Spur of the moment

This post doesn’t need much writing, just some pictures I want to show you all (that I was really excited about).

I was Skyping with a friend and all of a sudden it started to rain…and there were sunbreaks through the clouds! “There’s probably a rainbow right?” she asked. And sure enough, after I got off Skype with her and looked out over the lake there were two huge rainbows beautifully arching over Lake Washington. I ran and grabbed all my gear (and the EF-s 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 I had rented from UW for the Sushi Chef Dream Team Event) and snapped a few quick frames.

The rainbows were so…beautiful, for lack of better words. And also so fleeting. In a short matter of minutes they were gone, the showers moving on south and the sun getting swallowed up by the rolling and roiling clouds. And yet that in itself only served to enhance the ethereal qualities of the scene (and the fact that I was lucky enough to see not one but two rainbows!). Nature is pretty fickle and tends to change all the time, but when the timing’s right it really hits you with something else. It reminded me of a picture by the late Galen Rowell, and how he apparently took a run of several miles while his co-photographers were having dinner, and  snapped one of THE images of the 20th century: Rainbow Over The Potala Palace (the Dalai Lama’s residence in Tibet)

Not to conflate my images to his of course! But it bolstered my small hopes that with enough perseverance and luck, I might also be able to witness something special and capture it, not just in my memory, but as something that will last my lifetime and perhaps beyond.

The rainbows were spread out from each other when I first caught them. EF 20-35mm f/2.8 L

Using telephoto lenses for landscapes is one of my absolute favorite ways to shoot. EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L

Getting an ultra wide perspective. Rented EF-s 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5

They started to move closer together. EF 20-35mm f/2.8 L

A shot of the rainbows over the trees. By now they had faded to just a single section. EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L

The rainbows look like they are "floating" in the middle of the clouds. EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L

The rainbows had dissipated and the sky was clearing up, with some intense cloud movement. EF-s 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5

Some pictures of the latest event I did for Japan relief, Sushi Chef Dream Team should be up on my blog this week. Stay tuned! Chase the rainbow! (nothing to do with Skittles of course 🙂 )

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One thought on “Spur of the moment

  1. You do such great work with the 10-22 that you deserve to use a bit of the pension payment towards that lens! The ultra-wide shot of the rainbow is brilliant, especially since the perspective adds a greater sense of drama to the clouds and yet draws attention directly to the rainbow near the center. And I’ve told you this in gchat as well, but posting your pictures onto the blog, even when you don’t have too many, is a good way to stay on top of processing and documenting your pics =D Keep up the good work!

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