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Lydia


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Challenge: The Cowboy (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Date: Jun 2, 2008
Aperture: f/4.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/500th s
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2008

I didn't know Sean Matos, 21.gif JawnyRico, but I've admired his work. I hope he'd be pleased with my tribute here to his beautiful photographic works of art.

I pray that his family will be comforted by the Great Comforter and that they will be reunited with Sean in a joyful reunion "at day's end".

This image is of my husband and his friend, Uno.

Post Challenge: A BLUE! I'm thrilled that you like my tribute. 46 comments during the challenge! And everyone is so kind.

I dedicate the blue to Sean... and his family. I pray that your pain will be eased, but I know it hurts. I'm sorry.
I hesitate to offer this, because it seems a bit egotistical, but if you would like a print of this, Melissa, it would thrill me to send one to you. Just PM me your address.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 89
Avg (all users): 7.9892
Avg (commenters): 9.0811
Avg (participants): 7.8636
Avg (non-participants): 8.0284
Views since voting: 11259
Views during voting: 530
Votes: 185
Comments: 93
Favorites: 37 (view)


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04/22/2016 04:47:31 PM
A gorgeous image but even more so, what a lovely tribute to Sean, Melissa and his memory
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01/14/2013 10:25:43 PM
I love the connection between man and beast in this picture. A favourite for sure.
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04/29/2012 02:35:51 AM
WOW AWESOME I JUST TAKING A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE RE PHOTOS I LOVED AND MADE FAVORITE... FROM SHEZ XOX
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10/13/2010 09:30:58 PM
Avg (commenters): 9.1633

Wow. That is truly amazing! A perfect photograph, in my opinion. Hopefully you have a print for yourself hanging in a quiet peaceful location.
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01/09/2010 08:12:24 AM
WOW! I TOTALLY LOVE THIS! (Makes me wish I still had my horses.)
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07/26/2009 12:59:25 AM
this is relaxing..love it .

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03/13/2009 11:06:42 PM
lydia, as mentioned before. You are a great person and a equally great photog, this is hands down a well deserved ribbon! And not only my little comment but the several below mine confirm this to the extremes! :)

-dave
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09/07/2008 12:03:12 PM
Great picture, you do well with the horse shots. Well deserved high score, have fun trying to top it. :)
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08/20/2008 11:30:57 PM
And, don't forget to submit the current challenge. Good luck!!
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08/19/2008 05:29:54 PM
Amazing photo with such a high score! Congratulations on your excellent art work and blue!
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08/18/2008 07:25:20 PM
This is such a wonderful tribute to Sean. I know he would have loved it - I know I do. This really spoke to me during the challenge as being an image that he would not only create, but identify with. Superbly executed and expertly presented. There's wonderful emotion and style shown here. Congratulations on your well-deserved blue ribbon and for sharing this gem with us.
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06/21/2008 05:56:01 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon, wonderful shot!
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06/19/2008 09:30:06 PM
Thank you, Michelle. Your kindness in registering to tell us this has made my day. I'm so glad that you feel blessed by our tributes. There are many on this site who worked hard to show respect and honor to Sean. I'm really pleased that it's meant something to you and your family. We are blessed in return. :)
06/19/2008 08:58:04 PM
Hi, I'm Sean's sister in law, Michelle. I just wanted to tell you that your picture was my favorite from the very beginning and i so appreciate your post and tribute to Sean. He would have chose this photo too in my opinion. The response on this website to our loss has been so beautiful, i don't even have words to describe it. Thank you so much for thinking of my sister, Melissa, it means the world to me. Thanks again, Michelle
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06/19/2008 05:42:53 PM
Lovely image. Was hoping a silhouette would win!
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06/19/2008 01:20:44 AM
A well deserved blue ribbon. Congrads!
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06/18/2008 09:32:20 AM
WOW! Congrats! =D
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06/18/2008 08:35:16 AM
Congrats Lydia.

