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Stormy
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Shot seconds before a thunderstorm...got caught in the rain during the shoot. I deliberately chose to deviate slightly from the rule of thirds here because it worked. f:8 @ 1-90/sec, ISO 100, tripod used, no major Photoshop here....lightness/brightness adjustments and cloned out a smaller rock.
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Claudia Kuhn
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    Another shot in the runaway bride series? The clouds are so dramatic, nice perspective too!

8/15/2004 5:04:57 AM

 
Dana F. Greenwood Sr

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Nice shot. Only thing I think could help is to follow the rules of thirds and ofset the bride. They say rain is good luck so a storm must be better.

8/15/2004 5:29:59 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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I think this is amazing, Dolores. One of your best. :)

8/15/2004 5:41:52 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thank you, Claudia! I am very appreciative for your comment!

Thank you Dana. I appreciate your tinme and post. Many people strictly adhere to the rule of thirds but that's not a good thing. The bride is offset compositionally and I made certain of that. It was more important that the clouds frame her for the dramatic effect. You can deviate from that rule (a little bit) if it works. I have seen a multitude of images deviate from the rules of thirds VERY SUCCESSFULLY! In this case, cropping into the sky will lessen it's dramatic effect which is the strength of this image. As long is she is off center, it's ok. Thanks for your suggestion ...I had already given that MUCH thought.

Kathleen...I am very appreciative for your words. I know your standards are high...and your compliment touched me. Thank you!

8/15/2004 5:54:05 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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Great shot Delores, contrary to Dana's suggestion, I think the composition of this shot is perfect. The rule of thirds is just a basic guideline and doesn't have to be strictly adhered to. There are situations where it is imperitive to break the rule to capture a more insipiring image and you have done that wonderfully here!

8/15/2004 6:07:01 AM

 
Gina Harmeyer

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Wow, this is so dramatic! This photo seems to tell a story. Beautiful Dolores!

8/15/2004 6:18:37 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Donald...thank you so very much for your generous post and sharing your thoughts on composition. I agree with you completely and this has been my observation also. I can't tell you how many amateur photographers have had the rule of thirds pounded in their head... to the point that they dismiss good images because of a slight deviation in a certain photographic rule! Teachers should also teach that there are exceptions when an image still can work without it! Composition is certainly important but if an image speaks to your heart or is compelling and emotive, the rules can take a back seat! Thank you for your support. Your comment meant a great deal to me!

8/15/2004 6:23:34 AM

 
Judith G. Secco
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WOW!! This is incredible! SO dramatic. Only you, Dolores, could come up with such an imaginative shot. You've done it again!
Judy

8/15/2004 6:26:08 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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This is awesome Dolores....whatever way you shot it, it worked!!!!

8/15/2004 6:57:05 AM

 
Joy Brown
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Thirds, schmirds - this is an amazing image, Dolores!!!

8/15/2004 7:23:06 AM

 
John 
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AWESOME JOB!!!!!!
YOU DESERVE A WIN ON THIS!!!!
KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK!

8/15/2004 8:12:05 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Good morning, Judy!! A heartfelt thank you for your immensely complimentary note. I appreciate it so very much! You are very sweet and your comment means so much!

Charlene..I also appreciate your kind words on this shot. It took alot of preparation and we drove an hour away from home to capture it..then when we arrived at our destination we didn't think the pending storm would let us take one dry shot. Anyway, I appreciate your taking the time to post!

Joy...a note of heartfelt thanks for lifting up this shot. I appreciate it so much you have no idea! To me the best part of photography are the comments received from photographers you admire!! Thank you for reaching out to me once more.

8/15/2004 8:35:15 AM

 
Ellen Peach
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Another WOW....outstanding work, Dolores!!!

8/15/2004 8:38:55 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Gina...Thank you for taking time to post so favorably on this image! I appreciate it immensely!

John....THANK YOU! I am so very appreciative for your enthusiasm and the "atta girl"!! Some times photography is difficult work (ok...all the time) and getting such wonderful feedback from photographers such as yourself make it all worthwhile! Thanks so much!

8/15/2004 8:40:01 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thank you so much, Ellen! Am so delighted you like it!

8/15/2004 8:40:48 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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WOW!!! This is amazing, Dolores!

