Salted Morning Rainbow

Equipment Info
NIKON D850
14mm / f/16 / 1/125 sec. / ISO 200
State/Province/Region
California
Nearest Area
Death Valley National Park
Town
Furnace Creek
Brief Directions

Badwater basin is 17 miles south of the town of Furnace Creek, California, in Death Valley National Park.

Notes

Captured at 1/125th of a second at f/16, ISO 200, post-processed in Adobe Lightroom and Photomatix.

Description

A rainbow forms in showers of virga over the salt flats in Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park, during our landscape and night photography workshop there a couple of weeks ago.

We woke before dawn to intermittent rains drops that morning, and we drove 40 miles toward the wall of black storm, counting on it to move or break up a bit. We stopped at a spot near, but not under it.

The entire view toward the rising sun was obscured with rain a short while earlier, then we had a small glowing window of sunrise light underneath, then we turned around to rainbows from the rising sun shooting over these clouds!

This image was taken just as the sun was reaching our position, you can see a trace of my shadow as the sun crested the clouds behind me.

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Date Added
December 25, 2022
Date Taken
December 11, 2022