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Leaving home with Mr. Bear II
Leaving home with Mr. Bear II
Dirt_Diver


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Sony DSC-S75
Location: Smiths Station, AL
Date: Aug 6, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2009

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This has to be my most favorite picture I have ever taken. I originally shot this for the children's toy II challenge back in August of 2007. Here is my entry, BTW the challenge was basic editing so having a chance to do this in advanced is great.

Link to my challenge entry

[Mar. 15th, 2009 09:25:14 AM]

Well it's sunday morning and I am finally watching this score go back up. First thing I would like to say is thank all of you that commented on this image. I can't get over the amount of comments in this challenge. WOW, simply WOW.
I also think that a lot of people don't even remember this picture, too funny.

Anyway I guess one more thing about this picture is it was shot in jpeg with a 3.14MP point and shoot.

Statistics
Place: 48 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.6491
Avg (commenters): 7.8372
Avg (participants): 6.6579
Avg (non-participants): 6.6000
Views since voting: 1741
Views during voting: 789
Votes: 493
Comments: 95
Favorites: 15 (view)


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03/18/2009 02:35:51 PM
Awesome score. Congrats on your Top 50 placement for the fantastic photo!
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03/18/2009 03:40:50 AM
Yo, Joe, way to go! Congrats on top 50! Great accomplishment and a great image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:48:28 PM
This is my absolute favourite from this challenge. Nothing here I don't like. I particularly love the composition, the impact the select desat has, great use of border. The kid's pigeon-toed stance/stride is the cherry on top. Excellent image. One of the very few times I've given an image a 10. Well done!
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03/17/2009 10:35:18 PM
Oh, WOW. Great composition. I like the PP.
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03/17/2009 09:31:23 PM
Perfect selective desat. Best example I've seen. 10
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03/17/2009 07:38:06 PM
Great use of color to draw us into the subject.
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03/17/2009 05:58:49 PM
this one is stunning, i have nothing to criticize here. fascinating details, blur at the end just emphasizing uncertainty, as well as the boy's feet. i hope this one would ribbon, it has a strong story and excellent execution.
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03/17/2009 05:17:21 PM
Nice perspective and select desat. Great DOF! 7
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03/17/2009 04:05:28 PM
While I have only viewed a quarter of the images, so far this is among my favourites. Your selective desat is outstanding, and the picture tells a story. Hope you do well.

After having commented on all the images, I can easily say that this is my favourite shot of them all. 10, and my choice for blue.
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03/17/2009 03:00:07 PM
Very fun and dynamic photo...one selective desat that has won me over.

...and ofcourse, you can never go anywhere without Mr. Bear! ;)
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03/17/2009 11:39:32 AM
Interesting desat, I like the rough textures in this.
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03/17/2009 04:47:16 AM
Wow!! 9
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03/16/2009 11:03:14 PM
I like! 9
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03/16/2009 08:58:08 PM
Wonderful image. I love the bare feet, the bear hung over the shoulder. The selective color really leads you down the road. Excellent concept, composition and overall execution. 9
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03/16/2009 07:56:39 PM
Oh my WORD! I hope this does as well in the scoring as it does in my mind. This is fabulous! Those irregular footsteps... the thumb I'm imagining in the mouth... the bear... the stripe and the processing.

Processing. Don't leave home without it. *grin*



Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 07:39:31 PM
Nice post-processing, well done :)
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03/16/2009 07:23:01 PM
I usually don't like selective desats but I like the way the yellow grabs you to look at the boys feet and then follow the lines off into the distance. Very nice.
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03/16/2009 05:48:25 PM
This is great! I love the textures and the composition.
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03/16/2009 05:34:11 PM
the grainy look and the desat really work well here
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03/16/2009 04:32:54 PM
would really like to see your PP notes, just curious how you do this...everything B&W with a little color....very good
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03/16/2009 02:33:39 PM
The meaning of the ability to leave is not present, the angle is so high and controlling of the subject.
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03/16/2009 04:32:17 AM
Awesome capture and presentation. Gorgeous.
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03/16/2009 04:04:35 AM
nice shot
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03/16/2009 12:24:44 AM
What the limits of the human spirit are, and what it can endure before breaking utterly, few can guess or know. For everyone it may be a little different. A little less, a little more.

