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I'll Hold You Close
I'll Hold You Close

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-06 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: St. George, Kansas
Date: Jun 15, 2007
Aperture: f11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 160
Galleries: Portraiture, Military
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2007

This dad is meeting his brand new baby for the first time while home on R&R from Iraq. He's only home for 2 weeks, and then he has to leave his new baby and wife again to return to the war. And he's fighting on the front lines! This image is so powerful to me and reminds me to keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

PostChallenge: Thank you everyone for you wonderful comments! I volunteer my services for Operation:Love, Reunited (www.oplove.org), so this was a free portrait session for this family. And this dad received a free album of 4x6 proofs while in Iraq. Not to mention...he and his wife loved every picture and bought all of the proofs as well as many, many 8x10s and others. This picture is still my favorite!

Place: 92 out of 556
Avg (all users): 6.2177
Avg (commenters): 8.1429
Avg (participants): 6.2396
Avg (non-participants): 6.1429
Views since voting: 1054
Views during voting: 197
Votes: 124
Comments: 14
Favorites: 3 (view)

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03/05/2008 01:21:26 PM
Daddy's dog tags?

This is stunning in so many ways... Something for Dad to have and hold on the front lines.

Pray for peace...
07/08/2007 05:51:18 PM
how innocent!!! I love it!
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07/08/2007 11:18:21 AM
this is awesome, i gave it 10
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07/08/2007 11:05:20 AM
Very powerful image indeed. Just a stunning photograph. Was he able to leave with a copy of this? So beautiful.
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07/08/2007 10:29:07 AM
I agree. And now knowing the story behind this photo, I'd see if they would publish it in Newsweek or something like that. Surely...a prize winner.

P.S. This is now entered into one of my favorites.

Message edited by author 2007-07-08 10:30:01.
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07/08/2007 12:52:10 AM
Even without your notes, this is an incredibly powerful picture. Very, very nicely done - you've captured a wonderful moment here.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/05/2007 08:55:49 PM
Beautiful. Many photos like this have the parent's eyes looking away from the camera. The direct look really adds a lot to this photo.
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07/04/2007 03:55:33 PM
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07/04/2007 10:06:24 AM
Nice portrait, very well done and congrats of the little one
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07/03/2007 03:12:00 PM
I love the expression in the dad's eyes. A beautiful, emotional shot.
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07/03/2007 01:41:27 PM
Good lighting and beautiful child and like the title
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07/03/2007 11:04:00 AM
Beautiful, nice work with the lighting and composition.
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07/03/2007 09:54:12 AM
What a beautiful capture and emotive. The father's eyes are penetrating.
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07/01/2007 05:52:09 PM
I absolutely love this. The chain is a bit distracting from the moment the title implies but the tenderness is beautiful.
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