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JamesKW


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Challenge: Nightmares (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Date: Jul 8, 2007
Aperture: F4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Jul 8, 2007

What a roller coaster ride. Thanks you for the votes. It is a virtual ribbon I know but comming from this community of voters, it means alot to me.

This was a nightmare that my wife had for the longest time. Especially at the end of my career. And I know there are others who share this fear.

My first ribbon and it rocks.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 171
Avg (all users): 6.8502
Avg (commenters): 8.3043
Avg (participants): 6.2794
Avg (non-participants): 7.1295
Views since voting: 35824
Views during voting: 414
Votes: 207
Comments: 63
Favorites: 17 (view)


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05/06/2008 11:38:00 AM
that kills me inside! how sad, very well done its pulling at my heartstrings
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07/24/2007 01:15:51 PM
Hooah!!!!!!!!!!!!.....congrats on yur ribbon my friend.
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07/23/2007 03:10:37 PM
This is truly a moving, and well done image. It definitely deserved the ribbon. Congratulations.
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07/21/2007 04:48:31 PM
nice lighting
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07/21/2007 11:35:32 AM
I'm so glad this ribboned! Its so poignant. I'm sure this is only your first of many -- I really love your work!

MEGA CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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07/20/2007 11:34:57 AM
Originally posted by pekesty:

Great photo, even beyondd bless our troops and keep them syes bring them homeafe!
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07/19/2007 11:37:34 AM
wow, that really hits home esp as a fellow site member, Melethia, has just been sent to Kuwait. Thank you for such a powerful shot.
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07/19/2007 08:59:41 AM
Congrat son the ribbon! woo-hoo! way to go.
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07/18/2007 09:56:30 PM
Very poignant image and expertly photographed (I gave it a 9). Just think: a few more high votes on Ursula's shot and we'd have to tie a yellow ribbon... ;-)

Message edited by author 2007-07-18 21:59:55.
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07/18/2007 01:59:33 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon for this extremely moving photograph! For a moment, you wonder about the blur in the foreground and then the sharp black key words & the ring literally jump out at you. Great execution of the idea.
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07/18/2007 01:24:56 PM
Congratulations Jim! I wondered if this was yours during voting, and hoped that it would do well for you!!
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07/18/2007 12:30:51 PM
FAR OUT MAN! Congrats on your first! Woo Hoo! :-D

P.S. Very powerful image!
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07/18/2007 12:28:33 PM
Congratulations James!!!! Really touching image :)

Go strangers!!!

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07/18/2007 12:09:43 PM
Many congratulations on your very first ribbon! You sure managed to touch a nerve with this image.
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07/18/2007 09:58:16 AM
Great photo, even beyond the emotional...congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!

God bless our troops and keep them safe!
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07/18/2007 08:56:38 AM
YEAH BABY, WOOOHOOOOO... I knew this one would be a good one. Congrats buddy.
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07/18/2007 08:55:28 AM
Friggin awesome, dude
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07/18/2007 08:12:09 AM
nice work
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07/18/2007 07:44:48 AM
I once talked my son, Chris out of joining the Air Force and going to college instead. He also was going to get eye surgery to get his eyesight up to par for them. The irony is accidents can happen anywhere. He may have been safer going to Iraq. Some times things turn out bad, but let no one's fear of a NIGHTMARE get in the way of their DREAMS.
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07/18/2007 07:43:36 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! What a remarkable and poignant image. Let's hope fewer of these become a reality. Great work.
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07/18/2007 07:32:47 AM
As I write this, my son is in flight enroute home from a 16-month deployment in Iraq. Your image expresses what has been the nightmare in the back of our minds that entire time, and as someone else has said, it's the real nightmares that are the scariest.

I check this site weekly but rarely have time to comment. For this one I had to. Nice work.
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07/18/2007 07:31:12 AM
Woooohooooo James, way to go guy!!!! This is fabulous, on the front page WOW. I am so glad that this one did so well.

