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Challenge: Rain II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Sep 25, 2006
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Humorous, Studio
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2006

We didn't have any rain this week, but I wasn't about to let a little detail like that stop me from entering.

This was a PAIN IN THE NECK. I tried the same concept last year, but at least this version turned out better. I went back after this and tried a slower shutter speed on the water (and I wanted to show her feet, too), but my lighting just wasn't as good). The water was pretty darn cold, and I couldn't really take the time to get it right for obvious reasons (that expression wasn't acting).

The setup was simple: my wife is on the ground shooting a garden hose up into the umbrella from behind. I shot this in a neighbor's sheep pasture (please watch your step) with a brolly box on the right side to light my daughter, and a monolight with an umbrella at back left to light up the water. A circular polarizer helped keep the sky dark. Maybe too dark. :-/

Not much editing here... cropped, Channel Mixer, USM, HSL and Levels.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 128
Avg (all users): 7.0541
Avg (commenters): 8.3864
Avg (participants): 6.7273
Avg (non-participants): 7.1149
Views since voting: 10270
Views during voting: 618
Votes: 351
Comments: 85
Favorites: 23 (view)


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02/11/2007 07:35:52 PM
This is a really cool shot, obvious why you got a ribbon. Good Job!
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02/10/2007 10:59:05 AM
what a trooper your daughter is!!! This is amazing!!! Congrats!
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10/09/2006 12:02:12 PM
Congrats. Just super, as usual.
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10/09/2006 11:57:39 AM
Shannon the rain maker! Outstanding execution! Congratulations on your RED.
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10/06/2006 12:04:48 AM
That is so cool!
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10/05/2006 11:42:46 PM
Yep, those Christmas and birthday presents just keep getting bigger . .. :)
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10/05/2006 09:23:38 PM
very creative. However, the top half of the photo depicts no rain...I see you imporvised but perhaps if you would of gotten some top spray it would appear that it was raining...nice creativity , congrats on another winner.
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10/05/2006 09:05:21 PM
Can you make this available as a print?

My partner would love to hang this in her office.

Great work. Fabulous concept. Nicely executed and captured. Congrats on the ribbon.
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10/05/2006 04:03:24 PM
fantastic shot, a well deserved ribbon indeed!
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10/05/2006 03:43:48 PM
Congrats on your ribbon, excellent shot!
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10/05/2006 10:03:27 AM
I love the humor & concept. That's a Good Sport you have there! Thanks for the "out-of-the-box" thinking that will help me next time around when I don't have rain on the "right" days. :)
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10/05/2006 04:54:04 AM
Wonderful shot, congrats on the second place!
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10/05/2006 12:50:29 AM
What the ???? 4-1's?? OH, I guess they didn't like how the handle cuts through the childs face ;)

Congrats again!
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10/04/2006 09:56:10 PM
Great shot. I wonder why 21 people (6%) voted this 4 or below? Would be good if the top 5% and bottom 5% were discarded when working out averages. Anyway congratulations on the 2nd place.

Edit
I worked out average scores removing the top and bottom 5% and then 10% and the score only rose by less than 0.1 in both cases so I guess the low scorers are balanced out by the high scorers!

Message edited by author 2006-10-04 22:06:09.
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10/04/2006 07:16:22 PM
FANTASTSIC!!You are so creative- Brilliantly executed! Congratulations on your ribbon.
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10/04/2006 05:34:04 PM
Man, this rocks!! Wonderful picture. Congratulations Shannon
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10/04/2006 04:54:26 PM
This is a great shot, it reminds me of my daughter when I use her in my shots. This made me chuckle.. tell her I think she is a great sport for helping her dad!
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10/04/2006 02:24:37 PM
i'm speachless. just when i think your shots can't get any more creative, you outdo yourself. just another reason as to why you're one of my, and 238904723947 other people's, favorite photographer.

great job as always :)
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10/04/2006 12:59:17 PM
I knew this was going to score high when I saw it, brilliant as always! Now go buy this girl a present she deserves it after this ordeal :) ah and congratulations, well deserved ribbon!
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10/04/2006 12:52:31 PM
Great shot Shannon. It actually took me a second to realize the rain was inthe umbrella. ;) I'm a bit slow...
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10/04/2006 10:19:25 AM
Genius! What an incredible gallery of these amazing shots you have!

