Double Rainbow

I was sitting at home today, playing with the newly received Fuji gear, when my brother stormed into the house and told me to go outside and see the rainbow. I grabbed the Fuji X-E1, with the Zeiss 12mm mounted on it and ran towards my car. I drove about a mile north to an open area and took the below shot:

Full Rainbow

X-E1 @ 12mm, ISO 200, 1/105, f/5.6

It was a full double rainbow, but the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 just could not fit the whole thing in the frame. I set the X-E1 to Aperture Priority mode, ISO 200, f/5.6, then snapped away without any other adjustments. The exposure was spot on, so I did not have to go through exposure adjustments when processing the RAW file. Post-processing was quick – I only adjusted Contrast and Clarity under the Basic Panel, then boosted Saturation level to +10. White Balance was not touched, so the camera pretty much just nailed it. Cloned out a couple of distractions in the frame, then exported the image at 1024 pixels for the web and applied some sharpening.

So far I am in love with the X-E1, although I have only been shooting with it for a couple of days.

More to come!


  1. 1) JB
    August 1, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I’m excited to hear what you have to say about all the Fuji gear you just got…

    I may have missed it, but have you also used the X100S, Sir? How does it perform when it comes to taking nature shots and landscapes?

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:03 am

      Thank you JB!

      I have tried the X100 before, but not the X100s. I have been waiting for the X100s availability for a while now – that camera is tough to find! I was not very excited about the X100 initially, but that was the very first production and the camera was buggy as hell. Most issues have been addressed via firmware by now, so I bet I will like the X100s a lot as well. My only gripe is the lens – I like to have the versatility of an interchangeable lens system…

      • 1.1.1) JB
        August 1, 2013 at 2:25 am

        An interchangeable lens system would make it perfect… I just want to say, I’m asking about the X100s because it seems to be the next camera for me (after an unfortunate incident compromising my beloved Nikon D80+35mm setup). It may not cover as much of the double rainbow as your x-e1+12mm (!), but I assume it should be good for most situations…

        Thanks for your input, Sir! More power!

      • 1.1.2) Luc Poirier
        August 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        Hi Nasim
        Look at the X-Pro1, it has the interchangeable lenses at around 600$ à piece. I am trying to make my mind if I will buy one for travelling photography. The price is steep (2000$) for one lens but the quality is outstanding for an APS-C format. The only thing that hold me now is that many claims that it has problems to focus in low-light situations, with the lens hunting quite a bit.

        Have a good day

      • 1.1.3) JKan
        August 1, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        Just got back from Japan with my new x100s! Got the last one from a camera store in Kyoto, even Japan is running out of stock left and right.

        The x100s is a beast of a camera. The sensor is absolutely amazing. I feel like it’s even has a better sensor than my d3… (solely sensor wise, and it’s not really fair for a 2013 vs 2007). The handling of the camera is fine, everything is fairly easy to get to.

        Only complains for me is the manual focus with the range finder style (split image). It’s hard to tell rather the subject is really in focus or not…

  2. 2) Pete
    August 1, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Great Photo!
    I recently purchased the fujifilm hs50exr mega zoom and I have been very happy with it. I returned the canon Sx50, comparable model, due to poor autofocus results and was very pleased with the fuji’s overall quality and many dslr features.

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:12 am

      Pete, looks like Fuji has been on a roll lately with all of these fantastic cameras!

  3. August 1, 2013 at 2:16 am

    What a shot, absolutely superb. Nasim, you are guilty of making me reconsider my whole attitude towards my kit :-) I recently bought a Nikon Coolpix P7700 and am enjoying the flexibility of a small camera with its articulated screen which gives me a lighter more flexible option. The image quality is very good too. I enjoy my D800 with the pro lenses and have spent the summer using it to its full ability. However, I am now considering more flexible lighter options which I think may match the quality of my D800 and lenses. I would however keep my D7100 and long lenses for wildlife until other options appear. I am becoming excited about the world of quality CSC cameras and what they can offer me. I am not over the moon with the Nikon V1 and Nikon must step up to the plate to keep me on board or otherwise I will jump ship.

    Please keep posting and further inflate my enthusiasm. You are doing good work exploring the options, as indeed Darrell Young is too. As for smartphones taking over from dSLR’s or even advanced compacts and CSC’s that’s for the “other” world where the social media “snappers” live.


