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Light for a Rainy Day
Light for a Rainy Day

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Challenge: Rain II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Tamron AF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical for Nikon
Location: Aberdeen, Maryland
Date: Sep 24, 2006
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Sep 24, 2006

We finally got some rain here. I was a little worried I would not be able to get a rain picture. This is the first setup shot that I have done. I love the look of the rain on our front window and my wife had some candles in the window so I set up the shot and I really like the way it turned out.

Post processing:
adjusted white balance, levels and USM

Place: 87 out of 128
Avg (all users): 5.0685
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.0377
Avg (non-participants): 5.0742
Views since voting: 646
Views during voting: 472
Votes: 336
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/03/2006 01:54:48 PM
Nice setup. With the basic editing - could the candlesticks stand out more?
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10/01/2006 07:42:11 PM
Like the reflections. Focus needs work. Candlesticks should be sharper.
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09/30/2006 10:31:29 PM
The focus might have been better placed on the candle holders even though the window is showing the rain for the challenge. I think the voters would have been able to see that even if it wasn't in focus.
It looks like the right holder is more in focus but a lot of people read from left to right and that carries over to photos. By seeing the left holder first, one assumes the right one isn't in focus either, especially in a symetrical composition. The voters will spend about 3 seconds looking at the picture and will naturally jump to conclusions.
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09/30/2006 05:30:04 PM
Very nice, 8
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09/30/2006 10:48:54 AM
A different take on the challenge. Its not quite grabbing me though. The focus is a bit soft on the right candle stick and the composition just isn't interesting enough to draw me in.
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09/28/2006 10:15:50 PM
Good entry for this challenge, the reflected candles give the illusion of being in the rain.
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09/28/2006 03:08:31 PM
the candles are competing for my attention so i end up lloking through the middle
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09/28/2006 07:13:47 AM
I like the way the flames reflect in the window in a manner that makes it feel like the reflections are "in" the rain
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09/27/2006 10:50:31 PM
This is a nice combination of the rain and candlelight...sets a nice mood.
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09/27/2006 07:03:21 PM
I think I would like this better if the left candle were in focus. And if I could see the base of the candlesticks/window sill. 6
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09/27/2006 05:11:01 PM
What a sweet, cosy set up. I little blurry but no matter, I like the idea! :)
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09/27/2006 03:09:36 PM
I like the idea of this, rather than your execution - I'm not sure how you might make it more impactful, but a couple of things stand out for me immediately: your depth of field is very shallow, such that the candles are not particularly in focus, along with the rainy window. Also there's a lack of a feel of contrast - you've exposed well enough for the light of the candles themselves, but the light beyond that is rather flat and uninteresting - perhaps simply waiting until the day outside were a little darker might have done it.
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09/27/2006 10:24:16 AM
This is the most real shot I've seen so far. Cheers for the creativity!
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09/27/2006 01:53:02 AM
Interesting composition, and a nice feeling of rain that appeals to the senses.
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