This photo of the Louvre Pyramids and courtyard was taken in Paris, France, during an evening rain shower. Even though we had an umbrella and a sleeve for the camera to protect the lens from raindrops, we were so caught up in photographing the beautiful scene that we didn’t notice the raindrops until too late. Even though we caught the same scene after drying the lens, we liked this image even better. The raindrops caused polygon-shaped flares in the image.
Paris Rain at the Louve
This photo was taken on October 7, 2016. Specs are:
We took the first SLR we owned to London in 1984. We had a few of the images we captured printed but believed the original slides to have been lost over time. Today we opened a closet in a spare bedroom and found three of the “lost” images. We took the following photo from the Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch in London using a Minolta SR-T on Kodak color slide film. It brings back so many memories that we may have it printed again.
Today was warm, in the high 70s, with a blue sky, beautiful white clouds, and lots of sunlight. Driving home in the late afternoon, we saw, ahead of us, a rainbow backed by dark clouds. Until that point, I had been happily photographing the generous mixture of stratus and cumulus clouds that were punctured (visually) by contrails. The sun, descending in the West, highlighted the scene. We drove into a misting rain that lasted until we reached home. From the water standing in our yard, it was clear that there had just been a downpour. But the sun was not finished yet and chose our arrival home as the right time to challenge the dissipating rain clouds.