Lee
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06/18/2008 03:33:38 AM
Awesome shot. Congrats on the top spot.
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06/17/2008 06:07:22 PM
congratulations on the blue a fitting tribute
beautiful image lydia

i hope Melissa accepts your offer of a print ... good of you to offer it

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06/17/2008 03:29:07 PM
reminds me of one of my older self portraits :)
lovely lovely work!
the light in the foreground is wonderful
and the connection between the cowboy and the horse is altogether perfect
congratulations :)

Message edited by author 2008-06-17 15:29:58.
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06/17/2008 01:36:45 AM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon. This is a perfect tribute to JawnyRico. Your photo is beautiful and very touching.
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06/16/2008 08:18:44 PM
Thanks, Techo! That means a lot to me because, for the year 2008, (if I'm reading the list correctly) there is only one image with a higher score than this and that is YOURS!
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I think folks were being very generous with their scores since it was a tribute challenge. I didn't realize this was a really good score until 21_F.gif kteach had me looking at the high scoring photos.

Regardless, I appreciate the high votes and the really friendly and encouraging comments (AND the ones that aren't!). This place is WONDERFUL! Even when my score is low, folks have encouraging AND helpful things to say to help me grow.

I hope I can add back even a portion of what I've gotten from this site's commenters.

Thanks bunches! :)

06/16/2008 07:52:50 PM
Congratulations on the blue with the very fine capture :)
Excellent shot all around, great framing and also like the IR look of the greenery in the background. Great job with the toning.
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06/16/2008 02:22:45 PM
Had this pegged as the "winner" from the start! SO very well done!
and a fabulous tribute

congrats
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06/16/2008 10:29:24 AM
Lydia!!! Congratulations! This is a beautiful tribute to JawnyRico, but I don't know what happened. I've been a little out of the loop lately being swallowed up in busy with other stuff. I'll go see what I can find out.

You're awesome!

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06/16/2008 10:18:45 AM
I loved this from the start! Congrats on the blue. Well deserved image!
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06/16/2008 09:51:59 AM
Congrats Lydia on your win. I did not vote but this was my favorite. It is a beautiful tribute.
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06/16/2008 08:56:23 AM
This is Melissa: Wow! This is an amazing picture. I loved this one a lot. I love the tone and the border. It was beautifully done. Sean would have loved this one. Believe me, I have spent many many hours sitting in front of this computer screen judging and voting on shots with him. He taught me a lot and I learned which ones he would pick. And this is certainly one of them. Thank you so much for participating in this tribute to my Wonderful Husband, Sean. He would have been so happy!! And I just sent you my address. I would love to put this picture up in my own tribute to him. Thank you so much!!
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06/16/2008 08:26:31 AM
Congrats Lydia! I thought this was a winner for this challenge - well done! :-)
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06/16/2008 07:09:21 AM
excellent image, very fitting, congratulations!!!
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06/16/2008 05:55:30 AM
So happy to see that this one took the blue. It jumped out at me during voting and really caught my eye in a way that very few photos do. And if you hadn't noticed yet, not only is it a fantastic score, but it's enough to get you on the page of top rated photos of all time! Quite an accomplishment! Congrats! :)
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06/16/2008 02:58:24 AM
Congratulations, Lydia! Very well deserved. Regards Nico
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06/16/2008 02:34:24 AM
Lydia - delightfully understated shot.

Beautiful framing and composition - congrats on the Blue and a huge new PB.

Two Cowboy shots, two Blues - you might just be onto something here . .
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06/16/2008 02:28:48 AM
Just LOOK at that score.....
This so deserved the BLUE ribbon for this challenge.....
Well done.....as this is a fine tribute to Sean.....

