Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hood River Valley

I took a little ribbing yesterday for not eating that pear, so I feel like I should put my location in context.  I was heading up the foothills along the edge of the Hood River Valley (aka the fruit loop), on a tiny named road that was really a driveway to what looked like a family compound at the top. Pear orchard to my right, and blueberry field to my left, slowly scanning the orchard for photos.  When I got to the top and turned around at the family compound, what a surprise to find a patch of bright rainbow in the valley!  One of the things that makes rainbows so wonderful is their unexpectedness, and especially at a time like this, when it wasn't even raining where I was.  I spend a good bit of time on this rainbow, and also another scene which I'll probably blog tomorrow.  So when I drove down the hill, I had forgotten all about the pears, and felt completely full from the great luck I'd just had finding a rainbow in a valley.  A rainbow photo has been on my bucket list since moving back to the Pacific Northwest, and even though rainbows are more plentiful here, I had never been in a photo worthy location when one popped up.  Hopefully someone will eat that pear though.  It did look pretty yummy! 

(One technical side note on this photo.  I used my polarizer, and it made a huge difference in how vivid the rainbow looked.  This is how it looked to me, but without the polarizer the camera captured it more washed out.  I was not imagining I'd get such good results, mainly because I don't like using it in water reflection shots, since it takes away the reflection.  So this was a learning photo for me.  Polarizer and rainbows: good)

4 comments:

Linda W. said...

Great shot! Yes, I love using my polarizer for lots of things.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A great rainbow shot. I didn't know that about polarisers either, it's sort of counter-intuitive since rainbows are nothing but reflected light. Thanks for the photo and the info.

barbara judge said...

I have not used polarisers but have on occasion thought about it. I try to keep my photography simple but with all these wonderful aids out there it is difficult -- barbara

Viera said...

Excellent rainbow shot...well done...