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Bring the Rain
3rd PlaceBring the Rain
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Challenge: In the Rain (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Date: May 15, 2012
Galleries: Abstract, Humorous
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2012

[May. 19th, 2012 12:45:02 PM]

This picture evolved over a series of steps, but still turned out having a similar feel to what I originally had in mind.

I originally wanted multiple clouds and a larger "scene," but I ran short of time and only wasn't able to reshoot at another location. Originally, I wanted to have other clouds in the background tied down, preferably bringing rain to areas of the ground that needed it, e.g. green grass on the left of the picture being watered and parched yellow grass on the right needing my assistance for rain.

I also meant for a different feel for this image, wanting more of a cartoon effect and I even shot artificial clouds to use in place of the real one. As it turned out, I couldn't get the look I wanted and ended up using real clouds.

Technically, the foreground is a panorama stitch of a local field and the background clouds are a single image. The foreground cloud I am pulling was from the same day in a different part of the sky. The "chain" is a piece of my wife's jewelry brought in as a smart object and multiplied and warped several times to get a realistic looking effect. The rain is entirely generated, mainly using render clouds, pixellate and motion blur as well as multiple color fill layers and feathered, blurred masks with rain drops painted on using a custom brush that I created. I cloned a fence out of the field and added a soft blue color shift to the trees to heighten the appearance of them being far away. As usual, various layer effects and shadows were added to the clouds, ground and chain to enhance realism.

I still see a few flaws, but none of these have been pointed out so far in comments. Mainly: there is a slight blurriness at the treeline in the right side of the picture, it appears to be lens flare, but it's just that I never went back and cleaned up the mask in this area; there is a slight white halo around some tree branches caused by dropping out the whites of the foreground (the sky) to let the clouds show up, I wasn't able to get rid of this to my satisfaction in time; the background clouds' highlights are blown out, when I lowered these in ACR it changed the structure of the rest of the background so I left it.

If I end up submitting my originals to the SC, they will see my 9 month old daughter playing nearby in the grass. I wonder what the picture would have looked like with her still in it? :)

So far, I appreciate all the comments and the votes!

[May. 22nd, 2012 06:49:48 PM]

The comment from 31_N.gif cclamphe is not something that didn't cross my mind. I originally intended (as stated above) to have a "reason" for bringing the rain, and in an early concept of the picture I had half the grass as yellowed and needing rain:
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Still, I decided I liked the surreal aspect of just "bringing rain" and that's why I left it - to add a bit of mystery. He could be going to a party or to the grocery store, or perhaps to a farm as some have stated. As to why this is happening is up to the viewer to decide.

Also, an alternate title was "Cloud Control." Both are slight puns and both are fairly vague.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 51
Avg (all users): 7.1727
Avg (commenters): 8.5882
Avg (participants): 6.6389
Avg (non-participants): 7.3592
Views since voting: 3526
Views during voting: 395
Votes: 139
Comments: 32
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AuthorThread
05/30/2012 08:35:09 AM
Really Nice history .. a great shot ..and a great suite ... this image give me pleasure
best regards

Aliastiti
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05/29/2012 10:55:40 AM
Great entry and artwork... but another example of DNMC getting a ribbon because of quality. The theme says the subject should be IN THE RAIN... your subject is clearly out of the rain and bringing it in. Excellent concept and well presented, but clearly DNMC.
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05/26/2012 02:04:43 PM
Congrats, Aaron! Fabulous idea and a wonderful image.
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05/26/2012 09:44:02 AM
Great work,Congratulations.
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05/26/2012 07:10:30 AM
Very nice and clever image, it deserves the ribbon. :)
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05/25/2012 08:39:01 PM
nicely done :)
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05/25/2012 07:24:59 PM
Congrats on ribbon. Very imaginative and creative.
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05/25/2012 03:32:33 PM
Good work
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05/25/2012 11:27:36 AM
Love this. Awesome combination of fantasy/reality. Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/25/2012 05:58:18 AM
glad to see this ribbon, it was my only 10. even though the cloud itself looked a tad fake, the creativity and execution behind this shot outweighed that minor flaw.

well done!
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05/25/2012 05:07:32 AM
Great concept, and very nice execution: congratulations on your well deserved ribbon. The concept is very clever and interesting. If I may also add a small criticism, the shadow of the main cloud looks a bit odd to me, like if it was purely 2D and cast on a flat picture: that's the main thing I would rework in your picture. But I'm nitpicking, good job!
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05/25/2012 03:53:51 AM
Very nice image here - and cool concept
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/24/2012 10:01:19 PM
You win, clever idea, now why didn't I think of this...oh yeah no skills. Bump to a 10.
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05/24/2012 08:55:57 AM
This is a well done, fun image. :)
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05/23/2012 07:38:41 PM
Very creative and nicely done. (voted earlier)
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05/23/2012 08:37:16 AM
very imaginative
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05/22/2012 06:42:21 PM
This is such an inspiring work of creativity! Outstanding, looks like a winner to me! 10
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05/22/2012 04:13:26 PM
Ok, that's a cool idea!
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05/22/2012 01:40:19 PM
whimsical and eye pleasing.
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05/22/2012 09:56:04 AM
What a cool idea. If you could do this, every farmer in the world would hire you.
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05/21/2012 06:32:42 AM
Seems like an interesting idea, however I don't understand why he is pulling the rain cloud. The main thing that bothers me about this picture is the way the rope around the cloud looks. I feel like it should be so defined. It really pulls your attension away from the rest of the picture. It would have been better with it just being one loop instead of five. The rain looks nice, everythign else I like.
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05/19/2012 11:46:43 AM
Front page stuff, creative, well played
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05/19/2012 07:39:05 AM
I gave this photograph a 10 only because I couldn't give it a 12.
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05/18/2012 05:30:03 PM
Interesting concept. Great editing job
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05/18/2012 02:48:32 PM
Wonderful idea and beautiful creation. Love the light!
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05/18/2012 02:32:06 PM
This is the best. 10 and 10plus if I could.
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05/18/2012 11:50:22 AM
Very good work and idea.
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05/18/2012 08:39:41 AM
I love your use of expert editing. Looks like a cover of a novel or even children's book. Hands down my fav so far. 10
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05/18/2012 06:46:40 AM
very creative and well executed. my favorite so far.
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05/18/2012 04:22:41 AM
Very cleaver and nicely done.
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05/18/2012 01:36:16 AM
Very cool.

Well done.

(commenting only)
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05/18/2012 12:11:47 AM
Interesting take on the subject. Nicely composed
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