It does look much better in metallic…

A few months ago, I was fortunate to photograph a rainbow as it stormed through the Capital District.

Yeah, I know.  Rainbow 101.  Anybody can capture a rainbow.

But I caught the rainbow with its bow connected to the Half Moon weather vane atop the SUNY Administration building (the old D&H building) in downtown Albany.

It was a quick shot – a shot from the hip, shall we say – and I saved it for future use.

A few weeks ago, before the Christmas holiday, I sent a digital print to the fine people at Artbeat Studios, an Anaheim-based print shop that produces artistic prints on aluminum substrates.  They crafted my Infrared Horizon 787 print from last year, and I wanted to give them an opportunity to produce one more artwork.

Yesterday, it arrived in the mail.

And …

Wow.

Half Moon Rainbow. Shot with BlackBerry KEYone camera phone, printed on aluminum substrate. (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

So here’s the thing.

You know how I prepare for Competition Season about three days after the last Competition Season?

Well, the nice thing is, I have this print available.

And it’s perfect for Altamont.  Yeah, I said it.  Forget having four entries at Altamont, now it’s three entries and this.

And it’s perfect for BUILT in 2019.  Yeah, I said it.  Forget having three entries at BUILT, now it’s two entries and this.

Yeah, I know it’s January.  But realistically … if you’ve got a great image, why wait?

Plus, here’s something special about this Artbeat print.  You see the grey stormy background of the photo?  Well, depending on where you stand when you view the picture, the grey background has a hint of a rainbow reflection – a reflection caused by the aluminum substrate.

It’s like one of those foil-printed premium trading cards from the sports card shop.

Wow.  Did not expect that.  Not in the slightest.

So yeah … I’m keeping this picture around.  For sure.

Now I just have to come up with other images that will compliment this picture, whether it’s Altamont, Iowa, the Big E, Durham …

Or maybe if I try, one more time, to break that dreaded failure streak at the New York State Fair.

We shall see.