Message edited by author 2008-06-16 02:32:19.
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06/16/2008 02:18:00 AM
Congrats on your second blue. Interesting that your first was for "Cowboy Games". Seems like you and the cowboys get along. :)
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06/16/2008 02:17:36 AM
Congratulation! This was my pick too.
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06/16/2008 02:11:23 AM
What a stunning image - and so well deserving of the Blue - BEAUTIFUL!
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06/16/2008 01:29:57 AM
Well deserved blue for the best image of this challenge. Impeccable and perfect. Congratulations Lydia!
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06/16/2008 01:09:11 AM
Congratz on the blue. Well deserved.
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06/16/2008 01:02:58 AM
Congratulations Lydia !!!! this was my pick for the blue from the moment I saw it.
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06/16/2008 12:45:08 AM
This is a very strong image and the natural framing is wonderful. Congrats on your well deserved blue ribbon with this beauty, Lydia!
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06/16/2008 12:35:54 AM
i am very glad to see you on the front page and that too with an excellent score. congratulations.
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06/16/2008 12:21:49 AM
"ah ha. did anyone seriously think this wouldnt get the blue?"

Uh... yeah. ME! :) Thanks, JDubsgirl.

Timfy, I had an eight or higher for most of the challenge... up until thirty minutes before it ended... *sigh* But, it was a THRILL all week long. I kept looking at that 8 thinking... surely it's a 6 that I've mis-seen. *smile* Thanks for your kind words.

Message edited by author 2008-06-16 00:22:59.
06/16/2008 12:12:28 AM
Congratulations on a well-deserved blue ribbon.
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06/16/2008 12:12:21 AM
Dang - a near 8! Well deserved too. Excellent image - deserved the blue all the way.
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06/16/2008 12:07:56 AM
ah ha. did anyone seriously think this wouldnt get the blue?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/15/2008 10:49:07 PM
I predict a ribbon for this, but I like it anyway. It is a sincere candid, expertly done but with all the appropriate feeling.
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06/15/2008 09:07:39 PM
Thoughtfully composed and framed. Great job exposing this. An eight for you.
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06/15/2008 03:40:24 PM
Very tasteful and fitting for the tribute.

I'm going to add that this is my favourite. There were a couple that did a good job of emulating Sean's work, but this one is original as well as, to me, the most poignant and touching.

Sorry I could only give you a 10, and hope you win.
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06/15/2008 11:26:40 AM
Talk about framing a shot!! beautifully composed and exposed image...and the colors you picked for the duotone and frame accent are just perfect.