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10/04/2006 09:34:55 AM
Very clever shot! Congrats on the red ribbon!!
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10/04/2006 09:15:46 AM
Very inovative and well executed shot Shannon, a worthy ribbon.
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10/04/2006 08:50:24 AM
congrats on your 10th ribbon for 2006!
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10/04/2006 08:17:23 AM
Haha, awesome, congrats! Another page your daughter can add to her memoirs before she has you put away, hehe. ;-)
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10/04/2006 06:48:47 AM
Shannon your a mad genious! Way to keep showing all of us out of the box can work. Congratulations on your new red ribbon!
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10/04/2006 06:05:24 AM
Shannon! You Da Man! Congrats on your brand new ribbon!
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10/04/2006 05:30:24 AM
Congrat´s, you are really starting to breath up Kiwi´s neck aren´t ya, as far as I can see it´s 26-24 for him at the moment and he´s not posting, keep at it!
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10/04/2006 03:27:57 AM
great image and my favourite in the challenge Shannon...man, you are on a roll mate...I am glad that you included your explanation...your daughter deserves a new iPod for this, and perhaps a new puppy dog!
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10/04/2006 02:37:34 AM
Great shot, great idea and a great family for putting up with it ;-) Congrats on the red.
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10/04/2006 02:12:04 AM
eish you ribboned! congrats shannon.
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10/04/2006 12:49:55 AM
Way to go Shannon! I always like it better when effort pays off rather than dumb luck. ;-)
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10/04/2006 12:40:49 AM
The photo is very busy with those trees but damn you more than made up for it with such a fantastic idea. This should have scored MUCH higher, IMO. Congrats.
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10/04/2006 12:39:45 AM
Yay, congrats to you! :)
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10/04/2006 12:35:26 AM
Congrats Scalvert. Y did'nt i think of that? :)
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10/04/2006 12:24:31 AM
Figured this was yours. Great concept and great job hiding stream of water into the brolly.
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10/04/2006 12:19:58 AM
That poor girl... Congrats Shannon!
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10/04/2006 12:11:14 AM
Great shot Scalvert! I just couldnt get the hose water to look right in mine - maybe I should have taken the spray nozzle off huh? Well done on red ribbon - was my top choice for the challenge. Oh and GO UNTOUCHABLES!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/03/2006 04:59:00 PM
This was one of my favorites. No one said the rain had to come from the sky. I can't wait to see how you did this. Good Luck!
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10/03/2006 01:29:23 PM
Very creative idea. I had to think about it for a second. Good job.
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10/03/2006 08:54:04 AM
GREAT EFFECT...MAKE YOUR OWN RAIN!!
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10/02/2006 05:31:00 PM
Dramatic capture. I like the rain drops. The expression on the girl's face is endearing
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10/02/2006 05:03:57 PM
Wonderful!
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10/02/2006 09:50:46 AM
Nice effect. Great expression on her face. I hope this one does well. Very witty.
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10/02/2006 06:37:35 AM
Wonderful idea, excellent implementation. Can't wait to read the "making of" details
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10/01/2006 04:44:27 PM
Great. Shot. 10.
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10/01/2006 09:54:39 AM
Awsome shot! You get a 10 from me.
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10/01/2006 03:49:30 AM
Fab fab fab - Great lighting - great expression my fav for the comp. I like!
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10/01/2006 12:17:57 AM
The lighting in this really got my attention. Good work
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09/30/2006 10:02:36 PM
prediction...1st or 2nd
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09/30/2006 06:25:24 PM
That is an AMAZING shot I love the two light sources, that's a professional setup and it shows good planning and execution. It really bugs me that it's centred. Not because that's a "rule" but because it's composition is "off" a little, there is more impact available there which is the only reason it gets a 9 instead of 10
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09/30/2006 01:46:27 PM
Great way to capture the rain! I love how her dress stands out against all the black and grey! She should be inside having fun and it looks like that is where she would rathter be!!! Crisp and sharp, Awesome job... 10!
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09/30/2006 01:59:41 AM
good very good
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09/29/2006 05:35:43 PM
Neat shot. This was a great idea.
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09/29/2006 02:33:58 PM
