A 4-day storm slowly began to clear one evening in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My family went to the beach hoping to see some sunshine. Soon after we arrived, the sun broke from the clouds while drizzle continued to fall from the sky. I thought I saw the beginnings of a Rainbow form as a small vertical strip comprised of a few of the spectrum’s colors started to appear just above the ocean’s horizon. As the vertical strip grew, I shouted to my two daughters to hurry and run to the top of the sand dune because a rainbow was about to form. As they got into position, I snapped several images of the girls standing on the dune before moving on to another shot. The strongest image of the series is submitted.
The goal was to shoot as many different scenes as possible while the rainbow was still brilliant. I captured about six different scenes over 8 minutes, with each scene having a potential hero shot captured. Two stand-alone images from this series have been submitted for review. Camera: Canon 5d Mark III, Canon EF 16-35 II USM, 17mm, ISO 400, f2.8, 1/100th. Prints: Epson 7900 with ImagePrint RIP on Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper.
There were several results: we experienced something none of us had ever witnessed, a full rainbow exhibit its complete/entire life-cycle. From the early stages of color, to the development of a full rainbow, to the formation of another, double rainbow, then the apex of the color, brilliance, and vividness. Finally, a slow waning effect begins that is still beautiful yet begins to get darker and less vivid until the final bit of the visible spectrum fades and the last few vertical swaths of light disappear forever. This experience instantly becomes a permanently fixed memory for future reflection and an amazing photograph for all to enjoy.