On one life-changing day in mid-July, little Kevin was to discover that sometimes the limits of the human spirit were practically endless. For on that day, a disaster struck the world, destroying much of the human population over-night. Kevin's parents were an unlucky statistic, succumbing to this tragedy in the wee hours of the morning.

However, despite all the ills and tragedies that could have fallen upon himself, when he found himself alone, he discovered something deep inside his young and fragile self. Something that took over, that persevered. Little Kevin survived.

So it was, in the days to come, that Kevin took up his favorite toy that had become a talisman to him, and started on the road, and there he was found some days later by a roving band of survivors and was adopted as one of their own.

In the years to follow, he would grow into a great and beloved leader of men, and his legend was born.
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03/15/2009 11:47:03 PM
I wish the yellow inline were white. Otherwise total thumbs-up from me. Sweet image.
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03/15/2009 11:32:14 PM
Nice composition. Well framed.
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03/15/2009 11:31:26 PM
I love the picture, but I do think it would have been better with him off to one side instead of exactly on the line. Very nice, though.
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03/15/2009 09:44:46 PM
Oh I really like this. The selective desat, the emotion portrayed - wonderful photo.
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03/15/2009 07:53:38 PM
Top 10! Great use of selective desaturation
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03/15/2009 06:18:36 PM
love the details in this
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03/15/2009 05:09:43 PM
well executed. The yellow border works well with the selective desat.
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03/15/2009 04:01:52 PM
Very sharp image, the selective desat is interesting.
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03/15/2009 03:53:09 PM
I really like this....I normally do not like selective desaturation....but this works really well. Great tones and story to this image.
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03/15/2009 03:41:16 PM
Unusual composition. Very nicely executed. 7
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03/15/2009 01:59:52 PM
I like the composition and grainy feel
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03/15/2009 12:09:54 PM
the added yellow border is not needed and detracts from the overall feel of the image. IMO
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03/15/2009 10:26:37 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:17:30 AM
Aw, very cute, dramatic processing.
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03/15/2009 09:47:52 AM
I really like this. The desat works really well with the yellow lines and the B&W conversion is great too. Only thing that stops this being a 10 from me is the yellow border which I am not that keen on. Either way it fantastic and a 9. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge.
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03/15/2009 06:49:26 AM
This is gorgeous. I love the story it tells.
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03/15/2009 06:16:14 AM
Wonderful emotional photo and nice use of the yellow color.
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03/15/2009 05:04:19 AM
wow thats a looong way to go... great pic (without that frame lol)
brano
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03/15/2009 04:32:17 AM
I like the processing you have chosen along with the selective desaturation. Great focus and DOF. The only thing that distracts me is the yellow border but not enough to make a negative impact on my scoring. Nice job!
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03/15/2009 01:52:52 AM
Wow, just a beautiful picture here. Great composition and rich deep textures. Great job! A personal fav, I see a top 20 finish here. 9.
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03/15/2009 01:38:45 AM
Great composition and smart use of selective desaturation.
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03/15/2009 01:10:11 AM
Beautifully done!
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03/14/2009 08:34:35 PM
The selective desat and border work so well in this shot. The perspective and focus/dof are perfect - and you really did a masterful job with the tonal range in conversion.
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03/14/2009 07:57:14 PM
excellent details, the tones are great. 7
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03/14/2009 06:15:06 PM
Very cute! Such a good idea to emphasize the leading line by making it the only colored object in the photo! 10
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03/14/2009 04:31:52 PM
Coming back to comment...

