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Challenge: Distance (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Mukilteo Washington
Date: Oct 20, 2007
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Emotive, Water
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2007

I took this shot not shooting for this challenge, nor seeing the concept of distance and only thought it was a very warm moment of a father and a son spending time together.

However, the more I started thinking about it, there are several concepts of distance within this shot, both literally as well as figuratively. There is a distant sunset (obviously), as well as Whidbey Island off in the distance which creates the horizon line. More so, I started thinking about the relationship between the son and the father. Even though there is a certain closeness they share, there is also a vast amount of distance between them in age, ideas, thoughts, and priorities in life. I just hope that the DPC voting community sees this, otherwise this will probably bomb…

The shot also reminds me of the song by Harry Chapin, Cats in the Cradle:

A child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, dad.
You know I'm gonna be like you."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

We should all relish the time we have with our children while they are small and still want to do things with us. They grow up so darn quickly…

Dedicated to my son Andrew. He use to love to fish.

Shot with a Cokin Sunset filter.
Shot in RAW

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Place: 33 out of 156
Avg (all users): 5.9517
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.5625
Avg (non-participants): 6.0692
Views since voting: 834
Views during voting: 287
Votes: 207
Comments: 6
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/29/2007 10:49:22 AM
Focus is one thing that is critical to a good image, here, at least on my monitor the man and boy do not seem as sharp as they could be.
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10/26/2007 04:16:06 PM
Lovely photo and great colours.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/24/2007 10:18:25 PM
Very nice color in this one and I really lilke the sillouettes(sp?)
I would have prefered there to not be a fishing pole involved as that brings the attention to whats close by and not 'distance' 7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/24/2007 08:32:56 AM
I love silhouettes. Pretty scene.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/24/2007 04:53:35 AM
Nice sunset and sky. Foreground subjects are only shadows though with a limited artistic focus
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/24/2007 03:28:30 AM
maybe don't fit challenge, but it is a wonderful image. 9 is my vote
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