Chasing Rainbows

with My Photography

You know how the mundane can turn into a sublime experience when you finally pay attention to something that has been there many times before but you didn’t give it the time of day?

 Chasing Rainbows with My Photography

The dictionary tells me a rainbow is a bow or arc of prismatic colors appearing in the heavens opposite the sun and caused by the refraction and reflection of the sun’s rays in drops of rain.  My experience tells me a rainbow is an ethereal, luminous, super-sized event that can make you pull over to the side of the road to take it in.

But like you, I’ve seen rainbows even in the spray of hosing down the driveway, the lawn sprinkler, and washing the dog, too.  

Those pretty rainbows that appear even in your daily mundane tasks are a close-up version of the same super sized, radiant display you often seen after an evening rain shower lets up.

 Chasing Rainbows with My Photography

Recently as I was out in the yard turning and spraying my compost pile I looked past the arc of colors into the fine detail of the teeny tiny droplets that did the actual magic of grabbing the sunlight and breaking it up into that arc of luminous colors. 

Forget the compost – I had to go get my camera and chase down those lovely little radiant rainbow droplets!

 Chasing Rainbows with My Photography

For the next hour, I played with F stops and apertures, changed my shooting angle, changed lenses, went and got a flat black backdrop, repositioned the hose, and shot some more. 

Alas, like a responsible adult, I put away the camera and finished the compost maintenance job as well as my other duties for that day. 

Then after that, the final reward was viewing and playing with the images on the computer screen. 

I’ll never see rainbows the same again!

Chasing Rainbows with My Photography

 Chasing Rainbows with My Photography
 Chasing Rainbows with My Photography