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Challenge: The Smile (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: Aug 10, 2012
Date Uploaded: Aug 10, 2012

This is my dad. He came out to visit us for the first time in nine years and the second time ever. I knew he would be a good model for this challenge and I have been wanting to get some good pics of him. I started off with getting some serious straight shots. Had him look directly at the camera and told him to not smile. Took a couple of shots and then with the camera still at my eye I began to make a farting noise with my mouth that always gets the kids laughing. He just stared at me stone faced. No reaction. With the camera still at my eye I said "so no laughing huh? The fart noise always makes the kids die" and then he let loose. He was trying to stay straight and when I gave him permission to go the other way he went. The series is images all around this, while not high scoring spc images, are tons of fun.

My dad has an amazing laugh. Loud and very recognizable. And I wanted to catch a picture of him that made you hear it pour out of the monitor. I hoped that this one pulled it off. 6.7 three hours becore rollover and some great comments (though one round of sharpening at a very low setting) makes me think I did that well.

And I have some awesome pics of my dad visiting me.

[Aug. 17th, 2012 07:40:50 AM]

So when I edited the details I didnt realize that I had a couple of days left. Thought rollover was last night but it was baby animal day. So i thought adding a story about my dads laugh might be in order.

Back when I was fourteen, my dad and I decided to make a canoe and camping trip through the chain of lakes in Old Forge, NY. It was going to be a four day trip with overnights on an island in fourth lake and in a lean to on the shore of eighth lake. So on the first day we canoe up to fourth lake to make our camp. Mind you, the island on fourth lake is tiny and this chain of lakes is really out there in nowhere land. Old Forge doesn't have a massive population. As we are getting out of the canoe I crack some joke and my dad starts laughing. Out of the woods we hear "Mike? Mike Toole?" This lady comes out of the woods and says "I would recoginize that laugh anywhere." The really odd thing is that she hadn't seen my dad in almost 20 years. 20 YEARS!!! So on an island, in the middle of nowhere, decades out, my dads laugh was recognized.

I love my dads laugh. I love my dad.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 71
Avg (all users): 6.7091
Avg (commenters): 8.1111
Avg (participants): 6.9143
Avg (non-participants): 6.6133
Views since voting: 2206
Views during voting: 230
Votes: 110
Comments: 36
Favorites: 2 (view)


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09/06/2012 09:59:38 AM
I forgot to add this the other day, Do you ever watch AMC's breaking bad?? Your Dad sooo reminds me of Walt the star.. ( Yeah I don't know what his real name is but he was Malcom in the Middles dad too) My hubby loves that show and he saw me looking at this the other day and thought some one had actually shot a picture of that tv star...
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08/23/2012 09:35:47 PM
What wonderful memories... I love your Dads smile!!!
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08/23/2012 01:24:24 PM
I miss my dad :-( Great image, Tim
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08/22/2012 09:41:46 AM
Great story. Great picture. Thank you for sharing your dad with us.
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08/21/2012 09:22:31 PM
great shot, and a great essay. The light is a teeny bit too harsh, but that's hairsplitting. Congrats, Tim, this is the photo (and I assume, the series) to keep.
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08/21/2012 01:57:14 PM
Awesome image Tim. One of my 10s during voting. This just screams smile.
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08/21/2012 11:16:08 AM
You have captured a great moment with your dad, and it's an image to be treasured.
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08/21/2012 08:49:40 AM
So well done, love that smile. Congrats on your ribbon!
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08/21/2012 07:05:07 AM
Congrats Tim! What a great picture...tells a thousand words... and then there's your story. Marvelous. You are blessed with treasures.

Message edited by author 2012-08-21 07:06:23.
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08/21/2012 12:44:54 AM
Thought I recognized both the man and the photographer's style. Congrats!
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08/20/2012 04:00:01 PM
is this Walter White? hah.

Walter's Photo

Message edited by author 2012-08-20 16:00:30.
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08/20/2012 02:12:39 PM
Great story. Super image and smile. Congrats on the ribbon!
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08/20/2012 01:22:20 PM
What a great story! And the memory will be relived over and over with this image.

Congrats on both, Tim!
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08/20/2012 11:36:15 AM
Wonderful story and smile - I can hear it. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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08/20/2012 10:55:43 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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08/20/2012 06:42:50 AM
Your old man sort of looks like Walter white from the TV show breaking bad.

Great image. Great notes too! 'Grats on the ribbon!
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08/20/2012 05:48:13 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Timfy - and on having had nice times with your dad.
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08/20/2012 03:15:28 AM
How great is it that you know Walt White! :P Cool story and photo.
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08/20/2012 03:07:09 AM
Very touching story and image, well done.
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08/20/2012 02:23:46 AM
What an awesome story to go with the photo. Congrats on the ribbon
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08/20/2012 01:22:16 AM
Brilliant. Both the image and the story. Thank you.
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08/20/2012 12:52:03 AM
Congrats. Thanks for sharing your story. Motivates me to do a portrait session with my pops.
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08/20/2012 12:20:01 AM
Terrific, Tim! Congratulations!
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08/20/2012 12:10:32 AM
Great job, Tim.
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08/20/2012 12:06:43 AM
Oh man I wish a sound track came with this. If you ever post the laugh any where, please let me know. How wonderful for you to be able to capture his essence in one shot. Congrats on the yellow!
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08/20/2012 12:02:36 AM
Love that story about his laugh!!! Great photo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2012 11:00:29 PM
Crop works well for the challenge. Good focus on he smile. Looks like a very honest smile, not posed. A top pick for me.
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08/19/2012 06:28:29 PM
Nice genuine smile; great detail and bw tones. (voted earlier bumping up)
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08/18/2012 09:27:28 PM
Terrific detail. 7
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08/16/2012 10:15:39 PM
love it. he looks like he's earned it ;-)
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08/16/2012 09:07:09 PM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

B&W tones are fabulous! Great smiling laugh - it makes me wonder what was so funny to make him crack up with laughter. Wonderful capture of emotion that I am sure will be a treasure in the family album:-) Hope to see this in the top 5.
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08/16/2012 11:22:18 AM
Severely oversharpened for no apparent reason. Otherwise, can I hear the joke?
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08/14/2012 12:01:45 AM
A classic and very well done portrait.
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08/13/2012 06:04:34 PM
Wonderful
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08/13/2012 10:28:59 AM
The closed eye laugh is a great indication of sincerity.
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08/13/2012 01:23:51 AM
great detail and b and w...love the light as well 8
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