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Faces of Hope

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Central California
Date: Nov 4, 2008
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2008

A great big thank you for the votes and to you who left comments! I really appreciated reading them all and I wish Yanko's ribbon had come true :) but I am very happy with my score and happier with all the comments, given the excellent photos that were in this challenge.

K10Guy - you were close in your sentiments, thank you.

Place: 167 out of 417
Avg (all users): 5.7844
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.8319
Avg (non-participants): 5.6852
Views since voting: 856
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 167
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2008 11:50:10 PM
What a wonderful portrait! She looks so content. Good luck.

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12/07/2008 10:36:59 PM
He drew her to him, the old woman and smiled a bitter-sweet smile.

He had lost his parents to an accident before he could even remember who they were, and she had taken him in. He had grown knowing only her love. He had grown feeling only her arms around him in comfort when he had skinned a knee. He had grown only tasting her minted chapstick when she kissed him goodnight.

He had grown knowing only her, and she was his savior and guardian and the only mother he had ever known.

Now, she had grown old, and her health was failing, and he knew that she wouldn't be with him for very much longer. Now, on some nights, she forgot things. Sometimes forgot his very name.

Now she had grown and needed his arms around her in comfort. Now she had grown and needed his love, and patience, as he cared for her ailing body and mind. Now she would taste his minted chapstick as he kissed her goodnight.

For now, he could hug her close, and thank her for all that she had done for him in his life, and try only to repay her as she neared the end of hers.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/07/2008 07:25:38 PM
A very powerful photo. Each face tells a story... Well done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/07/2008 07:01:44 PM
Very touching. Great composition. 8
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12/07/2008 03:07:41 PM
Your subjects really make this photo, especially the loving expression on the woman. One of the few photos (so far in this challenge) that makes me want to know the story behind it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/05/2008 11:27:49 PM
Excellent on so many levels.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/05/2008 09:41:53 AM
I'd like if we could see the lady's neck, his arm being there makes her look a bit like a floating head. I think you captured a lot of emotion in this. If it were a little more low key I think that would play up the emotion well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/05/2008 08:09:54 AM
Very expressive portrait. 8
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12/05/2008 12:40:09 AM
Huge emotional payload. Good job. Thanks.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/04/2008 07:33:41 AM
nice sentimental portrait
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/02/2008 09:52:30 PM
What wonderfully telling faces! Perhaps a bit more contrast will give this moving image a bit of 'punch'. (not voting yet)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/02/2008 06:34:34 PM
I would like to see a bump in the contrast and maybe changing it to black and white. Let the emotions of the image speak for themselves.
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12/01/2008 10:32:04 PM
Nice emotion you have captured!
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