Weeknotes 015 - Double Rainbow

I did some mild storm chasing this week. Shrewsbury and surrounding areas have been hit with flooding due to the storms dumping vast amounts of water on Wales, saturating the ground and running off into the river faster than usual.

Having my studio in town means I can grab my camera at a moments notice and head out to take photos, which I did after a particularly heavy shower. There had been bursts of rain alternating with bright sunlight, so I figured there was probably a rainbow somewhere to be had.

I wasn't expecting a double rainbow, though.

Double rainbow

Apparently, this is called an "Alexander's Dark Band" or something similar due to [some science] causing the light to be bright inside the inner bow and dark between and outside the two bows.

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I wanted to take some drone photos too, because why not. I try to avoid people as much as possible with the drone. I'm normally taking it out into the countryside for sunrise during the summer when you often get whole hills to yourself. The best I could do in this case was an early 6:30 am start until too many dog walkers turned up.

I'm very much about using the drone as pretty much a tripod you can stick in the sky, I fly it to where I want it, take the photos and then bring it back. Which is a round-about way of say I don't shoot video with it. Fortunately, I believe many years of playing first-person perspective video games have taught me how to use the controllers to strafe and turn while keeping targeted on a point pretty well.

Number Crunching: This isn't really a thing I'm into, but I certainly noticed it. I share local photos in a local Facebook group (oddly enough), and they tend to get somewhere between 50-100 likes, and perhaps 3-8 shares.

The double rainbow got 612 likes and 20 shares, a different flood photo got 463 likes and 188 shares, and the drone video got 603 likes and 470 shares. There's not much to pull from that, but the feels I get is that people generally like "good" photos, but share "newsy" stuff, and particularly share "newsy" videos.

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In the continuing quest to fulfil the demands of our youngest daughter (11) to watch a "scary film", we watched three films this week.

Ready or Not which was entertaining although the green/yellow-tinged colour-grading annoyed me a bit after a while. Scary Stories to tell in the Dark which was perfectly lovely, and finally The Lost Boys "That was a funny film". None of them were deemed scary enough.

I keep trying to find films that are just scary enough, but not too scary. It feels like a very fine line to have to walk because while I do want to help her find a scary film, I obviously don't want it to be too frightening for an 11-year-old.

I'm thinking about just going for it and trying the cut version of Evil Dead next and see how we get on.

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I was walking along a narrow pavement with cars parked all along the side, with two wheelie bins placed in such a way as to cause a chicane. In the opposite direction, but a bit further away was someone walking towrds me. We both managed to adjust our speeds, as to pass in the middle of the chicane rather than meeting at either of the bin pinch-points.

This was unspoken and unacknowledged, so I'm acknowledging it here. Thank you perfectly pace-timing person.

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