Rainbow over the Gingerbread

Picture of the Month – March 2006

There is quite a bit of luck involved in photography, being in the right place at the right time. The last time I saw a photograph of a rainbow that I really wanted to capture it was right over the Ferndale Cemetery. Only problem was that I was driving a firetruck at the time, so I couldn’t exactly stop what I was doing to take a picture. This time though, I was just returning town after an errand run and was heading home when I saw this beautiful rainbow. I have tried to get this photo of a rainbow over the Gingerbread several times in the past, but usually by the time I get the camera, get into position and get it set up, the rainbow had disappeared.

So I quickly stopped and took a few pictures with a little point and shoot I keep in the truck, but that certainly doesn’t give me the creative control that my digital SLR does, plus I don’t know how old the film is. So I quickly drove to the studio, grabbed the SLR and ran back down the street. I got off a few exposures, bracketing as I went. I wasn’t going to take the time to try to get a spot on exposure. Good thing too, because after about the third shot the rainbow started disappearing. Back at the studio I combined two shots, one for the best color in the rainbow, and a second that had the right exposure on the Gingerbread Mansion. I also straightened the perspective in Photoshop since I used a 24mm lens to capture this image.

Rainbow over the Gingerbread

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