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Umbrella and Shadow

By EllieEdge  
Does this work or is it just too messy? It's a woman with a white umbrella. Rain and sun at the same time. The umbrella creates an extra shadow.

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29 Aug 2010 12:24AM
very nicely done Smile
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
29 Aug 2010 12:51AM
Having looked at your shot off and on over the last wee while, I am still not certain how you have achieved this image. I don't think it's too messy, but it is slightly perplexing but stimulating at the same time, which is the effect I guessed you wanted to achieve. If so, then you have succeeded splendidly.
29 Aug 2010 6:17AM
this is one of the best images i've ever seen.
wow! so much interest in it!!!
frz67 11 10 32 Italy
29 Aug 2010 7:39AM
Hi Ellie,
It is not the first time you are able to catch reflections and shadows in the same picture and I really like it!
what confuses me in this one is the presence of the raindrops which in an upside down picture makes the scene a bit too "unnatural".
The second (small) issue I see is a slight blue/cyan cast all over the picture.
In mod 1 have tilted the picture and adjusted the blue cast.
I've uploaded a second mod which is a different interpretation of the scene. This obviously goes beyond any critiques, it is simply a matter of persoanl taste.
Hope it helps
benlee 10 46 4 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 7:42AM
Hi, Like the others above I think this is a great shot. Not really sure how you have managed to get the shadow and the lady together but well done.

The fact that the photo is quite busy is good - I think that's what makes the shot rather than a distraction.

I've uploaded a mod only because I wanted to see what the photo looked like a little tighter around the shadow. I've also boosted the blue as I think it is worth bringing up that colour!

See what you think but you've already got a pretty cool shot so please ignore me if you feel necessary.


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 8:00AM
The idea is excellent and your technique is too. But, I would prefer it the right way up as in mod 2 - it looks even better to me then as it immediatelly becomes recogniseable.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 9:37AM
The combination of reflection and shadow is just so satisfying. I like the rotation, I'm trying it more often now with reflection shots - it makes the brain work a little harder, because the distorted proportions in the reflection suddenly become apparent.
EllieEdge 13 15 42 Norway
29 Aug 2010 10:08AM
Wow, thank you so much!

Ronnie - Two things to combine to make this happen. It has t o be sunny for the reflection to stand out. The second is to shoot towards the sun - otherwise the shadow will fall sideways in the image. So stand on the side of the puddle that allows this to happen. And order people to walk close to the edge on the puddle Smile

Francesco- I noticed that the shadow was a bit blue because it was in the shade I guess and I boeasted the blue a bit - but you still noticed the blue /cyan cast. I tried to be subtle so that it would not affect the pavement but I guess it was a bit too much Smile
I liker the mod - to be honest I prefer b/wh shadows but wondered if maybe colour would work on this one because of the reflected blue sky under the umbrella.

Ben - I like your tighter crop. It's funny that I did crop it twice and still wondered if it was too much space above the head.

Paul - Maybe the fact that it was still raining although the sun had come out - thus the raindrops - adds just that little element too much to flip it upside down? I am so unsure because people keep turning the image upside down anyway.

Again - Thank you so much!
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
29 Aug 2010 4:08PM
I like how the umbrella gives an impression of a blue sky

PaulLiley 11 2 13 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2010 10:04PM
It's the extra shadow in blue that makes it for me. Innovative stuff. Paul

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