Such a sweet image! Love the editing!
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03/14/2009 01:24:31 PM
Great processing. He's got a long road ahead with no shoes. Very poignant photo.
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03/14/2009 11:57:52 AM
Like the selective desat, really good story telling, makes me sad
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03/14/2009 11:06:14 AM
Nice selective desat. Looks like Mr. Bear is hanging on for dear life.
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03/14/2009 09:09:32 AM
Love the mood and selective desat
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03/14/2009 08:06:19 AM
:-) SO CUTE! :-)
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03/14/2009 06:55:40 AM
nice. I like the shot and the subject.
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03/14/2009 05:52:49 AM
Great dof ... looks like a long journey ahead ...
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03/14/2009 03:35:52 AM
Beautyful picture
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03/13/2009 11:08:15 PM
a very poignant photo.... I love it
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03/13/2009 11:04:17 PM
stunning image i like the yellow lines too some might not tho
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03/13/2009 09:50:29 PM
Great processing, selective saturation and selective focus.
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03/13/2009 08:04:14 PM
Surreal shot. Incredible detail and contrast. Love the lighting. Selective desat is awesome. Don't know that I'd use the yellow in the frame.
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03/13/2009 07:59:25 PM
great shot, i love the added blur at the end of the road. :)
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03/13/2009 03:43:33 PM
love this. Debated with different pov (lower, further away) but all of them would not necessarily be good. you treated this well in post and the selective desat works very well here. your toning is excellent. 8
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03/13/2009 10:40:23 AM
Cute
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03/13/2009 03:56:02 AM
The yellow lines works, the yellow in the border doesn't. The shot is great.
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03/12/2009 04:06:12 PM
I like the texture created here. I do wish that the top were cropped a little to get rid of the white area. I just think it would highlight the subject better.
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03/12/2009 03:14:10 PM
Wonderful postprocessing, really impressive.
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03/12/2009 02:45:33 PM
Nice processing and shot.
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03/12/2009 01:36:13 PM
great use of desat and burn. very nice B&W conversion.
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03/12/2009 01:24:06 PM
there's something about this photo.... not sure what it is buut i love it(the border too) 8
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03/12/2009 11:57:01 AM
Poster quality - 9.
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03/12/2009 09:59:38 AM
Beautifully done! Love the POV,selective desaturation.
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03/12/2009 09:42:30 AM
the part desat give alot to this image - well done
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03/12/2009 12:39:05 AM
selective desat works great here, great emotion, and focus.
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03/11/2009 09:25:06 PM
Excellent.
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03/11/2009 07:41:30 PM
How sad! He will come home when he gets hungry though. Very nice!
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03/11/2009 06:52:53 PM
I thought immediately that he was running away, even before I saw the title. Selective desat works really well and I like the perspective.
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03/11/2009 05:45:39 PM
nice shot
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03/11/2009 05:42:45 PM
reminds me of this: wiki' . substr('//tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:nCoIjvupAx1tEM://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/df/Mudvayne_lost_and_found.jpg', strrpos('//tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:nCoIjvupAx1tEM://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/df/Mudvayne_lost_and_found.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
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03/11/2009 04:59:29 PM
Great processing and shot!
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03/11/2009 04:16:34 PM
Beautiful shot with almost sinister undertones of war time atrocities if that makes sense
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03/11/2009 03:08:43 PM
ahhhhhhhh please tell me the bear got home safe....hehe only joking....a lovely image that pulls on the heart strings
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03/11/2009 03:06:07 PM
Interesting dof.

I like the selective desat, the bear, and the massive texture of the road.

Well done.
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03/11/2009 02:56:31 PM
Nicely processed.
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03/11/2009 02:16:08 PM
like the perspective how the seems to go on forever.
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03/11/2009 12:33:22 PM
Stay on the path...follow the line and never venture off of it for you never know what lies in the unchartered territory of the woods beyond. That double yellow line is very bold and very vibrant I also get imagery that this child travels a 'yellow brick road' of sorts. Black and white tones are stunningly dynamic. The power of the image is strong for plays upon several themes. One, is of course what some children threaten to do when angry "run away from home'. This is something parents fear - especially if a child acts on it. There is another way of looking at this image symbolically. I see it as that a child will take their own path as they grow leaving childhood behind to travel roads beyond. It is a bittersweet thing for a parent to watch, but for a great many there is pride and love in the person the child grows up to be. Another symbolic way of looking at this is to project ourselves in the image and think back to the first steps we took from childhood in the journey to adulthood. A childhood remembered and forgotten at the same time - and introspective piece.
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03/11/2009 10:26:50 AM
Nice editing work and great emotion.
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03/11/2009 09:53:20 AM
Very cool, this is one of those "a picture tells a thousand words" shots. Very well done!
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03/11/2009 07:51:54 AM
I like the story that is told here. I wonder if the image would have been stronger without the yellow accent. But well done anyway.
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03/11/2009 06:07:17 AM
nice desaturation, love how the yellow lines just lead the eye to the other end of the photo
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03/11/2009 05:28:38 AM
Unique concept and good selective saturation
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03/11/2009 01:39:22 AM
Good color choice
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03/11/2009 01:30:22 AM
I think the processing works well here
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03/11/2009 01:07:41 AM
Cute shot and interesting desaturation.
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