Rainy Day

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I have just discovered another essential accessory for any photographer's gear: An umbrella.

It was a rainy day today and I was dropping the kids off at daycare and noticed the vibrant colors and downtown St. Paul enshrouded in mist...so I stopped at Target and bought an umbrella, went back and got my camera and tripod and went for a long walk. These are the best of the day. I really love how well the colors came out from the rain. I almost don't want to go shoot on a dry day now. Please tell me what you think:

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And the last shot of the day...I actually attempted my first HDR with this shot which you can see here: http://thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1218188#post1218188
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It's true, the colors seemed to be really nice!

My fav is #6 because it's a very creative one....that's a bit missing in the others imo...(look more like snapshots)

But #6 is good to try different styles and colors....tried it in B&W?
Like to see it...also a little cropped....give it a try and post it if it turns out to be cool....

Pat
 
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It's true, the colors seemed to be really nice!

My fav is #6 because it's a very creative one....that's a bit missing in the others imo...(look more like snapshots)

But #6 is good to try different styles and colors....tried it in B&W?
Like to see it...also a little cropped....give it a try and post it if it turns out to be cool....

Pat

Thanks for the comments. Snapshots, really? I wasn't expecting that, especially since I took out my tripod and spent a few minutes on each shot. I respect that though.

Yea, that one might look good in B/W. I might try it out later.
 

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Sorry, might have sounded a little too offensive!

It is just that my eye tries to find something "special" in each photo...
for example the focus point, underlined by the DOF, or in your pictures I would have tried different angles or shooting heights...

You shot almost all pictures from your own height (probably ;) )

In #3 the fence is kinda blockin the curves of the walk-way...
Would've been nice to let the viewers eye follow the path, maybe with an angle in which the fence to the left leads the viewers eye....

#5 has good potential! but for me it is the same....my eye just wants to see "the little something"....
I see there is a broken window...hmm...interesting...might be possible to combine a shot through the fence onto the window with some graffitti at the side.... ;)
That way you could get rid of the distracting dirt that was caused by the heavy rain...

But you definitley found good spots, imo you should just work a little on the perspective/creativeness on shooting them to make them a little more "interesting"....

Ok, enough for today... ;)

Keep up the work and show some moooore!!!

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I have to agree w/the above poster.. You seem so psyched about them. But they do seem like snapshots. Number 6 is the best of the bunch.
 
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Thanks for the comments. YoungRebel I see what you mean with #3 and I noticed that after I took the shot and didn't reshoot for some reason but should have.

I still don't agree with or see the snapshot aspect. I set up my tripod for every shot and spent a lot of time framing and checking exposure.

On #1 I framed the path leading between the 2 foreground elements (bench and brown grass) to the subject - the skyline (which is pretty light but there was a lot of mist).

On the other shots I really concentrated on composition - I've got rule of thirds, leading lines, and careful placement.

I guess some of them lack a clear subject, but on a lot of my landscape shots I think I tend to make the whole scene the subject with the placement of the elements and the angles.

Oh well, no big deal, thanks for the feedback.
 
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You know what it is marcus? I think they just might not have enough PP work. I think some of them are unintersting, enough said.. but some of them ARE and are just sort of flat. I would LOVE to see this series in b&w.

It says on your thing that your pics are OK to edit so I hoep you don't mind that I played w/one of them (I have too much free time tonite lol) (maybe has TOO Much pp in mine, but it was quick and its late lol)
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some pp
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Here we go.... ;)

Original:
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PP: Adobe Lightroom - rotated, cropped, color management (3min.)
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PP: Adobe Lightroom - rotated, cropped, color management (3min.)
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unfortunately now it looks like a sunny day instead of the rainy day that it was. as far as perspective goes number 6 wins. but the others are more interesting in that they acctually have some subject matter. i don't really feel like going to number 6 but i would like to go see the places in the other shots, and poke around for a while. especially 1,2 and 5 nice work.
 

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