Arc en ciel

Why oh why has this blog post got a French headline? The reason is simple: Arc en ciel means rainbow in French and this picture was taken, yup, you guessed it, on a rainy day in France.

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A rainbow, arc en ciel in French, photographed in Northern France shortly before there was a heavy storm that flooded our car.

We’ve not long returned from a few days near Boulogne sur Mer in Northern France. The weather wasn’t all that great so I didn’t get out too much with my camera but I did manage to snap this image of a rainbow shortly before there was a full-on storm during which a huge amount of rain fell.

Unfortunately, our car had developed a slightly bizarre fault and was no longer water tight. Once the rain had stopped I went to take a look and to my horror, the footwells in the front were full of water where it had leaked.  Needless to say, I had to bale the water out and on our return to the UK, the car was swiftly sent to the dearlership for repairs!

It’s not my best photograph but when I was reviewing the pictures the thumbnail leapt out at me. The picture is a little on the dark side and I did try rectifying this using Photoshop but after a couple of attempts, I decided not too. It was taken shortly before there was a storm so to have lightened up the dark clouds would have removed something authentic from the image.

Did you get away during the summer holidays? Did you see a rainbow like this or have to deal with a flooded car?

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32 Comments

  1. August 26, 2018 / 5:15 am

    I have never seen a rainbow with such defined colours awesome shot John hope the car dried out #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:26 am

      If I had edited the background, those colours would have disappeared. Glad you liked it and yes, the car has been repaired and dried out but it smells bad!

  2. August 26, 2018 / 5:45 am

    What a fabulous photo! Apparently there was an amazing rainbow here a couple of days ago and I totally missed it. So sorry to hear about your car, that must have been a bit of a shock.

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:27 am

      A Cotswolds rainbow! The best kind! Shame you missed it but good luck snapping the next one you see. And yes, the car being flooded was a bit of a shock.

  3. August 26, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Nature’s beauty captured beautifully. Great shot! 📸 #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:27 am

      I like this comment, sure is nature at its best. really glad you enjoyed the pic.

  4. August 26, 2018 / 6:38 am

    Normally I think everything sounds better in French but it doesn’t work for rainbow. The colours In you’re picture are amazing. Sorry to hear about your car though, hope it was easily fixed. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:24 am

      Oh my word, you don’t like ‘arc en ciel’?? I’m rather taken by it! Well at least we can agree the colours are great. And yes, that car of ours has been repaired although it smells bad.

  5. August 26, 2018 / 6:59 am

    Regardless of the photo quality, the colours of that rainbow are so vibrant what a great rainbow, sorry, arc en ciel!

    I hope your cars being repaired and doesnt leak again! #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:23 am

      Yes, car has been repaired! The colours just jumped out at me as I was reviewing the thumbnails.

  6. August 26, 2018 / 7:36 am

    That is an incredible rainbow, the colours are all there clear as can be, it must have been a real downpour that followed.

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:22 am

      Oh it was a spectacular downpour that followed Fiona! Glad you like the image though. Leaving it unedited was the best decision I think.

  7. August 26, 2018 / 8:15 am

    Wowsers that’s an amazing rainbow shot – mine are always rubbish! #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:21 am

      Mine are usually rubbish too. A certain amount of luck was involved I think!

  8. August 26, 2018 / 9:28 am

    I think this photo looks great unedited. That rainbow is a real winner. Great shot. And sorry to hear about your car – I hope there wasn’t too much damage. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:21 am

      Thank you Victoria, yes, on this occasion unedited has worked well I feel. When I tried adjusting the background the rainbow lost some of its pazzaz.

  9. August 26, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Hi John, I have this image of you baling the car out whilst the family look on. I hope it didn’t smell too bad as it dried out, Our car smells awful when I forget to close the windows and it rains, yet I still forget!… I think you were right leaving the photo as it was, the rainbow really pops against the dark sky. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a rainbow, but then it’s not rained much recently, hopefully, in the winter we’ll see one or two… We don’t have time for summer breaks, but fingers crossed that the planned walking trip goes ahead in the winter, it’s the carrot that keeps us going.

    #MySundayPhoto

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:20 am

      That image you have in your head is reasonably accurate Debbie! And yes, the car smells!

      I’ev had a few comments saying I was right to leave the background as it was. I htink it was the right thing to do as it makes the rainbow colours stand out.

  10. August 26, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Gorgeous photo, I’ve never captured a rainbow so full of colour.

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:18 am

      I just had to take the photo Darren. I didn’t actually think it was all that good at first but when I reviewed the thumbnails it jumped out at me.

  11. August 26, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    What a pretty rainbow! The colours are so clear.
    That sounds such a nightmare with the car.

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:18 am

      Rarely do you get to see rainbows like this, right? The car has now been repaired, although it does have something of a damp smell to it!

  12. August 26, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    It’s a brilliant photo with a very vibrant rainbow against a very nice blue sky. It doesn’t look doomy at all. Sorry about your car though, that sounds very wet. Hope they manage to fix the leak for you!

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:15 am

      Yes, I simply couldn’t mess around with the sky too much in the end. It was an integral part of the photo.

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:15 am

      I felt it was a photographic opportunity not to be missed.

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:14 am

      Thanks, the colours do stand out well I think.

  13. August 27, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    I like the french name for rainbow. It’s pretty! Sorry about your car, what a pain!!

    #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:14 am

      Yes, the French for rainbow is a great phrase isn’t it? The car has now been repaired!

  14. August 30, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Sorry to hear about the car, what a nightmare. I do love that rainbow. That is incredible. Look at the colours. Just perfect. x

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 6:11 am

      The car is now fixed but it was a complication I could have lived without!