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I had stood besides Loch Awe for an hour in the pouring rain, with an umbrella and a plastic bag over my camera. Although its waterproof I have suffered with condensation problems inside certain lenses in the past and didn't want to risk this happening again. I watched other photographers arrive and leave without taking a single photograph due to the poor conditions. I have done this so many times myself in the past and decided I was going to stick with it for a while longer. I kept looking up to the clouds and could see the wind was moving them quite fast and even though it was still raining the sky behind me kept clearing, meaning every now and again the sun would shine onto the castle.
I managed to get a beautiful shot with a dark background, reflections in the water and the castle lit up like a Christmas tree. After taking that shot I packed up my gear feeling very happy that I hadn't given up and walked away.
I sat in my camper van and was just making a coffee when the rain suddenly stopped and the world outside seemed to fall silent. I thought to myself there may be a nice rainbow outside so I popped my head out to have a look and saw this amazing rainbow almost central over the castle. I couldn't believe it. I quickly grabbed my camera changing the lens to the Z 14-30mm as I wanted to get the whole rainbow in the picture. I am not the greatest at taking hand held shots especially under pressure, I find that as I get older I sometimes struggle with camera shake but the Z7 has built in image stabilization and helps me enormously. I was blessed for about thirty seconds with a full rainbow and managed to get this shot before it disappeared. I know if I had used a bigger lens the castle would have been more prominent in the frame but then I would not have been able to capture the whole rainbow and I also wanted to include some of the mountains and the surrounding landscape with the autumnal colours of the grass. For me, this is a once in a lifetime experience and I feel I can safely say, no one will have a photo like mine.
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