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The Prismatic Beacon
The Prismatic Beacon
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Challenge: Best of 2010 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Iceland
Date: Oct 18, 2010
Date Uploaded: Feb 13, 2011

I have so many choices from 2010 but i picked this one because it was a "once in a lifetime shot". It was taken on a boat heading to Grimsey Island.

you can see more of my Iceland & Europe pics on my website www.justinblackphotos.com =)

Statistics
Place: 34 out of 429
Avg (all users): 6.5027
Avg (commenters): 7.6154
Avg (participants): 6.4777
Avg (non-participants): 6.6333
Views since voting: 1159
Views during voting: 331
Votes: 187
Comments: 17
Favorites: 3 (view)


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02/24/2011 11:36:12 AM
Cool shot! My best guess is that you captured just a small piece of a rainbow probably made from a very small band of precipitation. This lines up well with the fact that stratocumulus clouds produce such small bands of precip, and those are what are being illuminated. The raindrops that formed this bow are also non-uniformly spherical as there is no evidence of any supernumerary banding next to the blue. It appears as though the sun was probably to your back maybe over your right shoulder a little to suggest the anti-solar point was to the left of the shot which makes sense to the angle at which the colors are banked towards. I am also thinking based on the angle of the bow, the sun had to have been pretty low in the sky when you took this, as the angle of inclination looks to be rather significant for a rainbow, probably around 30 or 40 degrees.

Long story short, cool shot! I'd be curious to see the original too! I'm a meteorology undergrad so atmospheric photography is kind of my thing. Kudos!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2011 09:18:17 PM
Love the composition here!
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02/20/2011 08:27:13 PM
Unusual and interesting lighting taking this out of the ordinary sea/cloud shot.
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02/20/2011 02:55:02 PM
What nd amazingly cool capture.
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02/20/2011 12:12:54 PM
What a fascinating shot!
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02/19/2011 01:43:29 PM
Very inspirational looking. (voted earlier)
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02/18/2011 12:23:06 AM
This is superb!!! I keep coming back to it. If this doesn't win the blue......

10!
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02/17/2011 10:10:39 PM
Quite an amazing image. I cannot get over the light.
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02/17/2011 11:12:10 AM
Epic is the first word that came to mind, when I saw this. Unbelievably dramatic. Well done.
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02/17/2011 10:47:24 AM
wow...such colors and what a moment to capture
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02/16/2011 09:41:26 PM
Really stands out amongst the land and seascapes IMO, excellent work.
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02/16/2011 04:39:03 AM
Great capture, love the contrast in the clouds.
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02/15/2011 10:40:45 PM
amazing
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02/15/2011 07:31:51 PM
THis is really magnificent, but I think you should've cropped about 5 cm from the top, but that won't change the score for you, I still really love it.
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02/15/2011 04:47:04 PM
Lovely cloud formation. Moody shot.
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02/14/2011 03:11:55 PM
wow!
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02/14/2011 07:57:56 AM
great colour and drama
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