Georgetown Rain

© Thomas A. Statas

Georgetown Rain

Ronald Balthazor level-addict 5/22/2008 6:30:50 PM

Crummy weather situation + bad viewing conditions + shaky hands = Fine Art.
Well composed and well done, Tom. #926835

Cyn Valentine level-addict 5/23/2008 6:26:04 AM

I agree..wonderful art! Fantastic it! #5966421

Denise Denomy 7/17/2008 12:44:04 AM


Kathleen R. Struckle 7/17/2008 12:54:34 AM

Awesome image. Congrats on POTD!! #6189720

Avril Young 7/17/2008 1:15:48 AM

awesome work on this....congrats on your POTD! #6189767

Susie Peek-Swint 7/17/2008 3:17:12 AM

Great shot Tom ~ it does has an arty feel ~ many congrats on POTD! #6189974

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum 7/17/2008 3:20:08 AM

Hey Tom,

Congrats on you POTD. It's a great shot and a well deserved recognition!

Pat #6189978

Lisa J. Boulden level-addict 7/17/2008 3:44:05 AM

Congratz on your POTD!
~Lisa #6190020

JO ANN CLEVELAND 7/17/2008 4:08:27 AM

WOW! I LOVE IT! Looks like a beautiful, artsy effect, awesome

Congrats on BP POTD!

jo ann c. #6190097

Kathy L. Clark 7/17/2008 4:30:29 AM

What a great mooding image. Very classic looking, congrats Tom on your awesome POTD. #6190170

Jane Burns level-addict 7/17/2008 5:03:47 AM

Amazing! Just breath-taking in my opinion. Colors, processing, capture--manifice'
Jane #6190338

Audrey Anderson level-addict 7/17/2008 5:09:54 AM

This is a great image. Is it straight from the camera or is there some post processing done?. I really like it. #6190365

Joy Rector level-addict 7/17/2008 5:12:41 AM

congrats on the POTD #6190378

Serena S. Hinkel level-addict 7/17/2008 5:43:57 AM

Knew this would be winning all kinds of awards the first time I saw it! My question is, how did you get this parking spot??! :-) Sincerest congratulations to you, Tom. This really show how to make the best out of what most of us would have said was an impossible shooting situation! #6190463

Don Johnson level-addict 7/17/2008 6:00:55 AM

Congratulations Tom. It is a real honor on having the POTD. As I have told you before, I think that this is one of the best photographs I have ever seen! Simply stunning. #6190523

Nancyj E. Hovey level-addict 7/17/2008 6:11:06 AM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on your well deserved POTD! 8o) #6190554

Deborah A. Ciullo 7/17/2008 6:43:24 AM

What a fantastic image Tom! A real eye catcher!!! Congratulations on this wonderful POTD!!! #6190652

Daniella Puente 7/17/2008 6:56:26 AM

Great tones and rain image, like so much how this look, congrats! #6190702

Sam Smith 7/17/2008 7:03:58 AM

This sort of work is a direct to link to the experiential and on the rare occasions, when working in this way, a masterwork is born. I believe this to be one! The multitude of irony and cartoon, embedded in both, the formalistic visual and the experiential situation(lens image)are many and compel much related attentions.If you wish further discussion, outside public domain you may contact at:. Though I think some of my works are on this site, it is one I haven't visited for a year or more. So the works are old and the series of SinCon works has gone through some significant movement. I also receive an e-mail everyday from this site, replete with an image. It was your image that kicked me in the but, enough to revisit this site. A most inspiring work…rok-on.
sam smith #6190739

Dennis Walton 7/17/2008 8:44:06 AM

Nice work. It definitely looks like a pice of artwork. #6191139

Colleen Farrell 7/17/2008 9:13:37 AM

Wonderful evocative image, Tom--big congratulations on your POTD! #6191259

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-addict 7/17/2008 10:01:27 AM

