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....in the Freedom of Our Country
....in the Freedom of Our Country

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Success (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 7-14mm f/4.0 Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: Hampton
Date: May 23, 2006
Aperture: f4.7
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Macro, History
Date Uploaded: May 23, 2006

Day in, day out...watching the news on the wars, illegal immigrants....Makes me feel so fortunate to live in a country where we can be free to do what we dream and be who we are. My tribute to the success of our country!

My first attempt at water droplets and refraction. This idea came to mind while I was hanging a flag outside, just after hearing about 3 people who drowned trying to make it to land on our soil from Cuba.

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Dust and scratches
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Place: 59 out of 184
Avg (all users): 5.4522
Avg (commenters): 5.8182
Avg (participants): 4.8596
Avg (non-participants): 5.6474
Views since voting: 1248
Views during voting: 423
Votes: 230
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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10/31/2006 09:02:26 AM
Originally posted by ertert:

But your country is the symbol of hypocrisies. Maybe I'm just generalising from your leader...

Dont ya just love comments like these? Excellent image, excellent subject, idiot commenters. Keep up the good work.
09/24/2006 06:21:45 AM
American site,American photographer, American photograph........

Let Freedom Ring!!!!!!

Message edited by author 2006-09-24 06:22:49.
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06/06/2006 03:30:18 PM
From the Critique Club

First, I think that duplicating a specific shot or technique is a valuable learning exercise and I would expect that by doing this shot, you have learned a good deal. You have executed this well, focus, exposure, post processing etc. are all spot-on.

As you can tell from the other comments, nothing about this is really very original and using this technique, especially with the US Flag, begs for comparison to one of the highest scoring photos on DPC.

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Compared to John's image, yours seems like you trid to arrange and size them uniformly, rather than the more random nature of the drops in the "original". For this to work, the arrangement would need to be more precise and the drops of more uniform size. From my perspective, this lack of complete order and lack of disorder, more than anything is what detracts from your image.

If you are going to do something as cliche as this, to be really successful, you have to do it better than the original.

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05/31/2006 10:59:39 AM
Ya know, even though this has been done, it only goes to prove that this site is subjective, and shallow. People are quick to judge, and slow to evaluate.

All the Ansel Adams want-a-be's, all the flower shots, all the pet shots have been done before as well, but you don't see people saying "Hey, thats been done before!"

Photographically speaking, this is a great shot.

Good imagination, time, and effort. Good comp, good color, ok light, nice movement.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/30/2006 06:07:27 PM
Its been done...
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05/30/2006 12:39:26 PM
Good picture and a succesfull attempt at that. But your country is the symbol of hypocrisies. Maybe I'm just generalising from your leader...
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05/30/2006 05:28:26 AM
It's well done, but over-done now.
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05/30/2006 12:24:43 AM
Cliché... seen this to many times...
05/28/2006 01:15:05 AM
coming back to comment: yes.. this shot works.. good job - bumping up
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05/27/2006 03:46:22 AM
Probably looks better to the home audience:)
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05/27/2006 03:20:45 AM
cool idea but i know it ain't yours.
but you've executed this well.
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05/26/2006 12:39:28 AM
Very interesting...I love it!
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05/25/2006 07:13:48 PM
I've seen this before, different set up, but still....
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05/25/2006 12:35:27 PM
This was a great picture idea the first time around, but it has become kinde of a DPC cliche. I'd give it more if the general idea was used in a more original way.
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05/25/2006 06:15:59 AM
Strange... and nice :o)
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05/24/2006 11:18:09 PM
seen the idea before. nice picture.
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05/24/2006 09:21:42 PM
Great theme! Great symmetry!
Reminds of many flags over great men & great women in many cemetaries. Hand-Over-My-Heart Thanks for all who have paid the ultimate price for my freedom as well as the sacrifice of the families who think about these gallant souls EVERY DAY!!!!!!!
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05/24/2006 02:33:34 PM
reflections in water droplets is a little over done at the moment, I hope your score doesn't suffer because of it - All the same an 8 for a great shot (I try and mark each photo individually:-)
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05/24/2006 11:38:17 AM
A 'tribute' photo I guess? I'm sure jmsetzler will be flattered.
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05/24/2006 09:43:16 AM
enough with the drops already ;-) 6
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05/24/2006 09:13:16 AM
One thing that I will never understand: why do Americans talk about freedom all the time? Don't get me wrong, I'm familiar with American way of life, I have American friends, I used to live in the USA(San Diego, for six months). What about the freedom of the others?
Ofcourse, the photo is brilliant. Just the attitude?
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