Kurtis Sutley  


Opportunity lost by Kurtis Sutley

August 2019 - Opportunity lost

About the Image(s)

This was day five of a Serengeti photo trip. We had two trucks and
our pro instructor was pointing out the baboons we had just photographed.
When we turned back the rainbow was behind them. Their loss was our gain. I
used a Canon 6D Mk Ii with a Tamron 150-600 mm F/5-6.3 Di VC G2 @ 150 mm
using Aperture Priority. Camera was set F/7.1, ISO 640 and 1/1600 sec.
Processing in Lightroom involved a "Standard" profile with shadows pulled
out and highlights reduced.


This round’s discussion is now closed!
13 comments posted

Alec Chester   Alec Chester
Love this rainbow! And what a setting particularly with the Jeep placed where it is. I think it could be a little darker and maybe it is when viewed on your computer. Here is a darker version:   Posted: 08/07/2019 08:26:11
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Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
(Groups 35 & 52)
The rainbow is stunning, Kurtis. You captured the whole spectrum I see. Have you considered using the gradient tool in LR to enhance the sky? After you get the gradient where you want it I would suggest moving the exposure slider down and adding a bit of clarity and saturation. No too much though...you have a nice realisitc image here and, in my opinion, it should not be overprocessed. Nice capture!   Posted: 08/10/2019 08:15:31
Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
I added a gradient filter down just pat the horizon and then reduced exposure by .25. I then increased clarity but the real change came with the increase in saturation.   Posted: 08/14/2019 07:05:51
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Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
(Groups 35 & 52)
I like what you have done with it. My eye stays with the rainbow now instead of being pulled down to the white vehicle. I see a tiny artifact at the top right edge. Those sometimes happen as a result of post processing. If you are going to use this image for competition you can just clone it out or do a tiny crop. There is nothing like amazing light to make a great image, is there?   Posted: 08/14/2019 11:11:12
Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
Nothing like good light. Great catch on the artifact. Seriously, I thought I'd done a borer patrol but I missed that.   Posted: 08/14/2019 16:45:05

Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
Wonderful capture of the rainbow and its colors, especially with the jeep anchoring the story from below. A bit of darkening or enhancement of the sky could make the rainbow really pop.

I would love to see your capture of the baboons!

  Posted: 08/10/2019 11:49:23
Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
Didn't get a lot of the baboons other than a few butt-shots. Did get this one. The grass was a bit high for photography but great when there are cheetahs in the area.   Posted: 08/10/2019 12:55:57
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Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
Good one! They must have been fun to watch.   Posted: 08/22/2019 12:48:48

Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
It was really surprisig to see this baby all alone. I'm sure mom was somewhere in the grass.   Posted: 08/10/2019 14:18:50
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Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
Good catch, very nice.   Posted: 08/22/2019 12:49:19

Ron Clegg   Ron Clegg
I'm a big fan of rainbows no matter wherever they are. Here you have the foreground sharp to add to the story going on in the clouds to complete the story.   Posted: 08/16/2019 06:46:45

Joan Rembacz   Joan Rembacz
Great rainbow sharp foreground.   Posted: 08/18/2019 00:09:01

Matt Moses   Matt Moses
Great rainbow as it provides a nice path through the image. I see you had suggestions on enhancing the sky, I'd actually like to see the lower right side of the photo darkened a bit as my take on it. I say that as the safari vehicle to me adds interest to the photo. Otherwise seems this trip certainly afforded you lots of awesome photos.

Always a challenge with competing subjects to balance them out.   Posted: 08/28/2019 08:15:01