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Challenge: C2K -- DPC's 2,000th Challenge (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Date: Nov 11, 2012
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2014


Place: 195 out of 264
Avg (all users): 5.4236
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 5.3860
Avg (non-participants): 5.5667
Views since voting: 106
Views during voting: 215
Votes: 144
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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11/12/2014 11:36:01 AM
This, actually, was taken just after the Rememberence Day (Veterans Day) service here in Ottawa 2 years ago, and this is the exact same location as the shooting of the solider 3 weeks ago - ironically the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. As this is THE place for services in all of Canada, it is impossible to isolate the soldiers without some background distractions. The building with the green roof in back is the Parliament building (equivalent of the White House, for those who may not know, in that it is the center for government in Canada, where the head of state works), and I wish I knew more about who these men are, they just happened to be standing in this location looking off into the distance a bit (at the crowd dispersing) when I asked if I could take their picture.
As evidenced by their berets, they are from two separate companies, which I do not know what their jobs are, but given their age and their dedication to be here at the memorial on this day, they are just starting a career that puts their life on the line to make sure the rest of us are able to live knowing we are protected, and the very least we can do is honor them and remember that they do this without us thanking them, or in the vast majority of cases, even knowing who they are, what dreams they have, and what dreams they have seen passed up.

Message edited by author 2014-11-12 12:38:38.
11/12/2014 10:19:46 AM
I was one of your sevens. Not snapshotty at all IMO and obviously a keeper!
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11/11/2014 05:35:09 AM
Strong picture
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11/07/2014 11:44:41 PM
It's a good photo, except of course for the lady in the background, but things like that are easy to miss while you're taking it - our eyes naturally focus on one thing at a time, and you really have to train your eye to see the whole scene as a camera sees it. Either that, or chimp the pictures right after you take them and reshoot as necessary.
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11/07/2014 11:28:09 AM
While I understand the emotion and reason for the photograph it just looks like a snapshot of three guys. It is also a little soft which makes it not have any pop and the girl on the left is distracting.
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