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Rain With a Bow....

By Dibyajit
I took this from my balcony when after a little shower this rainbow was seen. Unfortunately it was really a very faint one and was not very clearly visible in the snap as it was visible in real. I tried to deepen the colour to give it a better view. My question is in this type of case when the rainbow is very faint is there any way to highlight it a bit more?? What should be the camera setting in those cases?? And what editing could be done to look it even better??

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Sooty_1 6 1.5k 220 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 10:14PM
You actually caught a double bow, in case you hadn't seen the second in the top left.

One way to intensify the colours a little is to underexpose the shot by a stop and lighten areas that are too dark. You should get more colour to work with then.

Here, you are handicapped by having no decent foreground. If possible, try to find a foreground that has interesting shapes but that doesn't hide the sky too much, or a simple subject where the sky is important but not the only thing in the shot.


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Tooth 11 5.8k 227 Ireland
4 Oct 2012 12:56AM
Rainbows rarely look as well on a pic as you remember them at the time, and IMO are very difficult to accentuate in post-processing without causing some disruptions or degradation of the image. At the time of shooting, one tip is to use a polarising filter, which does tend to boost the intensity.

A common fault with something exciting but fleeting like a rainbow is to concentrate on "capturing" the rainbow, but not paying much attention to the composition of the rest of the picture. I know this was from your balcony, so you were constrained with by what was in front of you and din't have much room to move around. Because of this the shot was nenver going to bemuch more than just a record of the beautiful rainbow (no harm in that though)

Hope that doesn't sound too negative, and hope you had a great time on your (holiday?) ... cherish the memories Smile


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