Today’s article is about this stunningly beautiful Circular Rainbow

Article 32 of “Story of the Day” Series.

Story of the day-Blog 32 - A short blog about shooting this circular Rainbow


Camera: Canon 550D

Lens: Canon 18-55mm@18mm

Shutter speed: 1/640 Sec

f-stop: f/9

ISO: 100

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.

You all for sure know that to see a rainbow, the sun has to be behind you and water drops to your front. Also that, one only sees a rainbow when there is total internal reflection, meaning the ray of the sun enters a drop from the front and is reflected almost totally, from the back. But do you also know, the only drops which will totally internally reflect, have to be at an angle of 42º to the sun. Bet, you didn’t know that?. Well it’s no rocket science, I googled and read it just now ? .

Till this point in time, I had seen a Rainbow and some double Rainbows. I had however, never seen a circular rainbow and frankly, it was the last thing on my mind when we came to this place. Anyways this evening, after trekking some 2 Kilometers, we came to this ridge to see Trishul. The weather however, was extremely cloudy and we missed it (and 2 evenings thereafter)

As we were waiting, hoping and praying for the clouds to clear up, this began happening to our front. The scene mesmerized us, and we for a few seconds could do nothing but stare at it. I always consider Rainbows as omens and was ecstatic at seeing a circular one.

I naturally wanted to capture this scene in whichever way possible and started shooting. So in this frame, I positioned myself exactly in the centre of the frame and took this shot. I have composed the rainbow directly in centre, as I want the viewer to see nothing but the rainbow. Quite frankly there is nothing else happening in the scene. In case if you are wondering, weather I went to touch the rainbow (and I so wanted to?), I could not because, beyond this green patch of grass is a steep drop of some 100 meters or so.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 32

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