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Challenge: Shallow DOF V (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/2.0
Date: Jul 25, 2010
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2010

This image was made for a very early pregnancy we lost on July 22nd, 2010, oddly enough my 39th birthday. Very difficult, even early in a pregnancy. My wife and I have a deep love for our children. Life goes on, and, as Lydia says, life is good even when it's not.

Place: 51 out of 231
Avg (all users): 5.9769
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.9000
Avg (non-participants): 6.1500
Views since voting: 1526
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 130
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/24/2011 12:29:54 PM
You don't need more comments on this one. It says so much more than we can express. And you expressed it all in the medium that it could really convey it although you chose the hard way.
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07/08/2011 01:07:11 AM
Touching, I'm very moved.
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02/03/2011 09:00:02 AM
just read the details. words can't always say what a photo can express. excellent work.
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09/25/2010 05:09:10 PM
First time i've seen this. Fantastic image. Just about perfect in fact!
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09/12/2010 10:22:12 PM
This is divine. A perfect beach day.
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09/11/2010 10:54:56 PM
there should be more shots like this on this site...love the crop...
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08/27/2010 01:19:55 AM
I think I feel a slightly malevolent atmosphere here. The sea is plotting a sneak assault.
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08/10/2010 07:28:59 AM
Now I'm pretty sure I gave THIS one a MUAIMHO... so will kill two birds with one stone (MUAIMHO notification and PAW2010 comment).

I'm happy to present this image with a MUAIMHO award, as I am of the opinion that it was amongst the Most Under Appreciated in the challenge.

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I love the balance in this image. The story it tells, or rather the mystery it creates... great contrast and tones, and brilliant use of the vignette. I gave this a 9 and honestly expected to see it in the top 10 for the challenge. You're a true inspiration Ben... keep it up.
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08/05/2010 05:21:17 AM
terrific love the sand texture
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08/02/2010 01:59:29 PM
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08/02/2010 01:56:37 AM
Ah, no flowers? :) This is lovely and quite refreshing actually after all the bugs. I'm done with looking at bugs.
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08/02/2010 12:22:26 AM
A standout. Whatsit doing down here?
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08/02/2010 12:12:13 AM
Sooo close to a 6.
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08/02/2010 12:09:08 AM
Yes! Violins! But only very very small ones. :-)
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08/02/2010 12:08:32 AM
Excellent. Bizarre. And kind of creepy. But I like it.
Do I hear violins?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/01/2010 11:39:16 PM
tough, muddy image. I like it.
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07/31/2010 04:03:50 PM
awesome job!!!!!!!!!!!!! I faved and gave it a 9!
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07/26/2010 10:55:52 AM
Lovely tones... and I like the grains of sand... the feet make me sad.
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07/26/2010 08:30:17 AM
Interesting! Feels like the end of a summer day at the beach.
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07/26/2010 01:09:38 AM
LOVE this!! Perfect shallow dof, very engaging elements with the foam, the smooth sand, the textured sand. And of course, the chubby little feet. Front page.
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