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Rain Dance
Rain Dance

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Challenge: Best of 2004 (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: Granada Spain
Date: May 13, 2004
Aperture: f 4.5
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Emotive, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2005

Print is available from this image. Rain Dancing

Place: 317 out of 530
Avg (all users): 5.4673
Avg (commenters): 7.2963
Avg (participants): 5.4556
Avg (non-participants): 5.5065
Views since voting: 3283
Views during voting: 537
Votes: 336
Comments: 43
Favorites: 27 (view)

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01/21/2013 11:02:59 AM
Most underrated photograph ever, maybe :-)
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08/16/2010 05:03:22 PM
I still come back to look at this. I just showed it to two photographer friends, in fact. :)
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03/30/2009 02:14:34 PM
Stunning Barbara. First time I have seen this and it is wonderful. The motion and composition is perfect. Added to fav's. ;-)
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04/30/2008 11:13:40 PM
I bet she was singing too!! fabulous image!!

y que perfecto para Espana!!

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07/06/2007 09:00:46 AM
There is now a Print available of this photo Here
06/15/2007 09:24:44 PM
You need a link from this challenge version over to your DPCPrints version of this.
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06/15/2007 09:16:38 PM
tremendous. I love this.
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05/21/2007 11:59:51 AM
WOW. Going right into my favorites. This is right up there with as one of the best photos I've seen on DPC. :)Melethia's Ode to Joy
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03/06/2007 12:46:48 PM
yep, it still does it for me.
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06/11/2005 11:31:29 AM
great work.. unfortunately a lot of voters here can't seem to step out of the box, and probably just judged this as out of focus.
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06/11/2005 09:18:02 AM
This one is quite beautiful...it has a wonderful feeling in it
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06/03/2005 04:18:19 AM
This is such a joy to come back and visit periodically.
One of my top favorites here on the site.
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02/01/2005 03:31:16 PM
A 'great' photograph radiating energy, joy and an immense presence of the moment, which supercedes several 'imperfections' left in it. While these increase the charm of the image and the gist of the instant captured here, they also open it to citicism.

While the obvious subject is defined by contrast and placement (in the emptiness of the foreground proliferated by the circle of cobble stones surrounding it), eyes accustomed to images with sharply defined points of interest might stray toward the top of the second column from the right to find it.

The crop along the horizontal top of the photo reveals that either the building or the whole piazza is uneven. The fact that the variations are slight does not diminish the distraction, given the extraordinary symmetry of the architecture portraited in the background.

The exposure appears trimmed to the available light on the door and stone work of the palazzi, which has rendered certain details of the dancing girl in the foreground brighter than necessary. Although this effect is subdued significantly by blurring the subject, it, probably, is sufficiently 'real' to reduce the sort of gusto this capture 'could' deliver.

The composition, to my senses, is quite sensitive and classical too. The symmetry of both the vertical and horizontal planes are balanced effectively and conservatively by placing the subject outside of it, moving away from anything central without any danger of getting pulled to the margins. The horizon reflects the same treatment: balance. - I perceive the four columns as dominant ordering elements of the composition. Their strong shift to the right leaves us with uneven intervals and a, questionably, redundant vertical space at the edge of the image: some imbalance.

All in all, a fine and infectously inspiring picture, which does not squelch or intimidate me (as a photographer) with cold technical poise and polish.

Message edited by author 2005-02-01 16:06:23.
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02/01/2005 12:50:49 PM
Hey, super use of panning and blur to convey emotion and movement. Classic stuff!
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02/01/2005 01:46:00 AM

