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A frantic search for a compositon was preceding this photo. When I saw that rainbow suddenly appearing over the mountains I knew it would only last for seconds so I went running to the shore of lake gerold and fumbled with Tripod, Camera and umbrella to somehow get a comp for this epic display of nature. The umbrella didn't make this easier, it was still raining heavily and this was one of two shots I could make before the light was gone. Considering all this + my wet feet burried in the swampy ground at the shore I'm very happy with the outcome.

I had this laying around very long now and was a bit frightened to process it. Even with some high effort in processing the result can't do justice to that scene. For me it was one of the most spectacular things I had in front of my lense till now.

Here's the complete story which led to this photo. Well the evening I went to lake Gerold it was raining like hell which didn't keep me from exploring the area. As lightning started I went back to the car though and sat there for half an hour in hope of an end to the thunderstorm. I'm always excited during a thunderstorm just before sunset and I know if some light gets through those scenes are spectacular. But it wouldn't stop and walking around near the lake with constant lightning didn't feel comfortable. So I drove back to my guesthouse.

On the road I glimpsed some light behind the karwendel mountains, the area from were the thunderstorm had come earlier and I instantly turned the car and went back to the lake. The hope was there again and 10 Minutes later just before sunset lightning stopped. I went back to the lake, running as the light started and searched some comps. In the beginning it was a vain effort because I was too much in a rush which is just contraproductive in Landscape photography. The appearance of that rainbow didn't help. Now I was desperately searching for a foreground to fit the scene. What you see in the photo is all I could come up with. But I think it's not too bad, the red tones there nicely complement the tones in the middleground and in the sky, so it creates some harmony. The grasses although they show some slight movement are pointing into the picture and to the rainbow so that's also ok for me.

I'd be interested in your thoughts. Hope some of the atmosphere shows through


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