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Kylesku Rainbow



Opportunistic pano, taken just up from the Kylesku hotel where we were staying in Sutherland, Scotland. This was hand held and stitched and processed in LR and ...
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Opportunistic pano, taken just up from the Kylesku hotel where we were staying in Sutherland, Scotland. This was hand held and stitched and processed in LR and PS CC and turned out far better than I expected.
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34 Comments | Report
Mother_Nature
 
Mother_Nature November 03, 2015
Wow excellent Capture so Magestic
carmenvelcic
 
carmenvelcic November 05, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
carmenvelcic
 
carmenvelcic November 05, 2015
Excellent photo, congratulations
Atomck1
 
Atomck1 November 06, 2015
Nice work here, very dynamic!
CozmicKarol PRO
 
CozmicKarol November 19, 2015
Wonderful capture, well done
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography November 25, 2015
like it!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon November 27, 2015
I am pleased for your Finalist Win in The Outdoors contest ... Congratulations
jettahlily008 Platinum
 
jettahlily008 November 27, 2015
Wowwww!!! Paradise at last!!! :)
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 November 27, 2015
Absolutely stunning!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 December 03, 2015
Stunning capture! Wow! Needs to be framed and displayed!
bridgetrendall
 
bridgetrendall December 05, 2015
I can so see why this was a winner, superb in every way possible
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair December 11, 2015
Beautiful!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer December 22, 2015
Rod, congratulations! Finalist Image of the Month!
stevegarcia_6075
 
stevegarcia_6075 December 26, 2015
Beautiful!
jeffjacobson Platinum
 
jeffjacobson January 09, 2016
Just about covers everything, winner on all fronts. Congratulations on being there! Great intuition, on the shot. Stunning capture!
TenderSuccess
 
TenderSuccess January 14, 2016
Magical!
ellenellen PRO+
 
ellenellen January 15, 2016
Gorgeous shot.
photosue50 Premium
 
photosue50 January 17, 2016
Beautiful
knightog
 
knightog February 04, 2016
Nice shot! Contrat! You caught a beautiful scenery.
enzofinizolafoto
 
enzofinizolafoto February 18, 2016
Very beautiful :)
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita March 13, 2016
superb capture...congrats on another Finalist Award
sallyG11
 
sallyG11 June 23, 2016
Utterly spectacular!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita July 05, 2016
congrats on your latest award.....awesome achievement!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon July 06, 2016
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Impactful Images
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita July 12, 2016
awesome....you got another one! Congrats!
Arzhtatiana
 
Arzhtatiana July 18, 2016
A stunning shot!
Arzhtatiana
 
Arzhtatiana July 18, 2016
Congratulations, Rod!
MLundberg1
 
MLundberg1 September 08, 2016
Praise the living God!!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon January 09, 2017
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Seeking Light in Nature competition.. Great photo
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon March 24, 2017
Wicked ... well done on your finalist win in wicked weather competition
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer March 25, 2017
Fabulous and scary! Congratulations - Contest Finalist in Wicked Weather Photo Contest!
Eddieuuu071 Platinum
 
Eddieuuu071 January 27, 2019
Beautiful pano!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt July 22, 2021
Truly amazing capture !!!! Excellent timing!!
Iamsrr98
 
Iamsrr98 Mar 14
Stunning!

Behind The Lens

Location
The panoramic images were taken just outside of our hotel looking up Loch Glendhu at Kylesku, Sutherland, Scotland.
Time
We had been to Lochinver for the day to do some walking and of course I take my camera ( I have a mostly tolerant partner) and when we got back to our hotel at about 18.25 hrs the sky's changed dramatically in a matter of moments and the rainbow appeared. So I quickly took my camera out of the bag quickly dialled in the settings I wanted and fired off a set of images hand held for stitching as a panorama later, god willing.
Lighting
As the sky turned broody and dark in the background at about 18.25 hrs the sun was reflected of the dark clouds from a slightly lower elevation at that time of day (but still no where near the horizon) to enhance the light in the foreground, giving a degree of tonal gradation complimented by the changing mix of weather conditions. Basically I struck lucky, right place, right time.
Equipment
I was using my Pentax K3 and Pentax DA* 16-50mm f2.8 lens. Hand held only, no flash.
Inspiration
Just being in Scotland is inspiration enough to take photo's, but in this case as discussed above all the elements conspired to offer a great opportunity to take these shots. I say theses shots because this is a cropped panorama. The breadth of the vista was not enough to take with a single shot with sufficient detail, therefore I elected to go for a panoramic series. In Scotland and particularly in the highlands the weather can change in minutes/seconds and you have to be ready to get your shot.
Editing
I tweaked the exposure, clarity and set white and black points in LR then synced the other shots taken for this panorama. I then stitched them together in LR 6 CC as a panorama. Exported to PS CC and then tweaked a little more before applying some selective sharpening using mask layers and exported back to LR where I think I used the clone & heal tool to tidy up the some of the white water on the loch that was drawing the eye. Then used the grad filter top and bottom to squeeze the perspective and help lead and focus the viewer into the frame.
In my camera bag
I have now a Pentax K3 and Pentax DA* 16-50 and 50-135 mm f2.8 lenses + my sigma 70mm macro lens. These are great to stick in the bag while out walking and cover a lot of potential opportunities with the exception of shooting the larger wildlife, though you could get lucky with this focal range in this respect. I also have some very nice old manual tamron adaptall lenses that I use and try out occasionally. In use a Gitzo GM2561T monopod with a Gitzo G1177M head mostly for my macro and when we are out walking. I also have a Giottos carbon fibre MTL 8660B tripod with an Induro BHL2 head, but to be honest I do not make enough use of it.
Feedback
My kit is described above, however, I would dearly love to get hold of some quality prime lenses, but alas finances currently dictate otherwise. However this raises the issue of choice i.e. I would use primes for a specific project and this would almost certainly be within and range to an hour or so of the golden hours. On the other hand the zoom choices above allow me to respond far more quickly to changing conditions and unforeseen potential shots while out walking, again here the light is still better when the sun is lower in the sky. But in place like Scotland and anywhere in the UK really in winter when there are changeable and angry skies, then anytime of day can get you a great shot and for this the modern quality zoom lens allows you to react and capture a wide vista of scenarios. Light low and over the shoulder to one side is probably the best lighting conditions for landscape an of course the golden hours. Side lighting helps to reveal detail and form, whereas backlighting is a deliberate choice e.g. silhouette and subject to artistic interpretation. I tend to prefer overcast skies for macro and this is also best for choices such as photographing gulls or many other scenarios e.g. waterfalls, where there is a potential to blow out your subject or contributing factors.

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