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Shaun, Ann and I were driving back from our trip to Port Townsend and it was dismal and rainy through the entire trip. The one bright spot was in the middle of nowhere, near Ritzville, Washington (USA). It was flat prairie for miles around, definitely not our favorite part of the drive. Shaun stopped at a conveniently placed rest stop and Ann and I took several photos.

This rest stop was like an oasis for us, with beautiful landscaping and a parklike walk. The rainbow made a perfect finishing touch. I uploaded “Double Rainbow” first, but this is my favorite of the batch, because you can see the rural landscape. I hope you enjoy this “touch of Eden” as much as we did.

Photo taken in October, 2010, near Ritzville, Washington with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.

I used Photoshop CS and the wonderful Topaz DeJPEG filter to get rid of the low resolution detritus. I then adjusted the contrast and levels and added a duplicate layer on soft light, with a 20 percent opacity to brighten the colors and sharpen the detail. You can get the same effect with overlay, but I prefer the subtler look of soft light. Topaz Adjust was used with one layer for HDR. I finished off with the Nik Glamour Glow filter to give the dreamy look. This filter tends to overlighten many photos, so I finished with the Nik Graduated Neutral Density filter to darken the photo.

- Kathleen -

Below is the original photo:

Another photo of this tree, which places more emphasis on the rainbow:


Double Rainbow 2
by rocamiadesign

Tags

kathleen emerson, roca mia design, touch of eden, ritzville washington, double rainbow, prairie farmland, autumn tree, ftrd2011

Comments

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 3 years ago

    This is just magnificent work Kathleen!

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful tree,rainbow,and sky!

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleover 3 years ago

    That’s BEAUTIFUL!

  • MudMapImages
    MudMapImagesover 3 years ago

    gorgeous

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanover 3 years ago

    This is fantastic work in Photoshop Kathleen and so good of you to explain exactly how you did it.
    I hope you do not mind but I copied your original photo to see if I could emulate your treatment in PSE, which I am just beginning to learn. I nearly managed it by also increasing the colour saturation. I could not find a Glamour Glow filter in PSE so used Glowing Edges and it did not need the neutral density filter. My golden fields are flatter than your though.

    This has been a great learning exercise for me.

    Would you permit me to keep my file as a personal reference tool or would you prefer me to delete it?

    Tony:)

  • No problem, Tony. I upload a lot of my photos to our stock site at deviantart, and they are higher resolutions than this one is. If you want the higher res version of this, bmail me your email address and I’ll send it to you. I’ve already used the Topaz DeJPEG filter on the high res photo and it makes a huge difference. When I tried to do adjustments without using it, the sky got really blotchy looking. You can find the DeJPEG Trial here. You can also get it as part of the Topaz Bundle Trial, which I have been using.

    I imagine that Glowing Edges would be a good alternative filter. I have a friend who uses it as a substitute for Fractalius. I just never got the hang of using it. I think the Glamour Glow filter tends to stretch the histogram on both ends. If you want to try the Glamour Glow filter, you can get a free 15 trial version of Color Efex Pro 3.0.

    – rocamiadesign

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 3 years ago

    beautiful

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordover 3 years ago

  • I am so thrilled to have this featured. Thank you very much!

    – rocamiadesign

  • amar singh
    amar singhover 3 years ago

    nice shot

  • Tania1403
    Tania1403over 3 years ago

    Stunning simply goreous!

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    beautiful shot

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