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senor_kasper


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Challenge: The Cowboy (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Palm Beach Gardens
Date: Jun 7, 2008
Aperture: f:2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80 sec.
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 8, 2008

This image was produced to honor Sean. It was obviously inspired by Sean's own picture 'The Cowboy'and by Sean Mahoney's 'The Last Goodbye'. A lot went into the planning, I knew I could get sky colors similar to those in 'The Cowboy' this time of the year if the sky was clear at sunset, that was the forecast for Saturday and it came true. Manuel helped me build the cross, Irene Caballero kindly provided one of her horses (Comanche) and the location, Rogelio loaned me the cowboy hat and helped during the shoot along with Manuel, Irene and my daughter Marisa, many thanks to all of them.

I have the feeling Sean would have liked this image, and that is all that matters, regardless of how it does in the challenge. I also hope Melissa and the other members of Sean's family appreciate the picture and forgive me if by any chance the image unintentedly offends their religion.

Post-challenge:
This picture and ribbon are dedicated to the memory of Sean Michael Matos.
Thank you all for your votes and kind comments.




Statistics
Place: 2 out of 91
Avg (all users): 7.5912
Avg (commenters): 8.9444
Avg (participants): 7.9286
Avg (non-participants): 7.4892
Views since voting: 6583
Views during voting: 561
Votes: 181
Comments: 61
Favorites: 19 (view)


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07/14/2009 11:57:57 PM
Strange...I recall really liking this shot. I don't know why I didn't fav it then. Such a powerful image even a little over a year later. At least now I can look at it without crying...barely :)
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01/29/2009 05:21:21 AM
Beautiful tones, and I particularly like the camera hanging from the cross - like the cowboy photographer has shot his last, (at least in mortality) and the horse is paying his respects to the man - really good shot with a touch of lightness even in a serious shot

keep taking those special pictures!

Message edited by author 2009-01-29 05:25:02.
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11/02/2008 06:38:16 AM
Sean Mahoney's The Last Goodbye is one of the most awesome, evocative images I have ever experienced. I'm touched to see that his image still inspires people after all this time. You've done a wonderful tribute here......I don't know why I missed it before. A truly masterful work, sir!
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06/21/2008 11:37:52 AM
Makes me nostalgic! Congrats!
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06/21/2008 05:56:59 AM
Beautiful! Congratulations!
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06/17/2008 01:40:23 AM
Congratulations on getting a ribbon with this lovely tribute. Your image is very touching and perfect.
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06/16/2008 09:00:21 AM
This is Melissa: Thank you so much for participating in this challenge to honor my Wonderful Husband, Sean. I appreciate that you are thinking of our feelings and that means a lot. I am not offended in any way, for it was your tribute to Sean. I thought the silouette was a beautiful idea, since that was his winning shot. Also the hat and the camera, shows things he truly loved. I love the colors, it is absolutely breathtaking. He would have loved the fact that you took the time to wait for the perfect sky. He always did that too. I know he would have loved this shot. Thank you so much for your thoughts & this picture.
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06/16/2008 07:30:04 AM
Originally posted by catnapper:

.... My point is that we live in a diverse society and that we need to know about the beliefs and lifestyles of others before using symbols that may risk offending. Your photo is well thought out and your sentiments are genuine...


I feel this was the BEST sentiment shared. Sorry catnapper but I think EVERYONE should be able to represent their beliefs, lifestyles and use of symbols without fear of offending. Congratulations senor_kasper....I knew I'd see this on the front page!!
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06/16/2008 07:10:24 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, I knew this would be on the front page!
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06/16/2008 02:32:48 AM
Wonderful tribute. A very beautiful shot!!!
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06/16/2008 02:31:18 AM
Very impressive shot - and a well deserved Ribbon.
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06/16/2008 01:32:34 AM
Congratulations for the red ribbon.
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06/16/2008 12:49:08 AM
This is a most beautiful and sensitive image, Andres. I love the fact that the horse is leaning towards the cross. Great work and a very worthy ribbon winer. Congratulations.
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06/16/2008 12:15:12 AM
Congratulations, Andres, on a beautiful tribute and the red ribbon.

