Critique Hiding from the storm

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Ok, I cheated.
I was looking at the same egret image I posted a day or two ago, Egret drying off.
I really liked the image, but it was missing something.
It had been raining, and shortly after I took that image, it rained again.
I thought, gee- it needs rain.
So I added some, from a football picture last year.
Took 10min in photoshop.
Ok, I know it is "fake", but it was almost real.
In print, this looks good to my eye.
Most places I hang images do not ask, and allow manipulation. I never lie, I just do not always tell everything.
Thoughts?
Gary

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I like this image much better than the one you posted earlier. I agree, the other image seemed somehow "lacking"............
 

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Nice merge, and this is a nice art image. One caveat, having shot many birds in a rain as heavy as this, there would be a few drops on the wing tips and feather tips, I doubt anyone else would notice since the feathers are wet from the earlier rain. Well done.
 
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Thanks so much for the comments and support.
Sometimes the images I see in my mind are not what my camera sees.
There was a time in my photo life I would not change anything. I would not even crop. It made sense to me, made my images somehow correct. It did make me a better photographer. As I studied more, I realized I was limiting myself. I am not doing the news, I am just making art-mostly for me. No one asks a painter if that is really what Whistlers mother looked like, or if that landscape looked exactly like the oil painting. You just enjoy the artwork. So, I am trying to learn how to make my pictures into what my mind sees. The rain is a pretty big addition for me, but looking at this print leaning on my easel, it works. Still learning.
Thanks again
Gary
 
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Awesome picture but I see a few hot spots on my end (minor) but there. I would like some eye contact from the egret. Overall I think its just a cool picture.
Keep on being different.
 
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Your additions make it "art" in my book.

Would it look odd if you flipped the Egret (or the rain) such that the rain & tail feathers were blowing is roughly the same direction? It's hard to visualize, it may screw up the umbrella effect.
 
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Phil, since I added the "rain" on a separate layer, I could move it around. I tried the rain more left to right- but as you said I lost the umbrella covering effect. So I chose this.
The feathers are actually wet and just kind of hanging back there- they are not getting blown around. I think we would all do this differently. Thanks for the thoughts.
I learn a lot of how people think about images by posting experiments here.
Thanks all!!
Gary
 

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