Comment - no vote - GO STRANGERS!!!!
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07/18/2007 07:22:34 AM
Jim, congrats on an amazing 3rd place ribbon ... very well deserved! Go Team Stranger!!!
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07/18/2007 03:45:17 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! (And greetings from Kuwait, by the way.) Awesome idea, excellent execution, and I'm very very pleased to see you get a ribbon. And even though yellow is third on DPC, it seems to be very much the right colored ribbon for this photograph. Excellent work - very pleased to see this and you so honored.
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07/18/2007 02:57:51 AM
Brilliant idea, made think of Privat Ryans Mam getting Three of those, Never Mind one.
Quality !
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07/18/2007 02:46:33 AM
I watched your score all week knowing you were gonna catch up on me and relegate me to another 4th place. This shot was in my top 3. Excellent work. The true nightmares are the ones that can be reality. Powerful image. Very well done. Congrats on your ribbon. So well deserved.
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07/18/2007 02:22:22 AM
Wow! Incredibly powerful shot here, great job!
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07/18/2007 02:15:33 AM
This is so scary on so many levels!! My husband leaves at the end of August for Iraq... he is in TX right now... this is the kind of thing I dread!!

Congratulations on the ribbon though! Very well shot!
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07/18/2007 01:52:47 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, James! Powerful stuff! Very well deserved!!
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07/18/2007 01:50:30 AM
Congratulations, great photo, but sad. Just coincidentially, along with Pennywise, the clown, the top six on this web page at this time, relate to Flying, Dying, and Angels.
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07/18/2007 12:42:47 AM
congratulations, this is absolutely amazing.

instant fav
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07/18/2007 12:40:35 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon and excellent photo. This truly is a nightmare, and you depicted it so well.
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07/18/2007 12:33:12 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, James. A very emotive image and a real nightmare. Excellent work.
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07/18/2007 12:22:51 AM
James, truely a great and powerful shot. Congrats.
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07/18/2007 12:11:05 AM
Congrats, James! Your first ribbon and a new high score, on a shot that's technically perfect and emotionally powerful. Well done!
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07/18/2007 12:08:12 AM
Oh man, this awesome James! Congratulations on a great photo and your first ribbon! Here is to many more to come! And to the team, GO STRANGERS!
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07/18/2007 12:06:43 AM
What a horrific nightmare to have! Congrats on an excellent photo and your first ribbon!!
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07/18/2007 12:05:32 AM
Great. That's all I can say.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2007 03:08:05 PM
That's sobering...nice photo though. I hope the letter is not real.
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07/17/2007 01:28:34 AM
Nice Job. This photo moved me. That happens maybe once a year.
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07/15/2007 10:21:11 PM
I truely hope that you didn't or don't have to go through this "Nightmare". I like your DOF here it makes the "...regret to inform you..." stand out.
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07/15/2007 08:29:54 PM
grays, blacks and whites really set off the gold - well composed to tell the story -- one of my favorites this challenge
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07/15/2007 02:45:54 PM
very well executed. I hope it has never occured to you...9
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07/15/2007 01:42:06 AM
How sad is that, I hope it's a set-up and not real. Brightest Blessings if it is...
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07/14/2007 01:17:24 PM
A nightmare that is reality for some - the supreme sacrifice willingly made by one, but forced upon another at a time not of their choosing.
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07/14/2007 01:13:02 PM
Very touching and emotional portrayal.
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07/14/2007 11:07:41 AM
Oh how sad but true! It is such a devastating, real-life nightmare for so many people! sniffle sniffle.
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07/13/2007 11:54:06 AM
support our troops! I love this picture...
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07/13/2007 07:58:05 AM
Scary
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07/13/2007 04:58:00 AM
Very well chosen focus/DOF and fine composition.
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07/12/2007 12:42:53 PM
wow...
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07/12/2007 12:29:37 PM
Wow great impact!!
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07/11/2007 10:03:25 PM
wow - very poignant - so well composed and so emotive - 10
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07/11/2007 08:54:56 PM
This is without a doubt one of the best representations of this challenge. It is also nicely dramatized.
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07/11/2007 04:57:00 PM
Composition strong, as is the message this image sends.
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07/11/2007 01:03:49 PM
That is definetly a nightmare. Well done.
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07/11/2007 11:01:47 AM
so much drama.. nicely done!
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07/11/2007 09:18:37 AM
Wow. That is a great and horrifying composition. Nice job.
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07/11/2007 07:54:25 AM
Nice shot.
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07/11/2007 06:54:18 AM
great shot. well intepreted
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07/11/2007 04:40:22 AM
Hmmm, very topical and nicely shot. What would be good is to get some idea of the pain receiving this letter would cause. Maybe by including a half empty wine glass with some pills next to it. Still a great shot all the same, 9.
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07/11/2007 12:17:38 AM
Heart wrenching. Great depth of field. I like it.
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07/11/2007 12:11:40 AM
WOW. Talk about packing a punch. Well done!
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