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  Mini#35 Best of 2016
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A Hard Rain       ©2016 andzwe
Panasonic DMC-GH4       1st place, 195 points
1/160s, f4.9, ISO 200, 92mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Cropped, straightened, converted to black and white in Gimp, some more contrast and definition, sharpening and adding a few percents of an effect in Silver Efex       Extra Info: None
 
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Mepo
Jan 14, 2017
    andzwe: Thank you for sharing the circumstances surrounding this picture. You are correct about the sunshine. It's amazing how photos can express some feelings that are hard to define. My condolences.

andzwe
Jan 13, 2017
    Thanks, JohnComyn. I rather not share personal things like this too often on the internet (as has become so common), but in this case I felt I couldn't leave them out.

johncomyn
Jan 11, 2017
    andzwe - Sorry for the very sad news, my heartfelt condolences.

andzwe
Jan 11, 2017
    Thanks everybody for voting and your comments. I will get back to some of them, but first the following:

I received the message about winning this contest just after getting to bed, but although surprised I unfortunately wasn't able to feel happy about it. The day before I got the news that an old friend had passed away. Her life became very troubled and we distanced more and more because of that. I still tried to support her the best I could, like she supported me, when she was able to.

This autumn photo was taken just at the time when I heard she was terminally ill. So especially the title is appropriate in that respect. Even more so because before going to this park I had just offered my condolences to somebody with his brother, who I also knew very well and who’s parents home was nearby this place. After taken the photo it suddenly became very sunny, so I could take some photo’s of the park’s beautiful autumn colors as well. Who knows, thàt was a good sign.
Edited on Jan 11, 2017

ysal
Jan 10, 2017
    Congratulations!

Lo
Jan 10, 2017
    Congratulations on your first win - and a "Best of" as well.

wrosenthal
Jan 10, 2017
    Congrats. This was my first choice. Glad to see it did well. It certainly deserves the win.

Mepo
Jan 9, 2017
    Congrats. My #1 from the start! Irresistible :-)

mrsawyer
Jan 9, 2017
    Congrats Andzwe! I suppose you will awaken to this good news in a few hours. Hope you will consider entering more often!

elliott
Jan 9, 2017
    well done!!

johncomyn
Jan 9, 2017
    Congratulations, a truly artistic image! It speaks volumes.

NEAT
Jan 9, 2017
    Oh WOW on top of WOW, I didn't even browse through this section of photos at all but this would've gotten a 10 from me not that you would've needed it :)

There always seems to be something magical about photos shot in the rain or the snow or in bad weather.

Congratulations.

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mazarak
Jan 9, 2017
    This is wonderful - great atmosphere and I love the tone. Very Cartier-Bresson.

Old Finn
Jan 9, 2017
    Interesting view, BW works here. In my favorites.

Amberbug
Jan 9, 2017
    I like this B&W. IMO maybe some cropping on the left side to get rid of the sign or to the stair railing would had made a tighter picture and moved him out of the middle.

Anthony Comyn
Jan 9, 2017
    My #1... this is my kind of photography. Love the drama, the lighting, the interesting structures, the position of the rider and even the highlights on riders hood and back. The entire mood in total is fantastic. An artwork! Well done!

Lo
Jan 8, 2017
    This picture really is worth a thousand words. It is so very evocative, with the heavy downpour and the poor rider bent over his handlebars to keep out the rain. Wonderful exposure, great detail and an excellent choice to use B&W.

jomari
Jan 8, 2017
    Evocative of a story. The little building looks very 'fairy-tale' to me. High in my favourites.

Jade O.
Jan 8, 2017
    Quite a photograph; good enough for any gallery of fine art.
Edited on Jan 8, 2017

johncomyn
Jan 7, 2017
    Great! Love this image.

ysal
Jan 7, 2017
    Good catch, but something about the crop seems off.

Mepo
Jan 7, 2017
    Love this. Perfect representation of a very wet day. B&W works well.

wrosenthal
Jan 7, 2017
    I think it is difficult to capture a weather shot like this, but you have done it well. Especially with the element of the bike rider huddled against the rain. That makes the shot. Nice job.

SteveBee
Jan 7, 2017
    Leads the viewer to create a narrative in their mind about this person hunched over and riding a bike through a rain storm. Interesting.

Elyod
Jan 7, 2017
    I can almost feel the rain in this shot, but it's still in my TT.

babysister
Jan 7, 2017
    Excellent photo. I feel like ducking to avoid the rain. Perfect for monochrome.

bryanshoots
Jan 6, 2017
    I love when there is drama to a picture. The rain adds an atmosphere to the image and works well with the subject. One of my top faves.

davemisunas
Jan 6, 2017
    Oh... I really like this Black and White...composition, lighting, rain and the bike rider all come together for an interesting image. Very Nice,

aoc46
Jan 6, 2017
    Clever idea. Cropping to move the cyclist away from dead center - or shooting a fraction of a second later - would improve the composition. More contrast would add emphasis to the rain.

Edward
Jan 6, 2017
    Wonderful capture with an interesting story to tell. Good choice for B&W.

forkcandles
Jan 6, 2017
    how longdid you have to wait to get the correct position for the bike rider

elliott
Jan 5, 2017
    hardly anyone shoots in the rain. i like this for its originality. maybe the 'balance' could be tweaked a bit. not sure. but goes in my favorites right away. nice one.
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