Timing is everything. I could come up with hundreds of stories of how timing made the difference between what was and what wasn’t. Of course, I suppose that is true for every moment in every day for everyone, so perhaps it’s not particularly remarkable.
But there are certain events that occur in a moment and then disappear–you either see them or you don’t–dependent on their timing and yours. Rainbows are a great example of transitory events that occur infrequently enough that most of us are still amazed whenever we happen to witness one.
On this particular day, at 7:30 PM, I had just gotten back from taking a break to walk Tisen. I’d decided to run down to a common room in our building with great views to try out the panoramic feature of my iPhone camera from the balcony.
I guess I was inspired by the sky while I was walking Tisen, but I don’t remember. The clouds were interesting enough to enhance the panoramic view, but it was too early for any interesting sunset color. So, around 7:30PM, I was out on the balcony taking the panoramic shot above.
After shooting several panoramics and deciding I liked the one above, I returned to my office and went back to work. About an hour later I got a text from my husband telling me to get down to the exact same spot I had been shooting from an hour earlier because there was a huge double rainbow.
Knowing rainbows cannot be counted on to hang out waiting for me to get my equipment together, I grabbed what I thought was my tripod bag, my DSLR with a 24-70mm lens on it. and my iPhone (of course) and left for the common room so quickly, I was half way down the hall before I realized I was barefoot. Not having time to return for shoes, I kept going.
I got to the clubroom, and immediately realized the bag I’d grabbed was not my tripod bag. Rather, it was a bag of lighting stands. For those of you who are not into photography, lighting stands are not at all helpful when what you need is a tripod–at least not if you need it quickly. Perhaps with enough time and ingenuity, a lighting stand could be rigged into a temporary tripod. But a rainbow is not the time to try this.
So, handholding my DSLR, I took a few shots of the huge double-rainbow visible end-to-end in the sky and realized my second problem–24mm wasn’t wide enough. I couldn’t fit the double rainbow into the frame.
While I got out my iPhone and started taking more panoramics, my husband kindly ran back to our place to grab my tripod and 16-35mm lens for me. He returned in record time. By the time I switched my lens, there was only one strip of rainbow still visible. Maybe next time.