Also, thanks for correcting the spelling on my title. I have discovered that it can't be changed after the submission phase ends, so I'm stuck with it.
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06/16/2008 12:07:54 AM
CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER FOR THE RIBBON AND THE NEW PB
WITH THIS WAS WONDERFUL EXECUTION OF AN EXTRAORDINARY IDEA!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/15/2008 07:43:30 PM
Excellent take on the theme of the challenge. The best tribute to JawnyRico I've seen yet. Excellent exposure. 10
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06/15/2008 07:13:17 AM
One of my ribbon picks - good choice in silhouetting - misty trees add a special touch
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06/14/2008 11:33:12 PM
I like this one very much.....
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06/14/2008 11:32:22 PM
Nice tribute to Sean's blue ribbon winner. I understand the symbolism using the cross with the hat and camera, and take away the camera and you could probably interest Hallmark in making this a condolence card. However, when making a tribute to an individual we should use caution with religious symbols unless we know the faith of the one we are honouring, imagine using a Star of David in a tribute and finding out that the person you are memorialising is Muslim. You are probably unaware that Sean and his family are Jehovah's Witnesses, and the cross is not a part of their faith. I am not pointing this out to make you feel bad, please don't as I fully appreciate your intent. My point is that we live in a diverse society and that we need to know about the beliefs and lifestyles of others before using symbols that may risk offending. Your photo is well thought out and your sentiments are genuine, I'm giving it the high score it deserves.
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06/14/2008 05:18:55 PM
Not sure about the faint shapes of the trees in the background, but it seems as though you were trying to make them less of a distraction to the main silhouettes of the horse and cross. I think taking them out all together would make for a cleaner shot (if that's legal with the editing).
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06/14/2008 08:25:59 AM
Very nice set up.
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06/13/2008 04:07:21 PM
Oh wow way to do a shot to honor a fellow DPCer! This has many elements of JawnyRico's blue ribbon The Cowboy - from the sunset hues to the silhouette of the main subject. But that is where it stops for now the horse is without his rider. His friend has passed. In memory of JawnyRico there is a cross bearing a cowboy hat and a camera (nice touch by the way) Lighting and compositional elements are very strong in this photo. The title also strengthens the emotions and mood of the picture. Very well done bumping up to 9.
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06/13/2008 03:53:21 PM
Terrific work with the lighting, the dual-layer of silhouttes is magical. Lovely sunset colors. The cross with the camera and hat is perhaps too busy and somewhat heavy-handed, but it certainly gets the point across.
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06/13/2008 08:25:22 AM
This is perfect. 10
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06/12/2008 11:49:01 AM
Very nicely done. Beautiful tribute.
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06/11/2008 07:56:54 PM
Beautiful silhouette!
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06/11/2008 02:27:03 PM
Beautiful and perfect for this challenge.
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06/11/2008 10:38:12 AM
Lovely shot, but too posed for my liking.
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06/11/2008 09:52:28 AM
Beautiful colours
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06/11/2008 09:43:31 AM
I think this is the best in show, I wanted to do the same shot except I couldn't get a horse..... The sky colors are just like Sean's shot. The only thing that I see as a detractor is the trees in the background but I still think this is the winner. 10, awesome job!!!
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06/11/2008 08:31:44 AM
Awesome!!! Breathtaking!!
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06/11/2008 07:06:55 AM
What a moving tribute. Great composition of elements.
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06/11/2008 04:17:02 AM
You took this pic during the perfect time of day....Good job
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06/10/2008 09:40:07 PM
Lovely tribute.
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06/10/2008 08:59:32 PM
This is my vote for the blue. This photo brings tears to my eyes. 10
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06/10/2008 07:34:22 PM
Lovely tribute. Well done. I like the cross and the camera.
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06/10/2008 09:37:30 AM
Wonderful colors, beautiful silhouette! 9
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06/10/2008 07:58:38 AM
Nice job. I like the DOF.
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06/10/2008 07:54:02 AM
Very nice setup. What's going on with those trees...
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06/10/2008 07:12:09 AM
WOW, beautifully done!!
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06/09/2008 11:30:55 PM
Beautiful/ 9
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06/09/2008 11:19:29 PM
this is beautiful, nicely done
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06/09/2008 08:46:04 PM
Friendship is a worthy aspect of our relationship with this DPC hero. Nicely composed photo. 9.
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06/09/2008 08:35:28 PM
The best in this challenge IMO , 9
finished voting , back to bump up your score 10
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06/09/2008 06:45:52 PM
great tribute shot. 8
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06/09/2008 02:45:55 PM
This is by far my favorite of the challenge, and I hope to see it on the front page.
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06/09/2008 11:09:44 AM
Great use of props that are a nice touch for the theme of this challenge. I particularly like the OOF bg trees (guess that a side note in the overall scheme of your composition). :-)
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06/09/2008 11:09:11 AM
Beautiful tribute...Nicely done!
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06/09/2008 10:49:07 AM
Beautiful....what a great tribute to Sean....A pictures worth a 100 words and this says it all.
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06/09/2008 05:56:37 AM
Beutiful. Very touching. 10
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06/09/2008 04:44:34 AM
Perfect, a beautiful tribute. Thank you for taking the time to create such a moving image. I hope I'll see it on the front page.
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06/09/2008 03:59:19 AM
great tribute for this challenge...will be right up in the leaders I am certain 9
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06/09/2008 02:41:59 AM
What a great tribute to Sean's "The Cowboy" shot. This deserves to be on the front page. One of my top 3 picks. 9
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06/09/2008 01:38:00 AM
A perfect tribute desreves a perfect score
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06/09/2008 01:01:25 AM
6 - Touching set up. Hope you don't get dinged for those unusual pp trees.
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06/09/2008 12:56:13 AM
Man...that's not even fair. This is definitely a tear jerker. If this doesn't get blue...I don't know.

Wow.
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06/09/2008 12:29:49 AM
Excellent tribute.
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06/09/2008 12:19:58 AM
im not getting the weird gray trees. is this in a studio or am i majorly confused
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06/09/2008 12:19:46 AM
Excellent image as a memorial for Sean. Great silhouette. The lighter trees inthe backdrop are a nice touch. I wish the colors were a tad more vibrant, but thats just the DPC in me I guess.
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06/09/2008 12:14:02 AM
What a great idea and execution.
This should ribbon. Good Luck!!
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06/09/2008 12:04:10 AM
This is good
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