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After the storm

By motego  
Taken right after a thunder storm outside on my step-daughter's deck in Westminster, CO. Light was perfect - no manipulation has been done. I was trying to capture the water drops along the branches and was successful.

Tags: Rain Black Tree Raindrops Storm Flowers and plants After Drops Branches Amber Landscape and travel

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1845 England
1 Jul 2015 7:22PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Michael! As you've belonged to the site a few years, I'm guessing that you specifically wanted feedback on this shot.

It shows how two nations are indeed separated by a common language - it took me a while to take in 'deck in Westminster, CO' - as a dyed-in-the-wool Englishman, Westminster is the Mother of Parliaments, and deck would be on riverboat sailing past!

Never mind: it's a rather lovely shot, with a mostly limited range of tones, and those few bright highlights in the water dripping from the branches. (As I type, it's the hottest day of the year in England, and it's gone grey: thunder and a good drenching may be on the way now, so that I can see if I can grab a similar shot later.)

Shooting at relatively high ISO with a bridge camera has given quite a lot of digital noise. So my mod is a thorough cheat: I cloned some of the drops of water to make a more complex pattern, and then converted to monochrome with Nik Efex, using one of the 'yellowed' filters. This gets rid of the colour mottling in the noise, and really exaggerates the effect, something I often do with my own pictures, both digital and film.

You may well hate it, and please say if so.

You have seen a lovely drop of light, and exploited a rare opportunity - and that's one of the key skills for any photographer.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4236 Canada
1 Jul 2015 8:23PM
Could make a nice abstract.

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2015 2:39PM
I'm not sure it really does what your title suggests. Only a couple of water droplets are clearly visible and they are very small. There is quite a strong instant effect when the image opens, but it soon goes because there is no real composition or single strong focal point.

You needed a lot of droplets with very wet detail. Possibly a single very large, very sharp water droplet with others out of focus behind? The thought is there, but the content, for me, lacks a focal point.


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