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The Rainbow and the Lighthouse

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 17 February 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

My last photo was taken at dawn at Perch Rock lighthouse, New Brighton which is near Liverpool in NW England. Shortly afterward the weather started to close in and a succession of wonderfully dramatic rainbows appeared in the sky behind the lighthouse.

NIKON D800 1/320 second F/8.0 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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DarkElf from Perth, Australia

brilliant work with light and contrast for this composition!

17 Feb 2014 5:14am

@DarkElf: Thanks Maciek.

Hans ter Horst from Dippach, Luxembourg

Wow, Ian, that's amazing! A beautiful composition made completely fabulous by that rainbow. Just amazing how things can come together. Chapeau!

17 Feb 2014 6:11am

@Hans ter Horst: Thanks Hans. It was one of those mornings where I was definitely in the right place at the right time.

A quick tip for avoiding wide angle lens perspective distortion when photographing tall structures like this lighthouse - what I do whenever I can is to compose the shot in the camera viewfinder with the lighthouse bang in the centre to minimise any perspective distortion. I then crop in post processing to the final composition that I'm after. As an example this shot is a crop from the top left side of the frame....from memory I think I was left with about 17mp out of the original 36mp from the Nikon D800 camera that I was using.

Amir from Anzali, Iran


17 Feb 2014 6:54am

@Amir: Thanks Amir.

oldshutterhand from Germany

Very good reflection and rainbow compo.

17 Feb 2014 7:48am

Hans ter Horst from Dippach, Luxembourg

Cheers, that's a very good tip!

17 Feb 2014 8:14am

CLODO from PESSAC, France

A perfect framing with the reflection in the puddle and the rainbow over the lighthouse, the right moment, and you were there with you camera and tripod ready to register this scene! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

17 Feb 2014 8:33am

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

superb work 5*

17 Feb 2014 9:00am

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very good B&W shot. Superb.

17 Feb 2014 9:33am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

A very suitable celestial hat for this lighthouse.
I read your explanations. Interesting.

17 Feb 2014 9:45am

Martine Libouton from Genappe, Belgium

Wouhaaaaa!! superbe cette photo!5*****

17 Feb 2014 10:27am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful light and contrast.
Have a nice day.

17 Feb 2014 11:58am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Love the deep blacks and high contrast of this fabulous composition, Ian!

17 Feb 2014 1:47pm

Grandoude from Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France

Nice B&W traitement. Good composition between rainbow and water effect in the first ground.

17 Feb 2014 3:47pm

Patrick M. from France

Beautiful, I like a lot! simple and beautiful

17 Feb 2014 10:36pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh j'aime cette lumière en arche

18 Feb 2014 8:42am

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Stunning ! Possibly a spotlight.

18 Feb 2014 11:47am

shooter from United Kingdom

That's a great shot

19 Feb 2014 8:05am

Ludovic Roudet from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Splendid image !

20 Feb 2014 5:49am

vrinda from mangalore,Karnataka, India

excellent play of light

27 Feb 2014 12:42pm

JCJ from Troyes, France


27 Feb 2014 10:49pm

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1/320 second
ISO 100
27 mm (35mm equiv.)