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"You'll shoot your eye out, kid."
"You'll shoot your eye out, kid."
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Challenge: Childhood Without Children II (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7
Location: Virginia
Date: Jan 20, 2008
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2008

The dogs weren't intentional, but they showed up and I grabbed a couple of shots with them in the scene. In the end I felt like they added some balance and are certainly part of a young boy's childhood. Hopefully most viewers/voters won't find them too distracting. :-)

The idea was to make people think of the movie "A Christmas Story", and the "Red Ryder" bb-gun that Ralph coveted so much in the story. I had several titling conflicts and almost used just "Red Ryder" but decided to use one of the more memorable quotes from the movie instead.

SilkyPix
- convert to TIFF

PSP X2
- crop
- brightness & contrast: clarify +20
- brightness & contrast: HMS (0,10,-10)
- smart photo fix (focus +50)
- resize
- USM (.35,100,10) +luminance
- border
- save as JPG

Statistics
Place: 63 out of 141
Avg (all users): 5.2008
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.0328
Avg (non-participants): 5.2584
Views since voting: 638
Views during voting: 386
Votes: 239
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0


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01/30/2008 10:01:50 AM
This was my blue for the challenge, it truly represents childhood to me and I remember shooting thousands of bbs through a bb gun at paper plates, etc... Thanks for this wonderful photo. PS, I never liked that part of the movie because the parents should have taught the boy gun safety instead of demonizing the gun :)

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01/30/2008 08:46:15 AM
That was fun! From reading the comments I see there was a connection to the movie for a couple of people. Cool! :-) Thanks everyone.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2008 10:11:33 AM
I can see why you used a gun and like the background, but why in the woods?
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01/28/2008 11:06:45 PM
HAHA! Oh, I hope people understand this one, I love it!!!
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01/28/2008 10:55:22 PM
Cool, a real Red Ryder! The pups are a nice touch.
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01/28/2008 10:52:00 PM
Eek, what kind of childhood did you have?! O_O
Certainly got my attention anyway...
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01/28/2008 01:20:07 PM
I'm not a gun person, so I did not immediately recognize this as a bb gun. Almost cried "DNMC". I like the way the woodtones appear in this. Rich and textured.
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01/28/2008 11:31:15 AM
Not at all keen on the idea of children and guns, and for that reason I have saved this for last and come back to it time and again. It is a superb composition - almost bucolic in its presentation. The depth of field is, to my eyes, spot on. So, despite being made slightly uncomfortable by the image, a 9 from me, and the highest mark I have given in this challenge.
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01/28/2008 11:05:23 AM
I love the set up! Great idea!
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01/27/2008 02:17:06 PM
You should get a 10 just for having this old shooter!!
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01/27/2008 04:43:02 AM
Lovely almost desaturated colour look and feel which is great. Nice touch having the dogs in the frame.
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01/25/2008 10:36:49 PM
Nice. You really captured a childhood feel with this. I just fear for the dogs a little. ;-)
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01/25/2008 09:36:47 PM
This one is very amusing. I love that you have a genuine Red Ryder air rifle. The border, the shape and the depth of field are all pluses for me. The target and the dogs in the distance are well chosen as are the stump and the location with the fallen leaves. Good work.
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01/25/2008 08:16:21 PM
well I have to say, LOL, I love that Movie!
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01/24/2008 04:04:01 PM
This shot hit home with me. I especially love the tones....10
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01/24/2008 11:08:09 AM
lol made me laugh
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01/24/2008 04:22:27 AM
The gun is lost in this picture and the background looks more interesting but is out of focus.
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01/23/2008 08:28:12 PM
That brings back memories.
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01/23/2008 12:08:04 PM
Hunting for tin cans. Very nice.
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01/23/2008 11:07:48 AM
You know, if you touch your tongue to that target it will stick...
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01/23/2008 09:54:59 AM
I like the target and the dogs in the background with the DOF
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