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Challenge: Adulthood Without Adults (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Montclair, NJ
Date: Nov 24, 2005
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Family, Humorous
Date Uploaded: Nov 26, 2005

I thought of this almost immediately after the challenge was announced. The relatives we were visiting for Thanksgiving have nice hardwood floors, so I brought some props along. I arranged the clothes on the floor and parked my three year old son in the doorway (he was just amazing at holding the pose). I spent about 5 minutes on the setup and took 8 shots. If only they were all this easy!

Processing was VERY minimal. Crop, clone out a few spots on the door and floor, and resize for web. That's it!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 105
Avg (all users): 6.5551
Avg (commenters): 7.5667
Avg (participants): 6.4493
Avg (non-participants): 6.5988
Views since voting: 17056
Views during voting: 559
Votes: 236
Comments: 80
Favorites: 13 (view)


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01/31/2006 03:40:31 AM
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"... I spent about 5 minutes on the setup and took 8 shots. If only they were all this easy! ..."

Mine all are. Is that why I average 5.6 & you average 6.3?
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12/11/2005 01:23:38 PM
hahaha!!! you rock! i love it. Every parent can relate. LOL
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12/07/2005 10:39:53 AM
lol. Classic Shot. Favorited it.
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12/07/2005 06:11:43 AM
EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT... love this kind of work... congrats on the blue shannon, very well deserved....
cheers
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12/07/2005 01:31:03 AM
I'm trying to understand why I like the photo so much. I would not have composed it the way you did, but what you did worked. Good job!
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12/07/2005 12:41:45 AM
great photo. congrats on your blue.
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12/06/2005 05:06:42 PM
A great photograph tells a story and this one tells it well! Congratulations for the superb result.
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12/06/2005 01:00:41 PM
Its real clever and well done, even tho was easy. Congrats.
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12/06/2005 08:04:54 AM
Hey!!!! Another blue one!!!!! I love to open the weekly update and to see scalvert under the picture!!!!! Justin is taller!!!! Very nice shot! Like always! Happy thanks given!!!!
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12/05/2005 07:58:36 PM
I love this shot. Congrads on the ribbon
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12/05/2005 03:47:17 PM
WOW! Ribbon hog! Hehehe! Congrats again on the ribbon and the wonderful shot. It really stood out in this competition. Great Job Again Shannon!
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12/05/2005 02:39:09 PM
Wonderful Idea and great image I love your thinking and you caught it just right
Congratulations on a fine well deserved Ribbon
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12/05/2005 01:38:40 PM
Fantastic picture, congratulations on your ribbon !
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12/05/2005 01:33:08 PM
Another blue ? Oh no !!

congrats :)
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12/05/2005 01:00:40 PM
an impressive year you've had, my friend

hard work pays off
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12/05/2005 11:11:19 AM
Great job Shannon! Terrific idea & execution (as usual)! Congrats on another blue!
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12/05/2005 10:51:57 AM
I wondered if that was your little boy!!! This was just too dang cool!!! (and isn't it the truth!) My fiancee' and I were just talking about how it's hard to get *cough* quiet time without one of the kids knocking or saying "Mom or Troy"! :)

**You Rock!** :)



Message edited by author 2005-12-05 10:54:50.
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12/05/2005 10:09:00 AM
Great shot, Shannon. Grats on another blue!
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12/05/2005 09:55:13 AM
The terror of every parent! ;)
Well done! Congrats! :)
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12/05/2005 08:36:04 AM
Very happy you won the challenge with this very sensitive and humouristic shot !
Congrats
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12/05/2005 08:34:12 AM
A very creative idea for a difficult challenge. Congrats on another ribbon.
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12/05/2005 07:00:17 AM
Very cute and so well balanced light wise.
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12/05/2005 06:10:25 AM
Congratulations Shannon! This was one of my favorites in this challenge with this excellent idea for the challenge topic. Brilliant as usual!
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12/05/2005 05:50:57 AM
So you were serious about the ribbons :) Congratulations.
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12/05/2005 05:45:11 AM
Congratulations....top shot. I am pleased it got the blue.

Judi
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12/05/2005 05:29:36 AM
I like it, congrats on the ribbon.

Paul.
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12/05/2005 05:29:31 AM
You're on a roll. Congratulations. Very well deserved. I always see a lot of "wit" in your shots.

Manny

Message edited by author 2005-12-05 05:30:33.
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12/05/2005 04:52:28 AM
*sigh* Congrats on yet ANOTHER ribbon, give the rest of us a chance why don´t ya :D
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12/05/2005 03:54:25 AM
Congrats on your blue, I thought this one was just great, brought a smile to my face and some terrifying memories back from my childhood.
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12/05/2005 02:27:16 AM
Great idea. One of my favourites.
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12/05/2005 01:54:07 AM
Congrats on another blue ribbon with a superb shot! (btw you just knocked me out of third place on the ytd ribbon leader board, its going to be a close race to the finish :-)
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12/05/2005 01:37:15 AM
Shannon, on a roll!

Luckily this scenario has not happened to me yet. Congrats on the blue!
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12/05/2005 01:24:20 AM
Doh! I was wrong Shannon! Don't you think you've garnered enough blues mister? Congrats on yet another blue!
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12/05/2005 01:13:50 AM
exceptional, as always, both in the story you are telling an dthe way your are presenting it. good thing that you got the blue here, since your cheater image expired off the front page... :)
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12/05/2005 01:11:26 AM
adorable!
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12/05/2005 12:49:52 AM
Shannon, you just don't know when to quit! Congrats on a awesome shot, you got a 9 from me on this one. I just wish my kids were as into helping their good ole' Dad as your kids are with your photography. Great picture!
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12/05/2005 12:39:04 AM
Yep... had this one pegged. Great job Shannon. I gave this a much higher score than the average you received, and had it picked as a winner. Congratulations on a well earned ribbon.

