When I read this article in Digital Photography School, I posted the rainbow photo shown above as an example of how much I had to learn. Little did I know how much traffic that would generate for me. In just one day I got 172 views after having spent the past 26 days with 0 views in that period. It shot up from a photo somewhere in the range of 25-50 views to 213 views as I write this.
Looking at the photo reminded me of what I was thinking when I took it. We were having an office breakfast at a diner on the side of the road and when I pulled into the parking lot, I saw the rainbow. I knew I had to photograph it. I remember thinking as I photographed it that it was such a childish thing to photograph. After all, only kids are amazed by rainbows. I know that it’s caused by light refracting off of water droplets in the air. But, as I stood there photographing it, and later when I loaded it onto my computer, I realized that rainbows can always be a beautiful phenomenon no matter your age. That fact that you know how it works does not make it any less of a neat arc in the sky, turning the usual monotone blue into a cascade of colours. And, of course, there’s also the Biblical meaning behind the rainbow. That adds a symbolic beauty to the rainbow as well.
So, while DPS was just giving tips on better photography, they helped me to reflect on this long forgotten photo.