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The Fairy Rainbow



Hiking the Fairy Glen on Skye I turned around to get a shot of this formation (Castle Ewen) and found a rainbow had formed above it.
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Hiking the Fairy Glen on Skye I turned around to get a shot of this formation (Castle Ewen) and found a rainbow had formed above it.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at a place called The Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
Time
This was early in the morning on a cloudy day.
Lighting
The light all day was sun breaking through clouds with intermittent rain so everything was very diffused. This was the first of 7 rainbows I saw that day.
Equipment
This was shot with my Canon 7D2 with a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 with a circular polarizer.
Inspiration
I had seen a couple photos of this place and was intrigued by it most notably this formation which is called "Castle Ewen" It's a natural formation that is surrounded by myths of fairies. I walked up the hill opposite the formation to take a photo because I liked the lines of the trails leading toward the "castle" with the natural ridges of the hill. As I was setting up my tripod the sun broke through the clouds and the rainbow formed right over my shot. Couldn't have been better timing.
Editing
Yes, this is an HDR created from a single raw file. Other than that just a bit of dodging and burning.
In my camera bag
I never leave home without a tripod and my wide angle lens. You never know when you will run into something amazing.
Feedback
This shot was all about being in the right place at the right time. Had I not climbed that hill to get the leading lines of the trails I would have never gotten the shot with the rainbow. I guess my goal was good composition and the rainbow was a lucky break. Don't be afraid to go out on the rainy days, rain doesn't last forever and even if you don't get something crazy like this you are sure to have nice diffused light.

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