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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 31 May 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

When we returned from our late afternoon shoot, this is what greeted us at the motel (shot 10 meters from my room). This brings the Columbia Gorge Series to an end.

"What we are told as children is that people when they walk on the land leave their breath wherever they go. So wherever we walk, that particular spot on the earth never forgets us, and when we go back to these places, we know that the people who have lived there are in some way still there, and that we can actually partake of their breath and their spirit.” — Rina Swentzell, Santa Clara Pueblo

NIKON D700 1/50 second F/8.0 ISO 200 56 mm (35mm equiv.)

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

truly stunning. Amazing what you find just beyond your bedroom sometimes. Love it.

31 May 2009 5:03am

@Bill Jennings: My workshop buddy and I returned to the motel a little before the others did. Boy, were we ever glad that we did.

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

magnifique ****************************

31 May 2009 6:15am

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Holy cow...what a treat! Perfectly captured.

31 May 2009 6:36am

rem_la from Villiers, France

whaouuu, superbe !

31 May 2009 6:54am

oncho from granada, Spain


31 May 2009 7:52am

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

awesome.. love the view wish to see that live..

31 May 2009 8:57am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

FAN-TABULOUS! ... Did you adjust the color in any way, or is that totally natural, Jack?

31 May 2009 9:32am

@Judy: I went back a checked Lightroom. Not much processing; a little boost in the Blacks, the Clarity and Saturation (but not nearly as much as you might think). It was one of the most vivid rainbows that I have ever seen.

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

Wow, an exceptional photo, which invites in the faith of another world. It's a wonderful shot.

31 May 2009 10:11am

@Peggy M.: Thanks, Peggy.

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Extraordinary and wonderful ! Great shot !

31 May 2009 11:27am

@Marie-Hélène Ammor: Thanks, M-H.

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Wow, that's awesome.

31 May 2009 11:48am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Spectacular!!!! Right place at the right time.

31 May 2009 12:07pm

@Betty: What a gift it was!

Ajay from Pune, India

My sentiments same, Jack... WOW!!!!

31 May 2009 2:00pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Really "wow!!!" yes!

31 May 2009 2:33pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

The only word that can come out of my mouth...WOW!!! So rare natural thing to catch...

31 May 2009 2:34pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Oh no, you have GOT to be kidding!!!! It is just NOT FAIR that you got to see all this fabulous scenery, and then been handed a gift like this at the end!!! You must have MORE luck than the Irish, to have not only seen this, but to have had your camera ready at the same time!! I thought I was lucky last night, seeing a rainbow here, that was actually complete, from one end to the other...but no camera with me!!! I am your most jealous fan!!!!!

31 May 2009 3:43pm

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

Definitely WOW!!! Great capture of this scene, Jack!

31 May 2009 4:29pm

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

This looks like a beautiful demonstration of what it looks like in Oregon! A wonderful image right from the hotel! I enjoyed this series very much Jack!

31 May 2009 4:37pm

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott. It was a terrific workshop.

Bill Brown from California, United States

Absolutely beautiful! Oh so lucky, being in the right place at the right time with camera ready. Thanks for sharing this magnificent capture.

31 May 2009 4:41pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

A piece of the glory of Mother Nature.

31 May 2009 4:57pm

@Michael Rawluk: Absolutely.

Momo from Montpellier, France

amazing image jack...nature rewarding you for all your hard work or maybe wishing you well? :-)

31 May 2009 5:00pm

@Momo: For whatever reason, I'll take it.

willow from Chelsea, United States

OH!!! Nothing is quite as wonderful of a surprise as looking up and seeing a rainbow. And two of them?!!! What a treasure!

31 May 2009 5:37pm

@willow: Rainbows nourish the heart and the soul.

Manel from Girona, Spain

Good double rainbou capture. Maybe so much saturation of colors.

31 May 2009 5:56pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Magnifique ce double arc-en-ciel! Très belle image!!!

31 May 2009 6:00pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

amazing image excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

31 May 2009 6:36pm

lydia from Paris, France

Wow !! The second one on Aminus today !!!!!!!!!!!!!Marvellous Jack !!

31 May 2009 6:40pm

Don Smith from California, United States

Wow - another double-rainbow image. You and Gary must be living right - awesome!

