BANFF 2017 - DAY 4 PART 2
Arcs and Snow
Link to full sized imaged: http://www.tom-hill.biz/Galleries/Scenics/Canada/i-fR5NSJn/A
This was my last full day in Banff and it didn't disappoint.
After spending the whole morning shooting images with Lake Louise as the main subject--See images from "Banff 2017 - Day 4 Part 1"--I thought I was done for the morning. While packing away my gear in the car in the parking lot I saw the sundog just above the trees. I've only seen this when it was particularly cool and with the right mixture of ice/moisture in the air combined with clear, calm weather. While seeing a sundog is neat enough, I was completely surprised to see a colorful arc around the sun. While I've seen plenty of these arcs up north, it's rare for me to see colorful ones like this. But, there was more, there were two halo's around the sun. A double halo. That's special.
This article as a good description of these halos:
It seems there are 22 deg and 46 deg halos. These two halos can combine to make it look like there's a double rainbow around the sun. Remember, classic rainbows associated with rain showers are seen facing away from the sun. What you're seeing here is towards the sun, the opposite direction from where you look for regular rainbows.
I spent a least hour in the parking lot trying different compositions hoping to get something unique. The really tight shots of the sundog with the trees were my favorites. But, I realized they would've been too abstract to really connect to people. That connection can be really important to the success of images. The first picture here looks like a classic rainbow which is an easy connection for most people. Having the rainbow with the icy mountains and snow is a bit unusual.