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6 September 2022

What we saw through the dSLR viewfinder didn't look like this. There was no rainbow, just a blue sky. And the gate was simply in shadow, nothing glamorous.

Golden Gate. Nikon D300 with Lensbaby Twist 60 (90mm equivalent) at f5.6, 1/500 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

But we were shooting with a Lensbaby Twist 60 on an APS-C sensor, which clipped most of the twist out of the specialty lens providing us with the equivalent of a 90mm optic.

And while we focused on the spider webs between the gold fleur-de-lysses we didn't pay any attention to the sunlight hitting the lens.

Until we sat down to edit the image and saw this:

Did we panic? Yep. Did we despair. You bet. Did we give up? Well, no.

We made some rather dramatic changes to the Exposure and still darkened the Shadows and pulled back Black. That brought out the rainbow colors while restoring the fleur-de-lysses and the spider webs.

Then we grew kind of fond of an image we nearly took for lost.

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