Interesting turn of events. The fact that what's happening is the opposite of what's expected keeps your attention. Oh, and your model...Great job! She looks miserable!
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09/29/2006 01:19:57 PM
bumping to 8, nice job!
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09/29/2006 12:50:55 PM
Clever. I like it.
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09/29/2006 09:33:27 AM
love this one! How did you do it?
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09/28/2006 09:43:36 PM
This has got to be a Scalvert shot. Who else would think of this? I love the concept but I'm not 100% on the image. Either way, 6.
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09/28/2006 07:09:40 PM
I love the fact it only looks like it is raining under the umbrella. Also glad the stick of the umbrella is not right in the middle of her face. Nice shot.
Marty
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09/28/2006 03:51:43 PM
Back to comment - I am really looking forward to seeing how you accomplished this. I tried several times for something similar and I just couldnt get the water to look right. Nice job with the water and the lighting. One of my favs of the challenge. Well done and Bumping up.
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09/28/2006 03:07:48 PM
This is awesome! Should earn a ribbon!!
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09/28/2006 02:31:44 PM
love it!
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09/28/2006 01:03:42 PM
saw one of these before in a photo magazine. very cool idea. would like more definition around the umbrella, and maybe a clearer view of her face.
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09/28/2006 11:47:19 AM
best yet!
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09/28/2006 09:40:41 AM
I like how you used the flash to make it look like it was raining just under the umbrella.
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09/28/2006 08:14:16 AM
I like the way you have the child bright and almost spotlighted against the dark background. Cute expression on her face, too.
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09/28/2006 07:38:17 AM
10...has to be...wonderful image, and a great quirky shot and title...perfect...hope you get the red!
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09/28/2006 06:41:55 AM
Wow, something different here! I love your idea, very creative. Lighting is superb. Best shot so far, well done!
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09/27/2006 09:00:05 PM
cute photo and great idea/title
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09/27/2006 07:39:09 PM
LOL, This is Great, 10
GOOD LUCK!
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09/27/2006 06:47:01 PM
Fantastic idea! I was thinking something similar but never got around to trying it. I like that you use a younger subject, I think it works quite well for the playful mood. I question your choice of background, though your excellent lighting keeps the focus on your main subject. Nice job! 8o)
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09/27/2006 05:23:51 PM
That's very creative. I like it a lot. Also well done with the lighting - it works really well. 10
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09/27/2006 05:16:45 PM
Excellent!! What a fabulous original idea! Good luck to you, hope to see this on the front page :)
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09/27/2006 03:37:59 PM
Great photo - Perfect title!
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09/27/2006 01:56:34 PM
Very nice! I almost moved on thinking "average" until I looked twice and noticed the rain from under the umbrella - what a great idea! it's a shame that the right-hand side seems to be unbalanced with regard to the amount of water shown
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09/27/2006 01:07:18 PM
I heard you can stop that rain with a spell from the glowing book ;-)
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09/27/2006 12:57:35 PM
Oh. Man. Who else could have shot this? I think there should just be an automated script that gives Scalvert a 10 on each challenge. That would save me all this extra effort each time :)
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09/27/2006 07:57:53 AM
i love this idea
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09/27/2006 07:42:42 AM
Awesome - I had a similar idea but this kicks the butt of mine. The background and lighting is great - I would love to see more versions of this too. Such a great image.
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09/27/2006 05:04:09 AM
like the creativity here
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09/27/2006 02:43:18 AM
great idea well executed
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09/27/2006 12:43:40 AM
Nice idea for the rain under the umbrella!
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09/27/2006 12:37:13 AM
Haha. That's great! Her clothing is very bright compared to the dark background and that doesn't help to convey the emotion of frustration or depression one would be feeling in her situation. I still like it.
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09/27/2006 12:31:50 AM
Cute. One of the few original, well executed shots in the challenge.
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