Laura Lee Bartholomew  

Rainbow Sunset by Laura Lee Bartholomew

October 2021 - Rainbow Sunset

October 2021 - Laura Lee Bartholomew


About the Image(s)

This image was taken at Capitol Reef shortly after a rainstorm. The sky was delivering the most incredible lightshow imaginable. Most people were shooting in the opposite direction looking directly at the sunset instead of the surrounding sky, therefore they missed the real event.

The image was taken in camera raw with a NikonD800 using a Nikkor 240120mm lens. Focal length was 49mm with ISO 100. Exposure was 1/8 sec. at f/13. A tripod was used.

Obviously, my intention was to capture the incredible sky show that nature was delivering. I have many more pictures as the sunset progressed. When processing images, I attempt to maximize color and contrast while still maintaining a realistic looking image.

This is an HDR composed of two images, one exposed for the sky, and one exposed for the land. I cropped the image into a vertical image in order to focus on the rainbow. Post processing included exposure balancing, adding clarity, as well as saturation and contrast.

4 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Laura, it's so rare to get a rainbow in a sunset. The rainbow is in the opposite direction from the sun shining on falling rain. I like the finished image, however I would like to see more of the ridge on the right - crop 20% from the right side of the original so that the ridge line on right and left are equal (one third down from the top instead of midpoint right edge) Jim   Posted: 10/01/2021 14:12:06
Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
I did struggle with where to crop. I didn't want the rainbow dead center, and I don't love square images. I'm definitely open to cropping suggestions.   Posted: 10/01/2021 18:38:21
Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
I tried a different crop as you suggested.   Posted: 10/09/2021 14:38:42

Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
I have been working more on my image. I think this crop might work better.   Posted: 10/07/2021 16:33:31
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