8/15/2004 8:49:31 AM

 
Casey A. Hanson
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Beatiful, awesome!!
Excellent image Dolores!

8/15/2004 9:07:02 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thank you so very much, Colette and Casey! I appreciate that you've reached out and brought me a smile!

8/15/2004 9:10:03 AM

 
Jodie D. Taylor

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What else can I say...except...Beautiful picture!

8/15/2004 11:34:55 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Hello Jodie~

And what else can I say ?...except Thank you!!

8/15/2004 2:11:57 PM

 
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The beginning of a stormy marriage--poor groom :0) Your title sums up the image very well Dolores! Very dramatic light and darkish colors!! Well done! Now about that rule of thirds--is that 2/3 for her and 1/3 or him???? That's the rule I ALWAYS follow.

8/15/2004 2:23:10 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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THank you, Murry! Actually...I like the title "Stormy" better so I changed it! THanks for the idea! That was the entire concept...stormy marriage!!

8/15/2004 3:16:53 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Very striking. Well done :)

8/15/2004 5:15:15 PM

 
Kristen McKain
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WOW!! EXCELLENT SHOT! Well done!

8/15/2004 6:05:07 PM

 
Diane  Addonizio
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Beautiful!!

8/15/2004 9:58:18 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thanks so much, Sharon! I appreciate it!

Hi Kristen! Thanks for the "atta girl"! II always appreciate your posts.

Hi Diane....many thanks to you also. I'm delighted you think so.

8/16/2004 4:47:11 AM

 
Dan J. Holm
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WOW! ... Looks like you've submitted next month's winner, Dolores! This is awesome!!

8/16/2004 12:18:20 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Hi Dan! THANK YOU for thinking so highly of this image!! That would be nice....I think that with competing with Yuri Bonder, I'm running into some fierce competition. Thank you so much for your post today~ And congrats to you for your 2nd place winner this month!

8/16/2004 1:01:47 PM

 
Ramona E. Baker
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I'm no professional so I have no idea what the rule of thirds is. However, I do know what I like. It's stunning. By the way, what is this rule of thirds.

8/16/2004 2:20:31 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thank you so much, Ramona! It's a loose guide we photographers use (I'm not a professional either) to assist in composing. If you can imagine tic/tac/toe lines: two vertical lines and two horizontal lines. They key to effective composition is to place your subject on one of those intersecting imaginary lines when composing through your viewfinder. So your water line should be in the top or lower third of your image. If you look at my image above, you see the rock is using 1/3 of the space from the bottom. The bush is in the rule of thirds on the right. It's not a strict rule (there are exceptions)...but you should aim for it whenever you can for compositionally pleasing images. It's hard to remember the rules but with practice, it'll become second nature to you.

8/16/2004 7:32:59 PM

 
Ramona E. Baker
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Thanks for explaining that. Let me make sure I have that straight. According to the rules your bride should be a little more to the left in the picture. Am I understanding it right?

8/16/2004 7:48:25 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Yep (that's according to rule of thirds followed very strictly)...but the bride is ok because she's off center and the dress is creating a diagonal line to the lower corner. Since the clouds were framing her beautifully, it was more important that the dramatic effect was strong since that was my aim. Shoot for your rule of thirds..but at the very least, move your subject off center.

8/16/2004 8:03:13 PM

 
Ramona E. Baker
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That's right. You go girl! Thanks a bunch!

8/16/2004 8:06:11 PM

 
Nancy Grace Chen
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A delight to see this photo again. Truly remarkable. The discussion is interesting... To tell you the truth, I've *never* shot with the rule of thirds in mind; I've always just gone with my instinct (which innately might tend to follow the rule of thirds). I always thought of it as one of those suggestive guidelines, and a way of appreciating an image. Anyhow, I think you've composed (and done just about everything else) *perfectly* here. A high impact image if I ever saw one. Keep up the amazing work, Dolores.

Nancy

8/17/2004 6:43:23 PM

 
Marcie A. Fowler
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Dolores this is simply amazing. All your preperation certainly paid off!! It's very dramatic and thought provoking. If we don't see it again I will be very, very suprised!! It's just simply stunning!!

