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michaelakrempelhoward December 18, 2015
Did you use a filter for the rainbow or was this a double rainbow? This photo is awesome.
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JanLiz December 23, 2015
WOW, just wow
 
Barebones January 27, 2016
What a wonderful image. Stunning.
 
MLundberg1 February 07, 2016
Wow what a sight! :-)
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OffTheBeatenPaths February 12, 2016
thats just Amazing man
 
jrpritchard February 16, 2016
just wow sir sending peace and respect
 
Hart_Photography February 17, 2016
Stunning!
 
gavinhasler February 20, 2016
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gavinhasler February 20, 2016
perfect timing awsome photo
 
Alkemist February 27, 2016
Incredible.
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14renren February 29, 2016
The skill of the man plus the long hard hours of waiting, right place right time, captured superbly :)
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shutterbug12 March 06, 2016
Beautiful rainbow, the colors are so outstanding
 
BRNatphotography March 09, 2016
I wonder how large picture on my wall!
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geraldwmagrieve March 10, 2016
Spectacular shot.
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mcampi April 08, 2016
All I can say is Wow,amazing,incredable,you nailed it..... Congrats on all the wins you deserve them ... Mark
 
Jasangus April 11, 2016
wow stunning image !!!
 
Jennifer_Steffen April 19, 2016
Gorgeous!
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carolcardillo April 27, 2016
Spectacular! Congrats on all your Awards!
 
mariuys May 04, 2016
Love the awesome double rainbow and rain in the distance! Such a contrast! Dry desert like terrain with moisture up above! :)
 
chuck54 May 09, 2016
Awesome photograph!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
gek1701 May 31, 2016
A stunning shot!!
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ivanfurman May 31, 2016
Hard to find the right words to describe. Congrats on the award. Well done.
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kathymuhle June 01, 2016
Outstanding capture and congrats on all your wins! What time of year was your visit?
 
Dparmiter June 09, 2016
I can only imagine your rush when you captured this moment.
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jimmoon_8772 June 27, 2016
I have to say this is absolutely the best photograph of Monument Valley I have has the pleasure of seeing.
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modelmeemaw September 02, 2016
Awesome, right place at the right time!
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guzunda September 03, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
 
guzunda September 03, 2016
In my humble opinion this image would be truly absolutely fabulous if only the saturation was turned down. Please post a reworked image. Thank you
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Onthewildsidephotography September 13, 2016
Stunning capture! Love the detail!
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andrewjudd September 18, 2016
Been there magical place but never saw that wow
 
LeeBennett October 25, 2016
Congratulations on a well deserved win! Fantastic image!
 
Vanismile October 25, 2016
Congrats on nature contest:) Beautiful capture ;)
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kathrynsklenakdannay November 05, 2016
Congrats!
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wbaines November 11, 2016
Congratulations Fred! A truly amazing shot!
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snapshott December 05, 2016
congrats on your new canon 5d, this photo ROCKS.
 
Me_and_my_2_Dogs December 08, 2016
Stunning picture...Congratulations on the capture
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DobermanDuo December 25, 2016
Wow. Just wow!
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michaellanoue Jan 06
Spectacular photograph. Really the best photo of this iconic landscape that I've witnessed.
 
rushewallace Jan 22
Excellent!!! love the colors
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llstewart Jan 26
One of the Best Monument Valley photos I've ever seen. I love it!!!!!
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great shot
 
Jaypleasants Feb 04
Fantastic shot!
 
Isaacphotos Feb 04
Beautiful

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Monument Valley Rainbow



This photograph was taken during a trip to Monument Valley.

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Won Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Vol 28 Photo ContestFebruary, 2017
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Won Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 32October, 2016
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Won Contest Finalist in Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 4September, 2016
Won Contest Finalist in Unique Landscapes Photo ContestJuly, 2016
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Won People's Choice in Earth Day 2016 Photo ContestMay, 2016
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Won Contest Finalist in Celebrating The Sky Photo ContestMay, 2016
Won Contest Finalist in Understanding Light Photo ContestApril, 2016
Won Spring Selection AwardApril, 2016
Won Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 28April, 2016
Won Contest Finalist in Travel Destinations Photo ContestApril, 2016
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Won Runner Up in Exploring The Wilderness Photo ContestFebruary, 2016
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken at Monument Valley on the Arizona - Utah border. It was part of a week long trip to northern Arizona, that began in Page, Arizona and ended at the Grand Canyon.
Time
I had been to Monument Valley a few times & was planning to return at the end of the day to the location this photograph was taken. It was a crazy weather day raining on and off. When I returned to take the photograph, it was just before sunset in time to set up the tripod. This photograph was taken at 6:50 PM & is composed of five photographs stitched together.
Lighting
The lighting was amazing. All day long it was raining on and off. There were rainbows appearing randomly and then the sun would come out. When I went to take the photograph, a double rainbow appeared. It was raining in part of the photograph. I had not experienced light like this. It was a once in a life time experience.
Equipment
I am in the camera business and had just become a Leica dealer. For this trip I was able to borrow the Leica S2 medium format camera, 3 Leica lenses: 35mm Summarit-S, 75mm Summarit-S and the 120mm Summarit-S Macro. I used my Giottos Carbon Fiber, Tripod MT8260, an Acratech Panorama Head and an Acratech Leveling Base.
Inspiration
I had been to Monument valley a few times before & was planning to return to that location to take a photograph at sunset. When I saw the double rainbow, rain and sunset all at the same time I was amazed. I realized my widest lens wouldn't cover the scene and needed to set up the camera for a panorama. I set the camera to a vertical position on the tripod and was able to do a panorama of five photographs enabling me to include the entire double rainbow. The photograph was taken at the end of August and there were many tourists hanging around the rocks in the foreground. My wife asked the tourists to move so I could take the photograph and I was able to take the photograph.
Editing
Since this photograph was a panorama composed of five photographs, stitching was done in Photoshop. Also Photoshop was used to enhance the colors a bit. I have been a long time believer in the Ansel Adams line "the negative is the score and the print is the performance". I also believe this applies to digital files. After many years of darkroom printing, I applied what I learned in the darkroom. Using this knowledge, in Photoshop, allowed me to make the photograph what I saw in my mind.
In my camera bag
All my equipment fits in an f.64 Large Backpack. A Leica S2P medium format camera, four Leica lenses: 35mm Summarit-S, 70mm Summarit-S, 120mm Macro-Summarit-S and a 180mm APO-Elmar-S. A Giotttos Carbon Fiber tripod MT8260 and an Arca Swiss Cube 1 tripod head.
Feedback
Be prepared for the unexpected. For this photograph I did not have a lens wide enough to cover the scene. I had been thinking about doing a few panoramas during this trip and had a panorama head. I now have an Arca Swiss Cube 1 as my normal head due the the weight of the camera. Having a panorama head as my normal tripod head I am prepared for scenes that cover more than my widest lens. After many years of using a view camera I use a tripod for my landscape photographs so I can carefully set up and compose my photographs. Also, know your equipment.

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