We didn’t get much rain tonight, but we did get a rainbow! I noticed it and ran to get the wide-angle lens. When I went outside, I was happy to find that I could see almost the full rainbow, and it was actually a double rainbow. I worked quickly, because the light was changing very fast. My wide angle lens on my 7D body didn’t have a chance of capturing the whole image, so I had to do a panorama. The light was low, and the contrast was high, so I needed to do HDR. So I set the camera in manual mode, metering off the sky and setting a large f-number so that I would have a good depth of focus. Then I put the lens into manual focus mode, so that the focus plane would stay consistent as I moved the camera. I set the camera to bracket the exposures +/- 2EV for the HDR. I didn’t have time to grab the tripod, so I did my best to hand-hold and keep the camera horizontal to the ground as I panned. It’s important to remember to allow a lot of overlap between images when doing panoramas. Then at the computer, I combined each set of HDR frames first, being careful to use the same settings for each one. Then I finally let Photoshop stitch together my panorama. I turned up the vibration and saturation a bit, then I had to edit the edges (don’t look too closely at the rosebush on the left! :)) to get a full rectangular image.
So somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly…
Does that mean that we’ll have bluebirds visiting soon!? :)
Beautiful shot. You can see a hint of the 2nd rainbow above the big one.