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Double Rainbow at Wizard Hat



This image almost didnt happen. I WENT to Oregon to shoot this specific rock. This was where I wanted to go and what I wanted to shoot. This is typically a suns...
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This image almost didnt happen. I WENT to Oregon to shoot this specific rock. This was where I wanted to go and what I wanted to shoot. This is typically a sunset shot.... but the evening we arrived, we were socked in. I usually to to get SOMETHING, but it was just hideously ugly! So I went to dinner and to bed.

My wife wakes me up- Dave, there's Blue Sky! So I hike down to the beach, and it looks pretty nice! It is misting slightly, with bold clouds in the background. THEN the sun pops up and the rainbow pops up! I race around trying to get a few angles, and then I fall back to this framing, and that's when I see the double rainbow.

So its NOT the normal, sunset shot most people shoot here.... so don't give up, shoot what you get!

This is a re-edit of an earlier image.

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D810 with Tamron 15-30 !@ 15mm. ISO 64, f-22 at 1-3"
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18 Comments | Report
tonyhackett
 
tonyhackett June 04, 2018
Insane shot man. Awesome work
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DaveKochPhoto June 05, 2018
Thank you Tony!
Rafaphoto PRO+
 
Rafaphoto June 04, 2018
Magnifique
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DaveKochPhoto June 05, 2018
Merci!
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose June 13, 2018
Outstanding, I adore all the elements in the composition!
lyndellanne PRO+
 
lyndellanne June 16, 2018
Extremely beautiful!
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JayneBug July 20, 2018
Great capture. Congratulations!
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DaveKochPhoto July 20, 2018
Thank you @JayneBug- this one is one of my favorites!
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MikeBoyle July 20, 2018
Congratulations on your winning photo. Absolute masterpiece
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DaveKochPhoto July 20, 2018
Thank you Mike!
JM18Photography PRO+
 
JM18Photography July 20, 2018
Beautiful, congratulations!
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DaveKochPhoto July 20, 2018
Thank you!
misterscott PRO+
 
misterscott July 24, 2018
Love the back story to this capture. Very well done!
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DaveKochPhoto July 25, 2018
Thanks Mister! It was a fun trip!
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle July 25, 2018
Congratulations on your winning photo. Absolute masterpiece
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DaveKochPhoto July 25, 2018
Thanks Mike. I hope this doesnt sound vain or concieted, but I knew when I took it this would be a pretty good capture.
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Pamelabole July 25, 2018
Beautiful!! Congrats on your challenge win! : )
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DaveKochPhoto July 25, 2018
Thank you Pam!
Beno62 PRO+
 
Beno62 July 25, 2018
One in a million! Absolutely stunning!
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DaveKochPhoto July 25, 2018
Beno- it really was! I was lucky to be there~!
rickbails
 
rickbails July 25, 2018
Awesome!
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DaveKochPhoto August 03, 2018
Thanks Rick!
AnnSagel
 
AnnSagel July 26, 2018
Gorgeous. Congrats on your win
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DaveKochPhoto August 03, 2018
Thanks Ann!
JmDreams
 
JmDreams August 16, 2018
Wow
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DaveKochPhoto August 17, 2018
It stunned me, too, when it happened. My wife and I just sat there shaking our heads it was quite moving.
Katnott PRO+
 
Katnott August 23, 2018
Very impressive photo, amazing tones and composition!
good luck and thanks for joining my challenge! Kat
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DaveKochPhoto August 23, 2018
Thanks Katnott
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh March 27, 2019
excellent
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DaveKochPhoto May 21, 2019
Thank you!
egifford PRO
 
egifford August 04, 2019
So much to take in, has perfectly controlled areas to keep your eye moving around and around.
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DaveKochPhoto August 04, 2019
I cannot tell you how lucky I feel to have captured this. To have even seen it....
capturedmomentsbydee
 
capturedmomentsbydee August 20, 2019
Wow !
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DaveKochPhoto October 02, 2019
Thank you! :)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This is near Bandon Oregon. I have seen a lot of images of this space (called "Wizard Hat"), and I wanted to try my hand at it. Because it is a west coast beach, the ideal shot here is sunset. We got there in the evening, and it was overcast, and there was no way at all to get a good image. So we had a great sea food dinner in Bandon, and went to bed. The next morning, my wife woke me up at 6 AM and said, "Dave, the sun is out!" I will be honest, I did not think we would get much of anything, but what the heck- we traveled 1000 miles to GET here, I can walk 1000 yards to shoot it. The beach is below 150-200 foot cliffs, so I was not thinking we could get ANYTHING of sunrise. But as we walked down, the pregnant dense colors really interested me, and I started shooting. Then it started drizzling, and again I was thinking the better of shooting. And then the rainbow appeared. It was so bright and clear I could not believe it. I knocked off a few shots just to make sure I got SOMETHING.... then I backed up and started working on a good comp. Luckily I had a 15mm, and when I backed up, I saw I could get this, side to side. I have been working a lot in single point comps recently, and I thought that might be the killer shot for this, so I worked it until I got the single point, with a cool foreground and middle ground. I would have liked a different mid-ground comp, but the rainbow dictated that.... and this works.
Time
This was 6 AM or so...
Lighting
Lighting MAKES this image.... and I had nothing at all to do with it. I just got lucky!
Equipment
This was shot with a D810 and a tamron 15-30 set to 15. Shot on a tripod- I would have shot this with a 3 or 5 image bracket to get the best exposure. Colors usually pop more underexposed, and I do not think the contrast was too wide... so the bracket was to get the deep colors, not to expand the exposure range. PROBABLY used a wireless remote, but I could not swear to it.
Inspiration
Other images, mainly work by Nick Page. This is nothing like Nicks work (I do like Nick, but I try not to copy him!)
Editing
I think I used three virtual copies of the same exposure for this, each developed different. One would have been worked for the clouds, one for the haystacks, and one for the rainbows themselves. Layered and composited in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
Generally, everything I need. Bag was left in the hotel on this one. I was on the beach with just the camera and legs. No bag used in this instance.
Feedback
Like so many of my images, the lesson here is DON'T GIVE UP. When you get somewhere and it isn't what you expect, DEAL WITH IT, don't just walk away. Change your goals, work out new comps, or just wait. Time will change everything! But don't just walk away. Really- so many of my best images I was ready to give up on, but I just kept shooting.

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