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In this huge guide I teach you how to understand, observe, photograph and paint optical phenomena of the sky! It covers the ordinary rainbow, a few special types of rainbows and the most common halos.
All pictures used in this guide are speedpaintings I made as I went along creating the individual pages.

Warning: You will never look at the sky with the same eyes again :aww:

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Edit: Here is the link to wolframalpha I talk about on page 7, so you can find out how the sun moves at your location.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-03-31
The Great Skywatcher Guide by *DarkSilverflame

This tutorial was suggested to receive a Daily Deviation by the following deviants:

*caninelove says, "It's more than just a tutorial, it's a complete and amazing guide, nice to look at and makes you want to start practicing right away!"

~aymiu says, "A really unique subject, very informational. This deviant wrote and drew all the words and diagrams and by doing so, the tutorial looks more friendly and we get to admire his wonderful handwriting."

~ParkJ says, "An amazing guide on rainbows and halos that left me speechless and made me want to go outside and look for them. It is well made, has a charming design and is the only one of it's kind I found on dA. It deserves to be seen!"

~Singarl says, "Enlightening in the true sense of the word!"

~namu-the-orca says, "This lovely tutorial explains and shows rainbows, halos and other beautiful phenomena of the sky like no other. Like the artist says: You will never look at the sky with the same eyes again."

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MayEbony Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow.  This is the most interesting, and well-explained (and diagrammed) thing I've ever read.  Thank you so much for all of your knowledge, your willingness to share, and all of the hard work putting the tutorial together!
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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free-to-be-Gee Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this thing. :dalove: Thank you :)
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :)
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Kai-Dragoness Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
im surprised you didnt touch on the subject of moonbows!! but nonetheless this is quite the intricate tutorial
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I did, on page 3. But moonbows are the same as ordinary rainbows, just with a different light source.
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Kai-Dragoness Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i could have sworn they just show directly around the moon though lol as a full circle, unless that was some other sky phenomena 
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rainbows are not seen in the direction of the light source. What you are referring to was likely a 22 halo. Are you sure you actually read this guide? :D
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Kai-Dragoness Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I read through it again, but when I googled 'moonbow' it showed images of rings around the moon so I was confused :X
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, most people get these things wrong all the time.
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