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Challenge: Best of 2010 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-520
Lens: Olympus 70-300mm F/4.0-5.6
Location: Mississippi
Date: Mar 7, 2010
Date Uploaded: Feb 9, 2011

They were in a log canoe and barely floating above water.

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Place: 275 out of 429
Avg (all users): 5.4973
Avg (commenters): 6.6250
Avg (participants): 5.5067
Avg (non-participants): 5.4545
Views since voting: 552
Views during voting: 295
Votes: 183
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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02/24/2011 07:48:48 PM
They didn't quite know where they were heading on this particular day but somehow, the idea of getting into a canoe and paddling their way across the quiet, sleepy hamlet seemed to entice the three adventurers. The youngest was amused by the ripples in the water that his paddle made while his father muttered "just paddle son....I should have chosen the larger canoe because this one is riding mighty low".

As they reached the dense wooded land on the other side, their curiosity was peaking ever higher. What laid beyond, in the depths of the forested area? Would they be safe in going further into the thickened overgrowth?

With a shrill voice...the youngest of the trio let out a sudden shriek, crossing his legs, doubling over in great discomfort. Both his father and his older brother stopped dead in their tracks, looking back, at first in shock, at the little one's unexpected agony. His father stood for a moment without moving then, ever so calmly, reached out for his youngest son's shoulder, placing his hand firmly down upon it.

"I told you, Son," he said, shaking his head, "always go to the bathroom BEFORE we get into the boat!"

ETA: (Sorry MIchelle...but this one begged me to give it one of my old-time comments! LOL)

Message edited by author 2011-02-24 19:50:58.
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02/21/2011 11:01:57 AM
The word that popped into my head when I voted this one was "gentle" - there's an overarching sense of gentleness and peacefulness thoughout this photo. The careful way they're paddling, the careful way they seem to be sitting. The softness of the light touching the leaves just across the way. And none of this would carry in color, I don't think - black and white is perfect. An excellent memory!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2011 05:12:17 PM
Grog say be careful. River filled with Crocs, Water Moccasins and other dangerous footwear. Grog follows and protects.
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02/20/2011 02:08:45 PM
Love this in B&W.
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02/20/2011 12:00:43 PM
Love the high contrast between the people in the boat and their surroundings.
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02/18/2011 05:54:35 PM
Wonderful lighting effect; strong composition
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02/17/2011 10:57:35 AM
a moment with dad...precious...
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02/15/2011 04:17:43 PM
very nice B&W
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02/15/2011 08:02:20 AM
good story of dad and kids...lacks wow factor though
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02/14/2011 07:14:35 AM
I get a nice calm feeling looking at this. Processing is nice although maybe a touch dark. There doesnt seem to be enough interest throughout the frame to keep the eye wandering around
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