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)|
|Focal Length:||50 mm|
|Exposure Bias:||0/3 EV|
|Flash:||Flash did not fire|
|Software:||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows|
|Date and Time:||2008:02:05 16:29:20|
|Date and Time (Original):||2008:02:05 17:14:17|
|Date and Time (Digitized):||2008:02:05 17:14:17|
|Maximum Lens Aperture:||265625/100000|
|Focal Plane X-Resolution:||4433.295 dpi|
|Focal Plane Y-Resolution:||4453.608 dpi|
|Image Width:||3888 pixels|
|Image Height:||2592 pixels|