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Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom

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Challenge: Free Study 2012-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Skopje, Macedonia
Date: Apr 21, 2012
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Children, Street
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2012

My son Andrej, a white belt, at the annual Sakura event in Skopje.

This image grew on me and became one of my favorites, for several reasons.

The Sakura, Cherry Blossom event is organized by the local karate organization and takes place in the city center, right under the japanese cherry trees. I was walking around the tatami floor taking pictures of other participants and spotted him, messing with his belt, as usual. His performance was over by then but he wanted to look his best and the belt is the most prominent part, always giving him trouble.

It was raining from time to time and a breeze would blow the tiny Sakura leaves over the scene. A few landed on his hair, creating this magic symbolism that draws me into this image.

Thank you Don, for taking a longer look!

Place: 220 out of 275
Avg (all users): 5.2787
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2872
Avg (non-participants): 5.2500
Views since voting: 331
Views during voting: 187
Votes: 122
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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12/11/2012 07:09:26 PM
Really sweet - a lovely moment captured in time of the innocence and sweetness of youth. Definitely a treasure!
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12/11/2012 12:00:14 AM
First time I saw this shot and I love it! Plus, he is my little friend by correspondence.
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12/10/2012 09:21:01 PM
Very sweet shot!
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10/09/2012 10:20:19 PM
Oooh a white belt. It's always the little things our children do that makes us smile :)

The leaves look like flower petals and it is indeed quite magical :)
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05/08/2012 01:12:54 PM
there's something really compelling about the white boy in his karate uniform with cherry blossoms in his hair... his plastic-looking coat... his hands tangled in the belt... there's a whole story here.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2012 07:39:30 PM
The focus and clarity on the boy - his face and hands - are wonderful. I don't understand why you didn't crop the left and bottom - I think you could have cloned out the bit of knee or elbow that remained in the lower left corner and still met advanced rules. With an 8x10 vertical, you could have lost it all.
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05/03/2012 06:48:41 PM
this deserves more than this one comment. maybe because i know the story behind it i find it more appealing than the masses, but it's such a poignant well captured moment. im glad you entered it
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