31 May 2009 7:51pm

@Don Smith: Gary and I certainly have been gifted by rainbows. But I don't expect to ever be in his league as a photographer. He is like you, a true artist.

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Heyyyy, careful with the over saturation, at least for my taste. It's a shame to me, because the composition is excellent. Hope you don't mind the honesty ;-)

31 May 2009 7:55pm

@xavier cardell: The saturation is in the reality. (Take a look at the trees on the other side of the river.)

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Double WOW

31 May 2009 8:09pm

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Crikey, what a happy ending to your workshop! Great capture, Jack!

31 May 2009 9:27pm

k@ from Paris, France

I was sure you post-processed this ! Double impressive !

31 May 2009 9:32pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Thanks, Jack ... I didn't expect that you would have boosted the saturation beyond the actual limits.

31 May 2009 10:03pm

@Judy: Some of the intensity probably was due to increasing the EV by 1/3 and having a shutter speed of 1/50 sec. I did boost the contrast in LR from medium contrast to strong contrast. Also the Nikon Picture Control was set at Landscape which boosts the colors a bit (but not as much as the Vivid setting). What I see on my monitor is very much like what I saw that afternoon. I think that it is difficult for people to grasp the intensity of the colors that late afternoon. I certainly have never seen anything like it.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wow indeed. Really beautiful.

31 May 2009 10:31pm

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

That is one of the best double rainbow captures I've seen. Well done, Jack!

31 May 2009 10:51pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

fabulous shot the colours are very stunning

31 May 2009 10:57pm

jim longacre from sebastopol, United States

boy , I'll say !!! WOW!

1 Jun 2009 12:32am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Oh, no. Does the series have to end? It was wonderful.

1 Jun 2009 12:36am

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barbara; it was fun.

Suzanne Labbé from Granby, Canada

As you say John : Oh WoW :o) Superb ! Great catch. Bravo.

1 Jun 2009 1:32am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wow double your luck?

1 Jun 2009 2:41am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Wow for sure. A fortunate capture. Double your pleasure. Bravo.

1 Jun 2009 3:29am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

There's a Leica at the end of every rainbow. best...jerry

1 Jun 2009 4:05am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States


1 Jun 2009 4:12am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful shot

1 Jun 2009 6:57am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

fabulous shot ! over the rainbow.....colors are amazing !

1 Jun 2009 8:32am

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

I'm lucky capture, bravo !!

1 Jun 2009 12:06pm

Laurent from Lyon, France

yes "Wow" is THE word !!!!

1 Jun 2009 2:22pm

BoB from Milano, Italy

wow a double rainbow, wonderful

1 Jun 2009 2:46pm

Celeb from Madrid, Spain

Great capture.. congratulations!!

1 Jun 2009 9:02pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Wow is right!

2 Jun 2009 12:13am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States


2 Jun 2009 12:59am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Superb..and a double one on top of that...the colors came out great..a marvelous capture in a lovely landscape also..

2 Jun 2009 4:23am

Cricket-Tammy from Alabama, United States

What an ending. Beautiful.

2 Jun 2009 5:18am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old Pembroke Dock boy,Wales), Germany

I´ve been looking at this shot for 10 minutes now and I still can´t get my mouth to close !!! Jaw dropping stuff !! Fantastic..

2 Jun 2009 4:13pm

baobab from Cambridge, United States

wow indeed! we saw a lovely rainbow in Boston on saturday, but it's been a long time since I saw a double rainbow like yours.

2 Jun 2009 5:49pm

MysLykeMeeh from Toronto, Canada

Beautiful...took my breath away!

3 Jun 2009 12:54am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Fantastic shot showing the 2 rainbows. Excellent!!

3 Jun 2009 11:11pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Just breathtaking!!! My both girls went: "WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!"

4 Jun 2009 5:16am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Marvelous!!! There's something quite amazing about rainbows. And to think you got two. And so beautifully. Makes me smile.

5 Jun 2009 2:12am

jeri from United States


5 Jun 2009 11:40pm

Double KK Photography from West Richland, United States

beautiful photo and I thought I got lucky with mine but the colors of yours is amazing great job

10 Jun 2009 4:10am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a stunning capture! Now where's the gold? :-) The refracted rainbow is even quite vibrant.

3 Sep 2009 2:17am