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Yosemite Falls Moonbow

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 24 April 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

A lunar rainbow is a rare sight. If one's eyes are sensitive enough to the night sky, one may spot a faint outline of the bow, usually in black-and-white. However, last Friday evening, a steady wind was blowing the mist at the base of Yosemite Falls, and a 99% full moon rose in a direct line with the lower falls. Thanks to the lack of reciprocity failure in digital capture, a 6-second exposure at ISO 1600 at f2.8 allowed for the lunar rainbow to appear! The hardest part of capturing this image was dealing with other photographers and sightseers! Once I secured a spot to place my tripod, I had to try my best to keep my lens clean of the blowing mist. A frustrating experience led to a marvelous capture! To see more of my work, purchase a copy of my book On the Edge, or to learn more about my workshops, please visit my website at

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 6 seconds F/2.8 ISO 1600 35 mm

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