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Father & Child
1st PlaceFather & Child

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Challenge: Heart II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Date: Nov 15, 2008
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Date Uploaded: Nov 16, 2008

Was camping at the beach. Drew a couple of dozen hearts using a shovel and didn't like any of the photos. Later in the day I decided to try dragging my heel an liked the results. Right as I finished a Dad and boy walked into the background. I waited and they weren't leaving so I decided to incorporate them into the photo. Ended up liking the result.

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Thank you for the comments and votes. After voting started I was expecting perhaps a top 5 finish, maybe even eek out a yellow with my 6.7, the blue was certainly a surprise. Thanks again.

Place: 1 out of 105
Avg (all users): 6.7950
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 6.3556
Avg (non-participants): 6.9655
Views since voting: 14111
Views during voting: 357
Votes: 161
Comments: 31
Favorites: 9 (view)

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11/26/2008 04:47:00 PM
What a picture!
11/26/2008 10:17:14 AM
11/26/2008 03:45:38 AM
Hit me hard, very nice. Thank You!
11/25/2008 10:13:44 PM
I love this. Absolutely beautiful. I love the tones and colors. I was just browsing flickr and oddly enough i found this photo: //www.flickr.com/photos/lenlangevin/2862473235/ which is weirdly similar. But i like this one much better. :) Awesome job.
11/25/2008 03:12:39 AM
wow! this is simply fantastic
11/24/2008 05:27:28 PM
Congratulations on your well deserved blue ribbon.This is a stunning photo. The composition is absolutely great, the colour is gorgeous and subtle, and the link between the heart shape and the father and son is wonderful, even if it was simply a stroke of good fortune that they were there. I am glad you made use of the opportunity. I must add that I simply cannot understand the suggestion that you should have cropped the child at the waist. You have got this spot on.
11/24/2008 04:22:02 PM
PERFECT in every way..... from shez
11/24/2008 02:31:35 PM
Congrats! Blue!
11/24/2008 01:31:10 PM
Delightful shot - and congrats on your Blue !
11/24/2008 09:21:06 AM
thats is a very cool picture. I really like how you used stones for the heart! Clever!
11/24/2008 08:42:19 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. Great photo.
11/24/2008 07:28:10 AM
Congrats! The dad and son make the photo.
11/24/2008 06:46:08 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Lovely to be sharing the front page with you.
11/24/2008 05:32:34 AM
Congrats on the Bluey! Well done
11/24/2008 05:28:32 AM
Congrats to fore this shoot. Well done
11/24/2008 03:47:31 AM
WTG, Craig! This is a beautifully nostalgic looking image. Congrats on your first ribbon.
11/24/2008 01:09:18 AM
The top of this shot looks so much like a polaroid from one of my family vacations when I was a wee little brat. Not saying you did a bad job, please do not think that. Great capture. Congrats.
11/24/2008 12:58:12 AM
Congrats to you - I had this as a winner from my point of view.
11/24/2008 12:22:12 AM
Congratulations Craig. I hope that they let you keep your Blue ribbon this time.
11/24/2008 12:01:41 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. A blue no less :D
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/18/2008 12:28:43 PM
A cliche and for good reason! I like the composition, I love the backlit adult and child, I think the colours reflected on the wet sand are lovely, and of course, the scraped heart works very well.
11/17/2008 11:27:02 PM
Absolutely beautiful. 10
11/17/2008 08:12:55 PM
Greeting card/postcard feeling to this. with an almost vintage type of look. 8
11/17/2008 06:53:53 PM
I love this!!
11/17/2008 05:47:56 PM
The yellows aren't orange enough. This is an excellent time for complimentary color scheme. The yellow just seems to be a little bland against the strong blue. I like the band of blue dividing the yellow in two, but its also a bit bland. Maybe a half neutral density filter would have given more saturation in the upper part of the image, but Im not sure.
Another option is to crop just below the water for more impact on the heart.
I would have chosen to crop at the waist of the little kid. Just give a suggestion of the people playing in the water beyond. But thats a personal choice. The focus on the heart is great. But there are a lot of artifacts in the water that I would have cleaned up. This is advanced so I would have taken advantage of that. I wouldn't remove the ripples but the black specks.
11/17/2008 04:28:54 PM
Very nice, great water sheeting and color, the double heart is very effective.
11/17/2008 11:34:39 AM
wonderfully composed image - the feeling expressed by the father and child and the repeated theme of the two hearts makes the shot
11/17/2008 09:46:29 AM
Nice composition. I like the antique feel with the colors.
11/17/2008 07:07:21 AM
Oh how nice!
11/17/2008 03:31:15 AM
nice image, well done
11/17/2008 02:35:38 AM
This is a great idea and a really nice photo - I think I would've loved it more if the yellow sunset was a pink or purple color instead.

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