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Over the Rainbow

It is no secret that rainbows make fantastic landscape photographs, but how do you truly capture their magic? Ian Plant shares some invaluable advice

Who doesn’t love rainbows? Rainbows are a favorite of nature photographers and for good reason. Not only are they beautifully vibrant, representing all colors in the spectrum that can be seen by the human eye, but their graceful arcing shapes add compositional interest to photographs. Finding rainbows is a tough business however, and doing them justice even tougher.

But first, what is a rainbow? A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the atmosphere. Rainbows take the form of a multicolored arc, with red on the outer part of the arc and violet on the inner section. A rainbow that forms at sunrise or sunset will often …

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 56 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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