Artist 's Favorite Images, Canyon Rainbow by Shawn P Keenan

January 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

  Canyon Rainbow CCanyon Rainbow CFound in Cortez Colorado. See the story of how it was shot here.

Where were they shot?

"Canyon Rainbow" (B and C), and the other that goes with them were shot during a road trip in November of 2017. We were staying in Cortez, Colorado, United States. 

How did this happen?

A light rain hit the town of Cortez, Just after leaving a grocery store. As we were driving back to the hotel, we started to notice this entire light show develop. First came the light line of blue, perfectly blanketed by a glowing set of clouds. Then, slowly one rainbow started fading in  across the backdrop, then a second.

How did I get the shot?

I had no photo gear with me, but I had a feeling if I hurried I could capture what you see above. I drove back to the hotel and made the difficult trek upstairs (by pushing at least two elevator buttons and standing there for six seconds), almost dropped my gear trying to rig it up and sling it around my neck, then dragged it back down and out the door as fast a possible. Grace had the baby upstairs along with an overfilled bladder. I told her I'd wait until she went, but she knew I might miss the shot, so she kept saying "Just Go, Just Go". 

Heading outside I saw poles and wires all over that were poised to simply wreck my shots. So I slung my gear down down a small road and into a field. Once I set up the shot, I snapped away with only about five minutes to spare. I didn't have time to see the results as I was shooting. But you can probably imagine what a gift this moment felt like when I saw the results while processing the images. 

Canyon Rainbow BCanyon Rainbow BFound in Cortez Colorado. See the story of how it was shot here.

What happened later?

Grace finally got to pee. I figured you'd be relieved to know (get it?). 


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