This shot is from the middle of our trip, driving north from Santa Fe, NM to Denver, CO. We took the long route, to the west of the Rockies and then cutting over through them. Along the way, we drove through the San Luis Valley, a pretty empty stretch of grassland and ranchland bounded by mountains. We were chasing a rainstorm most of the way (and we eventually caught up with it), so evidence of the rain was everywhere, including this brilliant, clear and unobstructed rainbow (and its somewhat less clear, larger companion) in a grassfield to the east. The sun was out behind us, bathing the grass in a golden light, and there was no way I wasn't stopping the car to try to capture it.
The rainbows themselves were too big for the widest angle of my 18-55mm lens, so I had to stitch two shots together to get this one. I couldn't get more of that fence in due to the large crop sprinkler that started just out of frame and stretched down the road a ways (later shot).
The title is a reference to a structure much farther east, actually, which I've posted a shot of before: St. Louis, MO's beautiful Gateway Arch.
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ikeharel (46944) 2012-08-29 8:11
Beautiful rainbow, and a great catch, Andrew.
Perfect half circle, good depth , on field - of course.
anupam06 (753) 2012-08-29 8:31
Just yesterday, while driving back from work, sighted a rainbow rising up in the sky from one concrete jungle and falling in another but that was nothing like this one. This is stunningly beautiful with amazing light around and a double rainbow.. captured so well. Love the composition.
TFS & WR,
lousat (67057) 2012-08-29 8:32
Waaw Andrew,what a spectacle this double rainbow! Very rare to see,and the place too looks the best for a pic like this,fantastic colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
chrisvek (6997) 2012-08-29 8:48
You capture very well the rainbow here with these splendid colors and superb ligthning management.Very nice POV and excellent details.Well done!
Have a nice day
JFS (32457) 2012-08-29 8:55
Stunning image with amazing colors and forms, the light is just magic! I ,love it!
Noel_Byrne (16171) 2012-08-29 8:58
One rainbow is a charm, but two is really special. I think in my whole life, I've only seen a proper double rainbow two or three times, and they are usually in the most un photogenic places such as office parks or industrial estate. To catch this with the beautiful golden foreground is a real pleasure to behold. There appears to be a beautiful ligth emanating from the sky behind as well, which adds so much to the scene. Wonderful capture, and well worth chasing a storm for!
jemaflor (76568) 2012-08-29 9:47
Great light capture, perfect double rainbow, bravo ! So lovely photo, tfs.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-08-29 10:18
very lovely shot...
beautiful catch... great colours...
superb & lucky shot...
very attractive & excellent composition..
holmertz (33489) 2012-08-29 11:19
This must be one of the most perfect rainbows, or indeed double rainbows, I have seen. It's a marvellous view, and it's not just the rainbows but how you managed to find them in such a location with that golden field and those green hills below the dark sky. It's wonderful.
Jeppo (17637) 2012-08-29 12:23
what a wonderful double rainbow! I also love the contrast between the golden fields and the blue/grey sky
Highmountains (2255) 2012-08-29 13:25
Great composition. Not just by having both the ends of the semicircular rainbow within the frame; but by having the golden yellow grains flowing like waves in the wind being the base on which the multicoloured 'bridge' stands. The colours are heavily saturated and the effect of bright light on the fields gives an elevating charm to the photograph.
Thanks for sharing.
siudzi (28969) 2012-08-29 14:25
Amazing shot of this superb moment! Very well seen and executed with great saturation and color contrast. Lovely work!
rbellemare (2109) 2012-08-29 18:34
Before I open it I though looking at the thumbnail that I was looking at dome of some sort. It was actually a dome of light. Great shot, incredible shot.
mjw364 (6282) 2012-08-30 6:13
Great shot... contrast betweenthe gold and blue and an amazing double rainbow! Most definitely worth stopping the car for!
Nioe natural event captured.
abmdsudi (35282) 2012-08-30 7:44
This is magnificent, congrats on your excellent stitching job, so dramatic but pretty rare atmospheric event! (never seen in Singapore). Rainbows are not only a wonderful creation of Mother Nature but something to cheer up a brooding grey sky here. The striking contrast to warm field and the colours are indeed very significant in wonderful glow, dynamic and you were certainly in the right place at the right time. The power and impact is in the fact that the sharp stunning half-circle rainbows dominate the frame showing the huge base in relation the vastness of the landscape. This one speaks volumes of a time gone by and you have done a wonderful work capturing it, a rare on the move capture of nature beauty.