Ray
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12/05/2005 12:34:00 AM
Beautifully simple idea, but it really does work!! Congrats Shannon.....well deserved blue!
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12/05/2005 12:31:23 AM
AGAIN?!!!!! hehehehe youuuuuuuuu.... well done
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12/05/2005 12:28:32 AM
Thought so! Congrats on another blue, Shannon!
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12/05/2005 12:19:44 AM
I had 2 picked out to be yours and this was one of them. Congratulations on another winner.
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12/05/2005 12:18:57 AM
WTG Shannon! Lovely image!
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12/05/2005 12:18:37 AM
Shannon, you are a master! Awesome! Congrats!
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12/05/2005 12:15:18 AM
Congrats...two member challenges in a row, wonderful.
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12/05/2005 12:14:39 AM
congrats! this was my top pick!
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12/05/2005 12:14:11 AM
A ribbon with 6.5. Are you going downgill on me. ROFL Congratulations on your BLUE. These new voters are tight with their credits.

Message edited by author 2005-12-05 01:12:02.
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12/05/2005 12:13:11 AM
Congratulations Shannon. Brilliant entry. Remember to lock the door next time ;)
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12/05/2005 12:13:08 AM
NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!! Many congratulations! It was very close :)

Note: for those that might think I'm not happy for Shannon, not true. It's just that in a thread this week I said, "I'll be happy if I beat you." And he had to beat me. Bummer. :( :(

But the congratulations are sincere.

Message edited by author 2005-12-05 00:45:49.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/04/2005 09:54:20 PM
I pick this one for my favorite. Lots of lingerie shots, but you put a great twist on it. I like the low angle of the shot and the lighting coming through the door.
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12/04/2005 09:15:04 PM
LOL! So true!!!! :)
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12/04/2005 09:03:37 PM
Wonderfully created and expressed. My favorite of the challenge. Great job.
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12/04/2005 02:06:05 PM
Not sure how this could be tied into being an adult since this is something that a child would most likely do. However, your photo is nicely composed and well thought out and I would hate to give you a low score. It still gets a 5 from me eventhough I am at a loss as to how this ties into the them of the challenge.
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12/04/2005 12:11:36 AM
I remember almost doing that as a kid....almost had the door slammed on my hand....OOPS! Oh well...it happens. LOL! Nice idea and shot.
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12/03/2005 12:50:42 PM
Aha! I like this for 2 reasons...
1 There's more clothes in this photo than in every other one done with the same idea...Most others I believe only include a bra/panties and that's it. This one has jeans, shoes and all the other stuff people wear!
2. There's an added element of complexity with the kid opening up the door.
Definitely a better thought out photo.
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12/02/2005 01:29:45 PM
Perfect! The thought that went into the storyboard for this image is evident. 10
Back after reviewing all the photos in this challenge - this is my winner.
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12/02/2005 09:16:12 AM
Oh this brings back some memories! Well done and thought out shot. Truly like what you've captured here!
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12/01/2005 10:54:05 PM
love it! love the colors, love the concept, love the photo! I especially love the lighting coming from the bedroom!
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12/01/2005 06:14:13 PM
Haha nice idea, happens to me all the time ..
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12/01/2005 06:11:34 PM
Excellent idea, and great use of lighting to spark viewer's imagination.
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12/01/2005 09:26:28 AM
:D I know so many people who this has happened too. I think this shot captures the moment really well, great composition and a lovely innocent pose by the kid. 9.
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11/30/2005 03:35:57 AM
10 ..............so cute
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11/29/2005 10:24:24 PM
this has happened to every parent at some point! What a moment! GREAT picture
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11/29/2005 07:14:33 PM
LOL...I like this one.
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11/29/2005 12:47:18 PM
Nice story being told and the comoposition works well
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11/29/2005 09:11:56 AM
Great shot, very well thought out setup and very original idea. How did you explain to the little guy what he was posing for?
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11/28/2005 09:37:51 PM
A shocking surprise!
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11/28/2005 06:47:12 PM
Oh, man, this is awful! Brings back memories. Good entry.
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11/28/2005 06:33:31 PM
cute and good
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11/28/2005 06:09:38 PM
great concept and execution
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11/28/2005 05:58:18 PM
lol! love the composition and idea!
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11/28/2005 03:24:11 PM
Great idea. Lovely pic. 10
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11/28/2005 02:25:20 PM
interesting, imo more depth of field better 4
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11/28/2005 01:59:59 PM
That's funny
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11/28/2005 10:27:56 AM
This is cute and has happened to all of us with kids. Good luck!
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11/28/2005 06:47:23 AM
Clever!
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11/28/2005 02:42:11 AM
Cute... we always lock the door:)
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11/28/2005 01:52:51 AM
hard hitting, fits this challenge,very subtle,top points.
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11/28/2005 01:39:40 AM
A visit to the hardware store and a $2 door latch might be in order! Great interpretation of the challenge.
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11/28/2005 01:28:03 AM
Damn....I am soooo familiar with this situation! A great idea. Well captured!
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11/28/2005 12:28:21 AM
We've all had one of those times. LOL

This is very well thought out and executed. Nice.
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