Monday, June 27, 2011

The Rainbow


 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
Genesis 9:13

Sunday evening my wife and I attended a southern gospel concert held at a local church featuring Jeff & Sheri Easter.  The uplifting music of the evening was the perfect backdrop for what was to come... A stunning Rainbow gracing the eastern sky upon our arrival home moments after sunset.

After soaking in its splendor for a few minutes it dawned on me that I must in some way try to capture the scene.  If you have ever tried shooting a full rainbow I'm sure you understand the issues.  Typically a normal lens is not sufficiently wide to capture the entire rainbow and if a wide angle lens is used the rainbow can be rendered too small to truly capture its beauty.

Knowing that I didn't have long to work I hurriedly set up the tripod mounting the camera with a 24mm lens to shoot vertical and composed a series of five overlapping images.  These images were then combined in Photoshop CS5, cropped and adjusted into this final image.

I'm not sure if shooting pano's in the vertical format was a tip I picked up from reading Scott Kelby or if it came from Moose Peterson's book Captured.  Regardless of where the tip came from it worked splendidly!   

  

13 comments:

Chris said...

oh mamma mia! That's an incredibly fantastic shot Coy... What a pure marvel of the nature... Well done...

Paul in Powell River said...

Nice work Coy!

Montanagirl said...

Absolutely stunning! You did a fine job.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Wow,that's gorgeous.What a firing end to a lovely evening.Jeff and Sherri sins so well.

Elaine said...

Gorgeous sunset and wonderful work on the panorama!

Arija said...

A fabulous and fascinating picture and your stitching is perfect as well.
Rainbows after sunset are rare, I once caught one too but nowhere near as spectacular as yours. May I copy it to my computer purely to lift my spirits?

imac said...

That is sure one beautiful sunset and rainbow Coy.

Corker2 said...

Again, Coy, you have done a outstanding job with the rainbow. Would love to have Photoshop CS5, but just to darn expensive for me. I'll stay with my PSPX3 Program. Works well, when you know how to use all the functions.

A+ from me.
Les

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful captures of the rainbow, Coy. Well done!

Frank said...

Superb capture of natures beauty.

*Honest Abe said...

Wow. That is about as nice as it ever gets. Don't think I have seen any that were as nice as this one.

Elettra said...

have done a great job! Congratulations!

Meggie said...

Magnificent!