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Daddy's Closet
1st PlaceDaddy's Closet
LVicari


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Challenge: Every Picture Tells A Story (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Canon
Date: May 2, 2008
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Family, Emotive
Date Uploaded: May 2, 2008

The Story:
My inspiration for this comes from my son, Kai. I am constantly reminded that he belives that I am all of these people and more. I am more than just his dad. I am his dad that can fight fires,get the criminals,the villians and go to the office all in the same day. His vivid imagination is forever keeping me on my toes trying not to disappoint him. Sadly, with every passing day he is starting to realise that I am not a superhero that he reads about in his books or sees on tv.
I am his dad that will always be there for him even if I am not one of these glorified people or characters.

The photo setup
It was a crazy week! I was literally working night and day doing my regular job and doing a side job that I took on. Friday morning I had all of 10 mins to do this. I had this idea a long time ago and thought this would be the right time to try and accomplish this message. So Friday I had to get this done in time to get my son to school and for me to get to work and get home in time to go away for the weekend.Unfortunately I had some shortcomings in the details of the props.

1. The empty hangar, which is supposed to represent that the dad is away doing one of his many tasks and to keep the viewer guessing as to what that might be, didnt really show up very well.

2. The shirt in between the fire suit and the superhero suit, I should have spaced it out so the tie and shirt would stand out more.

3. The teddy bear which Kai is holding might not be recognizable because of the way it is facing.

4. The blowout in the bottom left of the closet by the fire suit. No time to try and fix it.

Conclusion

I am glad that I did get this done. I will probably revisit this when I have more time. I don't really care what my score will be. This was very emotional for me and proud of it regardless of its shortcomings or final score.

Thx to all in advance for voting and comments.

Post
This is awesome! Thx everyone who voted and the nice comments.Special thanks to my wife, Terri, She really is the one that wears many hats around here to keep us all together.


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 170
Avg (all users): 7.1697
Avg (commenters): 8.7143
Avg (participants): 7.1486
Avg (non-participants): 7.1868
Views since voting: 11000
Views during voting: 373
Votes: 165
Comments: 55
Favorites: 33 (view)


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01/27/2010 10:44:26 PM
Great image and great back story to go with it.
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03/02/2009 06:24:16 PM
I stumbled on to this image, quite by accident. I have to say I'm very glad I did, this is wonderful. The story behind it is touching, being a father myself it is a hard task to always be what they believe us to be. Although a bit late, very well done.

Mac,
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12/20/2008 12:02:07 AM
just brilliant.
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10/18/2008 05:56:59 AM
haha, very funny! :-))) cool idea!
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08/31/2008 12:34:41 AM
Not long ago my 4 yr old daughter said to me, "When I die I want to come back as a boy so I can go to work with you." If she knew what I did in real life she wouldn't say that. This reminds me of that special moment and makes me want to be a better photographer. Well done.
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06/10/2008 01:38:49 PM
absolutely amazing...and you can only realize its true intensity if you are a father.

It is so cute how sons want to be just like their dads. My son is only 1 and he tries to copy EVERYTHING that I do.

This photo touched me. Bravo.
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06/04/2008 08:25:46 AM
wow i'm new on this site. i was lookin your portfolios and you inspired me to take more and more pictures this one is supergreat thanks for your great job!
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05/18/2008 07:24:51 AM
congrats on the blue, great image
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05/17/2008 11:52:46 PM
It is amazing you got it done in 10 mts! while i confess i wd not hv understood the story w/o ur telling it, i think it is a wonderful composition esp. given that short time. Congrats for your Blue!
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05/17/2008 06:37:32 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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05/16/2008 04:53:16 PM
Excellent shot Leo and well deserved blue. I know exactly what you mean with your story. I was at my younger daughters'(11yrs) football tournament last saturday, watching with my wife and older daughter (12yrs). Around halfway through the day, my wife asked my daughter to tell me what had happened at school during a talk she gave in front of her class on a piece of work all the kids had to do. It was titled--Who I look upto the Most!...and her response was ME.!!!!..I felt so proud and emotional. ;-)....your little one will always see you as a hero..no matter how old he gets ;-)

Message edited by author 2008-05-16 18:04:36.
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05/14/2008 11:32:32 PM
Well, if you want a chuckle... I saw the smaller thumbnail, and I thought those were evening gowns in Daddy's Closet, telling quite a different story :)

great pic, and congrats on the ribbon
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05/14/2008 07:52:55 AM
Great Picture !

Norman Rockwell would also be proud !

Michel
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05/14/2008 04:30:18 AM
You did a fantastic job. It brought back great memories of my dad.
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05/13/2008 05:15:51 PM
Not often I get to say this but this was my top pick for the challenge, to me it just tells a great story and is very well composed and executed. Reading your comments you noted the blown out area but I almost think that adds to the bigger than life feel of the shot. Well deserved, congrats!
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05/13/2008 12:19:41 PM
love it! I used to think this about my own dad too. Thanks for such a great image.
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05/13/2008 10:51:20 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon, great story and photo, love the lighting and composition on this.
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05/13/2008 02:30:46 AM
Congrats, great story..

