Jack Florence Jr  

Rainbow over Bisti Badlands by Jack Florence Jr

September 2021 - Rainbow over Bisti Badlands

About the Image(s)

I was shooting the unique rock formations here several years ago when I was caught in a thunderstorm - that was scary! After it passed through, I almost missed the rainbow. I didn't have time to change the lens on my other camera so the iphone came through once again. Unfortunately, the colors on the rainbow were already fading, but I think this is the only time I've captured a complete rainbow, so wanted to share it.

No edits other than a crop, and removal of a small shadow of myself. This was an older iphone, the 6+.

9 comments posted

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Jack, It's a beautiful and rare shot with a complete rainbow over the vast area of Bisti Badlands' rock formations! I am glad that your iphone becomes handy in this situation. The cloudy sky also adds drama to the scene.
My question is: Did you capture the complete rainbow using pano shot?
  Posted: 09/04/2021 16:15:18
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks, Kieu-Hanh. I think you're asking if I used the pano feature where you pan the camera? Those are fun, but in this case, no, it was just a regular shot, and I cropped the bottom part off.   Posted: 09/04/2021 16:42:50
Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Thanks, Jack! It's so nice to be able to capture the whole rainbow for the vast area in a single shot!   Posted: 09/05/2021 15:12:29

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
It's a once-in-a-lifetime shot! I think it's beautiful and would not touch a thing about it. The rock formations, textures, colors in the distance are very nice. You were quick to react and very fortunate!   Posted: 09/05/2021 17:48:34

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
This is beautiful, Jack, to be in a place where you could view the rainbow in its entirety, plus the wonderful rock formations. The rainbow must have made you forget the nerve-wracking thunderstorm, but in your haste to admire the scene, at least you didn't forget you had a wide-angle camera on your phone.

(Now I will have to Google the Bisti Badlands.)   Posted: 09/06/2021 22:06:20
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
You're right, Pat, it was really scary being out there alone while this thunderstorm passed over, no where to hide! And then after, on the walk back, I was presented with his treat.   Posted: 09/13/2021 20:01:40

Gene Eckhardt   Gene Eckhardt
Great image. Love the texture in the foreground, the red rocks in the background showing depth, swirling rain clouds, and just hint of a double rainbow on both sides (not aware of any techniques to tease out some color on the double). I find my eyes distracted by the bright spot on the left side and suggest that you consider softening it (clone?) for competition / sharing. Second photo in a row that was "saved" by the phone. Do you have a "quick-draw" holster?   Posted: 09/08/2021 13:46:49
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I think as camera phones get better and better, Gene, the handiness of them will continue to make them a more compelling alternative to SLR and DSLR cameras.

Like you, I'm a fairly new member of group 86 and have been showing some of my favorite iPhone shots over the years...thanks for the kind comments   Posted: 09/13/2021 20:05:29

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Jack, I don't think you need to change a thing in this once in a life time shot! Great job!   Posted: 09/13/2021 11:45:12


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