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About the Moonbow

Cumberland Falls, KY

Taking Pictures of the Moon Rainbow

2019 & 2021 Cumberland Falls Moonbow Schedule

Kentucky Moonbow

Waterfalls in Kentucky

  The First Photo Attempt

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

DuPont Lodge

Moonbow and Lunar Rainbow Links

Current Moon Rainbow Pictures


Cumberland Falls Moonbow 

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Click for Corbin, Kentucky Forecast

 A rainbow around the Moon is called a halo.

 Cumberland Falls Anti-Litter Campaign

Fifth Annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup

The Pollution of Cumberland Falls



Cumberland Falls, Ky

at near Flood Stage



Photographing the moonbow


Photographing the Moonbow

NEW: How To Photograph the Moonbow with a Smartphone



One of the earlier Moon Rainbow Photos Made at Cumberland Falls _March 2003 xx

Scroll /Click on the Moon Rainbow Photos above for some night photography tips

A moon rainbow (also known as a moonbow, lunar rainbow, lunar bow, or white rainbow) is a rainbow produced by the moon rather than the sun. Moon rainbows are relatively faint, due to the smaller amount of light from the Moon. They are always in the opposite part of the sky from the moon.

How to Photograph the Moonbow


First digital attempt. Click here for the digital settings used.

Doing like the park suggested. A good and sturdy tripod. Camera with a Manual exposure mode. F4 aperture with a 4 minute exposure except I'm using 800 speed film instead of the 400 mentioned on the old sign at the park. The park suggests you use fast film . Flash photography doesn't work. Just do a few practice shots on a moonlit night to see what your camera can do. Digital works well. It is difficult for the human eye to discern colors in a moonbow because the light is usually too faint to excite the cone color receptors in human eyes. As a result, they often appear to be white. However, the colors in a moon rainbow do appear in long exposure photographs.

Current Camera settings for film and digital.

There is a trick to focus a Camera to take the Moonbow Pictures.

If you look through the view finder, it will be dark. Select the link above for the trick.


The best place to view the moonbow and setup your camera is the upper level{the lower level is a good spot, too}, but any place around the waterfall is a good place to see the moon rainbow. Make sure the source of moon light {the Moon} is behind you. It depends on where the moon rises and the other factors on where the moon rainbow starts and which direction it moves. The length of the moonbow viewing time depends on the moon's path and the other listed factors.[possibly scrolling at the bottom of your browser]

The Full Moon rises at sunset.

NEW: Photographing the Moonbow with a Smartphone



  Checklist for taking a good picture of the moonbow


 Predicting Moonlight Brightness for Night Landscape Photography


Free Night Photography Lesson




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