Photographing a Double Rainbow in Santa Fe

June 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Earlier this week Christine Hauber and I moved our RV's to a new spot for the summer in south Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is a huge dirt lot on private property. 

There were times it was actually difficult to see my truck during this dust storm.

It is windy, and dusty and dirty!

The first day here after spending all day moving we finally had a chance to sit down. Not 5 minutes later we got hit with a big dust storm. I measured a peak wind speed of 34mph. So much for the carpets we laid out - they were almost buried in dirt.

Double Rainbow just south of downtown Santa Fe
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But the view can be simply amazing!

The last few days we have had a few late afternoon storms roll by and with it there was some absolutely incredible light.

I only had moments to photograph while the light was at its most intense. No time to grab a tripod, I carefully braced the camera on the top of Christine's car and fired away - right outside our RV's. Talk about having the light come to you!

In the photo above I had to keep wiping my lens in-between frames as it was sprinkling at the time I photographed it.


"A Horse Stable Under the Rainbow"
Santa Fe, NM
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After I photographed the entire double rainbow I then focused on the horse stable. It was photographed with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens, hand-brased on the top of a car, with a shutter speed of 0.5 seconds. It was the only sharp image I had with the horses visible, and the lighting was perfect.

I will gladly sacrifice all of the dirt and wind for this amazing light! Would you?



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