Lauren Heerschap  


Rainbow Over the Prairie by Lauren Heerschap

July 2021 - Rainbow Over the Prairie

About the Image(s)

We took a road trip to S. Dakota, with rain coming in the clouds, so this rainbow appeared, lighting up the prairie grasses to a golden hue. I liked the texture and twisted limbs of the tree in the foreground, and decided it balanced the photo. What do you think?
ISO 250, 100mm. f11.


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7 comments posted




Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Lauren, Nice seeing. Good composition. It's always fun to capture a rainbow. I like the juxtaposition of the rainbow and the tree. To me, the tree was so sharp it looks pasted. I played around and put a mild blur on the edges of the tree, slightly reduced contrast in the clouds to bring up more tonality, and put a subtle vignette to bring my eyes to the rainbow.   Posted: 07/09/2021 16:57:31
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Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, A great scene. The rainbow is obviously the main subject but a bit overexposed. I simply darkened the entire image with Levels. The image then has more of a stormy feel with a brilliant rainbow. Karl   Posted: 07/12/2021 22:31:10
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Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Hey Peter and Karl, this is an interesting discussion on different ways to process rainbows! Clearly it is a matter of taste. Peter, the tree was natuarally there, although I did sharpen it. I think I your tree better than mine, but I like my clouds. Karl, your version is too dark for me because I like the idea of the rainbow lighting up the gold of the grasses on the prarie. Each to his own taste, thanks for the feedback, I can learn from both!!
  Posted: 07/14/2021 16:17:36
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I agree - too dark!   Posted: 07/20/2021 21:52:41



Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
I prefer the original. Maybe darkening the rainbow and, perhaps, the tree is worth trying. I wouldn't tinker with the rest, though.   Posted: 07/19/2021 17:48:58



Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Great composition. The sharp textures and knurled shape of that tree contrast dramatically with the diffused and linear colors of the rainbow. The image has a pleasing high key feeling. I would not change it.   Posted: 07/19/2021 19:27:42



Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
A great capture of a great moment! I it had been mine, I would have cropped some off the left side.   Posted: 07/20/2021 21:54:29