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The Blues
The Blues

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax FA 35mm f/2.0 AL AF
Location: Backyard Pool
Date: Jan 28, 2008
Aperture: f2.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2009

My submission for the 2009 Moran Portrait Prize is one of Zoe last summer. Sunburnt shoulders didn't stop her jumping back in the pool the next day.

Place: 334 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.4679
Avg (commenters): 6.9231
Avg (participants): 5.5636
Avg (non-participants): 5.1698
Views since voting: 933
Views during voting: 363
Votes: 218
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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01/23/2009 07:14:33 AM
I am surprised with the score on this one, still one of my favs in this challenge. Well done
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01/23/2009 05:14:39 AM
I am surprised this one did not finish higher up the ladder.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 08:09:16 PM
Somehow I like this. It is almost absurd, but the color palette really pulls it back and adds a sense of playfulness. Well focused too. 8
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01/22/2009 01:22:26 AM
Great image, well done
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01/21/2009 03:10:04 PM
Exellent !
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01/21/2009 11:48:31 AM
Cool shot, cool exposure too
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01/20/2009 02:28:46 PM
She crouched near the edge of the pool, at the spot where it had happened. She crouched there and released a single white rose on the water, a tear making a streak down her cheek, her chest threatening to erupt into uncontrollable sobs.

She'd lost him here, some weeks before, her sweet little boy, her life, her everything. She'd lost him here when he'd somehow got the back door open, while she was in the shower, and that door should have been locked, and usually was and it was all her fault and how could anyone ever forgive her? How could they, when she'd never be able to forgive herself.

She crouched there, and watched the rose float upon the clear blue waters and she did then start to cry, as the emptiness and loss and pain took over, and she closed her eyes and broke the surface of the water with a single finger, and begged whatever god was listening to bring her baby back...

...and that was when it grabbed her hand. Her eyes flew open in shock, and what she saw filled her with both terror and joy. What had seized her hand was him. Her little boy. Returned from his watery grave, and he stared at her through those goggles that he had loved so much, and he came out of the water, and his eyes were dark and dead and empty, and she screamed.

With a bubbly, choked voice he called out to her, "mommy, join me", and yanked her hand with a strength unfathomable. She tried to resist, because she suddenly realized with horror that this could not really be her boy, not really. This was something else, something horrible and evil and this was NOT HER BOY, but her strength gave out as she saw its face, and it grinned, just a little, but it was the grin of her baby, and her heart gave out and her eyes closed, and she let herself go.

She disappeared beneath the water, and the rose splashed back out onto the deck...

... and her body was never found.
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01/19/2009 07:51:39 AM
what a funny face! nice candid capture of a great moment
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01/18/2009 12:24:26 AM
A fun shot. I like this. I almost feel the need to wipe the monitor.
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01/17/2009 09:39:27 PM
oh, so sweet. Looks like She is saying, I don't want to swim. Little over-exposed for my taste.
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01/17/2009 02:58:02 PM
just a little wet..love the colors of the shot...
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01/17/2009 12:08:57 PM
Love the expression. I like how you can just see her blue eyes inside those big goggles. I normally don't like the centered, head-in-a-box kind of composition for close-ups, but I think it works here. The processing is pretty flat and cool, but again maybe that works here too. Cool shot.
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01/17/2009 10:54:28 AM
Excellent, very very god, I love this shot, should be hanging on a wall ,vibrant colours, nicely sharpened, nice DOF, well done,well done indeed
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01/16/2009 09:08:38 PM
made me giggle.... very cute.
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01/16/2009 06:38:14 PM
when I saw the thumbnail of this I knew I would love it, and I do...great blue tones, a lovely innocent story of play...I just wish the goggles weren't so misty so we could see those eyes...8
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01/16/2009 03:34:35 AM
oh, this is funny!
wonderful portrait
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