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Deadshot (again)

I've been sitting here for the past 10 minutes, trying to find a way to sound clever talking about this. What I'm trying to get across is, I am very happy with how this turned out. So happy, in fact, that I keep looking at it and grinning. While adding rain to an image in Photoshop may not be the most original idea, the end result is so much fun that I'm afraid I might just turn it into a crutch like the smoke machine.

Normally, I take pride in having my effects be 100% hand-made. If I want an explosion in the frame, I figure out a way to make it happen. Sparks, smoke, you name it, I'll try and make it real. The exception to the rule seems to be rain. I've racked my brain trying to come up with a way to create a miniature rainstorm in my studio, but have only come away with a headache and a soggy lightbox.

Basically, all I did to achieve the effect was find a tutorial online for the rain (there are a few, look around and see which you like), misted Deadshot with my spray bottle, set up two desk lamps, and hit the shutter. A little cleanup in Photoshop and a quick Save As, and we're done!

It was a dark and stormy EXIF:

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/2.5
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Date and Time: 2008:02:05 16:29:20
Artist Name: unknown
Tag::TIFF::0x882A: -6, -6
Exposure Program: Normal
Date and Time (Original): 2008:02:05 17:14:17
Date and Time (Digitized): 2008:02:05 17:14:17
Shutter Speed: 5321928/1000000
Maximum Lens Aperture: 265625/100000
Metering Mode: Pattern
Color Space: Uncalibrated
Focal Plane X-Resolution: 4433.295 dpi
Focal Plane Y-Resolution: 4453.608 dpi
White Balance: Manual
Compression: JPEG
By-Line (Author): unknown
Image Width: 3888 pixels
Image Height: 2592 pixels

Be good,
-Dave



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