Capturing The Rainbow

I found this photo on an external hard drive from 2008.  I don’t think it was ever processed and I definitely did not remember it until I happened on it’s folder.

The photo was taken by Ali as we were driving from Hamilton OH to Eaton to visit her son.  The road was pretty busy that day and provided no convenient place to pull off, so I just slowed way down and she snapped a couple of shots with a relatively fast shutter speed and a high ISO setting.

The processing of the image was relatively straight forward:

  1. I opened it in Adobe Camera Raw and did some minor exposure corrections.
  2. Once in Photoshop, I applied the HDR filter by Nik software using one of their custom presets.  I changed a couple of the default settings.
  3. Once back in Photoshop, I increased the saturation of the rainbow with a Hue/Saturation layer with a slightly increased saturation setting.
  4. I turned the HS layer mask black and selected a soft brush at low opacity.  With the HS mask selected, I then painted over the rainbow with white to allow the increased saturation on the rainbow to show through.
  5. The file was sized, reduced to 800 pixels wide, and then added the border layer.

Capturing The Rainbow

About clayandali
Trained as a research chemist, but have been involved with Entrepreneurship for over 30 years. I have been involved in photography for 41 years. Ali is a graduate of the Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, OH. She loves both portrait and landscape work.

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