Vineyard Silhouette, Spectrum, Cross Rays, Clouds

Rancho Seco, CA

The intention was not to be shooting rainbows over vineyards, but the light and clouds did not do exactly as I asked.  How odd.  I had driven out to the defunct Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant with hopes of having the massive concrete cooling towers in the foreground and beams of sunlight around them.  Two problems.  While there were beams of sunlight, they never quite reached the cooling towers.  Second, there isn’t a great vantage point.  There are either power lines while viewing from the east or a view of the functioning non-nuclear power plant from the backside.

So I am left with this photograph.  While it is not entirely visible, what caught my eye were the faint beams of light that bisect the rainbow diagonally from left the right.  This and the tiny row of stakes holding up the grape vines at the top of the hill.

I had previously taken another photograph of the vineyards in Rancho Seco under similar stormy conditions:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 100mm, ISO 200, 1/640 sec, f/5

Vineyard Silhouette, Spectrum, Cross Rays, Clouds.  Rancho Seco, California. March 30, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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