Week 8 – Rainbow in Costa Rica



The definition of a rainbow is “an arch of colors formed in the sky in certain circumstances, caused by the refraction and dispersion of the sun’s light by rain or other water droplets in the atmosphere”.

We have all witnessed rainbows from time to time and I have also photographed many rainbows over the years. What makes this one special for me is the fact that I am looking down on it from a high point on a road and that there is something of interest under the rainbow. Typically, most rainbows that I have seen are high in the sky. While the rainbows themselves are still beautiful there is little else for the eye to see.

When I look at this image my eye goes first to the rainbow and from there I take a quick glance around the scene. Then I notice what appears to be a corn field in the foreground that falls away downhill to settle on new crops planted on a mound or small hill. The freshly tilled soil makes the new crops really stand out. Beyond that small mound of freshly planted crops I notice a road curving through the trees with houses below it and more houses above it. All of this fits neatly under the rainbow. The sky is a pleasant blue-grey with a hint of a reflection of the rainbow in the sky itself. So unlike most rainbow compositions, there is much to look at in this image.

The rainbow was in Costa Rica along the road from Grecia to Fortuna. The trip was composed of eight photographers, arranged and led by Darcy Pino (www.darcysphotography.com). Darcy lives in Georgia but grew up in Costa Rica and does a wonderful job of arranging and leading her photo trips. John Mariana, who also lives in Georiga, (www.marianaphotography.com) was a co-leader.

Technical data:

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 body with a Lumix G Vario 12-35 mm f/2.8 lens set at 12 mm.
  • ISO of 200 and shutter speed of 1/500 sec. at f/7.1.
  • Taken January 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM