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Conrad Tan
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Got this double rainbow over San Francisco Bay Bridge at sunset last night. It was an unbelievable thrill even though everything went wrong! When I got there, it was pouring rain, dark and gloomy. The high winds kept getting rain on my damn lens, which I had to keep wiping off. This made for some horrible streaking in many images. I didn't have a heavy tripod either, so again the high winds didn't help camera shake. I had not cleaned my sensor in many months, so at f/22, every single dust bunny showed, hundreds and hundreds of them. I had no time to or materials to clean it so I just kept shooting. Then out of nowhere, the clouds parted for 3 to 4 minutes, sunlight shot through and right onto the bridge, hitting a sheet of rain that happened to be passing over at that moment. Totally lucky! So after cloning out about a thousand tiny little black dust dots and streaks, this was what I was able to salvage. I hope you like it!

Canon 1DX
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
Exposure Time = 4 seconds
Lens F-Stop = �/22
Exposure Program = manual control
ISO Speed Ratings = 50
Exposure Bias = 0
Metering Mode = pattern / multi-segment
Flash = Flash did not fire
Focal Length = 16 mm








Sorry for the re-dit to the smaller size everyone. Seems someone out there has already copied it, removed my name, and is posting it around my area. Bastard.


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Mar 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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p.1 #2 · Shot of a lifetime?


This is very impressive! WOW!!


Mar 31, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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p.1 #3 · Shot of a lifetime?


Fantastic shot Conrad. So the ankle is fully healed?
Harsha



Mar 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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p.1 #4 · Shot of a lifetime?


This is really nice Conrad. I have seen a couple of these though not with such a grand foreground. I only had a camera with me once and it was a full double bow and alas traffic would not allow for stopping to capture.
Douglas



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:24 PM
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p.1 #5 · Shot of a lifetime?


Great shot!

"Then out of nowhere, the clouds parted for 3 to 4 minutes, sunlight shot through and right onto the bridge, hitting a sheet of rain that happened to be passing over at that moment. Totally lucky!"

Nope. We call it good landscape photography!



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:36 PM
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p.1 #6 · Shot of a lifetime?


Oh my goodness!

Remember - luck favors the prepared... you did earn this one.

Ken



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:45 PM
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p.1 #7 · Shot of a lifetime?


Wow, Spectacular shot. Congrats

Eric



Mar 31, 2013 at 02:24 PM
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p.1 #8 · Shot of a lifetime?


...and do we listen to our mother when she says come in out of the rain? Heck no, and see what you get

Great perseverance Conrad, excellent capture

Matt



Mar 31, 2013 at 02:31 PM
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p.1 #9 · Shot of a lifetime?


Fantastic, Conrad!


Mar 31, 2013 at 02:33 PM
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p.1 #10 · Shot of a lifetime?


well your patience sure paid off - that is beautiful


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p.1 #11 · Shot of a lifetime?


Excellent shot! Congratulations, your persistance paid off!


Mar 31, 2013 at 05:41 PM
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p.1 #12 · Shot of a lifetime?


Not bad gimpy!
Awesome shot bro...some people have all the luck :P



Mar 31, 2013 at 06:02 PM
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p.1 #13 · Shot of a lifetime?


Great opportunity! Very well processed, too. Too bad that the convergence is killing this image. Have you tried straightening it out in post?


Mar 31, 2013 at 07:14 PM
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p.1 #14 · Shot of a lifetime?


Wow, definitely a once in a lifetime shot. Lovely color. I agree, I'd try to straighten, but it doesn't ruin the shot for me.


Mar 31, 2013 at 07:29 PM
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Beautiful Conrad! The lean-in adds to the dynamics of the shot for me.

Thanks fo sharing.



Mar 31, 2013 at 11:15 PM
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p.1 #16 · Shot of a lifetime?


Conrad- The Peanut Gallery thinks this picture is swell.
Charlie



Apr 01, 2013 at 01:23 AM
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p.1 #17 · Shot of a lifetime?


Conrad, well your wish came true


-Tim



Apr 01, 2013 at 01:27 AM
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Conrad Tan wrote:
Sorry for the re-dit to the smaller size everyone. Seems someone out there has already copied it, removed my name, and is posting it around my area. Bastard.
That sucks. You should post in the comments of every occasion "wow, I have a very similar shot!" and then link the shot on your site.

I love that the rainbow seems to come out of the bridge pillar



Apr 01, 2013 at 01:39 AM
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p.1 #19 · Shot of a lifetime?


WATERMARK BIG...always.

Ridiculous shot. And next time shoot f/11. at 16mm you can get away with even less than that and get everything sharp.

aF



Apr 01, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Conrad Tan
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Jeffrey wrote:
Great opportunity! Very well processed, too. Too bad that the convergence is killing this image. Have you tried straightening it out in post?






I tired to straighten it, but I lose so much of the outer rainbow when I do Jeff. Sucks!!



Apr 01, 2013 at 03:38 AM
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