This work was featured in the following groups:

  • Pictures with the Wow Factor 4th March 2012
  • Canon DSLR 4th March 2012
  • DeeZ 5Cs Award 4th March 2012
  • Tuesday Afternoon Daily Double 4th March 2012
  • Zingers 5th March 2012
  • Live Love Dream 5th March 2012
  • Nature’s Paintbriush 7th March 2012
  • Inspired Art 7th March 2012
  • Fellin’ Good 12th March 2012
  • The landscapes of our world 18th March 2012
  • made it into the Top Ten of Tuesday Afternoon Challenge 5th April 2012
  • Stunning Skyscapes 16th November 2012

This is perhaps the most photographed landmark / sea-mark in the North East of England, it’s Saint Mary’s Island at Whitely Bay. I was driving along the sea front road when I saw the most intense rainbow I’d ever seen. I decided to drive further to see if I could align it with the lighthouse and surprisingly that happened as I go to the car-park – result? However, the traffic was slow and prevented me making quick progress so when I reached the “sweet-spot” the rainbow was fading. However, a little underexposure helped the image somewhat I think.

Canon 450D
Sigma 28-135mm
1/3200th second at f/8 ISO-200

Inspired by my dad in visual arts and music from a very early age. He mentored me in photography, film processing and printing when I was 7 or 8 years old. He wouldn’t teach me to play guitar though so I had to teach myself, and played bass in a group while I was at University for pocket money. I took early retirement in 2009 and rekindled my passion for photography. My art is eclectic. I’ll photograph anything and everything. The world is full of images just waiting to be captured.

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  • Kris Montgomery
    Kris Montgomeryabout 3 years ago

    Hello, great shot!
    Please write in your description where this was taken and RESUBMIT back in to THE WORLD

  • Sorry Kris, since everyone takes pictures of St. Mary’s I was a bit blasé about its location – forgetting of course that RedBubble is International. I have updated the location in the first line of the description. Thanks.

    – Harry Purves

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanabout 3 years ago

    Stunning image!!!

  • Hi Monica, thanks so much for your comment and the feature in Pictures with the WOW Factor, I’m so pleased and grateful.

    – Harry Purves

  • BigD
    BigDabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature in Canon DSLR BigD. Best regards from BigH.

    – Harry Purves

  • Darlene Lankford Honeycutt
    Darlene Lankfo...about 3 years ago


    Please add this award winning image to the DeeZ 5Cs Award Showcase Group HERE
    Thanks, DeeZ!
    (Reminder, only works that receive this banner can be added to this group!)

  • Thank you Darlene, I’m honoured .

    – Harry Purves

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Outstanding capture Harry

  • Hi Larry, thanks for your great comment.

    – Harry Purves

  • Jay Gross
    Jay Grossabout 3 years ago

    What a glorious shot, and what a fabulously huge rainbow. Looks like the underexposure worked to your advantage to bring out the subtleties at the outside edges. -J:

  • Thanks so much Jay. You’re 100% right, this is 2 stops under from an evaluated scene metering perspective, and if it wasn’t it would just be a bright sky with a faint rainbow. A great example that you have to meter for the subject not the image as a whole.

    – Harry Purves

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 3 years ago

    Awesome capture Harry !!!!

  • Thanks so much for your comment Thomas.

    – Harry Purves

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 3 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • Many thanks for your great comment Charmiene

    – Harry Purves

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanabout 3 years ago

    this is absolutely lovely, Harry!!! What a treat to see something like this!! wow… you must have been so thrilled to see this, and to be able to capture it!!! it is fantastic!! hugs, b

  • Hi Barb, nice to hear from you and nice to receive such a positive comment too. I’m very pleased that you like it, and I was very fortunate to be at the scene when the rainbow was almost at it brightest. Very little post processing on this one, just a little sharpening and colour balance.

    – Harry Purves

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 3 years ago

    Is this the one spot in Maine almost near the border of Canada… I saw it one but am not sure this is the one…the shot is superb!!!

  • Hi Lorraine, no this is in the North East of England on the coast near the seaside town of Whitely Bay. Thanks so much for your comments, I’m pleased that you like it!

    – Harry Purves

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