Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Wonderful Christmas

Ah, I'm now back home after a wonderful Christmas with our dear friends in Santa Barbara, California.  This is an annual pilgrimage that we make at Christmas time to visit and catch up with our friends and their delightful kids that are now in college and so grown up.

I made a decision to not take my camera on this trip and just "veg" out with my iPad and read a few novels--my definition of a great vacation is measured by the number of novels I finish.  But, you know just when you think you can get get away Mother Nature shows up and displays a visual image so spectacular that I could not pass it up.

A rare double rainbow appeared in advance of a small rain shower just as the sun was getting low on the horizon.  You know that "Golden Hour" that we always look for in our photography.  So I grabbed my wife's small point and shoot and aimed it at the fantastic scene in our friends backyard.  Her camera is a very good Canon Powershot A590 IS that takes great pictures.

Here is what I saw (after stiching four frames into a panorama with Photoshop CS6.

Rainbow over Santa Barbara
This photo was taken at ISO 80, 1/500th sec and f/4.0.  The four frames were processed as a panorama in Photoshop CS6.  Below is a link to a book that talks about the techniques of multiple frame shots in Photoshop.

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