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Stop for the Rainbow

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 18 July 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Taken just before sunset in the southern San Joaquin Valley of California

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Daily Phototherapy from Sacramento, United States

What a curious reflection, Stephen. It made me do a double take, because the image at a glance didn't sit well with me. Then I realized was I was looking at. Interesting caputre!

18 Jul 2008 5:23am

@Daily Phototherapy: Confession time. I'd set my camera and tripod. The rainbow was beginning to fade - when a pick-up truck with its headlights on approached - illuminating the sign from the side. The result has a 'twilight zone' eeriness about it. (hey, it IS nearly twilight after all). I like the image because it isn't 'safe'.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Unique and very interesting mood... great find and very well captured!!!

18 Jul 2008 5:29am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

What a nice work here Stephen. This would work so good with a silhouette person looking at the rainbow ... But I guess we all don't carry around our silhouette dummies all the time ;-)

18 Jul 2008 6:45am

@Mirko Herzner: Sometimes I carry a 'silhouette' person around. She would resent being called a dummy, I suspect.

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

wow -- great contrast here with the bright yellow sign and the the muddy earth and pool of rainwater. i am loving the bare branches -- real and reflected and the dynamic two-tone sky! :)

18 Jul 2008 7:38am

@dj.tigersprout: Hey, DJ - thanks.

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

great shot! yes, there's just something about traffic signs that begs us to shoot them...

18 Jul 2008 10:25am

@djedfre: ...yeah, lots of signs and orange cones in this guy's portfolio. Oh, and fire hydrants. And trains. What's with this?

paulski from Muncie, IN, United States

interesting mix of elements; the sign, the dead tree, the rainbow, the sunset. almost unsettling in its incongruity. well done...

18 Jul 2008 11:27am

@paulski: Paulski - thank you and I agree - the image is somewhat unsettling. The 'trees' aren't dead. 'Tis cotton in winter. The year was dead - this was taken at sunset on December 31st.

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

An odd combination of elements in this capture. After I saw it was to stop for the rainbow, I smiled:-)

18 Jul 2008 2:37pm

@sherri: There is a little 'Alfred Hitchcock' in me. I like it when he visits.

danthro from Suburbia, United States

cool one! love the light and colors

18 Jul 2008 7:11pm

John Maslowski from Dallas,PA, United States

Great composition with the sign and rainbow, very creative. Like the dramatic sky and the reflections too. BTW Stephen I rebuilt my web site, my new url is

19 Jul 2008 1:30am

@John Maslowski: Thanks, John.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

great idea for this photo! well thought out and composed!

19 Jul 2008 8:28am

gbe from kansas city, United States

strangely beautiful

25 Jul 2008 2:32am

Marie from FRESNES, France

très belle lumière/

4 Aug 2008 9:36pm

gbe from kansas city, United States

really nice - even if there where no rainbow

24 Sep 2008 6:16pm