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Challenge: Every Picture Tells A Story (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Rated 6+
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Location: Toys R Us, Boynton Beach, FL
Date: Apr 29, 2008
Aperture: f/3.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Emotive, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Apr 29, 2008

Ernest Hemingway once claimed he could write a great story in six words or less. He followed that braggadocio up by keeping his word. His story:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.


The idea to illustrate Hemingway's story just came to me in a flash. I rushed over to Toy's R Us, set up the shot, put everything back, and left. The lighting and props were all supplied by the store. I owe them at least a mention here.

Place: 14 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.4259
Avg (commenters): 8.0833
Avg (participants): 6.2763
Avg (non-participants): 6.5581
Views since voting: 2097
Views during voting: 332
Votes: 162
Comments: 24
Favorites: 3 (view)

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12/31/2008 10:08:53 PM
Clever use of Hemingway's brag - the sadness of the story hits immediately, made keener by all those cheery colors and designs.
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05/14/2008 10:40:20 PM
The soft off white hue on the composition gives this a soft and gentle 'feel' - which perfectly compliments the thought/ideas attached to the 'story' you are presenting. The soft hue, along with all the elements of the adorable tiny shoes, and the baby blanket backdrop relate the idea of a tiny child -a downy soft baby who needs to be cradled. The sign next to those tiny shoes sets the mood to sadness - instead of a symbol of joy about a new life there is a heart-breaking sadness for sign states these shoes were never worn. The picture and the title has much gravitas. Well done. Lighting, composition, details and color hues are wonderful.

BTW followed the link and enjoyed reading some of the other 'short' stories and some made me laugh...I think that some journalists could also write a short story with just a headline title:-) Some can just be terribly clever double puns as is this one is (one must know Star Wars to get it) Skywalkers in Korea Cross Han Solo
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05/12/2008 03:53:23 PM
Wow, its one thing to read the "story" but to see it captured so well in a single image. Don't know how this didn't ribbon, hats off to you :) very well done..

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05/12/2008 01:15:41 PM
How cool is that? GREAT response to the challenge and I love that you didn't even actually purchase your props. Way to go on being the top Sucker and having a great score, great finish, and great shot!
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05/12/2008 12:15:49 PM
Thats funny I had thought of using this exact same story line when I saw this challenge. I am glad you did and were able to finish in the the top 20!
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05/12/2008 08:23:46 AM
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05/12/2008 05:41:20 AM
What a fantastically creative idea. Excellent work and congrats on top 20.
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05/12/2008 01:08:39 AM
congrats on a great shot and a hi score. It tells a story for sure
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05/12/2008 12:31:12 AM
WOW. This just grabbed my heart.
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05/12/2008 12:16:44 AM
I'm glad this was done just for the photo. I thought this was tops in telling a story. Excellent job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/11/2008 11:58:54 PM
How sad! I'm sorry! :(
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05/11/2008 11:11:49 PM
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05/11/2008 09:41:25 PM
You sure got a lot of dramatic mileage out of a super easy set up. Nice job.
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05/11/2008 09:39:41 AM
Hemingway's most heartbreaking story. Well done.
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05/10/2008 04:10:21 PM
So sad :( Very clear message. Bumping up to 10
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05/09/2008 04:02:57 PM
You can tell a lot with one picture and a few words.. nicely done
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05/09/2008 10:47:06 AM
Very nice
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05/08/2008 01:35:47 PM
here the story could be sad or funny.... come back many times on this image, at first time I rated 7, go up to 10!
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05/07/2008 03:19:48 PM
Really lovely shot - and yes - we've all been there with kiddies clothes :- )
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05/06/2008 11:48:36 PM
Sad, and the title makes it even sadder. I wish maybe the background were plainer, as it would seem more real to me, like it were at a garage sale instead of seeming more like a still life. But, that would have detracted from the soft beauty of the image. All in all a great job and I do hope that this is not a personal story for you or your loved ones.
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05/05/2008 09:15:31 PM
Hemingway I see... Great picture, very evocative...
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05/05/2008 09:04:14 PM
im not sure what to make of this... i like it, but there's something tragic about it... like the kid never lived long enough to wear them... or was never born... or got taken away by someone...
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05/05/2008 08:31:06 PM
Lovely, sad sentiment captured.
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05/05/2008 04:38:11 PM
heart rending.... the implications are overwhelming!
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