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Shooting Rainbows out... outside....

Wanted to write a quick post & share two recent images - taken from the end of my driveway... Not a typical bird-photography location, but you've got to take your bird+rainbow chances whenever & wherever you get them!

It was an odd shoot, in that I had maybe ~3-5 minutes to get my camera, get outside & find birds - as the light was fading fast. It was a "sunset rainbow" - so vivid colours, but less light to work with... Swallows were numerous and a cooperative Red-winged Blackbird gave me some chances. I'll spare the details, but I wanted to quickly go over some of the things I noted - while sharing the two best images I was able to make. Given the limited chances to shoot with a rainbow, I thought these notes may be of use in the future! (To you, or me, or whoever!)

- Just finding a bird to fly in front is a challenge
- Then you need to get a suitable pose from said-bird
- the intensity of the rainbow may change (for your camera settings) without being readily obvious as you frantically search for birds. Keep an eye on your settings
- the red-end of the spectrum offers more light than the blue end... Not much you can do about it... I ended up exposing for the reds & therefore the blue/magenta end is harder to see
- one side of the arc is darker than the other... so you'll end up with some over-exposed and some under-exposed shots as the bird passees.... Shooting in RAW will help tidy them up & increase your chances of getting a shot
- speaking of RAW, the camera doesn't seem to understand the colour temperature as readily as other situations - so be prepared to tweak when you're back on the computer... 
- the arc of the rainbow changes your perspective (ie it can be horizontal or vertical depending on where your bird passes)... Makes composition a challenge... 

Overall it was a ton of fun! I can't wait to give it a try next time...