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The graceful arc of a rainbow over Sullivan's Island

Chasing the Rainbow

Considering the image:  Today proved especially tough and I was just out for a quick drive in the rain, hopeful of finding anything worth photographing besides a dull, wet road.  I had gotten a couple of images of a huge freight liner entering the harbor.   And I was in the process of shooting the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse in the late afternoon sunset just out of the frame to camera right when I looked up and saw this double rainbow spreading out over the horizon.  There were several people running out to the beach to catch an image of the rainbow.   I quickly set up and shot about 45 frames before heading off to a meeting.  Just when things look gray and stormy, nature has a way of brightening things up!

Making the photograph:  This was the first instance during this project where I truly wished for equipment I didn’t have in my bag.  I had my trusty old EF 24mm f/2.8 mounted on the Canon 40D, but it just couldn’t capture the entire arc of the rainbow.  I’m pretty sure the EF 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 could have done the job, but I don’t own one yet.  So instead of shooting horizontal shots, I composed vertically and looked for leading lines in the photo.  Here I have the line of palm trees leading to the base of the rainbow where we discover the people chasing it.  The warm colors in this photograph are natural and due to the sun setting behind us where the storm had broken over Charleston and the sun was shining brightly, creating this wonderful rainbow against the receding clouds.  Post processing consisted of simple curves, brightness/contrast, and sharpening layers.

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Written by Brian Fancher

May 4, 2010 at 9:29 pm

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