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Sweet Friend of Mine

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Children
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: East San Antonio
Date: Aug 10, 2008
Aperture: F10
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Aug 10, 2008

I was driving on the East side of San Antonio, not a place people typically go if they don't have to, but I actually like it because I love photographing the old worn houses. And ever so often, you can spot a scene like this, and add a favorite photo to your collection :) I don't know if my fellow dpc'ers will like it as much as I do (I'm sure not), but every time I look at it, it makes me happy.

There was a church festival going on, so I stopped to see if by chance there might be some interesting faces of character that wouldn't mind being photographed. The minute I saw these girls, my heart melted. They were neighbors, and the little one clung to the older one as if she were her protective knight in armour. I talked to the little one's mom a good while, and I'm sending her two copies of this. I got the feeling she doesn't have many photographs. When I told the older one how beautiful I thought she was, she lit up the whole place with a radiant beam :)

Place: 95 out of 487
Avg (all users): 6.1338
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.0339
Avg (non-participants): 6.4359
Views since voting: 904
Views during voting: 213
Votes: 157
Comments: 18
Favorites: 5 (view)

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02/18/2009 08:15:13 AM
This is one of my favorites because it is a great story telling image; we so often miss the beauty found in poverty and the great light displayed by those who are so surrounded by darkness. Fantastic tribute to the strength of "man"!
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10/23/2008 09:38:07 AM
You are seriously so magical. Your ability to enter the lives of strangers is such a gift. These two girls are gorgeous! I love this sweet innocent moment you got here. The fact that the mom is going to get to have a copy of this is even more special.

Just an idea for you. Someone mentioned this to me once and I've been keeping it in the back of my head until the right moment presents itself. Someone told me of his plan to do charity photoshoots at a women's shelter or some place like that where people are temporary residents. His motivation was like what you mentioned above: these families probably do not have photgraphic record of their families. I thought it was a great idea and hope to get that going here some day. I think you'd be perfect for it :)
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10/02/2008 07:06:42 AM
Wow Sandy, I just saw this, I was one of your 10 votes and really expected this to score much much higher. Regardless this is a beautiful image one I am sure you must be very proud of!
I honestly just don't understand the scores here sometime!!!
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10/02/2008 03:28:24 AM
This deserved a mush higher score, and you were robbed.....

This is so EMOTIVE..... and so beautiful.....
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09/30/2008 10:21:21 PM
WOW - Sandy - this is BEAUTIFUL and I'm so glad you're sending the girls this image - just WONDERFUL!
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09/17/2008 01:45:12 PM
This is my favorite kind of photograph - the kind that the photographer loves, the kind that makes little girls' eyes just light up and SHINE, and the kind that can be shared and appreciated. Excellent work, Sandy.
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09/08/2008 07:15:07 PM
What a wonderful portrait. What a wonderful story.
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09/08/2008 03:52:19 PM
I love this shot Sandy, can't believe the score... fantastic job as usual!!!!
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09/08/2008 01:12:30 PM
Sandy - such a delightful shot full of innocence and trust.

Beautifully captured and processed - I am sure the parents will be delighted with a copy of this shot !!

Unfortunately portraits rarely seem to do well in Free Studies, I'm not sure why . .

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09/08/2008 01:06:40 PM
Sandy, I just realized this was yours.. I really liked this and gave it a good score. The expressions are priceless. I particularly like the dreamy looks in their eyes. It says so much and the title is perfect. Excellent image.
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09/08/2008 08:38:19 AM
I'm shocked. Sorry it didn't do better.
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09/08/2008 07:28:21 AM
Sandy, you are so good at portraiture! This is captivating, as always!
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09/08/2008 07:26:56 AM
Very beautiful portrait Sandy!
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09/08/2008 12:40:59 AM
Oh, what a glorious gift you gave that family! :) Just beautiful, Sandy. What makes you so special is how you share people's beauty with the rest of us.
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09/08/2008 12:17:38 AM
hey sandy .. this the most beautiful portrait ..
i'm sure the mum will love the print ..
you have a wonderful ability of capturing the essence of ppl with your photography .. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/06/2008 11:46:22 AM
Very nice photo. I really like the colours and tones.
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09/06/2008 02:03:12 AM
they both have such amazing eyes, they could both pass for real models! great job.
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09/01/2008 05:20:29 AM
Great portrait, the top girls expression is nice
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