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Lord, grant me the strength...
1st PlaceLord, grant me the strength...
sinistral_leo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Remembrance (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: CT USA
Date: Nov 16, 2011
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 640
Shutter: 6
Galleries: Military, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Nov 16, 2011

Self-portrait taken in my dingy basement. One snoot for lighting. Lot's of military gear on hand. Flag was tattered by hurricane Irene. I don't know how in the world only the white stripes got ruined...

Anticipated dislikes:
Vignette too strong, uneven.
Subject seems OOF, (I think it is the camo)
Harsh light
Flags looks wrong.
People won't "get it".



[Nov. 18th, 2011 12:25:58 PM]

Since taking the shot I have "properly" dispose of the flag.

WOW, What a ride! I can not believe how well this placed! Thank you for the votes and great comments!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 66
Avg (all users): 7.2212
Avg (commenters): 8.2727
Avg (participants): 6.7419
Avg (non-participants): 7.4247
Views since voting: 4783
Views during voting: 256
Votes: 104
Comments: 56
Favorites: 10 (view)


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03/01/2012 10:19:09 AM
like you said in your post about this being a 7.2 image, it pulled on the heart strings and patriotism of you yanks to your armed forces, if dpc wasnt so usa central i doubt it would have scored as high, i personally gave it a 7, as i appreciated the sentiment as i said a dark dank hello hole in afghanistan but it didnt have the same affect as it would on an american
02/27/2012 07:19:07 PM
I have brothers who served in the USMC and shed a tear when I saw this image. I shared this image with friends who served and they all agreed that it conveyed a very strong and emotional message.

Very well done my friend.

Ray
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02/16/2012 11:42:42 AM
I LOVE the photo. Had I been voting in the challenge, it would have received a 10 from me. Great shot!!!
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11/30/2011 04:47:18 PM
Wonderful shot, congratulations
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11/30/2011 08:49:58 AM
Powerful and moving image! Congrats on the extremely well deserved blue!
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11/27/2011 05:59:05 PM
I think you deserve this as your 1st ribbon. If you were here I would definitely buy you the 1st round of drinks.
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11/26/2011 04:07:05 PM
I just noticed that this is your first ribbon. Congrats. Hope it's the first of many.
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11/26/2011 12:37:54 PM
Well done! Congrats on the Blue!
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11/25/2011 09:31:12 PM
Came out really nice, congrats!!!
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11/25/2011 08:22:03 PM
Easily the class of the field, congrats.
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11/25/2011 01:02:43 PM
Congratulations! Well deserved!
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11/25/2011 10:40:32 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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11/25/2011 10:13:55 AM
If you are going to get your first ribbon, this is certainly the way to do it. Congratulations on your first ribbon, and the blue.
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11/25/2011 09:36:47 AM
Congrats on your ribbon
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11/25/2011 08:45:54 AM
Glad to see this one on the front page; most appropriate tribute.
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11/25/2011 08:24:13 AM
Nice tribute
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11/25/2011 08:19:55 AM
Mike - HUGE congrats on your first ribbon!
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11/25/2011 07:11:43 AM
Looks like you got the sperm shot out of your top five :-)
This image is brilliant. Well reserved blue.
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11/25/2011 07:08:44 AM
nice job lefty!!
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11/25/2011 07:04:54 AM
Well done for the blue, great idea, great shot and well executed.
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11/25/2011 06:13:22 AM
Congrats on this image. How can one not get the message of this image. Powerful, not over done. The Ribbon in this case just a bonus but glad it did
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11/25/2011 05:58:21 AM
Wow. Fantastic. I am really happy for you. Blue Ribbon!
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11/25/2011 05:44:32 AM
A wonderful tribute to all those that have and continue to serve. Very nicely done. Congratulations on your ribbon and PB.

Ray
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11/25/2011 05:01:17 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Wonderful picture and very appropriate for a first blue.
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11/25/2011 04:52:36 AM
Nailed it! Congrats!!
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11/25/2011 03:32:16 AM
Congrats on your blue and PB for this moving image. Well deserved!
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11/25/2011 02:56:32 AM
Strong & Moving Image.

Congrats on the Well Deserved Blue!

I think you have some lines you have to cross out on your profile now ;)

Message edited by author 2011-11-25 02:57:13.
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11/25/2011 02:47:50 AM
Yay - Well done Team mate. Knew it would do well and the final editing touches really polished it off for me! Nice!!
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11/25/2011 02:40:09 AM
A big congrats on your blue, cool basement you have there.
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11/25/2011 02:33:11 AM
Fantastic shot, Mike! Well deserving of the blue! Congrats!
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11/25/2011 01:01:14 AM
Congrats! What an emotional image. Great Shot!
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11/25/2011 12:56:45 AM
Congrats. What a wonderful and moving image.
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11/25/2011 12:56:06 AM
Congrats, it was a wonderful pic, wow your first ribbon.

Message edited by author 2011-11-25 00:56:34.
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11/25/2011 12:49:58 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Great shot.
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11/25/2011 12:21:15 AM
Congratulations! Wonderful shot!
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11/25/2011 12:18:06 AM
Very powerful, Mike. Congrats on the blue. I think you made a very wise choice to not show the face.

Message edited by author 2012-02-27 19:15:38.
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11/25/2011 12:15:50 AM
1st ribbon and a PB, congrats! You're hooked now!
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11/25/2011 12:15:10 AM
Great image!!..Congrats!!!
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11/25/2011 12:14:08 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. It must be an especially meaningful one for you.
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11/25/2011 12:08:32 AM
Excellent image, congratulations on your ribbon. I certainly "got it", very moving and inspiring.
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11/25/2011 12:06:11 AM
Wow Mike! First ribbon and it's a blue! I'm jealous at how fast you have improved. Great shot and well deserved blue.
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11/25/2011 12:05:30 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! I hoped this would be front page... well done!
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11/25/2011 12:05:25 AM
congrats...!
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11/25/2011 12:03:45 AM
Congrats knew this was a winner!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/24/2011 09:26:54 PM
Wonderful shot
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11/24/2011 05:08:20 PM
Fantastic! Hope to see this on the front page!
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11/24/2011 03:47:25 PM
Very Touching, love the light and your composition!
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11/24/2011 03:28:41 AM
quite a moment
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11/23/2011 09:33:36 PM
Beautifully done. I'm voting later, but I had to stop and comment when I saw this.
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11/22/2011 11:29:52 AM
Wonderful use of light.
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11/21/2011 09:57:29 PM
You bring back memories...Some good..some bad. Every day I prayed for my salvation. The lighting is good..the subject is good and the color is good.
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11/18/2011 02:38:44 PM
My favorite! This is such a touching image.
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11/18/2011 11:10:47 AM
Good image.
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11/18/2011 10:48:41 AM
im guessing this is sinestrial_leo's shot. looks like his build and know hes in the army/reserves so has the stuff. has the feel of an afghan hell hole, little more light on your back would have seen you score higher.
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11/18/2011 08:50:52 AM
Out of all the images; I found this one to be the most moving. Very well done, and I'm bumping it up to a 9...
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11/18/2011 07:33:53 AM
This is a very strong picture. The humble surrounds and a big man on his knees. Lovely entry
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