So unique and beautiful Thomas, a big congratulations on your potd! #6191394

Cathy Barrows 7/17/2008 10:26:10 AM

congrats...i absolutely love this one #6191468

Tiia Vissak 7/17/2008 12:44:18 PM

Congratulations! #6191868

Marisol Pastor 7/17/2008 2:40:51 PM

Stunning! I agrre with everything everyone has said beore me. Congratulations. A certain favorite for me. #6192308

Shirley A. Kinney 7/17/2008 3:40:49 PM

Tom, this is a beautiful image. Like I always say, "when it rains, go out and make beautiful photos". Checked out your gallery and enjoyed seeing all your photos. #6192489

Sarah Goblot 7/17/2008 4:30:34 PM

very powerful! #6192593

Kathleen K. Parker level-addict 7/17/2008 6:33:04 PM

Cograts on this wonderful POTD.
kk #6192850

Donna K. Kilcher 7/19/2008 6:26:09 AM

beautiful and congrats on POTD #6197556

Amanda D. Austwick level-addict 7/20/2008 8:06:15 AM

Congratulations on the POTD, on this wonderfully artistic photo. #6200948

Thomas A. Statas level-addict 7/20/2008 12:52:35 PM

Hey Folks,

I want the thank everyone for their kind comments. This is the story behind the photo.

I love setting out on a “photo sojourn” and coming back with one or two nice images to share. I can generally pre-visualize the day, but never know what I can come back with.

This day I set out to take photos of the National Cathedral’s Lighting to Unite by artist Gerry Hofstetter.

Unfortunately, it was the final night of the show, and when I arrived it was cancelled due to a torrential May rain. I am sure that was a good decision, since water and electricity don’t mix.

Undaunted, I decided to try my luck in Georgetown despite the rain. It was around 9:30 pm, and I parked on the corner of Wisconsin and M Street. I set up my tripod inside the car since I was not about to risk getting me or my camera gear wet. My tripod straddled the console and I had hopes of getting a 5 or 6 second exposure of the cars traveling through the intersection. The rain was coming down so hard that the water was just sheeting off the windshield, and it was loud. What then caught my eye and attention were the pedestrians, running for shelter to keep dry.

I angled the camera to capture those brave souls as they passed by. I switched my camera to manual focus since the auto-focus was confused and tried to focus on the windshield and not beyond it. I was using a 24-70 mm lens at 70mm. Exposure was set at 1/100 second exposure at f /5.0. As the locals passed by, I shot off a dozen or so exposures. I left soon after when the radio began announcing flash flood warnings in the area.

When I arrived home safely, I had one particular “just right” image.

I often compare photography to fishing. It takes patience and skill, but luck often plays a big part in it. That May evening, I got lucky and landed a nice one… I am glad I was able to share it with you.


Lindley Johnson level-addict 7/22/2008 3:36:20 AM

Congratulations on your artistic POTD, Tom! I love the feel and look of this wonderfully creative image. Thanks for the detailed description of how you made this photograph - great work! #6211925

James Kirk 7/24/2008 8:23:52 AM

Hey Tom. Great shot. I totally agree with your fishing analogy. I have made great use of that "luck" portion of the equation. But it does take an "open" eye, and technical skill. Clearly you have both. #6225471

Wendy Moghadam 8/4/2008 8:47:33 PM

A fabulous work of art! #6271974

Jessica Jenney 8/21/2008 5:59:49 PM

Congrats on your stunning POTD and finalist, Thomas! #6345592

Kathleen K. Parker level-addict 8/21/2008 7:14:29 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Thomas!!!
kk #6346527

Susan M. Hembree level-addict 8/21/2008 8:35:59 PM

This looks like a painting, Tom. Fantastic! It just goes to show you that you can't let a little (or a lot) of rain stop you! Congratulations on your finalist! #6347432

Katarina Mansson 8/22/2008 6:16:11 AM

Fantastic mood in this picture. Congratulations on your finalist Tom! #6349774

Katarina Mansson 8/22/2008 8:13:11 PM

Wonderful artful image! Congrats! #6353891

Erica Murphy level-addict 8/24/2008 9:38:00 AM

Congratulations!! I can see this hanging in a gallery. So beautiful!!! #6359396

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict 8/25/2008 10:22:43 AM

Congratulations Thomas on your Win.