8/19/2004 1:05:36 PM

 
Peggy Wolff
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Wow Dolores! This is an amazing shot! Who says you only wear your wedding dress once? Well done, I am sure we will be seeing this one again. :o)

8/20/2004 7:17:15 PM

 
Beverley Lu Steeves
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Wow, Dolores!! This is truely amazing!!! I love everything about it! Well composed :)

8/22/2004 2:45:25 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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HI Ramona!! Thank you so very much! I appreciate the encouragement immensely!

Greetings Nancy! You are most kind to post such complimentary words!! They mean so very much to me! For not knowing the rule of thirds...you have such a good sense of composition! Thanks so very much! Always a pleasure to see your work and hear from you!

Hello Marcie! Sorry to acknowledge your kind post so late. We have just returned from a week in North Carolina and I'm trying to catch up now. THank you!!

Hi Peggy! Thank you!! How nice of you to take the time to post! Have a great day!

Hello Beverley! My sincerest thanks for your kind post! I appreciate it very much!

8/29/2004 12:31:48 PM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

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Absolutely cool and well done, Dolores!

9/1/2004 3:12:58 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thank you, Mette!

9/1/2004 4:53:37 AM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations on this great Finalist, Dolores!

9/13/2004 5:16:41 PM

 
Isabel L
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Wow wonderful shot! Congrats!!

9/13/2004 7:47:01 PM

 
Dan J. Holm
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CONGRATULATION, Dolores! Absolutely awesome shot!!

9/13/2004 7:49:35 PM

 
Jennifer Rennison

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Fabulous image, Dolores, Congratulations!

9/13/2004 8:18:22 PM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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Oh yea, so very happy to see this one make it. Way to go Dolores.

9/13/2004 8:30:43 PM

 
Deborah  Sandidge
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Wow, congratulations, Dolores!

9/13/2004 9:02:26 PM

 
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Congratulations on your finalists Dolores!

9/13/2004 9:51:47 PM

 
Monika Sapek
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Absolutely wonderful! Many congratulations and good luck in the next round with this excellent image, Dolores!
Monika

9/13/2004 10:41:04 PM

 
Paul Michko
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Congrats, Dolores

9/14/2004 1:56:10 AM

 
Kelly Abernathy
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I still love it! Congratulations Dolores! -K

9/14/2004 3:38:27 AM

 
Judith G. Secco
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This is definitely deserving!! Congratulations and best of luck.
Judy

9/14/2004 5:06:03 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Big congrats Dolores!

9/14/2004 5:09:40 AM

 
Beverley Lu Steeves
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Congrats Dolores!!! Best of luck!

9/14/2004 6:23:11 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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No surprise to see this in the finals Dolores! Congratulations to you!!

9/14/2004 9:26:57 AM

 
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Congrats :)

9/14/2004 1:34:19 PM

 
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Hi Dolores! A Big Congrats On A Beautiful Finalist Good Luck With It:-)

9/14/2004 3:58:22 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congrats Dolores!

9/15/2004 5:25:10 AM

 
Nancy Grace Chen
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How in the world did this not win?!?! I was seeing this as a first place winner, at least!!

Nancy

9/15/2004 3:30:39 PM

 
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WOW! This is amazing!! Excellent work Dolores!!! It's a winner in my book!

9/16/2004 5:50:38 PM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congrats, Dolores!!

9/19/2004 3:10:21 AM

 
Susana Matos
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Outstanding!!! I agree with Jill, this is a winner on my bopok too! Congratulations!!
Cheers from Portugal, Su

10/15/2004 12:30:53 PM

 
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Magnificent!!!!!!

9/14/2005 2:40:46 PM

 
Sandra Freyler
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WOW! Congratulations! Oustanding shot! Very dramatic and moody! Beautiful image!

10/22/2005 8:31:49 AM

 
Amy Jackson
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Really beautiful and creative image!!! Great work!!

3/9/2006 8:29:54 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Thank you all for deeming this image a winner. I appreciate your thoughts and congrats immensely.

Thank you Amy.....and for all of you taking time to comment on my work. Nice to have a 14 year old daughter who can fit in her oldest sister's wedding dress! hah! Many heartfelt thank yous!! Have a great day!

3/10/2006 5:28:16 AM

 
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