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So, to set a scene.....

I've had 3 weeks off work and have to put it (very) mildy been hacked off off with the weather, a trip to Skye totally...
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So, to set a scene.....

I've had 3 weeks off work and have to put it (very) mildy been hacked off off with the weather, a trip to Skye totally abandoned due to a large storm, quickly changed to the Dorset coast after a weather check, lasted a day there before my tent got washed away in a biblical downpour from nowhere and was to last 3 days, came home 6 days early, tried Anglesey (looked ok!).... again lasted one night, same thing happened.... pretty downtrodden I though right OK I'll go to Belgium, and shoot buildings around Bruges, ah no you can't as the majority of the population of Africa is now in Calais playing hell with the trains, which forced all the flight prices through the roof. Great. Eventually settled on a week in Norfolk as there was loads of coast stuff I'd never done there, only to find that the projected forecast was again totally wrong, first day there it lashed down yet again, grabbing shots inbetween showers here and there but generally getting nothing decent.

As the day pressed on there was some signs of life, dry spells and some stupidly big clouds, not enough dryness for long exposures but chances for grab shots inbetween showers

It got to 7pm and nothing was biting..... I was looking for rainbows which I was sure would appear, had seen 2 but they hadn't been worth shooting (very faint), giving up stopped to eat in a pub for an hour before carrying on the 15 mins to base.

Fed and watered left to drive the final 15 mins, a road was closed so a 10 min diversion was needed, cheers, within 5 mins the light changed and just went totally beserk! massive black skies with all the corn fields almost on fire with crazy light, still, there was nothing to shoot though as nowhere decent to stop, literally 2 mins drive from the destination, in pouring rain, this massive rainbow just kicked off big time! (AT LAST!) I was completely flapping in the car by this point as I knew it was a good one and wouldn't last, just needed a vantage point over all the huge hedges each side of the road...a left turn presented itself as if by magic.... turned down virtually on 2 wheels to be faced with a wide open corn-wheat field filled with poppies, abandoned the car, jumped over a huge ditch and legged it into the middle of the soaking wet field.

The Summer rain that had served to annoy me so much over 3 weeks, certainly made amends this evening. A few moments later it had gone, faded into nothing..

Amusingly just as I was trying to leap over the (quite large) ditch in a complete flap before it dissapeared, a cyclist stopped and asked me where he was 'no idea mate I'm from Wigan' as I ran off into the middle of a field, Must have been a strange moment for him....
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8 Comments | Report
Pete_Rowbottom PRO+
 
Pete_Rowbottom February 11, 2018
Thanks Guys !
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 February 11, 2018
Rainbows rock..Congrats! シ
HEdHead PRO+
 
HEdHead February 11, 2018
Fantastic shot.
eviegotham
 
eviegotham February 11, 2018
Really gorgeous capture my friend
mengel
 
mengel February 12, 2018
Really nice!
GonDuartist
 
GonDuartist July 31, 2018
Wow
hiyahercfarm PRO+
 
hiyahercfarm August 10, 2018
Absolutely lovely! Congrats on being a Finalist.
robertmcdill PRO
 
robertmcdill August 05, 2019
Really nice work on the exposure. As someone else said, we all love rainbows, but getting it right takes practice. This set is right.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in a wheat field, in Norfolk, England, during a rainstorm in the golden hour around sunset
Time
So, to set a scene..... I'd had 3 weeks off work and have to put it (very) mildy been hacked off off with the weather, a trip to Skye totally abandoned due to a large storm, quickly changed to the Dorset coast after a weather check, lasted a day there before my tent got washed away in a biblical downpour from nowhere and was to last 3 days, came home 6 days early, tried Anglesey (looked ok!).... again lasted one night, same thing happened.... pretty downtrodden I though right OK I'll go to Belgium, and shoot buildings around Bruges, ah no you can't as the majority of the population of Africa is now in Calais playing hell with the trains, which forced all the flight prices through the roof. Great. Eventually settled on a week in Norfolk as there was loads of coast stuff I'd never done there, only to find that the projected forecast was again totally wrong, first day there it lashed down yet again, grabbing shots inbetween showers here and there but generally getting nothing decent. As the day pressed on there was some signs of life, dry spells and some stupidly big clouds, not enough dryness for long exposures but chances for grab shots inbetween showers It got to 7pm and nothing was biting..... I was looking for rainbows which I was sure would appear, had seen 2 but they hadn't been worth shooting (very faint), giving up stopped to eat in a pub for an hour before carrying on the 15 mins to base. Fed and watered left to drive the final 15 mins, a road was closed so a 10 min diversion was needed, cheers, within 5 mins the light changed and just went totally beserk! massive black skies with all the corn fields almost on fire with crazy light, still, there was nothing to shoot though as nowhere decent to stop, literally 2 mins drive from the destination, in pouring rain, this massive rainbow just kicked off big time! (AT LAST!) I was completely flapping in the car by this point as I knew it was a good one and wouldn't last, just needed a vantage point over all the huge hedges each side of the road...a left turn presented itself as if by magic.... turned down virtually on 2 wheels to be faced with a wide open corn/wheat field filled with poppies, abandoned the car, jumped over a huge ditch and legged it into the middle of the soaking wet field. The Summer rain that had served to annoy me so much over 3 weeks, certainly made amends this evening. A few moments later it had gone, faded into nothing.. Amusingly just as I was trying to leap over the (quite large) ditch in a complete flap before it dissapeared, a cyclist stopped and asked me where he was 'no idea mate I'm from Wigan' as I ran off into the middle of a field, Must have been a strange moment for him....
Lighting
The image was backlit from the sun setting, the contrasting sky was the result of a heavy rainstorm that had passed, it was still raining when I shot this image
Equipment
Nikon D7100, Sigma 10-20mm wide angle, handheld.
Inspiration
The light, the light was just spectacular, and when the rainbows appeared I new I was witnessing one of those rare moments when absolutely everything comes together, all I needed was something to put under the rainbow, cue the glowing wheat field and red poppies.
Editing
Basic RAW process, Contrast adjustments, and noise reduction in the sky for the higher ISO.
In my camera bag
Nikon D750, 14-24mm wide angle, 24-120mm f/4 zoom, 70-200mm f/4 zoom. Set of Lee & Nisi ND & ND Grad filters, Polariser. A great thing to pop in my bag is a peice of folded up foam matting, ideal for kneeling on wet ground or just to place your filters on in the outdoors.
Feedback
Don't be put off by rain, rainbows come after rain, if you are sat in the house while it's raining you won't get anything. Take a book and sit in the car if you have to.

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