Message edited by author 2005-07-11 21:22:11.
02/01/2005 12:12:16 AM
Argh. I kept scrolling down the results to find this near the top, and I was stunned to see where you ended up. Still that's to be expected in this voting crowd. I think this is a great shot, as I already said! Wonderful.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2005 11:57:04 PM
Simply beautiful.
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01/31/2005 11:01:41 PM
I just love this. I hope the "shouldn't be blurry crowd" doesn't penalize you (been there). I had given it an 8 on my first pass, but I'm bumping it all the way up. Super job!!!!!!!
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01/29/2005 07:28:55 PM
Beautiful lighting and motion. Easy standout amongst others in the challenge.
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01/29/2005 05:40:58 AM
What a feeling, great capture. bumping up to 9
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01/28/2005 04:31:56 PM
I dont really like the lack of symmetry in this photo. I think that by cropping out the space after the last pillar to the left, you will not only make the background symmetrical but also bring the umbrella into the direct center of the shot.
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01/27/2005 11:38:18 PM
the blur is cool good job 8
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01/27/2005 09:07:29 PM
Great capture of emotion and movement. Bumping this up one.
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01/26/2005 05:14:16 PM
This would have been a good photo if it were in focus. If the girl were out of focus or blurred by motion it still would have been very exciting only if the columns were really sharp and in focus for the contrast of motion and un moveable.
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01/26/2005 03:55:07 PM
Would prefer it without the motion blur.
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01/26/2005 03:45:59 PM
I loved this the first time I saw it, and that hasn't changed. Pictures should tell a story, and this one tells a story of joy and the simple pleasure of dancing in the rain. What can be more fun than that? 9
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01/26/2005 01:01:47 PM
Nicely timed and composed photograph, with a happy feel and just enough feel of motion. ((8))
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01/26/2005 10:11:13 AM
oh, wow! this is simply wonderful. you have captured the spirit of life. thank you for sharing. i really, really hope this is getting the attention it deserves, and hopefully without any comments about what to do differently. this image is exactly what you wanted it to be, and i'm loving it! this site needs more images like this! [ok, i'm starting to ramble...just can't help it--this tends to happen when i hit a breath of fresh air like this!] good luck with this and all the challenges yet to come!

[added this to my faves!]
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01/20/2005 05:33:54 PM
If the dance was to MAKE the rein, looks like it worked! If it's celebrating the rain, that worked even better! It would have been nice to have more of your rain dancer in sharp relief, but the dof obviously slowed your shutter speed down - I like it a lot, even if some would see it as flawed. 8
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01/20/2005 06:52:38 AM
Looks impressionistic. Interesting filter and nice touch.
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01/19/2005 04:41:25 PM
This photo is out of focus.
01/19/2005 03:11:09 PM
This is a great photo. It's one of those ones where is so good you wish it was perfect. I'm thinking about the spacing of the pillars, and the door in the background not being dead centre etc. This is just nit picking though. In my opinion this is still among the very best in this compo.
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01/18/2005 01:21:13 PM
This shot would've have been really great if it was more in focus!
01/18/2005 09:42:14 AM
What makes this image is that the blur of the shot conveys the feeling of gleeful play in a somber location.
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01/18/2005 07:04:58 AM
Sorry, but without anything in focus this will get really marked down. A shame, as the composition and expression is well captured.
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01/17/2005 04:44:24 PM
Nice work
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01/17/2005 12:35:04 PM
Hmm... this looks familiar! Great composition and feel.
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01/17/2005 09:28:24 AM
the structure of the architecture and the free form of the girl make this very interesting to look at - I really like it
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01/16/2005 01:58:34 PM
It's a bit blurry, but still terrific. The blur helps make it an action picture.
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01/16/2005 09:34:42 AM
I like it despite all the blur.
The composition is pretty good with the pillars, the line of the square, the circle in the middle and her position in the scene. I like it how you captured the joy of dancing in the rain. Altough there is no rain visible, the reflections of the pillars tell that it is wet.
I give it a 7, sharpness and blurred raindrops might have made it a 9 or 10. But it can be hard to capture raindrops (slow shutter) and someone dancing (faster shutter). Yelling: "Hold that pose!" spoils the moment. :)

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01/16/2005 05:02:05 AM
I totally love this, the slight blurriness of it, the slightly akimbo composition, the luscious feeling of unconstrained motion within the tight constraints of the circle and the wall.
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01/16/2005 03:37:10 AM
Normally I'm not one of these impressionisitc shots. But this is simply joyous. Composition is absolutely spot on. 10. One of the first images I've seen on this site that wasn't funny per-se but managed to put a smile on my face. Oh yeah, just in case you hadn't gathered - that accomplishment alone earns you a ten.
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01/16/2005 01:11:30 AM
I wonder what this photo would have looked like with the pillars in focus, the daning girl remaining blurred. IIMO it might have accentuated the girl and the idea of motion.
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