Great shot, Congrats
macjake (48333) 2012-08-30 21:43
its interesting to read that you had to stitch 2 photo's together, i would never have known - i'm not very good with that sort of thing.
its very rare to see a double rainbow, so you were in the right place at the right time.
the yellow field is an excellent addition, as is the contrasting grey sky.
halikarnas (6063) 2012-08-31 2:31
Zamanlama ve orada olmak büyük şans.
Tebrik edilecek bir fotoğraf.
InasiaJones (30736) 2012-08-31 22:05
I'm working on a packaging design project for a cereal brand right now, so I could use this photo on the side panel... :-p))
The subtlety of rainbows aren't always obvious to catch properly, but you've made it a double in this case. A spectacle from nature that you brilliantly caught.
Have a nice weekend!
Nard (6915) 2012-09-03 2:17
Nice rainbow and splendid light and colors on the field. The sky is really amazing and I like how the rainbow makes like a dome.
westcoastgirl1 (660) 2012-09-04 4:40
Yes, definitely worth stopping the car for! Double rainbows are difficult to find and you were lucky to have your camera on you. Wonderful atmospheric sky and good panoramic view! Aren't the best photos the unexpected ones?
delpeoples (50263) 2012-09-08 0:09
What a stunning decisive moment! One rainbow is always a treat, but here we have two full ones, one complimenting the other and contrasting beautifully with the golden crops. The grey sky contrasts well too. I have only one nit-pick and that is your choice of aperture. I know you were probably having to react quickly, so probably had it on Auto, and you rpobably know this already, but an aperture of f/8 to f/16 would have given you a much sharper image. But this is a small gripe, the image is stunningly beautiful and you got!
Cheers and have a beautiful weekend
chawax (17286) 2012-09-09 8:35
You caught a great moment here ! Not just one but two rainbow, wow ! The light is incredible and I love your symetric POV. You should have selected a f/8 or f/11 exposure to have better DOF and sharpness I think ;)
Have a nice day,
maloutim (9619) 2012-09-13 18:13
Whaouh ! I don't think I have ever seen such a perfect double rainbow like this !
The shot is just perfect over the hills, and the contrast between the darker sky and the golden field is stunning.
thebest (4202) 2012-09-14 15:58
A wonderful capture of a double rainbow - I the cloudy sky with the sun filtering through on the land bringing out the luscious golden tones.
Well done a nice image.
quovadis (924) 2012-09-15 23:45
Wow, what a beautiful stich !!!
great presentation, the rainbow gate is so inviting into the land of unknown horizon. The panoramic format helps a lot enjoy the landscape.
jmdias (49653) 2012-10-25 16:43
nice view of this double rainbow. I liked the colors of the sky contrasting with the golden fields. nice moment of nature. excellent image.
jcpix (8296) 2012-11-04 16:11
I like that you either took this as a panoramic or cropped it to be so, because it works perfectly. Great capture of the rainbows and I like the contrast of the yellow fields against the darkened sky. Your timing was impeccable on this shot, rainbows are fleeting most times. Well done!
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-12-04 5:38
Ola Andrew ,
Linda esta tua foto com esta planície e os dois arco-íris de fundo , belo momento muito bem capturado , belo contraste com o céu cinza , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
elenimavrandoni (11075) 2012-12-09 13:08
Somewhere over the rainbow!!!!!I can see the blue birds fly over these beautiful rainbow colors and the golden fields of the Midwest!Great moment, great capture of the special moment. Thanks for sharing Andrew!!!
kasianowak (3770) 2012-12-10 2:51
Wow! How come I haven't noticed this image before? Love the two rainbows and also the wonderful light in the foreground.
Glad you didn't give up and decided to use the technology to achieve this very wide shot!
Have a nice day
Miguel82 (16568) 2013-02-26 15:25
Wonderful shot, a rainbow coming over a golden color plain. Congratulations you were there at the right time
Superb contrast and sharpness
Have a nice day
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (6821)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-24
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D3100, *AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
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