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Tucson Sky

Tucson Sky
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-05
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-06 8:16
Viewed: 3998
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It has been a very hot summer in Tucson with triple digit temperatures daily for over a month. It's not surprising - it happens every year. The dry heat we are famous for ends with the monsoon season when the humidity and the storms roll in. We were having dinner when thunder and lightning started so looked out the window to see huge flashes lighting up the sky and a very light drizzle. I could only see straight ahead of me but my son had a view to the west. Barry told me to take a look and this was the amazing sky that we saw. The storm was moving west and a few minutes later the entire view changed. The blue sky was gone, the mountains were gone and we could see nothing but the clouds and rain. But the rainbow continued to shine brightly. Finally the big storm moved in across the mountains and hit us with heavy rain, loud thunder, huge lightning bolts and strong winds.

This was taken through the not so clean window already marked by rain drops.

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Hallo Jane
An absolute delightful image with lovely colours and detail. I have not seen a rainbow in a very long time and looking at this one fills the void. The colour of the sky is just magic. The raindrops on the window adds to the speciality of the moment captured. It was a great pleasure to stop at such a beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-06 8:28]

Hello Jane,
A fine capture of a rainbow that seems to mark the end of your hot dry season. The sunlight is amazing in the way it not only produces the rainbow, but illuminates the downpour against the dark sky, almost like a geyser!
Thanks for sharing this,

Hi Jane,
Alhtough the photo is not of the highest quality and some of the drops of water came on your window (or lens). The view with the rainbow and the incomming heavy rain is wonderful. I love how you've captured the edge of the front showing the difference in air.

Hello Jane,

This is a beautiful image with great colors & lovely details. I can just imagine your excitement to such a great change in weather conditions for your area. I bet that you were glad to see the rain & the lowering of those hot temps. Great descriptive notes!

TFS & Best Regards


A magical scene.colors have come out very nicely.excellent image.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-08-06 10:18]

hi jane,
I wonder when I photograph these rainbows. :)
This is too good.
nice colors(other than rainbow) :)


wow! what a magical image u captured,Thanks to barry who pointed ur attention to this and thanks to u for capturing such image.
Capture threw simple window glass is a big deal and u dealed well.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-08-06 10:26]

Hi Jane,
amazing display of elemental forces at work here. Nicely composed with very striking contrast. I even think the rain drops add the image!

Gorgeous Jane, just gorgeous!
Your rainbow is a very special capture with the rain falling and dark blue background. Very unique.
TFS Janice

A lovely shot, Sis...Kinda reminds me of home here...
Very well seen and I love your narratives!

A great timely capture Sister! Perfect presentation of the nature power with its all colours.
TFS and take care!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-06 12:29]

Hello Jane,
This looks very dramatic and was obviously very well-timed! Lovely colours and a fine composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Wonderful rainbow Jane... :)

Beautifully brillant and well composed with that dark sky. Very well presented with interesting and informative notes.

Good you carry your camera with you at all times... ;)


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-08-06 14:32]

Hola Prima.
I know is not usual to see this spectacular rainbow in dry places where you and Me lives. You did a grat work here. Love the blue sky also.

Well are you not too lucky and good to have the camera with an ok to shoot our the window...that's the kind of instant wonder I love Jane...I may work with this and make it a piece of art...not a photo....I love it..LOVE it!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-08-06 18:51]

Gorgeous image Jane!!
I never would have guessed that this was an Arizona scene. You captured it magnificently, the contrasting colors of the sky and that special rainbow makes this an exceptional photo!! It has a three D look to it on my screen. TFS.

Hi Jane,

Sounds like one heck of a storm, but what a great capture, everything you describe in your notes is captured here, the dark thundering clouds, scattered rain, and that amazing rainbow, excellent work. t.f.s

Rick :)

Hi Jane,

I've al so long looking for an rainbow to photograph on an beautiful place.
Past week I have been seen one but by my house and late in the evening, I am jealous!
Clarity shot and that through the window I think, because the droplets.
Good pov with fine colours.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-08-06 23:35]

Hello Jane!

Triple digit temperatures are slightly too high for me - at least in our European Celsius scale :-) Beatifull picture. I like composition with rainbow which divided it into two parts. Very saturated blue colour.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-07 8:44]

Hello Jane,
Just be back from a few days holiday.
What an impressive photo! The colours are splendid. In clarity and contrast. Very beautiful composition.
Have a good weekend,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-07 9:59]

Hi Jane

What an amazing shot - fantastic colours and very dramatic. I have been in your area in summer and the storms are quite something!


Hello Jane,
Nice shot at this rainbow and thunder storm. The moment is well recorded. Beautiful picture on this wide open space.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-08-09 11:16]

Mother natures beauty captured wonderfully My Friend. The colors and mood are superb.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-09 11:21]

Hello Jane,
Very good capture of this beautifull phenomena. I like diagonal composition, vivid colours and frame. Great work !
Best regards Siggi

Hello Jane, great shot of a rainbow with perfect composition. TFS and regards,

hello Jane

beautiful rainbow photo on Tucson's sky,
with excellent contrast between cold
and warm colour tones, TFS


Hello Jane,
a very beautiful picture of the rainbow with a good contrast of the colours well saturated, a great visual impression, very well composed.
Best regards

Hello Jane
nowadays it is very hot here too. especially southern parts. your great and colorful post gives fine sense. coloration, composition and POV very nice. good notes.
thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi Jane,
Unique view of this beautiful rainbow. Good contrast against the colorful backdrop.
TFS and best regards,

Ciao Jane, wonderful rainbow with fantastic colors, great view of splendid sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-08-25 13:37]

hi Jane,
what a plaisure to see this rainbow in the blue sky. Good timing for this nice result.


Hello Jane,
This is an amazing photographic coverage by you. I appreciate its abstract touch & your great descriptive notes. You stay in a great environment. Thanks for sharing.

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