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I like all of these shots, Alan, but that second shot is OUTSTANDING!
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Thanks Ken but for once, I’m glad to see there’s some disagreement (see Linda’s comment below :)
I say it’s the first photograph that is outstanding. I sat and looked at it quite a while, while I kept noticing more and more detail. I love the distortion that the screen gives the leaves, love the raindrops, love the paint spatters, the whole composition, the colors, the lines, the windowness of it. . . . And I applaud your choice of shutter speed for the third photo; that person does not like being caught in the rain!
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Very sharp of you to catch the paint splatters Linda. (They certainly work in this image but I’m on window-cleaning jag today and just removed them. Maybe I can add them to some future image in Photoshop :)
As for the choice of shutter speed, credit goes to my camera which did that automatically. I was photographing the pouring rain from my front porch and noticed this man coming down the street that leads to the one in the photograph. My first shot was a throw-away but when I saw him turn the corner I turned the camera towards a spot where I could catch him cleanly. Never expected him to suddenly make a move to the sidewalk and was pleasantly surprised to see what happened in the instant I took the picture.
Had I known he’d make a jump, I may have chosen a faster shutter speed but who knew? Which just goes to prove that the decisive moment is sometimes a stroke of luck.
A fantastic set. I can SEE the next moment in that last image–the jump over the puddle.
Thanks so much Johnny. Is that next moment a big splash? I missed it because he went out of frame :)
Could be. Could be….but we’ll never know…
Wonderful rain! (Send some our way, please). The intensity of summer downpours is front and center. And you convey such an emotional mood with your window photographs, I think. There’s a wistfulness, but also a feeling of being content being inside. All three are beautifully crafted.
The man jumping a puddle? I think he made it. :-)
(I noticed the paint spatters in the first one too, and couldn’t help think about the color choice, an unusual one).
I was on my way out the door when the heavens opened up yet again on Saturday. (Famous last words: “Looks like it’s finally letting up.” :) Staying indoors was definitely preferable to being outside in this torrent.
Have to laugh re your comment about the paint splatter color. Their actual color, together with the vertical muntin, was white. Lit by an incandescent bulb in the ceiling, they became red when the AWB saw mostly the daylight outside.
Hey, if it works, it works!
Wow, that is amazing, that the color changed that much. A good lesson, not that I’ll remember it. :-)
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