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12/21/2006 12:54:29 PM · #1
'Twas a bright DPChristmas, and all through the site
not a photo was blurring, not even at night.
The settings were checked in the cameras with care
in hopes that blue ribbons soon would be theirs.

While images nestled all snug in their cards,
(filling up 50 Gig drives wasn’t hard!)
a punked-out Achoo, and 21.gif Larus in drag,
had just settled in to the forums to brag

when out from the ether arose a new challenge
to which DPCers all charged in a phalange.
What devious plot had 1.gif Langdon and Drew
cooked up to befuddle the DPC crew?

When 21_F.gif Judi first saw it, she flung off her clothes,
21.gif DrAchoo glued a bug to his nose,
recalcitrant members paid up their fees
while Leroy just smiled and pulled out the cheese.

21.gif Librodo threw open his closet of scarves,
Icelandic landscapes were shipped in from Mars,
all to prepare for this wonder of wonders,
this challenge that plowed other challenges under:

“This week, ‘tis the season to give all you can,
don’t shoot Low Key, Without Subject, or Zen,
give us eye candy, nothing outré,
up the Wow Factor and blow us away!”

As the midnight ride of a nation’s dawn,
or the message that ran from Marathon,
these glorious words flew o’er the globe,
a gospel to gladden the grumpiest Job.

All the great heroes would throw their lots in,
the whispers began right away: “Who would win?”
Competition was fierce, the payoff was huge,
to be Best of the Best, to o’ertop the deluge!

A thousand pictures… two thousand were entered,
beautiful wind-blown models off centered,
utterly fanatic photography nerds
put shiny baubles directly on thirds

with alien bees and silver reflectors
lighting the treasures of jewel collectors.
31.gif Arnit spiraled construction paper
so many times it curled like a vapor,

and speaking of vapor, food dyes were poured
in water as clear as a Nordic fjord.
Cattails paraded ‘neath cloud hieroglyphs
as 21.gif Bear_Music waited for just the right skiff.

After what seemed like an infinite time lapse
the turnover hit like fierce thunderclaps,
it shook DP Challenge down to its core,
none could believe the highest high score.

The picture stood bare, like an old piece of wood,
exposing its texture and feeling, it stood
like a beacon of presence burst forth from the wrapping
whose glitter had faded, its energy sapping.

Where content was king, form had o’erthrown.
With beauty skin deep, the blue found the bone.
21.gif Jjbeguin had shown them the light,
“Chiaroscuro to all, and to all black and white!”

12/21/2006 12:56:50 PM · #2
That is simply fantastic.
Must have taken some serious work!

Well done!
Should be on the front page, :P
12/21/2006 01:00:11 PM · #3
That is awesome!!!
12/21/2006 01:03:25 PM · #4
I didn't fit nearly enough photographer references into this. I might have to do another one... next year!
12/21/2006 01:03:36 PM · #5
Amazing literary work... and I nearly choked to death on a french fry while trying to read it!

Great job!
12/21/2006 01:06:03 PM · #6
this is awesome!!:) absolutely cool Don:)!!
12/21/2006 01:08:45 PM · #7
Right on the money. Bravo!
12/21/2006 01:25:53 PM · #8
posthumous....I marvel in your creative writing...You wrote a poem for me this summer for a wedding gift card, I love reading your creations. Nice collection on your website too.


12/21/2006 01:27:28 PM · #9
Amazing! A truly fine piece of writing, and so much fun!
12/21/2006 01:31:40 PM · #10
where the heck is posthumous in there ;} ?
12/21/2006 01:34:47 PM · #11
Great work :)
Should get a different DPCer to record each line, composite them all together, add sound, add music, add a flash animation, and make it into a DPC Christmas card :)

Message edited by author 2006-12-21 13:34:57.
12/21/2006 01:36:51 PM · #12
Originally posted by metatate:

where the heck is posthumous in there ;} ?


21.gif Bucket got brown, he really had flubbed it,
but he didn't mind because 21.gif posthumous loved it!
12/21/2006 01:45:36 PM · #13
Originally posted by Konador:

Great work :)
Should get a different DPCer to record each line, composite them all together, add sound, add music, add a flash animation, and make it into a DPC Christmas card :)


or add it to the ipod cast!

12/21/2006 01:47:41 PM · #14
Good idea! :)
12/21/2006 01:48:43 PM · #15
You're free to do so. This poem is my gift to DPC (who else would want it anyway???) hahahaha
12/21/2006 01:50:10 PM · #16
Cool, I'll start a thread
12/21/2006 01:53:57 PM · #17
Cool! And in case anyone thinks 21.gif Larus doesn't have a sense of humor, he just made me a favorite photographer about 5 minutes after I posted this poem! hahahahaha
12/21/2006 01:57:31 PM · #18
brilliant work, Don! you're a talented kinda guy! :)
12/21/2006 02:02:28 PM · #19
Be a Part of the DPC Christmas Poem
12/21/2006 02:41:06 PM · #20
Originally posted by Konador:

Be a Part of the DPC Christmas Poem


We need more pigtails to record! Please don't tell me I'm the only geeky chick around here!

Oh, and nice poem--love that humor!
12/21/2006 03:56:47 PM · #21
This is absolutely first-rate, posthumous! Clap Clap!

R.
12/21/2006 04:02:56 PM · #22
Originally posted by KaDi:

Originally posted by Konador:

Be a Part of the DPC Christmas Poem


We need more pigtails to record! Please don't tell me I'm the only geeky chick around here!

Oh, and nice poem--love that humor!

You, albright1 and Judi are the only ones so far!
12/21/2006 04:04:34 PM · #23
Originally posted by posthumous:

Cool! And in case anyone thinks 21.gif Larus doesn't have a sense of humor, he just made me a favorite photographer about 5 minutes after I posted this poem! hahahahaha


Hehe, thought I had done that a while ago, was an oversight :) Anyway, you are NOT going to let me forget that self portrait any time soon, are ya :P
12/21/2006 04:05:57 PM · #24
Originally posted by Larus:

you are NOT going to let me forget that self portrait any time soon, are ya :P


NEVER!!!


12/21/2006 04:06:38 PM · #25
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

This is absolutely first-rate, posthumous! Clap Clap!

R.


thank you! kudos from a poet mean a lot.
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