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Flowers In The Rain
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Challenge: Weather (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: My garden (Milton Keynes, England)
Date: Apr 13, 2003
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Apr 13, 2003

Daffodils in an April shower.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 226
Avg (all users): 7.5281
Avg (commenters): 8.6136
Avg (participants): 7.3223
Avg (non-participants): 7.7545
Views since voting: 12626
Votes: 231
Comments: 59
Favorites: 18 (view)


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06/30/2003 06:38:25 PM
I was just browsing your stuff and came across this. Striking! ...and some folks complain that there are too many flower shots! You prove that this subject can be addressed with originality! -David
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04/27/2003 04:59:14 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
This is one of my favorites for this challenge. It met the challenge very well, and it also has beautiful color.
Everything about this says "Spring" and "Fresh" to me.
The rain is so clearly visible and on a terrific diagonal angle.
The yellow and green are crisp and have nice tonation and gradients of color.
The composition is a simple one...I like that! There is no doubt about the subject for the subjects shines so well.
The dof is very good, with the background being perfectly oof but still natural looking.
Very, very nice!
Regards,

Grayce
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04/25/2003 01:04:25 PM
Thanks to all for the kind comments. Can't believe I got second!

OK, I'll come clean - the rain isn't real, it was produced by a garden sprinkler. Hope that doesn't spoil it for anybody.

The blurring of the rain is due to the shutter speed of 1/125. The slant on the rain is largely due to the wind, though - it was a pretty breezy day and I had a few shots spoiled because the flowers were moving.

The 'rain' shows up well because it's backlit by the sun - I think this would have been even more effective if I'd shot it early in the morning (which I'm going to try soon). I used an Olympus B-300 1.7x Teleconverter and my camera on maximum optical zoom to avoid getting wet :-) The camera was positioned on my tripod.

Message edited by author 2003-04-29 16:56:40.
04/22/2003 06:11:04 AM
I'm glad to see this moved up to 2nd. Taking nothing away from the blue ribbon winner, I liked this shot best. Great capture and sincere congrats - Inspzil
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04/22/2003 05:36:46 AM
Congratulations on second place and an excellent shot.
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04/21/2003 10:50:21 AM
beautiful photo! did you use the garden hose to make the rain.....
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04/21/2003 09:38:59 AM
A great exposure and a well deserved result. You capture the rain really well.
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04/21/2003 03:27:19 AM
this is a really nice shot, congratulations!!
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04/21/2003 01:10:58 AM
Beautiful shot!! Congrats on 3rd!!
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04/21/2003 12:29:29 AM
beautiful shot! congratulations!
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04/21/2003 12:20:18 AM
I love the colors and the capture of rain here. Very nice. Congratulations!
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04/21/2003 12:07:40 AM
Andrew,

A truly beautiful image. I think this is the best image of the week. Congrats on the ribbon.

