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Challenge: Rain (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Aug 12, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Abstract
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2005

Title from an old Paul Simon song. Close-up of my neighbor's flowers being sprinkled.

I like the vertical blooms paralleling the lines of the water and overall "impressionistic" look this yielded. Almost straight out of the camera.

@ Exposure Compensation -2/3
@ RGB Curve
@ Resized for DPC
@ Noise-reduction with PictureCooler
@ USM at 12%/48 dia/TH=0
@ USM at 88%/0.8 dia/TH=5
@ 2-pixel black stroke
@ SaveAs JPEG quality 8/10 = 130kb

By Paul Simon:
Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall

Through the corridors of sleep
Past shadows dark and deep
My mind dances and leaps in confusion
I don't know what is real
I can't touch what I feel
And I hide behind the shield of my illusion

So ... I'll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end
And flowers never bend with the rainfall

Statistics
Place: 226 out of 228
Avg (all users): 3.8408
Avg (commenters): 4.5385
Avg (participants): 3.8362
Avg (non-participants): 3.8439
Views since voting: 1523
Views during voting: 436
Votes: 289
Comments: 23
Favorites: 2 (view)


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11/04/2005 11:34:22 PM
Hmmm...I like it, bold color contrasts are the strong point. Abstracts are tough for mass appeal, perhaps if there was some sort of interesting pattern to ease the eyes. I think the eyes just tire out searching for something.
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11/04/2005 11:17:55 PM
Its either too soft or too focused.
My eye tries to bring things into focus, which makes it hard to look at.
It may be the result of your lens bokeh.
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08/22/2005 08:07:53 AM
It saddens me to think that this was so easily dismissed by some. This is a great impression of the interaction between light and rain. Don't be disheartened!
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08/22/2005 08:00:49 AM
Well, I was one of your three 8's. Talk about an underrated photo. When a nice piece of art like this finishes at 3.8 it makes me want to run screaming in the streets. Keep the great stuff coming!
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08/22/2005 07:24:05 AM
this should never have finished so low.
OK, it's not a top tenner, but it looks as though it is raining, which is more that can be said for some of the shots.
And it's clearly not a snap shot, unlike some of the others.
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08/22/2005 06:33:39 AM
I really liked this shot. Gave it a 9
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08/22/2005 02:47:11 AM
Originally posted by christie3:

You aaalllllllmost made the brown ribbon, dude!

Thanks, that's about my third near-miss in recent weeks. I wonder what the record is for consecutive bottom-three finishes ... : )
08/22/2005 02:45:45 AM
Originally posted by jmlelii:

Theres just too much confusion here in this photo. The flash against the glass also distracts.

No flash, no glass -- just OOF shot of flowers being watered, with bright overhead sunlight.
Originally posted by Chez:

Good Abstract, flowers? Certainly gives an overall quality of rain, almost looks like a Monet painting

Thanks, that was the effect I saw in this too -- I've never really done it before without using a filter, but this one is basically straight out of the camera. With this particular subject, I liked the OOF effect.
08/22/2005 01:36:39 AM
You aaalllllllmost made the brown ribbon, dude!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2005 11:45:39 PM
unfortunately, nothing seems to be in focus. it's hard to think that the purple objects are flowers as the focus doesn't do them justice. 5
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08/21/2005 05:37:57 PM
Would it surprise you if I said that nothing is in focus? Didn't think so. :(
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08/21/2005 04:44:20 PM
A little too abstract/ lack of focal point for me
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08/21/2005 12:32:56 PM
The image needs some part in better forcus to figure out what it is and the story it is telling.
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08/20/2005 09:17:54 AM
I like the colors, but the image is too blurred for me to really make much sense of it. From an abstract perspective, the balance is appealing, but I'm not sure it has the pop it needs to stand alone in this manner.
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08/18/2005 02:24:28 PM
nice blurr
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08/18/2005 02:47:23 AM
ummm....interesting abstract...nice colors... :-)
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08/16/2005 07:19:42 PM
much to blury
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08/16/2005 09:30:50 AM
I like the colours and composition. I think this is a nice piece of art.
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08/15/2005 07:45:54 PM
Theres just too much confusion here in this photo. The flash against the glass also distracts.
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08/15/2005 06:59:40 AM
my eye is confused
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08/15/2005 04:24:39 AM
Good Abstract, flowers? Certainly gives an overall quality of rain, almost looks like a Monet painting
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08/15/2005 01:29:48 AM
Great impressionistic work, 8
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08/15/2005 12:19:12 AM
too blurry, i guess this is an abstract?
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