Ok, I haven't done many of these, but I can't resist here. When I first saw this image as a thumbnail, my jaw dropped and it didn't even occur to me to enlarge it...I just sat and stared at it! As a matter of fact, I may not have been breathing. But this is all gut reaction...here's my critique:
Ok, just kidding. Not about the OMG, that's for real, but about that being my critique. Here's the real one.
I have tried many many times to get a vibrant, color drenched rainbow and have come close a time or two...but it's just a shot of a rainbow, where ever it happened to be. Just glad to get the shot, not concerned with composition or scenery.
Ruth has managed to get a fantastic rainbow, not only as vibrant and clear as anyone could wish for, but she has also managed to do it in a way that you probably couldn't have manipulated any better. The composition here is not only a beautiful scene...I call these trees live oaks though I'm sure that's wrong, I just love the way they look sans leaves, but she has kept it simple and clean, the sign of most great works of art. Nothing to distract, only essential elements. Love the dark brooding sky behind the rainbow. Her perspective is flawless! Positioning herself to get the rainbow falling directly behind the main tree to provide wonderfully colorful backlighting is pure perfection. Her position just short of the crest of the hill helps give great depth to this image, with the higher hill behind the tree and the rainbow and she has included just enough grass in the foreground to help draw the eye up the hill to the blazing treasure at the top. I never believed pots of gold really existed before, but perhaps my definition of "pots of gold" was just in the wrong direction. Ruth has photographic proof that they do exist...she has a real treasure here.
My only problem with this shot, is the second tree half out of the photo. A bit distracting and I can envision how awesome it would have been with only the one tree on the hill, but it's a problem easily overlooked in view of the beauty captured here.
Hats off to you Ruth! Well done...and I'm soooo jealous!
So, I understand that a lot of these shots have an incredible amount of "luck" involved, "right place, right time" sort of deal...but...that lends absolutely nothing else towards the difficulty level and the point of view that YOU wished to capture here. Most people stick to full wide shots with rainbows because they want to try to capture the full arch of the form; this works and is usually quite pretty, but it's not original, especially when they had the option to zoom the hell out of it and get in a tighter shot like you did. It also helps that the colors have an amazing darker front and back drop that add emphasis to just HOW bright the colors of the rainbow were. And the rainbow isn't even the only eye catching part of this piece, which is another impressive thing. The landscape, especially the tree, is almost as eye-catching as the burst of color behind it. Even on a day without rainbows, this image makes me want to see this area in person. Makes me want to picnic under the branches and enjoy a nice outing, as sappy as that sounds. An image that an evoke that kind of response is an incredible image, there's no denying this.
No wonder You got so much favs! This is the closesd -big on the sky- rainbow I ever seen!!! You can literaly see how it change the color of background!!! You was at the bigining of the rainbow,I would try to go there and be in that light for how long it last!!!... (Only it would turn to chaising shadows,cause comming closer would change the angle)...It's one of my wishes! hehe! - You didn't try to hop on it and get over the rainbow where sky is blue? - hehe!
Have You notice how sky get dark always up the rainbow? - often if it's dubble rainbow the part of the sky between them is dark like that... It make me wonder why actually it is happening...ofcours I understand that it is the angle of the light reflecting in water drops,but why exacly it's getting dark I still don't know...
I had a plasure beeing in the ring of rainbow while I was under the waterfall! - it was amaising!!! - the stripes of colours where very thin just cupple of inches each color and the ring of rainbow was floating around me like big hulahoop! It was one of the most fantastic adventures I ever had! This experience make me realise that actually rainbow envolve not only angle between sun and water druplets but also angle between person who see it!!! So... IT WAS YOUR VERY OWN RAINBOW CAUSE ONLY YOU HAVE SEEN IT LIVE!
It was an amazing sight! My daughter and I were out on a photo adventure, but she was being a little pain in the butt so I cut the trip short and we were heading home - she still doesn't let me forget that if she hadn't been grumpy (we stopped and got her something to eat and she was better) we never would have been right there, right then!!
It lasted a long time - in fact we "chased" it up the valley for easily half an hour...