Bob
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/20/2003 08:27:37 PM
Great photo - love the rain drops streaking on by the daffodils. The bright yellow color of the flowers works well against the green leaves.
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04/20/2003 09:34:26 AM
A terrific conveyance for a spring rain. Very well done.
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04/20/2003 01:12:30 AM
One of the very few that really shows weather.
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04/20/2003 01:02:10 AM
Nice shot.
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04/20/2003 12:07:50 AM
I wish my cam could do that lol
04/19/2003 08:04:09 AM
At this point, I say this is the winner. Great capture and awesome color.
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04/19/2003 04:43:10 AM
Great: the only flower-rain-compination where it acctually rains. Like the colors and their division into the lower green part and the yellow section very much. Good luck to you
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04/19/2003 12:38:36 AM
Very nice capture. Beautiful capture of colors and detail. Well done.
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04/18/2003 10:22:43 PM
Nice....I like it.
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04/18/2003 05:11:42 PM
Very, very nicely done! I really like the falling rain coming diagonally down, very well caught! (backspaced self promotion...) Easy 9. Rob the Swash
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04/18/2003 02:10:37 PM
The raindrops in this pic are great. Creative approach.
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04/18/2003 01:31:53 PM
The rain caught while falling adds a nice touch. Nice use of color.
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04/18/2003 12:25:09 PM
beautiful photo... i hope to see this one score very high... the color here is very strong and the motion of the rain is great :) = 10 - setzler
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04/17/2003 10:42:31 PM
great shot. good vivrant colors. the motion of the raindrops is well captured. one of my favorites... ;-)
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04/17/2003 01:40:46 PM
Nice image. I really like the way you photographed the flowers with the rain. Looks very nice.
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04/17/2003 01:28:07 PM
VERY well done! Great capture for this week's assignment. Beautiful colors, great composition, and just the right shutter speed and DOF.
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04/17/2003 04:38:37 AM
how did you take this photo in the rain? the streaks of rain and the contrast of the flowers make this absolutely stunning.
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04/16/2003 08:21:32 PM
I lvoe the effect of the rain. Great work
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04/16/2003 07:39:19 PM
Very nice...
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04/16/2003 06:13:57 PM
Fantastic, in my personal top ten!
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04/16/2003 07:07:06 AM
I like the effect of the rain coming at an angle to the flowers. It makes the picture different than ones with verticle rain or just water droplets on the petals. Very clever.
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04/15/2003 11:31:15 PM
This is beautiful !!
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04/15/2003 10:21:45 PM
nice effect with the rain
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04/15/2003 10:11:49 PM
Wow... Congratulations! Outstang image.
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04/15/2003 09:23:38 PM
Excellent colors, and framing. Lllove the action in the photo with the raindrops. Kind of coming down at a severe angle, was the wind blowing hard, too. If so, ya caught them flowers in good focus. good job
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04/15/2003 07:16:17 PM
very good I can actually see the rain I'll give you a 9
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04/15/2003 06:50:45 PM
beautiful capture. moody but bright. I like the contradiction
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04/15/2003 04:40:46 PM
This is a really good flower photo! The rain effect is terrific (would like to know how ya did this!) 8
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04/15/2003 04:11:45 PM
perfect weather shot! I love the streaks of rain, and the wonderful natural lighting!
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04/15/2003 02:05:53 PM
Well done. The sense of speed in the raindrops is great.
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04/15/2003 10:19:58 AM
is this the lawn sprinkler??? just kidding great shot
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04/15/2003 08:02:30 AM
Stunning! This is a beautiful picture! Nice capture of the rain movement. 10 -danny
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04/15/2003 07:49:13 AM
youve have done quite a good job captureing the rain.
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04/15/2003 02:25:21 AM
Good capture of the falling rain. Lighting is perfect, colors are vivid and subject is nicely focused. The reflection of light on the water drops adds a nice touch. Photo also has nice depth...the flowers appear to be popping right out of the picture. Good luck...you should score nicely.
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04/15/2003 12:08:15 AM
AMAZING. The flowers look like they are under attack by shooting stars. I'd give you an 11 if it were possible.
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04/14/2003 11:14:01 PM
Excellent! Great exposure time to have captured the rain like this. Your exposure is perfect to have the light give such a warm tone to this.
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04/14/2003 10:55:56 PM
Great shot, love it.
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04/14/2003 05:17:20 PM
Awesome shot! I love how you can see the rain drops so clearly! Beautiful!
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04/14/2003 05:05:27 PM
Look at the angle of that rain, it must of been so windy and sunny too.
If that rain was real i would have turned round to shot the rainbow. I like. 9
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04/14/2003 02:28:43 PM
simply stunning--- 10
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04/14/2003 01:36:56 PM
wow, interesting!
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04/14/2003 10:39:01 AM
Well done! This pic has charachter. The longer shutter speed has really done this image justice. The stringy raindrops look fantastic, the deep yellow and green tops it all off. The Shallow DOF has the background blurred perfectly, this is an excellent photo, one you can really be proud of!
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04/14/2003 09:28:33 AM
I like this one...
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04/14/2003 07:33:09 AM
Dafodils are brave.
04/14/2003 03:08:13 AM
The kind of shot I was hoping for! Very well done.
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04/14/2003 02:22:18 AM
Really cool display of weather (or sprinkler?). Good color, good DOF.
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04/14/2003 12:36:55 AM
Perfect! Nothing more needs to be said.
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