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Rainbow Horse

By mattw    
Had a tough time recently with finding some good light to photography by. With the possible exception of a lone shot from Boscastle, I have not taken anything decent in longer than I can remember.

So there I was, on the hill overlooking Sheeps Tor and Burrator, in the driving rain, as the sun bust from the clouds. Finally I was in the right place at the right time - a rainbow an added bonus. But I was fighting the camera - trying to keep it dry and point it in the right direction, trying to get the *&^$%^ filter on the camera without it getting any (shot spoiling) drops on the surface.... I found my new 0.9 ND grad too strong, and had to go back to my old (broken) 0.9 ND filter for a more pleasing effect, but could I get this in the slot??? I could see yet another opportunity slip through my fingers. Suddenly 4 months of pain and frustration came out and I lost my temper, and told my camera just what I thought of it....

I was shouting rather loudly as I finally got the shot. Apologies to any other photographers on the surrounding hills/counties/planets for the language!

This is the view made famous by the film War Horse. I'll have to actually watch it now....

"I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor"
- Steven Spielberg - The Times Weds Jan 11th 2012

Tags: Sunset Weather Rainbow Devon Dartmoor Moor Reservoir Burrator Chruch Sheeps tor Landscape and travel

Voters: rontear, Briwooly, BillyGoatGruff and 18 more

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rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
8 Nov 2012 12:58PM
Driven to distraction Matt Wink but worth a the f!!!!!!!!!!s ect. Excellent moors light.
Briwooly 15 454 6 England
8 Nov 2012 1:16PM
I'm sure it was was worth all the effort and frustration and it looks great

annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
8 Nov 2012 1:59PM
fantastic light and composition! Certainly worth any word in mandarin you might have used Tongue
Being a moron regarding extra effects, I don't really know what you need a ND filter for here. Never had one Smile
mattw 16 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2012 3:37PM
Thanks everyone.

Annette - 'ND' stands for 'neutral density' - the 'ND Grad' filters are effectively clear at the bottom, and a neutral grey at the top, so they allow me to balance the exposure between ground and sky (and don't effect the colour balance)
stunning photo great looking landscape and lovely rainbow well done. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
eviemay 10 3 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2012 5:19PM
Typical - you wait ages for one rainbow then two come along at the same time....worth the wait. Malc
zapar40 10 66 5 Wales
8 Nov 2012 5:56PM
A beautiful scene. Superb capture.

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