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Image No. MP 4D
Spectacular "double" rainbow over Pauatahanui Inlet as seen from Motukaraka Point. This image was taken with the 24.6 megapixel Sony Alpha A900 camera using the Carl Zeiss F2.8 24-70mm lens.

It is interesting that, in this photograph, you can see a secondary rainbow outside the primary bow. This phenomenon is described in "Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia" as follows:

"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."

 Shown below, the double rainbow photograph has been cropped so that it can be printed as a wide panorama. This is a nice alternative to the double bow presentation, but it can show only the primary bow.

 

 

 












Rainbow Over Pauatahanui Inlet as Seen From Motukaraka Point

Click  here  to see more images taken at Motukaraka Point and to go to the index of all the images taken at the Pauatahanui Inlet.

Click  here  to see a blog about triptych photography and how a triptych can be made from the image above.

To obtain the best appreciation of the quality of the images on this site, they should be displayed at a relatively small size, because each image has been reduced in size to a maximum width of only 870 pixels. In addition, the images have been saved at a low quality setting.


Motukaraka Point Rainbow Single Bow
Image No. MP 4S
Rainbow at Motukaraka Point