  4. 4) Indrajeet Singh
    August 1, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Wow! Great shot, perfect comp. Thanks for showing.

  5. August 1, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Superb shot Nasim. I think the golden light and colour of ambient helped a lot to get a dreamy sensation. Congratulations

  6. 6) Marcin
    August 1, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Yes, it is really stunning.

    Couldn’t help it, but one dialogue immediately comes to my mind:
    “-Hey Stan, did you see the rainbow this morning?
    -Yeah, it was huge…”


  7. 7) Carmelo
    August 1, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Awesome picture, Nasim!

  8. 8) David B
    August 1, 2013 at 8:44 am

    everyone I know including myself has been in love with xe 1 it is so addictive. U don’t even need to shoot raw. I put up my Olympus omd for sale. My full frame kit is not been used either. It I’d all Fuji lately. I bought cheap adapters abd also use it with some legacy lenses like nikon 100mm series e 2.8 and couple of konica lenses. Nasim u r going to want to sleep with this camera

  9. August 1, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Nasim, Stunning capture! And, very much looking forward to hearing the rest of the Fuji X-E1 story. Thank you for all you research and share with us.

  10. 10) steve
    August 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Very Nice !! love the “amber waves of grain” feel.
    Ive been extremely pleased with the Zeiss 12mm lens

  11. 11) Moira
    August 1, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Stunning photo, love the lighting – almost surreal. Would have been nice to see all of both rainbows since it is not everyday you see a double rainbow. Great photo, though.

  12. 12) Jorge Balarin
    August 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Great shot !!

  13. August 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    WOW, fabulous photo — love the subject and the golden light!

  14. 14) Ting Tian
    August 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Nasim, firstly I will put my question here to make it noticeable.”Do you have any recipe on processing Fuji raws? ”

    Then my comment:
    Nice shot! I have owned the fuji x-e1 since it firstly got released. I absolutely love this camera both as a powerful work horse at it own, and as a perfect daily camera besides my D800,D700, and V1. The white balance and color rendering is just amazingly good straight from the camera, not to mention the awesome film simulation function as extra sauce.

    However, I still have a headache with my X-E1: raw processing. Adobe camera raw doesn’t have any camera profile preset for fuji cameras, and it is not producing good details neither. This issue bothered me so much that I pretty much just use JPG from my X-E1 all the time. Same thing happened to my Fuji S3pro DSLR too. I do like the excellent JPG quality from Fuji, but I am still looking for a better workflow for Fuji camera raw files.

    Do you have any recipe on processing Fuji raws? It will be awesome if you can teach us fuji raw processing when you have time. Color difference and detail reproduction ability in adobe camera raw is a well-known challenge to many fuji users.

    Thank you very much!

    • 14.1) Richard
      August 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Sorry to butt in, but is this any use to you. Take a look at Iridient Digital’s website


      • 14.1.1) Ting Tian
        August 6, 2013 at 12:20 am

        Thank you Richard! I will give it a try.

  15. 15) Patrick
    August 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Great shot Nasim,

    I really like the contrast of the rain against the bright colors of the Rainbow.

    I think mirrorless has some future.

    • 15.1) Richard
      August 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      I think mirrorless in the context of CSC cameras is slowly coming of age, however with DSLR’s someone apart from Sony has to make that leap unless that market is to remain 4/3rds. A collaboration between Nikon and Sony makes no sense. The problem is the lenses, because making any sort of mirrorless camera would almost definitely make current Nikon or Canon lenses a nonsense in terms of crop factors! One things for sure, it’s going to be an interesting few years ahead.

  16. August 11, 2013 at 10:13 am

    You are such a great photographer, Nasim. I really love your photos, especially landscape shots. Sorry if it sounds inappropriate, but I really think you should concentrate on the photo technique-oriented articles and care much less about gear reviews. There are literally hundreds of gear reviews, but there are not too many photographers that can shoot the way you do.

  17. August 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Nasim, wonderful photos as always. I love my Fuji X-E1, purchased it in March this year, the image, the ISO performance (less noise), the white balance and the dynamic range are excellent. It has became my day to day camera. The rainbow photos shows exactly why I love the Fuji X series camera.

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