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alanfreed


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Challenge: Tacky Holiday Decorations (Classic Editing)
Collection: Bridges / Architecture
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Ambridge, PA
Date: Dec 25, 2003
Aperture: 8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 2.5 seconds
Date Uploaded: Dec 25, 2003

These people do this every year, and they'll even stand out in front of their house with Santa outfits on. Some people drive by in awe; others drive by and laugh themselves silly. I'm among the latter...

Note that on the wall that appears on the right side of the house, there is no rhyme or reason to the lights. It's not entirely obvious in the picture, but some strands of light are steadily-lit in one color, while others flash in multiple colors, etc. It's really quite a sight!

Perhaps the funniest aspect of this is that this is a two-family dwelling. That's right... two families AGREED upon this!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 118
Avg (all users): 7.2169
Avg (commenters): 8.7037
Avg (participants): 7.2131
Avg (non-participants): 7.2188
Views since voting: 9680
Votes: 189
Comments: 45
Favorites: 2 (view)


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01/13/2004 08:20:25 AM
No lights were wasted here. LOL..Great shot and congrats!
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01/10/2004 10:41:39 AM
They do have spirit, let's say that!
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01/08/2004 11:49:24 PM
Congrats Alan on a well deserved win!
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01/08/2004 08:53:25 PM
Maybe the house is so overdone because the two families couldn't agree and they kept trying to out do each other.

No matter - it's a great shot - Congratulations on your win.
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01/08/2004 11:17:01 AM
This is truly tacky. Good catch!!!
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01/08/2004 09:41:30 AM
FIne work, Alan! I think many of us have folks like this in their neighborhood! Congratulations on the ribbon!
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01/07/2004 01:53:02 PM
He he I thought this one will win, the photo is sooooo great and the decoration itself is ough! :-))) Congrats! :-)
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01/07/2004 10:55:44 AM
Congrats on the blue! I love the title of this image... too funny - it really does remind me of that movie. Great job! :-)
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01/07/2004 10:04:25 AM
Woo hoo! Thanks for all the kind words -- I had a feeling that I'd have a contender as soon as I saw the topic of the challenge :) I should emphasize that no, this is NOT my house!

Message edited by author 2004-01-07 11:20:46.
01/07/2004 07:06:51 AM
Way to go on the blue ribbon Alan - terrific shot!
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01/07/2004 03:17:01 AM
Congrats for your very tacky shot (although I'm still not sure about the translation to German).
Was one of my favorits and I knew it was impossible to beat: right on the intention of the challenge and very well made!
Thumb up!

Of course you have to go to the families living in the house and congrat them too!!
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01/07/2004 01:33:32 AM
Utterly amazing...congratulations on the blue ribbon
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01/07/2004 01:27:02 AM
Wooohooo Alan way to go congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/06/2004 11:12:35 PM
Very nice photo, yes it's tacky.
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01/06/2004 11:11:13 PM

LOL

Nice job. 10
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01/06/2004 10:23:23 PM
Great! All exceip for the white balance? I don't know there is this hue that shouldn't be there? Very fine otherwise.
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01/06/2004 07:39:10 PM
Ohhhh yes, yes, yes. This is the stuff! Just has to be 10!
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01/06/2004 11:46:25 AM
I especially love the flag in the backyard.
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01/06/2004 07:31:31 AM
wow a lot of lights....and, you photographed them crisp & clear
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01/06/2004 02:44:26 AM
Great subject for the challenge.
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01/05/2004 10:26:47 PM
I love the US Flag on the side. Perfect touch to an absolutely Tacky show of lights. Good capture. I was just about to say that all they were missing was the inflatable snowman, but I just found him, peaking out from behind the bushes. Truely amazing!
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01/03/2004 11:44:47 PM
You've captured the spirit of the challenge well ...
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01/03/2004 09:55:18 PM
now THAT is cool
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01/03/2004 02:27:17 PM
there were 3 or 4 others similar to this but the title was a winner and the focus or the sharpness is superb. I've tried to take outside lights shots and know how difficult they can be, GOOD ON YA!
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01/03/2004 09:04:20 AM
Oh my God! If this does not win you will have been robbed. Its the tackiest display of decorations I have every seen - 8
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01/02/2004 05:49:30 PM
Can you imagine the light bill? Nice shot and well presented. 9
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01/02/2004 11:10:25 AM
this is just great, another 10! good luck.
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01/02/2004 06:42:47 AM
One of my few favorits: sharp, well exposed and I like that the whole house can be seen in this nice brown color. It's also pretty tacky, although I'm still not sure about the term tacky.
Good luck with this great submission.
BTW: your house!?
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01/01/2004 11:19:48 PM
holy crap! way too much! 9
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01/01/2004 01:42:01 PM
Oh yes. Best so far. 10
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01/01/2004 10:18:19 AM
Excellent shot. Very nice lighting.
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12/31/2003 09:10:04 PM
Tacky in a very festive way. Good picture of a difficult subject. 10
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12/31/2003 05:25:15 PM
This one is my favorite. Nice picture of a really overdone Christmas display.
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12/31/2003 04:11:20 PM
Pfeeeeeeeeew! I will throw up my lunch! (My boyfriend: Anyone payed money, time and energy on making this decoration?!) 10 (because this is the tackiest one here), and take this away from my sight as soon as possible! :-))))
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12/31/2003 11:11:30 AM
WOW - that's a lot of work. Does the flag stay up all year? ;-)
Well composed - a good execution of the "lit house" theme
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12/31/2003 11:01:52 AM
This is a great find! Totally tacky and beautiful as well.
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12/31/2003 09:34:38 AM
Technical: WOW! This SO fits the challenge! Exposure composition focus lighting all excellent.

Personal: nothing to suggest- right on theme and technically well done!

My vote: 10
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12/31/2003 08:16:26 AM
One of my all time favorite movies....lol Great shot.
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12/31/2003 08:11:30 AM
is this real, i believe, it is - cool -10
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12/31/2003 07:06:23 AM
Very Tacky. 10. Morgan
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12/31/2003 04:22:11 AM
Very beautiful---great lighting
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12/31/2003 02:14:11 AM
Wow, over done or what! Good pic.
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