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    WinterSRFallsRainbow.jpg

    X-T2 and XF55-200mm at the base of a roaring cataract. It was a rare stretch of peaceful meditation at a normally busy local State Park. I got to watch the play of light and water over a couple of hours. Time spent with nature (but without other people) is extremely rare 'round here anymore.

    Thanks for looking,
    Ed
     
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    Really nice photo. Regarding your last sentence, this appears to be the case almost everywhere these days. The population has re-exploded it seems.
     
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    Yes :(
     
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    Great shot.
     
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    Thanks,
    The only way to get away from everyone around here is to head out when "bad" weather keeps sane people at home.
    Lucky for me, I love shooting when it's miserable outside :cool:.
    Still, it's rare to go a couple of hours without running into anyone else.
    It was remarkably cold (5-10ºF) when I shot this pic back at the beginning of March on an improbably sunny day.
     
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    That’s an excellent image . A wall hanger for sure.
     
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    Ed, that's a really interesting image and I'm fascinated by not only the rainbow, but also the highlights on the water droplets.
    I've been trying to work out how this image was made but I must admit I'm a bit stumped. Would you care to elaborate a bit on the setup you used?
     
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    Thanks,

    Nothing to it really :cool:.
    It was my X-T2 on a tripod with the XF55-200mm at 116mm and f22 for 1/5 sec.
    This scene was at the bottom of a tall cataract and the water was bouncing around all the way down.
    The water flow was residual snowmelt and was fairly chaotic.
    It was cold and crisp and I wanted to emphasize that.

    The light was direct low-angle Winter sunlight spotlighting an enclosed rock "bowl".
    There were various layers of flow giving the 3D water curtains and sparkling look.
    It was just optical geometry as far as the rainbow refraction goes.
    I think I was using my B+W CP filter.

    I was set-up on a large frosty/icy boulder above the scene shooting into the "bowl".
    I needed to re-position my camera on the rock to maximize the rainbow as the Sun moved across the sky behind me.
    It was a little slippery so I got to worry about that a bit :cool:.

    I think what you're stumped by is that I've isolated a small part of the scene using a longish focal length in an effort to abstract the scene somewhat.
    Also, I'm shooting a longish exposure in bright sunlight on a tripod.
    The wide dynamic range of the X-T2 sensor helps out a lot in this shot.
    Technically, it's a pretty straightforward shot.
    The photographic challenge was just staying warm enough and not falling down :D.

    Hope that helped,
    Ed
     
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    Thanks, that's a great explanation.
    I was thinking you may have added some artificial lighting but it appears it was one of those rare occasions when nature cooperates to bring all the elements together for you.
    Either way it's an excellent image and, from what you have written, it was evidently a very satisfying experience!
     
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