How to photograph Rainbows?


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How do you capture the full spectrum of colours from a rainbow?

Saw a rare and nice one sometime on 21st Mar when I was around Bukit Timah area, but when I try to make a shot, usually only one or two colors turned up in the photos - eg. can only see an orange arc instead of the full color spectum. I tried a few different whitebalances, but dont seem to be able to capture what I see. :cry:

Hai...dunno when can see a rainbow in Singapore again...
 

navlem

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I'm not sure too, my rainbow captures are mostly proper..

Maybe try metering for the sky, shoot in raw.
 

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I don't remember doing anything special. I just adjusted pic control to vivid and took the shot as per normal.
 

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How do you capture the full spectrum of colours from a rainbow?

Saw a rare and nice one sometime on 21st Mar when I was around Bukit Timah area, but when I try to make a shot, usually only one or two colors turned up in the photos - eg. can only see an orange arc instead of the full color spectum. I tried a few different whitebalances, but dont seem to be able to capture what I see. :cry:

Hai...dunno when can see a rainbow in Singapore again...
normally we just aim n shoot! :)

perhaps u like to show us the image?
 

pat33

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Why dont you post your shot. Its might be easier to offer comments and advice after looking at it.
 

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Lolrence

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Normally, I'm lazy... I'll just meter at the colours, then shoot, and pump up the saturation in Photoshop :)

But rightfully, you should meter for the greens (grass/trees) since they are close to 18% grey.

:)
 

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Noob question here: if I resort to the Kelvin scale, what setting should I go for? (normally I will first meter the sky )
Use the Kelvin value that is appropriate for your situation :) - The WB setting also depends on the time of the day as light is changing. I suggest you better stick to the generic presets like "Daylight", "Cloudy" etc. Use Kelvin only if you got the exact colour temperature, e.g. when using specific light equipment.
 

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