25 Outstanding Rainbow Images :: Digital Photo Secrets

25 Outstanding Rainbow Images

by David Peterson 4 comments

Rainbows are tricky to capture, because they come out of nowhere and don't discriminate about their surroundings. This means you need to act fast when you see a rainbow, and you need to make the best out of whatever landscape the rainbow has appeared in. Pay attention to your foreground and background, and try to change the rainbow's position by walking parallel to it. Most of all, keep shooting - the rainbow may get brighter or more intense as you're standing there. And while you're waiting for that once-in-a-lifetime rainbow shot, here are some outstanding rainbow photographs to inspire you.

[ Top image A gate of color by Flickr user Rob Orthen]

  • Canon EOS 350D Digital
  • 100
  • f/5.6
  • 0.013 sec (1/80)
  • 18 mm

Pot of gold by Flickr user snowyturner

    rainbow & 101 by Flickr user *dans

    Wailau Beach Rainbow by Flickr user Cornforth Images

    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • 200
    • f/9.0
    • 0.05 sec (1/20)
    • 17 mm

    180° Rainbow by Flickr user Angad

    • Canon EOS 450D
    • 200
    • f/11.0
    • 0.017 sec (1/60)
    • 18 mm

    Let There Be Light... And Let's Top It Up With A Rainbow... by Flickr user Ammar Kevin Eu

    Stormy Double Rainbow Sunset by Flickr user Cornforth Images

    • Canon EOS 5D
    • 100
    • f/5.6
    • 0.001 sec (1/1600)
    • 16 mm

    Do you ever dream? by Flickr user Garry - www.visionandimagination.com

    • Canon EOS 40D
    • 100
    • f/7.0
    • 0.001 sec (1/794)
    • 18 mm

    At the end of the rainbow by Flickr user Kaj Bjurman

    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • 100
    • f/8.0
    • 0.01 sec (1/100)
    • 40 mm

    One Storm, Two Rainbows and Almond Tree by Flickr user DavidFrutos

    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • 400
    • f/9.0
    • 0.004 sec (1/250)
    • 170 mm

    Somewhere over the rainbow by Flickr user kees straver (will be back online soon friends)

    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • 50
    • f/16.0
    • 0.3
    • 20 mm

    Rainbow and a wee boat - Ardtoe - Scotland by Flickr user angus clyne

    • Canon EOS 500D
    • 200
    • f/11.3
    • 0.003 sec (1/332)
    • 27 mm

    Pelangi Ramadhan by Flickr user AnNamir™ c[_]

    • Nikon D40X
    • 200
    • f/9.0
    • 0.002 sec (1/500)
    • 22 mm

    Bring it on......! by Flickr user Nicolas Valentin

    • Canon EOS 450D
    • 100
    • f/16.0
    • 0.033 sec (1/30)
    • 17 mm


    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • 100
    • f/11.0
    • 0.6
    • 21 mm

    Between the showers by Flickr user Páll Guðjónsson

    Laser-like (Explored 4/8/2013) by Flickr user jcc55883

    • Nikon D2X
    • 100
    • f/22.0
    • 20 mm

    Promise of a New Day by Flickr user James Neeley

    Gorgeous! by Flickr user méndez

    • Nikon D70S
    • 200
    • f/7.1
    • 0.02 sec (1/50)
    • 11 mm

    Asturias, arcoiris by Flickr user R.Duran

    The Rainbow of Istanbul (published on national geographic) by Flickr user MOSTAFA HAMAD | PHOTOGRAPHY

      Surfers under the Rainbow - Waikiki Beach - Honolulu - Hawaii by Flickr user ~ Floydian ~ 

      rainbow islands by Flickr user green.pit

      • Canon EOS 7D
      • 100
      • f/16.0
      • 0.6
      • 10 mm

      Golden Castle by Flickr user Dylan Toh

      • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
      • 1250
      • f/29.0
      • 0.025 sec (1/40)
      • 50 mm

      To be under a rainbow a good sign speak at us... #2 by Flickr user Gena Golovskoy

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      1. Lesley Grice says:

        Dear Peter

        we do not get many rainbows here in sunny Spain as we get very little rain and very rarely the two together. I am going to try and send you a photo of a complete rainbow taken in the Costa del Sol.

      2. Lesley Grice says:


        I think it must be a reflection of the rainbow. You can see the left "leg" is actually standing in the sea. The rainbow appears to be behind the small clouds. I have seen reflections similar to this, but not had a camera on me! More's the pity.

      3. David Peterson says:

        Hi Christo,

        Yes, that's a halo rather than a rainbow. But it's still caused by water reflecting off water/ice.


      4. Christo la Grange says:

        Awesome photos, I love rainbows.
        Something is not right in the fifth photograph (Title: "Let there be Light...")
        Rainbows always appear with the sun behind the observer, and in this photo the sun is in front of the camera. Can anyone please explain this.
        Thanks for all your photographic tips, I really enjoyed it.

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