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18 Dec 2019 16:33 #6633 by Bear
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Projected − Wet Weather / Rain
An image showing anything to do with rain as the main theme. It doesn’t have to be raining at the time but plenty of evidence it has rained e.g. reflections, pools, puddles, people interacting with the rain, effects of a downpour.


If you curse your luck when it starts to rain and immediately pack away your gear, you need to reset your mental barometer. ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, merely new challenges, and rain is one of them. It takes commitment to get out there and take photographs when it’s pouring down, but if you do you will be rewarded with some wonderful opportunities.’
Familiar scenes are transformed into something fresh and ripe for discovery. When it starts to rain, good photographers head out to make pictures.
Protect your camera and gear, carry a rain coat and umbrella for protection but also as a prop, a see through or transparent umbrella, even of a colour tone, makes a great prop to shoot through and capture the rain droplets and the atmosphere of the day.
Look for dry vantage points, shoot from inside a car or café.
If you have a trusty assistant it helps, someone to hold the umbrella for protection but also as a prop, remember, SAFETY TIP: Umbrellas are not to be used during thunder storms as they can attract lightening.
Look out and consider reflections, puddles, backlighting the rain, pop in a little flash, look for joy and misery.
A note on backlighting: Unless it’s absolutely pouring, it can be difficult to see visible raindrops in an image. An easy technique to make raindrops pop in a shot is by adding some back lighting.
Use colour toning to enhance the atmosphere of a rainy wet day.
Sometimes you don’t need to capture the rain itself, but the clues that indicate that it’s raining. A good way to shoot a street scene in the rain is to capture the umbrellas, the rain jackets, the puddles, the reflections of raindrops on the ground, car headlights and rainbows.
Shoot from an ant’s eye view, get close to the wetness of the ground and puddles.

Print – Story-telling – “Warmth”
An image telling a story that makes the viewer feel warm inside.


Note: There are several ways of portraying warmth in an image, by the use of colours, tones, capturing emotions or the subject.
Creating warmth by the use of colour.
Consider the use of “Split Toning” to create warmth in an image.
Warmth can be a lot more than just a temperature. A face with a smile can show warmth. The orange glow of a candle flame or from a fireplace are great examples. Sometimes this look can also be achieved with a radial filter and sliding the white balance towards the warmer side of the spectrum.
What are warm colours?
The phrase warm colour is used to describe any colour that is vivid or bold in nature. Warm colours are those that tend to advance in space and can be overwhelming. Examples of warm colours include red, yellow and orange (think exciting fire and volcanoes). Contrast with cool colours. However, Warm blues are those with a purple bias rather than a green bias.
Shot RAW and then change the colour temperature in post processing when you are developing your image.
Warm colours are more active and emotionally charged. They jump out at the viewer, attracting attention and drawing interest. In general, warm colours are rarer than cool colours, so an image which has even a small splash of warmth can stand out. This is one reason why photos at sunset and sunrise, as well as fall colours, are as popular as they are.
Even after you capture an image you can add warmth on your post processing while you are developing your image.

Creating warmth by using emotions or subject in an image.
Note: Watch out for the in between moments when taking images of people and groups, this is when emotions and warm friendship are manifested without the inhibition or being conscience of a camera being pointed at them.
Tighten the Shot
Often a singular emotion gets lost in a busy scene. This goes for photos as well. Simplify the main subject of the image before hitting the shutter release. A wide-angle view of a festival in the streets might show the size, which can be impressive in its own right, but the feel of that party is best conveyed on the faces of those dancing or performing in the crowd. Zero in on the action. It may tell the difference between a large crowd who is standing around, bored or a large crowd having the time of their lives. Focus on faces and interaction amongst loved ones.
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28 Aug 2020 08:17 #7388 by Jodie D
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August projected topic critique - judge Colin White

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