Dominick #6364919

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-addict 8/25/2008 11:48:42 AM

An outstanding FIRST PLACE WINNING image Tom. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us on the evening you captured this remarkable photograph. A huge congratulations! #6365609

Jeana Clark 8/25/2008 1:17:05 PM

congrats on this fantastic winner Tom!!!

~J~ #6366222

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Vladan D. Djordjevic 8/25/2008 1:30:32 PM

This is a fantastic image! Favorite.

Congratulations on your amazing WIN! #6366309

Susan M. Hembree level-addict 8/25/2008 3:47:06 PM

WTG, Tom! Congrats on the 1st Place! #6366877

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. 8/25/2008 3:52:47 PM


KARU. #6366899

Debra R. Harder 8/25/2008 3:58:36 PM

BIG CONGRATS, Thomas, on your WONDERFUL FIRST PLACE WIN!! This is one of my favs of all time!! Deb #6366928

M.Christine Duncan 8/25/2008 4:11:30 PM

Amazing capture, well seen too! Bravo on the first place win.... wow! #6366981

Terry L. Ellis level-addict 8/25/2008 5:25:27 PM

Congratulations, Thomas! A very striking First Place win! #6367235

Amanda Chapman 8/25/2008 6:05:58 PM

I love this!!!!!!! Congrats :) #6367437

Wendy Moghadam 8/25/2008 6:11:52 PM

Congratulations on you 1st place work of art ! #6367464

Colette M. Metcalf 8/25/2008 6:46:15 PM

Congratulations!!! #6367692

Lindley Johnson level-addict 8/25/2008 7:39:44 PM

Congratulations, Thomas, on your very well-deserved win! I've loved this image from the first moment I saw it. #6367927

Usman M. Bajwa level-addict 8/25/2008 7:55:45 PM

Well the story you narrate above is compelling and the image unforgettable, Congratulations to you Statas. #6367984

Kate Baumgartner 8/25/2008 8:17:33 PM

Congratulations on this very amazing and well deserved image, Thomas!!! #6368074

Eugenio Diaz 8/25/2008 9:21:20 PM

Big congratulations on this outstandng winner! #6368264

Chris Henning 8/25/2008 10:33:42 PM

Congratulations!! #6368489

Nemil B. Chabebe 8/26/2008 1:09:15 AM

Congratulations! #6368998

Don Johnson level-addict 8/26/2008 5:24:20 AM

Congratulations Tom. As I have told you over and over, this is simply a stunning image! #6369803

Liz blahh level-addict 8/26/2008 11:23:56 AM

Don't know how I missed this amazing image but congrats! #6371201

Thomas A. Statas level-addict 8/26/2008 12:18:15 PM

To Everyone:

Thank you so much for your comments. I am honored to be a part of the BP community.

The best to all of you....

Tom Statas #6371459

Cora Miller level-addict 8/26/2008 11:44:55 PM

Captivating image. Congratulations on both awards. #6373804

Marisol Pastor level-addict 9/2/2008 11:47:14 AM

Thomas, I just got back from vacation and saw your First Place Win! Congratulations! You know this was a favorite for me from the minute I saw it. #6401375

Donna R. Wageman 9/2/2008 2:56:46 PM


Christopher Budny level-addict 9/13/2008 3:46:41 PM

Congratulations, Tom, on this really terrific image winning! #6450898

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Shot in the pouring rain through the windshield of my car.

Exif: F Number: 5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/100 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 6400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 70.00 mm, Model: NIKON D3

Uploaded on 5/22/2008 6:10:14 PM All Time Best Photo Contest Winner Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner Photo of the Day

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