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Photographing the Past to Understand the Present
Photographing the Past to Understand the Present

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Challenge: Urban Decay (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Wright Lithograph Co. London, Ontario
Date: Dec 13, 2009
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Urban, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Dec 13, 2009

I experienced a moment that I will never forget. After some extensive power shopping with my lovely wife I decided to get a last minute entry. While packing the camera, I told my oldest daughter where I’m going and what I was going to do. I barely managed to finish saying “I’m going to take pictures” before Olivia chimed in that she was ready to come with me. I told her, “grab your camera and let’s go!”. She ran over to the toy bin, grabbed her green toy camera and we were off to downtown London on a rainy Sunday afternoon. While driving down I described to Olivia what type of pictures I’m going to be taking. She listened, smiled and responded that she will be doing the same with me. So here were are, downtown London, back alley, on a cold rainy Sunday afternoon, only days away from Christmas. I took her out of the car, grabbed one of my cameras and got ready to snap a few. I kneeled down, focused the camera and out of the corner of my eye I saw Olivia kneeling down beside me, just like me. She is pretending to adjust the focus on her little green camera, clicking the trigger button while the camera is says: ‘Ready? Smile! Click!’. My little photographer in training! She then asks me “Did yours turn out?”. What a happy moment for me! To be able to share my hobby with my oldest daughter and for her to be out there enjoying it with me! Awesome! As we got closer to the decayed building I let Olivia get a couple of steps ahead of me. When we got close enough I said “Sweetie get a couple more!”. Here is a picture of her focused to get the best angle of the decaying building.

Place: 4 out of 90
Avg (all users): 6.6287
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 6.5200
Avg (non-participants): 6.6752
Views since voting: 2800
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 167
Comments: 19
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12/23/2009 04:22:47 PM
What an outstanding story to go with this picture!! I'm sure her shot was every bit as good as this one. :-)
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12/22/2009 03:52:09 AM
Awesome image! congrats on a great finish.
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12/21/2009 08:05:42 AM
What a wonderful story to go with the picture. I agree that she needs her own camera... maybe Santa will tuck one into her stocking this year!
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12/21/2009 07:59:51 AM
Great shot buddy. Congrats on your HM
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12/21/2009 07:35:11 AM
I agree with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' jomari, your daughter is definitely ready for a real camera. What a great story and what a joy it must have been for you both.
Wonderful image, Peter. Congrats on your HM.
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12/21/2009 02:41:32 AM
Congratulations on the finish. It was a joy to read the notes on this. As a Dad I can appreciate the warm feeling you must have had at the time.
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12/21/2009 02:24:08 AM
Congrats on the HM and the great experience with your daughter!
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12/21/2009 12:56:58 AM
Congratulations on the high finish. It's a great image and a great story. I think she's ready for a real camera now.
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12/21/2009 12:13:46 AM
Incredible shot Peter. Nice to see 3 Team Canada members in the top ten :)
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12/21/2009 12:06:55 AM
great 4th place. one of my fave in the challenge.
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12/21/2009 12:05:07 AM
Drat, drat, drat! I thought I stood a chance of overtaking you for the DPC top 10, 2009. But not now that you've added this to your recent blue. ah well, maybe next year.

As to the picture -- spectacular! wonderful! and so much better with the child!
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12/21/2009 12:02:46 AM
NIce work on top 5!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/17/2009 08:26:07 AM
Great shot buddy - Good Luck - No Vote
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12/17/2009 04:29:47 AM
Like your photographer in the pic - maybe put her more on the thirds.
B&w good choice.
Verticals converging.....
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12/16/2009 08:06:59 AM
Interesting statement. Love the building and the perspective, both real and philosophical.....6
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12/15/2009 10:45:21 PM
Nice shot Peter! I like the de-sat! How is she doing with her photography? she's got a great teacher!!! =) (no vote)
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12/14/2009 04:20:57 PM
To be honest, I see more vines that decay. But I'm weird like that because I think vines on buildings look cool. Couldn't you have broken a few windows to bump your score up a few tenths of a point? lol No vote, I'm in this one.
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12/14/2009 12:38:58 PM
Nicely taken image depicting urban decay. Nice dramatic pov and the young child looking up at the building adds extra interest. 7
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12/14/2009 07:19:41 AM
to have included the human presence, especially a child, it really is the gem of this beautiful shot...

i like it very very much, i think to see this on the podium.
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