by Najeer Yusof
SOME of you might have been lucky enough to see the double rainbow that coloured the skies last Friday (Sept 30), while the majority of you only saw photos of it on your social media feed. Rainbows are a rarely occurring phenomenon, as it requires a couple of conditions. There has to be moisture in the sky, the sun has to be at a low angle along the horizon, and the sky has to be clear and not cloudy. Only if these conditions are met, the sun rays reflect off the water droplets in the sky to create a rainbow.
However, what makes last Friday’s rainbow even more special, was the presence of a double rainbow. This only happens when the sun rays reflect twice within water droplets. The second rainbow then appears, but with a fainter shade and its colour are in a reverse order. The last time the double rainbow appeared in Singapore was in July last year.
Capturing this phenomenon and keeping the picture as a memento is a must. Using a wide angle lens would be ideal to capture the entire rainbow in your shot. When doing so, you could position an interesting subject in the center of the rainbow. These may include a building or a tree, and doing so provides a scale for comparison. Another way to compose these shots would be to use the rule of thirds. You could position the start and end of the rainbow such that it coincides with interesting subjects, while only taking up a portion of the frame.
Here are some example photos of the rainbow seen last Friday:
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