Edited for grammar

Message edited by author 2008-06-16 00:49:10.
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06/15/2008 10:50:21 AM
Great shot nicely composed. I love how the inside of the barn/stable makes such a nice frame. One little nit-pick is that I'd like to see less negative space frame to get more detail on the subject. Maybe a bit overexposed on the background. Underexposing in camera or PP wouldn't really hurt the silhouetted subject.
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06/15/2008 07:14:22 AM
One of my ribbon picks - framing, silhouette, and background light makes a strong statement
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06/14/2008 11:38:07 PM
Picture perfect.........
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06/14/2008 05:13:49 PM
Love the natural framing here from the barn walls and floor. The poses of the cowboy and horse seem to show a real connection between the two. Very nicely done!
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06/14/2008 04:59:13 PM
My favorite in the challenge.
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06/14/2008 03:48:13 PM
Very good , interesting juxtaposition of the classic, expected old theme and a modern, geometric frame in the frame.
Exposure as good as possible for this very difficult light.
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06/13/2008 07:58:56 PM
Very subtle. Nice composition.
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06/13/2008 04:21:30 PM
Love the silhouette of this cowboy and his best bud, the horse. Also the composition is very strong with a frame within a frame - the dark barn acts as a frame that shows us a moment frozen in time as the cowboy gets ready to saddle up and ride his horse. I also like how the background is in nice focus showing us the outside environment of trees and fence. We really get the sense of a ranch in a forested country. Another strong element in the photo composition is the choice to have that backdrop in sepia. That gives us the feel of not only a time of the ol' west but it also compliments the main subjects which are in silhouette. Color would just compete and draw the eyes attention away from the main subject and may or maynot add to the mood that you have captured of the ol' west. Good job.
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06/13/2008 03:53:11 PM
What a nice shot, I love the horse nudging the cowboy - it implies a real bond. Good use of negative space, too, and I like how the silhouette is only partial.
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06/13/2008 12:50:20 PM
Very nicely portrayed.
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06/13/2008 04:26:35 AM
beautiful composition
top 3 for sure, it really deserves a ribbon...where was this taken?
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06/12/2008 03:53:14 AM
I love it: composition, square format, tones. The stance of the cowboy and the horse - I can feel nearness between them. The stand of the horse - it seems so obedient.
Don't know why - the picture gives me some sad feeling... But a very good photo.
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06/12/2008 01:45:09 AM
Effective silhouette. Nice subtle details in the background. The positioning of the man and the horse works well to create a strong connection between them
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06/11/2008 10:21:13 PM
I like everything except the gold border.
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06/11/2008 07:19:39 PM
Awesome photo.
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06/11/2008 02:29:04 PM
Gorgeous. Great photo for this challenge.
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06/11/2008 10:11:32 AM
Very nicely done. Emotes feeling of the horse and cowboy's companionship.
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06/11/2008 08:32:16 AM
Love this!!
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06/11/2008 07:19:36 AM
Lovely shot, and a very moving tribute.
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06/10/2008 09:38:37 PM
Beautiful capture!
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06/10/2008 04:32:13 PM
An instance where a centered composition works really well. Nicely done.
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06/10/2008 02:16:53 PM
Nice silhouette and natural framing. Coming back to comment and bump.
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06/10/2008 12:40:28 PM
Beautiful precision and contrast in your photo. Very elegant. 9
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06/10/2008 09:36:18 AM
Beautifully emotive! 10
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06/10/2008 06:15:02 AM
Nice border, and a great tribute. Pity the sky is blown, but it's not too distracting.
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06/09/2008 10:55:57 PM
the best of them

very well done
love the use of silhouette to convey the "end of the day" (homage)
and the feel of respect between the horse and its rider, and back...
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06/09/2008 09:14:36 PM
Just beautiful! I know this is a tough exposure, but you've done it here. Composition spot on, sepia a perfect choice. Well done!
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06/09/2008 08:11:42 PM
lovely, simple shot that communicates a story and resonates with all of us. 10
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06/09/2008 04:56:48 PM
What a great shot. Love the silhouettes and the set up in general is tops.
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06/09/2008 04:43:42 PM
Wow, this one actually gave me chills. I've never given a 10 on this site, but this may be the first. Wow, very well done. 9 for now.
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06/09/2008 03:40:46 PM
I think this is a great shot for this challenge. Shadows and truly a cowboy's end of the day.
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06/09/2008 07:35:03 AM
I absolutely love this. The frame within a frame is so great, and the positioning of the horse couldn't have been easy!!! 10 from me. Bravo!
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06/09/2008 04:33:23 AM
Best of Show. Nice, classic image... should do VERY well.
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06/09/2008 03:17:14 AM
This is my favorite in this challenge. I like the tones, composition and the mood. Well done!
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06/09/2008 02:32:16 AM
What a emotional shot. The way both the horse and the cowboy have their heads low as if they're remembering the loss of one of their own. This is exactly what this challenge is about. My top pick. 10
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06/09/2008 01:09:40 AM
Amazing! one of the best in this challenge. It deserve a ribbon. Absolutely 10
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06/09/2008 12:54:24 AM
9 - Beautiful.
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06/09/2008 12:36:54 AM
Fantastic Job.
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06/09/2008 12:25:05 AM
very good photo, im sure this will do very well
changing my vote to 10
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06/09/2008 12:21:26 AM
This is a heart string tugging shot. Nice.
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06/09/2008 12:13:52 AM
Beautiful image and one that fits the challenge well on all fronts - as a cowboy and as a feeling of a memorial. Well done.
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06/09/2008 12:05:33 AM
Fantastic lighting. I really like this shot. Good luck.
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