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My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold a Rainbow In the Sky — Wordsworth
May 1, 2009 1:33 PM   Subscribe

It's always great excitement to see a rainbow. If you're lucky enough to have your camera with you, even better. But there's more to it than just being in the right place at the right time. How to Photograph a Rainbow gives us some pointers so our pictures can look like these. As a last resort, if you have a great photo opportunity but no rainbow: Add A Realistic Rainbow To A Photo In Photoshop.
posted by netbros (24 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
I met a young girl. She gave me a rainbow.
posted by JBennett at 1:38 PM on May 1, 2009


I saw a rainbow halo around the sun once during a kind of low-speed snow storm. it was a perfect circle. Unfortunately, you had to stare at the sun to see it.

As for photoshop rainbows, no.
posted by GuyZero at 1:52 PM on May 1, 2009


I sent a note to the mods about the possible trojan. Thanks for the heads up.
posted by netbros at 1:59 PM on May 1, 2009


Why are there so many posts about rainbows?
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:06 PM on May 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


How to Fuck a Rainbow.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 2:08 PM on May 1, 2009


Because rainbows have nothing to hide, Astro Zombie.
posted by rokusan at 2:09 PM on May 1, 2009


Anyone who wants to add a double rainbow in Photoshop may want to know that a real double rainbow has the color order of the outer 'bow reversed. You know, if you're into verisimilitude.
posted by squarehead at 2:12 PM on May 1, 2009


How to Fuck a Rainbow.

GuyZero's story is promising, on this front.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:14 PM on May 1, 2009


I wish photoshop tutorials would just blurt out the key steps in a sentence or three right up front, and then go on to explain the steps.

Then you could go, 'Okay, he screens a blurred gradient; I get it.' without reading every page.
posted by jfrancis at 2:18 PM on May 1, 2009 [3 favorites]


wish photoshop tutorials would just blurt out the key steps in a sentence or three right up front, and then go on to explain the steps.

Then you could go, 'Okay, he screens a blurred gradient; I get it.' without reading every page.


Yeah, that's always bothered me. You should check out my Cracked.com list of The Top Eight Photoshop Tutorial Pet Peeves, spread out over 32 pages.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 2:21 PM on May 1, 2009 [1 favorite]






I followed the tutorial to add a rainbow to Eddie Adams' famous Tet Offensive assassination photo. It doesn't work so well if the original is black and white, but it cheered it up a bit. Then I got bored and closed it without saving.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:46 PM on May 1, 2009


Idea for someone who's more patient-- rainbow from the goatse guy's butt.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:48 PM on May 1, 2009


Seems like I've always got a damn rainbow sticking out o' me lucky arse.
posted by Pot at 2:48 PM on May 1, 2009


Idea for someone who's more patient-- rainbow from the goatse guy's butt.

I think Obama is actually asking for versions of that image as a baseline requirement for all potential Court nominees.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:21 PM on May 1, 2009


"While it’s not always possible to change the background - you might find that you’re able to change the angle that you’re shooting from..."

I don't think it works that way.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:55 PM on May 1, 2009


The picture of a rainbow from above, taken by a helicopter, was very unusual. Thanks.
posted by metastability at 4:03 PM on May 1, 2009


As far as finding a rainbow goes, my understanding is -

If you see bright sunshine while rain is falling, turn your back to the sun and look for a rainbow there.
posted by jfrancis at 4:40 PM on May 1, 2009


Call it what ye wish but the blogosphere is always after me Lucky Charms.
posted by crapmatic at 4:54 PM on May 1, 2009


This is really gonna help people who need to document the presence of hazardous chemicals in their water.
posted by orme at 5:02 PM on May 1, 2009


NICE BUT NOT ENOUGH UNICORNS!
posted by uandt at 5:51 PM on May 1, 2009




If you want to see and I guess photograph a lot of rainbows go to Ireland. It sounds so trite, but when I was there I saw one like every other day. Something about the weather. We did get rained on an awful lot, but when you see a rainbow after the rain clears it kind of makes it OK.
posted by caddis at 8:22 PM on May 1, 2009


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