I challenged myself to photograph the colors of the rainbow in one morning…
All images ©2010 Duane H. Fickeisen, Carlisle, PA. All rights reserved.
The ground rules included not trespassing on private property and shooting with natural light as the subjects presented themselves. Many were taken at the Pemaquid Lighthouse Park, Maine. The rest along Pemaquid Loop and Cliff Roads nearby (map). All the images were taken within a 3 1/2-hour shoot in the morning of July 29, 2010. It was, as is often the case at Pemaquid Point, a breezy day, with clouds decreasing after a heavy overnight rain. The wind kept the plants almost constantly moving and I sometimes had to wait several minutes for stillness after setting up a shot.
Shot using a tripod, mostly with a 100-mm fixed macro lens, in camera raw format and minimally processed with Photoshop (adjust exposure, crop, sharpen, straighten in a few cases, but only minimal color correction).
I made nearly 200 images, then spent about as long sorting, selecting, and processing them as the shoot itself. You see about one in every five images. I encourage others to try this, and there are extra points if you take the images in the order the colors appear in the rainbow (I did not do that).
While photographically these are not my best work, still I’m pleased with the outcome.
The inspiration was a “rainbow” garden of flowers that represented the colors of the rainbow along a promenade in the children’s garden at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens near Boothbay Harbor. Those relatively new public gardens are wonderful, by the way, and continue to expand. Lovely use of sculpture and whimsey. Lots of good ideas for home gardeners and a lovely place to spend half a day.