

This is called a reflective rainbow not because the rainbow itself reflects in the water but because the lightsource reflects in it."

There are three "ends" of the rainbows visible, thus the title "Three Pots of Gold"