Joan Field, FPSA  

Raining Cats and Dogs by Joan Field, FPSA

June 2022 - Raining Cats and Dogs

About the Image(s)

So much time went into this. Int was an old concept that I've had for years, but finally followed it through in a sort of way. Ideally,, the cats and dogs would be whole and in strange positions, falling through the sky, but I couldn't get that so I stuck to heads only. I created a sphere, not in spherize but one of the other Photoshop files I then, using the transform tool turned it into a raindrop. I found the cats all over, most of which we had had in the past; the dogs came from a combo of shots I had taken at the Pride Parade and at the dog surfing contest. I just put the heads into the droplet and used the transform tool to fit them in. I then copied the drops and sized them in a format of my daughter with an umbrella, some dark clouds and a hilly day background. I also darkened the top with a separate file of graduated black to white. I had acquired some rain brushes from a course Iook, so used them, changing the color as required by the background. There were probably 30 - 40 layers all told, so each drop can be moved around and sized, as well as angled. Whew. Ideally, I would have a full=sized dog or cat walking in the hills sor something like that. It was fun to work on and I would like to continue to improve it, so am looking for possible suggestions.

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10 comments posted

Deborah Milburn   Deborah Milburn
(Group 28)
Very clever and well done!   Posted: 06/12/2022 13:13:30

Skip Kremer   Skip Kremer
Nice concept and execution. This type of composite is a lot of fun.   Posted: 06/13/2022 22:19:48

Hazel Price   Hazel Price
You have novel ideas Joan and great execution. Also great perseverance to produce such an image. I was wondering if the dogs that are facing to the left could be flipped to face the other way so they are looking at your daughter. I think I would put one of the cats that is looking forwards at the front so it is looking at the viewer. Maybe that is because I am more of a cat person.   Posted: 06/14/2022 03:50:02

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
(Group 22)
Excellent idea Joan and well done. Congratulations!   Posted: 06/14/2022 10:29:05

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Group 48)
The creativity behind this is beyond mind boggling. Beautifully executed as well.
  Posted: 06/17/2022 19:54:12

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, This was clearly a labour of love which must have taken ages to complete working on those 40 layers. Compositionally, the image hangs together well with a total right-to-left visual flow throughout. You might like to flip the entire image horizontally to change it to a left-to-right flow. I like the placement of your daughter in the frame to create the illusion that she is looking into the picture. Given the total visual flow in the picture, it might be an idea to flip the dog's head in the large teardrop on the left-hand side which would create the illusion that all the cats and dogs were looking at the same dog that was different and that was looking at them. It was a good decision to concentrate on heads only as full bodies would have been distracting. I would like to have seen all the raindrops teardrop shaped; the two circular ones to the left of the hand tend to draw the eye. From a physics point of view, the cats and dogs in the raindrops should be inverted but from a pictorial point of view this may not work. Therefore, it might be an idea to invert one of the heads and have all the others looking at it. You might like to think about varying the opacity of the raindrops and also have the rain in front of the raindrops as well. I don't know whether it is me but the rain seems to be falling upwards. Nevertheless, congratulations and well done.   Posted: 06/21/2022 03:06:23
Joan Field   Joan Field
Thanks, Brian. I was looking for your feedback. I think you''re right about the inside down rain That's the way it came in but I think the heavier part of the droop should be down. I like the idea of having the drops at various opacities and I will try that Also I do not like th shape of the big drops nd will try to alter it. I guess the corrections are for next time.   Posted: 06/22/2022 15:51:10

Mike Fernandez
WOW.... Ditto   Posted: 06/21/2022 18:37:02
Joan Field   Joan Field
Mike, what do you mean by "ditto?"   Posted: 06/22/2022 15:52:53
Mike Fernandez
Since I was late, every one has said all great comments.
So what was left for me, but to agree with all.... 'ditto'   Posted: 06/22/2022 16:20:37