Pot of Gold

Pot of Gold: Rainbow over hills in the Bay Area, California
Pot of Gold
Sunset rainbow over hills in the Bay Area, California

One of my favorite local scenes to photograph are the hills. The Bay Area has a lot to photograph but it’s mostly known for its cityscapes and seascapes, so it’s fun to photograph something different. And photographing it from the air is even more fun and different.

Willie asked if I wanted to go fly the drone with him and the forecast looked perfect for some hills photos. Low clouds with a clearing at the horizon are perfect to light up the hills but also provide something interesting in the sky. When photographing the hills, I don’t actually want a colorful sky — the orange and reds from the sky don’t go well with the green hills. But a nice glow in the clouds pairs perfectly with the warm shades on the hills.

The setup was perfect — before the sun went down, a hole in the sky cast light-beams all around. The sun dipped behind the clouds for a while before popping out just before it was blocked by the hills and dipped below the horizon. For a while, Willie and I were getting rained on. We let it past and then put our drones back up, and that’s when I noticed a rainbow had come out. I flew to a nearby hill to use as a foreground and captured this stunner.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro:
10.26mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO 100

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.