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Challenge: Rain III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2013
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Aug 8, 2013
Date Uploaded: Aug 9, 2013

Model: Lidia Pires

Living in SoCal is a paradise, with many, many charms and advantages. Except for rain. We don't get a lot of that. Which to be honest, is why I moved here...

So I automatically knew that I would have to "make" rain for this challenge. And I knew exactly what I was going to do and how I was going to do it. I think I was channeling some Magritte, and a bit of Coley for this one :-)

It also really helps (a lot) to have a very handy sweetie, with a garage full of tools and things to help me realize all my hair-brained ideas. I told him what I had in mind and he provided me with all the tools and supplies.

Then I spent a day putting together my raining umbrella. Yes, a shower head watering tool would also have worked, but we didn't get one until way after the shoot, and I wasn't going to try this all again... In the final image, it was raining much heavier on the right than on the left, so I had to dodge the heck out of the drops on the left to balance the image.

Lidia was SUCH a trooper, and really gave me the emotion I was looking for in this surreal, dramatic take on rain. The shoot didn't last very long, but even at this reduced resolution, you can see the goosebumps on her legs :-)

I lit this from behind via the stairway, and with two lights on either side of her. My ideal edit removed the shadows on the right, but fear of DQ made me just reduced them for DPC. This is likely not going to do well, as it isn't your "typical" rain image, and DPC seems to prefer "typical". But I just love it.

Pleased this finished in the tt, but I guess my "metaphoric" rain mystified many voters, LOL! I meant for it to only rain under the umbrella :-)

Place: 9 out of 72
Avg (all users): 6.3797
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.9143
Avg (non-participants): 6.7500
Views since voting: 926
Views during voting: 188
Votes: 79
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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09/08/2013 08:50:49 PM
I thought this would be in top five at least. What an imagination you have!
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09/08/2013 07:14:25 PM
Hard to believe this didn't ribbon... anyways, congrats on the TT :)
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09/08/2013 03:38:11 PM
Every now and then a bit of comic relief is needed in challenges nm life :) WD on concept and execution TT.
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09/08/2013 12:20:08 PM
Make it rain baby!!! I love this shot. The only reason I gave this a 7 and not an 8 or 9 was because the rain is only visible from under her umbrella making it appear contrived. I still think it's awesome I'm just trying to be constructive.

Message edited by author 2013-09-08 12:22:34.
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09/08/2013 10:26:32 AM
LOL...you are quite a rainmaker! Love this one, Johanna! Congrats on Top 10.
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09/08/2013 12:31:33 AM
A very respectable TT.

Robbed of course, but respectable.


Super cool photo Tanguera!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/06/2013 01:51:01 AM
why is the rain only coming from under her umbrella?
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09/05/2013 12:42:56 PM
Great shot, great idea, and well executed.
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