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On Saturday I made one last trip to capture what was left of the fall colors before the Mid-Atlantic and points north were hit by Hurricane Sandy. As I was driving through the back roads of Northern Virginia there was an incredible sight which I have never experienced before. Surrounding the sun was a complete ring. Even then, over 3 days before the eye of the storm was scheduled to make landfall, the effects were already beginning to be seen. This ring is known as a sunbow. It had formed as the sunlight was reflecting in the ice crystals in the cirrus clouds of the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy. At the time this was taken I was probably over 700 miles from the eye of the storm which gives you an idea just how large Sandy really is.
To capture this shot I needed to find a large open space but with some trees on the edge to anchor the image. It is taken with a 10-20mm lens at about 16mm, which with my D300S and the 1.5 multiplier from the DX sensor, is the equivalent of a 24mm lens. Not only is the storm incredibly large, but so was this sunbow. The shot is almost straight out of the camera with just a slight increase in contrast in Lightroom.