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This image is from a couple of days ago during an overnight at Shiprock in New Mexico. When we arrived, the skies were gray, the wind was gusting to 40 mph and the sky was gray. I was hoping for some blowing sand or maybe a long exposure to streak the clouds but neither were in the cards. I was focusing on foreground compositions with this majestic rock in the background. Honestly, none of it was working out.

As the sun was setting, there was the beginning of a glow. Still, nothing dramatic but I clicked away anyway thinking I could come up with a gloomy black and white or something like that. Then, the sky exploded with color. Everything was bathed in tones of red, orange, magenta and then the rainbow! Of course, we were more than excited. The rainbow lasted for only a few minutes but the fire in the sky continued with different cloud formations or light and color (more images to come)

I was attending Mark Metternich's Ultimate Southwest and White Pocket workshop. If you have ever considered this or any of his workshops, just do it! I have so many positive things to say about Mark and the workshop. First, Mark is the hardest working workshop leader I have ever experienced. I think he got about two hours of sleep each of the first two nights. He was scouting locations, checking the weather and making sure any of the many possible locations would be accessible . . . not only getting in but getting out. It is monsoon season in the southwest and many of the locations are only accessible by 4x4 high clearance vehicles. So, if a storm hit while on location, it might be difficult to impossible to get out.

Mark's clear knowledge of the area gave us many possibilities to locations few, if any, have ever seen let alone photograph. The workshop had an open itinerary which is based on weather and light. Some would say we were blessed with great light throughout the workshop. However, Mark's hard work and diligence certainly contributed to greatly improve our chances.

It was clear that Mark's goal was to make sure the workshop participants had a great adventure, learn new techniques and have a ton of fun along the way. It was a resounding success. I knew of Mark from this and other forums but never met him till now. Along with some great images and memories, I have a new friend!




  ILCE-1    FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM lens    23mm    f/9.0    1/50s    1600 ISO    +2.3 EV  




Aug 15, 2023 at 02:35 PM
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Epic shot and great review of the workshop! Did you have to hike around with camping gear in addition to camera gear or did you drive from location to location?


Aug 15, 2023 at 02:43 PM
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kthung2 wrote:
Epic shot and great review of the workshop! Did you have to hike around with camping gear in addition to camera gear or did you drive from location to location?


We stayed in an AirBNB for the first couple of nights. We car camped the rest of the way in our 4x4 vehicles and it worked out great. Our first shooting day included a 2 hour drive and a mile and half hike to get to the location. It was so much fun. The rest of the time, we were able to drive and camp at our location with little hiking required.



Aug 15, 2023 at 02:48 PM
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WOW...Just WOW...Great work.
I am wanting to do some of his online workshop videos, maybe this winter to improve my self and camera and am excited to do that, some day a work shop like you went on maybe. You nailed that pictures tho, Congrats.



Aug 15, 2023 at 03:39 PM
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Bill Gass wrote:
WOW...Just WOW...Great work.
I am wanting to do some of his online workshop videos, maybe this winter to improve my self and camera and am excited to do that, some day a work shop like you went on maybe. You nailed that pictures tho, Congrats.


Thanks Bill! I definitely learned some new techniques both with camera and in post. Always great to try something new.



Aug 15, 2023 at 03:43 PM
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Very nice! No deep insights here, just looked at the photo and said to myself, "Damn, that's really nice."


Aug 15, 2023 at 04:27 PM
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Beautiful!


Aug 15, 2023 at 06:29 PM
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The Rat wrote:
Very nice! No deep insights here, just looked at the photo and said to myself, "Damn, that's really nice."


Thanks. Sometimes, that's all that needs to be said . . .



Aug 15, 2023 at 06:29 PM
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Just amazing!


Aug 15, 2023 at 07:03 PM
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mike reid wrote:
Just amazing!


Thanks so much, Mike!



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The stars certainly lined up for you on this one. Well done!


Aug 16, 2023 at 06:12 AM
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Awesome image Bob! What a great opportunity and you certainly took maximum advantage of it. Wonderful image of what I trust was a memorable scene! Voted! Steve


Aug 16, 2023 at 06:47 AM
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Excellent work,Bob.


Aug 16, 2023 at 07:13 AM
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Double rainbow!!!!! (I remember that one)

Awesome shot!!!



Aug 16, 2023 at 08:32 AM
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Excellent—opportunities like that don't come along everyday.

Congratulations!



Aug 16, 2023 at 11:03 AM
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Beautiful Reunion of double rainbows


Aug 16, 2023 at 12:35 PM
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Thanks folks. When this show ended, we gathered and toasted with some beer!


Aug 16, 2023 at 12:45 PM
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Stormy weather and the sun setting can be a very opportunistic time, which it was for you.

Great job with the capture, and Marks knowledge of the area.. His approach to editing/printing is second to none





Aug 17, 2023 at 03:54 PM
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Awesome capture Bob! Voted!


Aug 17, 2023 at 04:08 PM
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Dude! That was one of the most epic moments of light I have seen in my career! ! An astonishing moment, an incredible workshop with wonderful people and tons of laughs! To say that it was more than a privilege to be able to chase the wild light with you all, is a massive understatement! And even better, a bunch of great new friends!

I cannot wait to see all that you post from that trip.

And thank you for making mention. 👍🏼



Aug 17, 2023 at 06:58 PM
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