Thanks for the feedback. They are both from one file. I used the grad in raw to make the sky a tad darker and added texture and then viezza filter on both. It was when adding the grad that the various layers in the clouds started to appear. It was also pouring with rain at the time,very strange conditions.first one doesn't do it for me, the clouds look a bit digital as well, some overly strong clarity or something going on there making them look a bit strained and artificial.
Second one is much more pleasant to look at for me. I like the light, the double rainbow and the foreground subject. the clouds look a little over processed though again. Is that rain teeming down from them? The mood is great. I think you could crop some off the top and uncrop some room at the bottom but very nice anyway.
Told you I would get a Dear John ;-)....."On this occasion we can confirm your image(s) have not been short listed. We know you will be disappointed by this news, however please know that the decision was not an easy one for our judges. Please note that due to the high number of images submitted this year, we are unable to give individual feedback on any photographs entered."Good lord get these into LPOTY that second shots a level above excellent