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Double Rainbow



We took photographs of an existing waterfall and coming out we ran into a squall. So we chased this rainbow almost all they way out to the main highway. I have ...
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We took photographs of an existing waterfall and coming out we ran into a squall. So we chased this rainbow almost all they way out to the main highway. I have shown some people and they said that this should become the next windows 11 background.
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Rolenz August 15, 2016
Welcome to Viewbug. Great image look forward to seeing more of your images. Cheers Roy.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on a dirt road headed back from Double Falls just outside of Augusta, Montana.
Time
This was a fun day for me. That day I was running around with three other friends, all of them loving photography and just the great out doors. We were done going to Double Falls and capturing that stunning beauty of that area, we headed back. We then stopped a couple of times but got over taken by a rain squall that moved north from this photo. This was shot on May 29th at 7:26 PM.
Lighting
The evening summer sun here in Central Montana can give you some of the most beautiful scenes if you catch the light right. It also helps to catch things right after a rain squall as that is when the air is the cleanest and does not have the haze that you can get when taking other photographs. Also just as a little tip whenever doing landscapes make sure to raise and compensate for a higher f-stop. That way your depth of field becomes deeper and everything is more crisp.
Equipment
This image was shot using a Nikon D750, 24-120mm, F4 lens with a circular polarized filter. No tripod was used for taking this image, it was taken freehand, and no other special equipment was used.
Inspiration
This photo just kind of "landed in one's lap" to say. We were on our way back and we had seen a rainbow in the distance so we just started to "chase" the rainbow. I then saw this really cool hill and decided to stop and get out just to see what we could see and do here. I was also paying more attention to more of the right while others were paying more attention to the left. I then decided "why not" so I took a rapid series of photographs and eventually stitched them together.
Editing
This photo took me about 10 to 15 minutes to post process. I believe in trying to get your camera settings as close as you can within your camera, and use post processing to help enhance or correct a few minor things. Also this was a series of 4 shots stitched together. using Adobe Lightroom you can quickly and efficiently create panoramas and start processing them fast. Though I stitch first and then start editing things instead of the other way around. It makes the workflow faster. I then usually add profile corrections, if they have not been automatically added. I then set the exposure, highlights, shadows, whites and blacks. Usually I do not go overboard on a bunch of these settings unless I feel more in an artistic mood. I prefer to do nice clean edits and make the camera (as in film) do most of the heavy lifting. It makes photography more challenging, yet fun to get an image like this. It also does not leave your image looking fake.
In my camera bag
Normally I run with just an amazon basics bag with: a 24-120mm f4, 50mm f1.8, and a 85mm f1.8. all of them Nikon lenses. I also have a polarizing filter, a couple of extra batteries (can never have to many of them), a flashlight, couple of lens microfiber cleaning clothes, and a MeFOTO Globetrotter tripod when I do use one.
Feedback
The wise old words of any Montanan is, "if you don't like the weather, just turn around," applies here. We were having rain squalls hit us while we came out that day, so getting a photograph of the sunset was going to be challenging at best, so we opted on an easier and more managable lighting situation with the sun illuminating the hillside, plus we had a rainbow.Though sometimes you just have to stop and just try something different. Also become comfortable shooting panoramas freehand. Sometimes you don't have time, or the wind is blowing so hard, that you cannot set up a tripod, or if you do you might miss out on a photo opportunity. Know how your camera works and find that "sweet spot" with your lens. Of where you can take almost any image and it comes out really crystal clear. Don't be afraid of experimenting with your camera, there is a lot to learn and it takes quite a bit of time to get acclimated to finding the settings in your camera. Also have fun when your doing this, and go with others, they might see something that you might be missing and capture an awesome photograph that you might have missed.

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