Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Habitats & Landscapes Category) - Rainbows

This challenge closed over 4 years ago.

The Challenge

The 12th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

For this challenge please add your images of RAINBOWS.

Interesting Facts

> A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines on to droplets of moisture in the Earth’s atmosphere. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc.

> Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.

> In a so-called “primary rainbow” (the lowest, and also normally the brightest rainbow) the arc of a rainbow shows red on the outer (or upper) part of the arc, and violet on the inner section. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted then reflected once in droplets of water.

> In a double rainbow, a second arc may be seen above and outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed (red faces inward toward the other rainbow, in both rainbows). This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets. The region between a double rainbow is dark, and is known as “Alexander’s band” or “Alexander’s dark band”. The reason for this dark band is that, while light below the primary rainbow comes from droplet reflection, and light above the upper (secondary) rainbow also comes from droplet reflection, there is no mechanism for the region between a double rainbow to show any light reflected from water drops.

> It is impossible for an observer to manoeuvre to see any rainbow from water droplets at any angle other than the customary one (which is 42 degrees from the direction opposite the Sun). Even if an observer sees another observer who seems “under” or “at the end” of a rainbow, the second observer will see a different rainbow further off-yet, at the same angle as seen by the first observer. Thus, a “rainbow” is not a physical object, and cannot be physically approached.

> A rainbow spans a continuous spectrum of colours; the distinct bands (including the number of bands) are an artefact of human colour vision, and no banding of any type is seen in a black-and-white photo of a rainbow (only a smooth gradation of intensity to a maximum, then fading to a minimum at the other side of the arc). For colours seen by a normal human eye, the most commonly cited and remembered sequence, in English, is Newton’s sevenfold red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (popularly memorized by mnemonics like Roy G. Biv). However, colour-blind persons will see fewer colours.

> Rainbows can be caused by many forms of airborne water. These include not only rain, but also mist, spray, and airborne dew.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite.

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will get to choose the theme for the next challenge, have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time and become a featured member.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.

Additional Information

ENTRIES MUST BE ADDED TO THE GROUP FIRST OR BE DELETED FROM THE CHALLENGE.

NO HUMANS, HUMAN MADE OBJECTS, PETS, DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK

Cover Image: Rainbows... by LindaR

Completed

The Top Ten

Rainbows... by LindaR

Rainbows... by LindaR was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 8 votes.

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  • A  RAINBOW  by RoseMarie747
  • Rainbow Air, Ghost Trees by A.M. Ruttle
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