This scene took place on 3 May 2020 as the Great Miami River flows under the Dayton, Ohio Skyline. In moments before this image, the skies were grey, and winds...blustery which drove me to ponder the wisdom of standing in the rain with my digital camera. When I started this 86-image panoramic sequence, the sun found a break in clouds at the last possible moment. Realizing I seconds left, I quickly pointed my camera into the sun. During this bustle, the rainbow unknowingly formed behind me. Perhaps it was the steady rain and the constant wiping of my lens, but I was engrossed in the technique. With my last planned shot, I stepped back from the camera and finally noted the still off-camera rainbow, so I continued the panoramic sweep. Despite building a big picture, I nearly missed an even larger one.
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This image was part of a Sunday, Sept. 6, special edition of the Dayton Daily News, “In the Balance: Reflections of Our Community During COVID.” The article was a collaboration between the Dayton Daily News and the Contemporary Dayton which covers “the quiet, poignant and reflective work of 26 photographers.”