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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Anaheim, California, USA
Date: Sep 12, 2001
Aperture: 3.80
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Emotive, Children
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2009

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This was taken in the Mickey Mouse house in the Toontown section. Candid, snapshot -- I'm not sure, but I guess I went with the "most meaningful" criterion for selecting, though a version of this did get an "Honorable Mention" over at Jones Soda.

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-Noise-reduction with PictureCooler
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A version previously posted as a print image: [thumb]20205[/thumb]

Statistics
Place: 1091 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 4.1036
Avg (commenters): 4.8776
Avg (participants): 4.0827
Avg (non-participants): 4.2162
Views since voting: 1171
Views during voting: 650
Votes: 473
Comments: 55
Favorites: 2 (view)


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02/04/2012 02:32:49 AM
I really like this, shame we cannot keep that young ang carefree mind, a splendid shot.
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09/12/2011 08:51:47 PM
It strikes me that this photo and the story behind it demonstrate precisely the difference between DPC scores and artistic greatness.

DPC is all about a 2-second look, and for many people, a mental checklist: sharp? subject on a thirds line? lit perfectly? Every hair on every head perfectly in place? That's what the voting format and the need for voting on hundreds of photos creates.

In contrast, a photo hanging in a museum is almost exactly the opposite. It's an invitation to intimately examine not only the photo, but the feelings the photo generates within you. You get a chance to breathe, to soak in the title, read the story, and consider how it relates to your own life.

Two radically different ways of experiencing photos. Neither is intrinsically better or worse than the other.

But while this is going straight into my favorites list, I can see why it scored low on DPC.