Message edited by author 2008-05-13 02:31:15.
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05/13/2008 02:23:54 AM
Congrats on your ribbon-- I figured you live a busy life! ;)
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05/12/2008 08:02:11 PM
I fell in love with this image instantly. It epitomises the way children idolise their parents. Brilliant. Congratulations on 1st place :)
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05/12/2008 12:52:23 PM
This shot and setup is amazing. So much put into. Well done, and Congrats on the Ribb.
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05/12/2008 12:07:18 PM
Great idea! love the shot. Congrats
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05/12/2008 11:02:14 AM
Congrats! Such a great photo!
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05/12/2008 10:29:49 AM
Congratulations. Well worth the effort in setting up...
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05/12/2008 10:14:02 AM
I love this!
Debbi

ps where in the world did you get all the 'right' props so fast? Past Halloween costumes??

Message edited by author 2008-05-12 10:16:34.
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05/12/2008 10:03:29 AM
I loved the symbolism in this. Glad it ribboned. Congrats!
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05/12/2008 07:19:06 AM
Congrats on capturing such a wonderful image and the blue!
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05/12/2008 06:09:34 AM
Sweet!!!
The cycle complete ... Awesome shot
Congrats Leo!
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05/12/2008 05:51:12 AM
Excellent. Congratulations on 1st place.
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05/12/2008 05:39:32 AM
Conragts to you sir, it's a fantastic shot! :-)
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05/12/2008 05:38:36 AM
hey congrats on the BLUE!
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05/12/2008 05:30:11 AM
fantastic and congrats on the blue brilliant concept and carried off perfectly
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05/12/2008 01:43:33 AM
Awesome, and probably hits a note with many dads on here.....!
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05/12/2008 01:23:38 AM
awesome... got me into tears :D
My son is of the same age to consider me superhero... so i can really relate to it very well... thank for sharing and making fathers aware of the expectations from their children.
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05/12/2008 01:21:31 AM
Leo! How cool is this? It's a wonderful image, I LOVE your story and I'm delighted for you that you won the blue ribbon. Congratulations.
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05/12/2008 01:07:28 AM
A great shot and processed very well to match the story. "I am his dad that will always be there for him even if I am not one of these glorified people or characters." You will never disappoint him with this attitude. I wish more fathers felt the same way. GREAT PHOTO/STORY!

Message edited by author 2008-05-12 01:08:28.
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05/12/2008 12:20:06 AM
Beautifully done and told. Congratulations.
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05/12/2008 12:15:07 AM
Congrats on a well-thought-out, emotional shot! As a father of two young daughters, I definitely know what you're talking about, including how they're learning day by day that I'm human.
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05/12/2008 12:05:10 AM
Excellent and it works for me so well, telling us a story without words.....
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05/12/2008 12:01:49 AM
Congrats on the blue...really does tell a story! Great work...and thanks for your explanation of your shot
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/11/2008 11:09:20 PM
Your image says so much. I really like it. Good choice of outfits for the closet. Best of luck in the challenge.
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05/10/2008 04:10:08 PM
Excellent idea. bumping up to 9
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05/09/2008 03:36:13 PM
The light at the bottom of the closet is a bit overexposed, other than that i like the colors and composition
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05/08/2008 05:23:17 PM
Ohmy. . this is amazing! Anyone who gives this photo under a 9 is just stupid and has no credibility whatsoever. As for me? I wish I could give it an 11. But 10 will have to do. Fabulous work! Congratulations, and I hope to see this one in the top 3 next Monday morning!
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05/08/2008 12:26:23 PM
Very strong emotive shot. I really like the lighting you have used.
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05/08/2008 12:03:59 PM
Good idea. Oh my daddy was superman :D
I like it this picture. Your photography had story. Well done...
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05/07/2008 11:59:08 AM
ahh i LOVE this! great idea, this is really good, i give it a 10
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05/07/2008 09:02:34 AM
Nice touch with the Superman outfit! Great photo! Great story.
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05/07/2008 12:15:39 AM
Nice lighting effect.... and the symbolism of the clothing is quite wonderful.
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05/06/2008 09:04:56 AM
Definite story here. Nice job.
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05/05/2008 08:54:00 PM
brilliant!
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05/05/2008 08:24:25 PM
Sweet and touching.
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05/05/2008 05:28:15 PM
cool idea and well excectued, 7
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05/05/2008 12:08:42 PM
Fun idea, good composition and lighting. One of my favorites in the challenge.
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05/05/2008 09:28:03 AM
I love how this type of shot is done. I hope you post on how this shot is set up when the challenge is over.
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