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Endless Summer
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Challenge: New Happiness (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-600D/T3i Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Outdoors
Date: Jul 10, 2013
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Abstract, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2013

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[Jul. 12th, 2013 04:20:45 PM]

This was a lucky find while out doing errands. The bold lines and bright color were a match to Angus McDonald's captures of bright colors.

The bright and bold colors attracted my attention immediately. But how does it make a connection to keeping a bright outlook in bleak poverty? Admitingly, many will not follow why I submitted by the visual cues of the picture alone unless I explain what made me think of this as a slightly different take of New Happiness.

It made me think of the movie Endless Summer where two drifters travel across the globe to look for the perfect wave to surf. That, in turn made me think of Kalaupapa on Moloka'i.

The book Moloka'i has the main character Rachel Kalama take up surfing as a temporary escape from her disease. Surfing made her forget and feel alive. Kalaupapa was a place of exile for Hansen's disease (also known as leprosy) patients. It was a horrible place of suffering and death until Father Damien and Mother Marianne Cope brought attention to the poor living conditions. Father Damien made major improvements including building homes, churches and coffins and arranging for medical services and funding from Honolulu.

I remember reading more about the history where some residents took up surfing. It was their Endless Summer to search for New Happiness upon the blue waters and golden sun bringing light & warmth- It was a way to forget their disease and feel alive and free.

Kalaupapa History

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 80
Avg (all users): 6.7111
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.7143
Avg (non-participants): 6.7073
Views since voting: 1527
Views during voting: 183
Votes: 90
Comments: 31
Favorites: 6 (view)


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07/21/2013 02:25:50 AM
Congratulations on the blue.
What an amzing background story - very disturbing of course, but very powerful to go with your image. Thanks for writing it.
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07/20/2013 06:39:58 PM
Congratulations, Chrystyne - a wonderful image for the blue. I enjoyed reading your thought process but didn't really need it to give a high score to this wonderful find, perfectly photographed and presented. WTG!!
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07/19/2013 10:48:38 AM
Congratulations,a fine image for the challenge.
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07/19/2013 08:52:42 AM
Congrats on the blue!
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07/19/2013 08:19:22 AM
Look at you!!! Congrats on the Blue!!! Well done....
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07/19/2013 08:12:07 AM
Congrats on the blue; thanks for the story too.
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07/19/2013 05:22:17 AM
Oh Wow! Chrystyne! You bloody beauty! Congratulations on your exceedingly well deserved Blue. As you know, I've only been popping in and out lately, so it is a treat to see this on the front page on one of my visits. Yay!
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07/19/2013 04:33:34 AM
This was my top-pick. Congrats on the Blue!
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07/19/2013 12:36:39 AM
Awesome color, congrats.
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07/19/2013 12:31:28 AM
It's certainly clean and precise :-) Congrats on your blue!
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07/19/2013 12:26:30 AM
Congratulations! This was a standout.
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07/19/2013 12:05:16 AM
Excellent - congratulations! A very cheerful and pleasing composition indeed!
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07/19/2013 12:01:54 AM
Well done, should of bumped this one, but you didn't need it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/18/2013 10:18:26 PM
Excellent colors - Happiness!
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07/18/2013 10:04:08 PM
great graphic with opposing lines and colors.
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07/18/2013 07:36:14 PM
Two patterns really nice
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07/18/2013 02:48:43 AM
Stunning (and happy looking) arrangement of colour. Equal top.
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07/17/2013 01:57:24 PM
Top 6 and another that gets me for its clean, graphic appeal and bright color pop. Well seen and framed. 9 Voted earlier, back to comment.
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07/16/2013 04:33:42 PM
Great image (lovely colours and shapes, both in horizontal and vertical direction), very DMC!
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07/14/2013 09:57:28 PM
Fits challenge to a tee!
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07/14/2013 04:35:41 AM
Awesome!
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07/14/2013 03:07:45 AM
Yes, everything is fresh, even the paint.
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07/13/2013 09:19:26 PM
Very different - I was almost tempted to score this lower, because it's decidedly different from the entire point of "New Happiness" (to show happiness in poverty, and these are clearly not from the impoverished!)

With that being said - this is an insanely striking photograph. You would have gotten one of my rare 10's if only those boards weren't tilted wonky.
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07/12/2013 11:14:43 PM
Overall I like the color and composition of this image. It appears that symmetry was part of your image capture, so if I may, I see two things that I would have tried to fix by moving the (skis?(Endless Summer surfboards like the movie?). One, the middle ski could have been shifted to the right a little. Two, the one on the right seems to be just a little higher than the one on the left and definitely higher than the one in the middle. Would have been a little better if they were all the same height or maybe just the outer two were the same height, or maybe even stair stepped. I would like to have seen them all the same height myself.
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07/12/2013 07:44:19 PM
Crisp, clean, sharp and great colors. Great image for this challenge!
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07/12/2013 02:29:30 PM
This definitely shows the colors of summer.
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07/12/2013 10:44:50 AM
Great original take on the challenge.
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07/12/2013 10:12:31 AM
Very nicely done!
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07/12/2013 09:15:27 AM
Did a walk through. This is my favorite. Good Luck!
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07/12/2013 04:19:35 AM
Perfect.. This is just stunning. Perfect new happines and who would not have this during an endless summer. 9
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07/12/2013 01:51:10 AM
This would be awesome on the wall of a beach cafe!
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