Thanks very much for sharing the photo and the story!
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03/18/2009 10:33:25 PM
The date makes this so poignant... the planes were all out vacant from our skies and the world as we knew it was completely upside down, but these sweet little boys were at Disneyland, where everything is magical and surreal... and life continued and the boys grew and are probably just entering teenagerhood. It's a great photograph.
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03/18/2009 07:10:49 AM
I hope you continue to ignore the scores and keep producing images such as these. Just perfect.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:51:07 PM
great moment. yes, there is hope.
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03/17/2009 09:13:20 PM
Cute!
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03/17/2009 01:05:08 PM
I don't think that the overexposure of the lights or the blue works to enhance this pic.
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03/17/2009 07:13:15 AM
Must have been a special moment.
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03/16/2009 11:37:51 PM
I am assuming by your title that there is a connection to september 11th, but I dont see that in the shot. As for the shot itself, i find the focus to be soft.
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03/16/2009 03:21:37 PM
Good shot. A bit to blurry to score high.
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03/16/2009 10:43:39 AM
Nice find. I really wish the focus was on the reflection, it looks like it's more on their backs.
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03/16/2009 10:33:05 AM
The shot had potential and the composition is somehow pleasant to the view. Too bad it's so blurry...
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03/16/2009 03:17:30 AM
wish the reflections had been a bit sharper
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03/15/2009 09:18:56 PM
imo the focus should be in the mirror
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03/15/2009 03:09:03 PM
a little to soft on the focus
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03/15/2009 02:41:04 PM
I'm trying to figure out the story of the two boys, why they're standing in front of a lit up heart shaped mirror, and what they're grabbing. I can't seem to piece it all together. But somehow, I still like the photo, though since it was entered into this challenge, it must have even more personal meaning for you. It will be interesting to read the story behind this one!
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03/15/2009 09:03:00 AM
What a cute photo. I wish the focus could have been sharper. Memorable day!
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03/15/2009 09:00:03 AM
I do not have the right words for this - good luck
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03/15/2009 08:26:20 AM
hmmm, is this like a fun house, or like a disney amusement, i'm not sure, but the boys sure seem to be having a good tune, kinda cool to see their reactions thru the use of a mirror
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03/15/2009 07:04:46 AM
oh, there are pics that may be unsharp but I think this is too much
honestly, dont you think so? ;)
brano
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03/15/2009 06:37:25 AM
Nice shot but a bit out of focus.
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03/15/2009 04:27:11 AM
The date of the title immediatley grabs me. I have to assume that was intentional, and you are trying to convey that these small children had absolutely no idea how their world and their future had just changed. I can't give it more than a 5 for the snapshotty photography, but it has far more impact than the scores will tell.
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03/15/2009 02:35:07 AM
Wonderful mirror portrait. Great expressions!
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03/15/2009 01:05:00 AM
they must be superstars, nice capture, 6
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03/14/2009 11:53:31 PM
A good idea but the blue (camera shake) ruins it
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03/14/2009 09:56:50 PM
Must be a story here...
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03/14/2009 05:25:43 PM
A shame this is blurry, they look like they are having fun.
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03/14/2009 03:32:41 PM
A very special moment captured. Great-looking mirror. I just wish something was in focus.
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03/14/2009 11:07:39 AM
Funny capture, it's a shame it's so blurred but I'm sure it's a great memento.
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03/14/2009 12:04:42 AM
Cute candid snapshot.
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03/13/2009 11:40:41 PM
Talk about a title changing everything. I see stories within stories. And themes within themes. I imagine of all the photos in this challenge it will be this one that stays with me the longest. 10
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03/13/2009 09:53:34 PM
Children unburdened by the heaviness of the day before...oh to be a child again in a world of pure wonder and goodness.
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03/13/2009 09:38:20 PM
great photo on lots of levels.
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03/13/2009 12:06:54 PM
regardless of whether this was taken on that date, the title, combined with the image, is very powerful. Kind of a 'life goes on on the other side of a tragedy' type thing. Wish it was a little sharper, but that may add some emotion to the image so I hesitate to suggest it. Boys will be boys - very poignant. I remember exactly what I was doing on that date - its a strange thing, memories... 10
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03/13/2009 09:57:03 AM
This is blurry, and probably will be voted low but I LOVE IT!!!! 9
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03/13/2009 05:58:58 AM
interesting mirror
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03/13/2009 01:49:34 AM
Cute fun photo and it's taken on my birthday!Wasn't this the day after the Twin Towers?
These little fellas would be all grown up now just about?
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03/12/2009 11:13:12 PM
Life keeps going? Or the innocence of children?
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03/12/2009 10:33:14 PM
this was taken on my birthday...and on that day, like this picture...things were out of focus...
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03/12/2009 07:55:41 PM
This has a coll look to it
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03/12/2009 07:42:35 PM
A blurry snapshot to me but a nice story behind it Im sure. Kids look like they are having a ball!
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03/12/2009 06:20:08 PM
Would be much nicer if this image were not blurry.
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03/12/2009 06:16:42 PM
A little too blurred.
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03/12/2009 04:57:21 PM
too blurry...
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03/12/2009 03:38:21 PM
The date gives this an amazing power. After everything that happened the day before, this speaks of the love needed to survive, to heal.
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03/12/2009 02:15:15 PM
interesting image, too bad there is motion blur
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03/12/2009 02:06:43 PM
Gives my a feelings about a childhood past
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03/12/2009 11:05:59 AM
This photo could use some focus.
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03/11/2009 11:09:12 PM
Very cool shot, I love the mirror.
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03/11/2009 10:22:55 PM
The promise of tomorrow. Life goes on. How quickly we forget. Teenagers now, I'd guess.
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03/11/2009 01:34:52 PM
a little blurry
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03/11/2009 01:01:28 PM
I wish I could see their cute little faces a bit better. Nice photo. :)
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03/11/2009 04:48:34 AM
Story please?
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03/11/2009 01:15:35 AM
Oh, too cute. Lovely fun shot.
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03/11/2009 12:41:14 AM
This is one of those photos where the critics will complain about focus or camera shake, but the subject is what counts, and that smile is great! Cute kids...
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