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02/16/2021 05:31:50 AM · #1
I was honestly slightly disappointed with result of my Vanishing Point entry:

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I thought it was a good one, but probably not enough for the specific challenge. Anyways, I wanted to share I how managed to get a shot with the rainbow because it was not just luck, I planned it in some way and in this video I explain why (it's in Italian but I added subtitles):

How to get a shot with a rainbow
02/16/2021 06:01:54 AM · #2
Very nice video. You have some great other shots in there as well (and on your website)

Good attitude "I was born wet", i.e. don't mind the weather, get out there.

In my experience a rainbow usually last only a few minutes, because often there are intermittent clouds, which either cause the rain or the sunshine. Both are needed, although not in exactly the same place.

And then you need to have a good location as well to make something special out of it, like your picture in the challenge.

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02/16/2021 07:18:54 AM · #3
I thought it missed the mark on meeting the challenge compared to other entries.

02/16/2021 07:53:15 AM · #4
Originally posted by willem:

Very nice video. You have some great other shots in there as well (and on your website)

Good attitude "I was born wet", i.e. don't mind the weather, get out there.

In my experience a rainbow usually last only a few minutes, because often there are intermittent clouds, which either cause the rain or the sunshine. Both are needed, although not in exactly the same place.

And then you need to have a good location as well to make something special out of it, like your picture in the challenge.


Thanks Willem! I've always had in my mind a shot like that with a rainbow. I live by the sea and the changeable conditions were perfect. In these cases you can't be sure, but I enoyed trying!

Originally posted by Venser:

I thought it missed the mark on meeting the challenge compared to other entries.


That's what I thought. Honestly when I chose this one I was sure it could fit the challenge but I was obviously wrong. In case it was ok, not complaining at all about that.
02/16/2021 09:13:07 AM · #5
I really liked the way the water was coming up over the pier, that, coupled with the walk going away into the distance made a kind of double vanishing point, but unfortunately, for me it was marred by the person.

Just my take, FWIW.
02/16/2021 10:17:17 AM · #6
Nice!!! I love these how tos as I my-self is a big fan of that :D

Thank you for video and yes I agree, Rainbows will not always but visible but there are possibilities.

Again thank you for sharing!
02/16/2021 02:34:17 PM · #7
Che piacere vedere il tuo video Alex e ricordando il mio arrugginito italiano.

Your photos are always interesting (but you know by now not to expect high marks form fellow DPCers).
Your shot was excellent but Ugo obstructed the wretched vanishing point!

Tuttavia, chiede a Ugo di cambiare idea sul posare per te.
02/16/2021 04:11:01 PM · #8
You're amazing, Alex!

I think I agree that it would have scored much higher in a different challenge topic. Some folks, most likely, voted lower because your amiable model blocked the vanishing point.

Doesn't matter... it's still an amazing accomplishment!

02/16/2021 04:20:04 PM · #9
I'd like to throw in my two cent's worth regarding the challenge suitability of this otherwise wonderful image, in the form of a question posed to those of you who think the voters are not open-minded enough:

"Imagine this image ending with the edge of the dock where the figure is now (in other words, remove the figure and the dock ends there). Would you consider that version of the image an excellent depiction of a "vanishing point"?
02/16/2021 04:31:53 PM · #10
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

I'd like to throw in my two cent's worth regarding the challenge suitability of this otherwise wonderful image, in the form of a question posed to those of you who think the voters are not open-minded enough:

"Imagine this image ending with the edge of the dock where the figure is now (in other words, remove the figure and the dock ends there). Would you consider that version of the image an excellent depiction of a "vanishing point"?


Interesting point Bear.
Nice image from all pov but in my opinion dock images are a dime a dozen and lost the surprise element. No one can be original all the time.
02/16/2021 04:43:28 PM · #11
So, the problem is that the vanishing point has vanished?
02/16/2021 04:56:29 PM · #12
Originally posted by GeneralE:

So, the problem is that the vanishing point has vanished?

Downright Hitchcockian, innit? :-)
02/16/2021 04:56:41 PM · #13
This is the kind of energy DPC needs. I love that you went above-and-beyond in getting into the science and technique.
As for the image, I too think, in this particular composition, the person there seems to take away rather than add to the image. It's not so much that he is blocking the vanishing point as much as it feels like he has no reason for being there. Lovely regardless though.

02/16/2021 04:59:30 PM · #14
Originally posted by mariuca:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

I'd like to throw in my two cent's worth regarding the challenge suitability of this otherwise wonderful image, in the form of a question posed to those of you who think the voters are not open-minded enough:

"Imagine this image ending with the edge of the dock where the figure is now (in other words, remove the figure and the dock ends there). Would you consider that version of the image an excellent depiction of a "vanishing point"?

Interesting point Bear.
Nice image from all pov but in my opinion dock images are a dime a dozen and lost the surprise element. No one can be original all the time.

Expanding on this, I find myself wondering if the model had been *lying down" on the dock whether his head might have been the apex, the vanishing point, and it might have been a majorly mysterioso image :-)
02/17/2021 03:31:37 AM · #15
Thanks everyone for the comments! I already mentioned that, but I want to do it again - it was not a complaining post, it's ok with the votes I got :)

I started with my YouTube channel to share my contents in different ways and I realized how important has been DPC for me throughout the years I spent as a photographer. Sometimes I feel like I should have decided to run it in English but I knew it would be harder in the first weeks. The more I go on the more I think it would be awesome to add some contents in English.

PS. for Mariuca: il tuo italiano è ancora molto buono!
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