Capture That Elusive Rainbow

by Linda Eodice

Capture That Elusive Rainbow

If you experience a summer storm in the afternoon, donít put your camera away. You may have the opportunity to spot one of natureís most charming and elusive phenomena, a rainbow. You wonít be able to predict where it will occur, but you can increase your chances of seeing one by facing away from the sun toward the dark opposing sky after a storm. A picture of a rainbow hanging in an open sky is pretty, but if you can include an interesting foreground, like a building or a landscape, youíll have an image that gives the viewer a sense of scale and place.

My husband and I were traveling through Santa Fe one spring, and stopped at a restaurant during a brief rainstorm. The storm was just beginning to pass as we came outside, and we saw this beautiful rainbow. Fortunately, I had my camera with me! We were in the middle of town and were able to run around and find a couple of interesting foreground elements, like a church, and another of adobe buildings, which you see here. I quickly put a polarizing filter on my lens to intensify the colors of the rainbow. If youíre doing this, rotate the filter, watch through the viewfinder to find the brightest colors, and shoot when you find the best color saturation. Donít rotate the filter too far in the wrong direction, because it can totally erase the colors of the rainbow as well.

About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Linda Eodice
Photography Instructor: Linda EodiceThe author of Photos That Inspire, Lynne Eodice teaches a number of excellent online classes for (see the current course listing below.) She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersenís PHOTOgraphic.

A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.

Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphicís Buyerís Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiotís Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.

Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitorís center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.

In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.

Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.