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Lovebirds For 68 Years
Lovebirds For 68 Years
choltmeier


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Intimacy (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical(IF)Macro
Location: Minneapolis, MN USA
Date: Mar 23, 2008
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 23, 2008

Married for 68 years and more in love than ever. Taken in their home near a sliding glass door with natural light.

Post Processing:
Camera Raw
Curves
Sharpen
Save for web
Noise Reduction (in addition to reducing noise this gave it a nice softness)
Black Border


Updated 9/12/08:

Dorothy passed away on 7/19/08, ending their 68 year marriage, just 4 days after Pete's 99th birthday (about 4 months after this shot was taken). Pete is still going strong and sharp as ever but completely heartbroken after losing his sweetheart. They first met 85 years ago in 1923. They defined what love and marriage are all about.

This was likely the last shot of them together.

A fitting end to an 85 year love story...

Pete passed away on 9/10/08, less than 2 months after Dorothy. He was as healthy as can be when she died. He spent the next month and a half getting all of their affairs in order, passing on prized possessions to family members and "wrapping up" all the details of their lives. He then got pneumonia and his 99 year old body that had been so healthy just couldn't hold up.

I think he was just heartbroken, missed the love of his life and his body decided it best if they were together.

Statistics
Place: 13 out of 117
Avg (all users): 6.3220
Avg (commenters): 7.1200
Avg (participants): 5.9070
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Views since voting: 2100
Views during voting: 500
Votes: 295
Comments: 37
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03/21/2009 04:22:57 AM
My grandparents died within in months of each other - at ages 93 and 97. I completely agree with your assessment that he simply decided to move on and join her again wherever she was.
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03/18/2009 10:43:53 AM
Reading this really touched me. Thanks for sharing.
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10/22/2008 01:31:14 PM
Wow, I am so glad you won a ribbon otherwise I would never have seen this wonderful portrait. This is such and awesome photo with a wonderful story behind it.
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09/11/2008 01:06:39 PM
A fitting end to an 85 year love story...

Pete passed away on 9/10/08, less than 2 months after Dorothy. He was as healthy as can be when she died. He spent the next month and a half getting all of their affairs in order, passing on prized possessions to family members and "wrapping up" all the details of their lives. He then got pneumonia and his 99 year old body that had been so healthy just couldn't hold up.

I think he was just heartbroken, missed the love of his life and his body decided it best if they were together.
09/08/2008 09:48:05 PM
I love that they are such a beacon of hope for marriage these days. My parents, and grandparents have both stayed together and I am very lucky. It must be amazing to be with someone for so long, how great!! Praise God!!!
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08/13/2008 12:16:56 AM
That is a BEAUTIFUL shot of special people. I'm sorry to hear of her death, but that makes the image an even more important tribute. It's amazing they were married for 68 years when he was 31 at their wedding! I can only hope my marriage lasts as long. :)
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07/26/2008 12:37:51 AM
Dorothy passed away on 7/19/08, ending their 68 year marriage, just 4 days after Pete's 99th birthday (about 4 months after this shot was taken). Pete is still going strong and sharp as ever but completely heartbroken after losing his sweetheart. They first met 85 years ago in 1923. They defined what love and marriage are all about.

This was likely the last shot of them together.
05/30/2008 07:42:55 AM
Sweet shot, the natural lighting is perfect for them.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/01/2008 10:35:04 PM
I absolutely love the genuine emotion in this shot.
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04/01/2008 09:40:30 PM
awwww what a cute couple!!
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04/01/2008 08:20:53 PM
This is what Intimacy truely is!
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04/01/2008 02:20:18 PM
I like the lighting on this. As an entry I think the composition is OK, but I think I'd also make a print with a tighter (head and shoulders) crop.
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03/31/2008 03:01:52 AM
The message is strong, but the composition doesn't do it justice. The angled frame with the corner behind the man's head and the plant between his legs (hiding the cast?) are very distracting. Perhaps if the couple was centered underneath the picture frame, the position were swapped so that the cast was behind his wife, and the plant was either removed or well off to one side the image would have been stronger.
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03/30/2008 11:25:33 PM
That is just excellent. It brings a tear to my eye.
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03/30/2008 07:39:21 PM
Nicely done.
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03/29/2008 08:55:09 PM
I love this shot. What an ideal answer for this challenge.
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03/29/2008 05:37:21 PM
Seems like more than Basic editing
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03/28/2008 08:10:18 PM
they're adorable!
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03/28/2008 06:28:45 PM
green vegetables distract me; it would be much better if they where holding hands
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03/28/2008 04:30:15 PM
oh! I want to be a lovebird for 68 years! What a beautiful portrait of love. The softness of the image makes it glow. It's just sharp enough. Well done.
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03/27/2008 11:48:00 PM
Great pic that plant is a slight distraction.
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03/27/2008 11:17:34 PM
The picture in the background distracts from the lovebirds. Too bad because it otherwise a wonderful picture. 8
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03/27/2008 02:01:26 PM
Nice! Ultimately, and we all will get there, this is the kind of intimacy that matters :-)
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03/27/2008 12:39:32 PM
What a beautiful portrait of these two very lovely people. 9
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03/27/2008 12:15:31 PM
Lovely photo, but more posed than intimate.
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03/27/2008 04:39:44 AM
Maybe a little on the soft side - but I still like it a lot
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03/27/2008 01:47:33 AM
this is what life is all about, you captured it well.
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03/26/2008 11:06:57 PM
Congrats on the long team relationship. hehe..
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03/26/2008 03:35:00 PM
How truly endearing. This is a special image. I love it.
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03/26/2008 02:41:48 PM
Lovely portrait and very quaint depiction. Think I would've liked it even more than I do if it weren't so exposed and the light coming from the left were more of a feature.
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03/26/2008 01:03:20 PM
This really is like watching a grand finale, I'm 104 of 117 into the challenge and the last 5 or 6 shots just keep gettign better and better. This is so well done, her lean into her, his keen stare, the arms, the hands, fabulous! Not sure if it will do well with the DPC crowd, but I love it. 7.
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03/26/2008 11:13:03 AM
I love this one. A couple of suggestions, the painting on top diverts my attention; the plant also. Maybe posed in a more plain environment in portrait mode would be better. Good for them!
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03/26/2008 11:03:25 AM
Well done. Handsome couple.
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03/26/2008 10:56:07 AM
Plant seems distracting to me, interferes with his hand that could have been a point of interest. Nice softness in the background. I little red-eye, but can't remember right now if that is correctable under the Rules, so just an observation. A treasure.
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03/26/2008 09:17:07 AM
this is such a sweet portrait of them
great photo! 8
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03/26/2008 05:59:10 AM
I have always said you can't take a bad picture of someone under 8 or over 80...you have proved that once again...well done.
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03/26/2008 12:30:43 AM
I like this photo. I reminds me of my great-grandparents before they passed. true love never dies.
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