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Rain Drops on Cherry Blossom
Rain Drops on Cherry Blossom
bgmorris


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Weather (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Apr 11, 2003
Aperture: f5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/650
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 11, 2003

Taken just after some light rain, near the tidal basin in Washington, DC.

Handheld, w/ Tamron 70-300 lens.

Statistics
Place: 134 out of 226
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Avg (commenters): 5.6250
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Avg (non-participants): 5.3390
Views since voting: 1311
Votes: 241
Comments: 9
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04/27/2003 07:45:13 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club, Ben :)

Compositon: You did a very good job regarding the background. It's nicely blurred and doesn't distract from your subject. The horizontal orientation of the twig looks a bit boring. A diagonal orientation can be more dynamic in my opinion. Especially when the twig would point to the viewer, the DOF would give a better impression of depth.

Lighting: Exposure is good but personally I would have inceased the contrast a little bit in postprocessing. It looks a bit bland now. But it's good that you didn't wait until sun came out again. The cloudy sky made an uniform lighting with almost no shadows. I think sharp shadows wouldn't fit to your subject.

Focus: As I said above: good DOF, but personally I would prefer a different angle of the twig using this DOF better and giving the photo more depth. I'm unsure whether the photo would look better when all the flowers and twig would be in focus and not only the middle part. But I think not.

Challenge: I don't think it conveys the challenge theme very good. The rain drops almost aren't visible. Without the title one wouldn't have noticed them. Thus the photo looks more like a classic flower photo.

Creativity: Please don't take it as an offense, but to me the photo is not very inspiring. It has nothing special on it. I liked your previous entry to the Cliche challenge much more.

Good luck for your future submissions!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/20/2003 12:07:08 PM
I would not classify this image as weather. But would as nature or flowers.
As far as the image goes I think it is a pretty good one DOF is week on the sides, or the branch was moving and shutter speed was not fast enough to make a sharp image overall. That makes the sharp in focus part smack dap in the middle both directions and is a no no in composition rules. Rules can be broken, the image is pleasing, but because of the things I have mention have mark it lower than it probally deserves.
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04/18/2003 09:27:36 PM
The raindrops are not predominate enough. Not very inspiring. 6
04/18/2003 04:16:35 PM
It's hard to see the raid drops mentioned in the title but it's a beautiful picture none the less.
04/17/2003 01:59:20 PM
good job, nice picture
04/16/2003 09:47:07 AM
Just love the contrast of red/pink on green here! Choice!
04/15/2003 04:54:23 PM
The rain drops are hard to make out... Just looks like a flower photo to me :(
04/14/2003 07:30:24 PM
Veru beautiful. I just wish the focus was a little sharper on the blossoms. Great DOF to completely blur the background.
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04/14/2003 07:11:00 PM
A pretty shot, but not really sharp enough, and it's not easy to see the raindrops.
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