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Wisconsin's Fallen
2nd PlaceWisconsin's Fallen

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Challenge: Memorial Day Weekend (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Date: May 27, 2013
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2013

Awe man. So I didn't know what was going on for Memorial Day, because I'm not normally home. But I turned into this large cemetery thinking I would find something like this shot. What I found was a service that included a 21 gun salute...that went off while I was walking up :(. That shot would have been fantastic had I gotten it. But instead, I settle for this. It's nice, but nothing amazing.

I did choose a center composition, which I feel is a bit different and more unique. It gives power to the focused stone, more power than an off center shot. And I also dodged it to make sure it was nice and bright. That combined with the natural shadow gives the feeling of this being the highlighted stone by the sun (even though it was cloudy). The added border seems to give a sense of class. Black bars was fine, but the thin white part really offsets nicely.

I am happy with this shot, but only expect a middle of the pack finish.

[Jun. 3rd, 2013 04:14:22 PM]

Boy oh boy, have I been guessing wrong lately! This, a shot that I didn't think would do super well, is sitting at a 6.47 with less than 8 hours to go in the challenge. I must have really struck a chord with voters...although just one comment. :)

I'm excited to see how this finishes.

Place: 2 out of 46
Avg (all users): 6.4737
Avg (commenters): 0.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0769
Avg (non-participants): 6.6800
Views since voting: 1193
Views during voting: 168
Votes: 76
Comments: 14
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06/07/2013 01:26:23 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, Mike. Lovely emotive shot - the composition and light work really well. So does the border.
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06/05/2013 11:29:16 AM
Very nice.
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06/04/2013 10:38:14 PM
You did a great job. I haven't seen to many double sided borders. I must say it worked exceptionally well.
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06/04/2013 04:48:30 PM
Mike, this is a beautifully executed image. What really works for me here *is* the simplicity. It has a somberness to it that is very appropriate. Way to represent the Badger State!
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06/04/2013 08:53:59 AM
Well framed, composed and edited. Terrific shot and congrats on the ribbon.
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06/04/2013 08:24:47 AM
WTG Mike; congrats on the yellow.
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06/04/2013 05:54:27 AM
perfect for a memorial day challenge, congrats
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06/04/2013 04:34:16 AM
great DOF Mike, the bluey still alludes you, one day hey!
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06/04/2013 02:36:05 AM
I love the line of flags blurring into the distance. Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/04/2013 12:35:50 AM
You did a fabulous job Mike...Congrats on you shinny new ribbon!!!
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06/04/2013 12:04:45 AM
Good work mike, clean & luminous.
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06/04/2013 12:04:03 AM
Some middle of the pack :) Well thought out shot, nicely processed. Congratulations on the ribbon, Mike.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/03/2013 10:49:44 PM
Beautiful shot and beautifully processed. Well done.
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05/29/2013 02:34:57 AM
really nice...and sad
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