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DPC: Friends online, in person, for life
Melethia


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Challenges 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: Jul 1, 2007
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: DPChallenge GTGs
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2009

I have been trying all week to figure out what it was I wanted to enter in this challenge. Not my "best photo ever taken with a digital camera" - how do I pick that? So I considered those that mean a lot to me (mostly family "snapshots" which I quite love but DPC probably wouldn't); those that may represent some aspect of my rather meandering style (it must have a pigeon!); or those that I think might appeal to voters (not a lot to choose from in the archives without repeating past entries that did well - I can never figure out what appeals to voters with respect to my own work!)

Finally as I was going through archives I came across several folders from various get-togethers, and the little light bulb came on! To truly honor DPC for the 1000th challenge, I thought I'd enter something that shows what DPC means to me, and probably to a few others here and there.

Then I had to decide which get-together (I've been to a few!) and which shot. I chose this one because of the "moment in time" aspect of it, with everyone cracking up at something that was said. The "real" group shot is a couple of frames after this one.

So not my "best" but definitely one I enjoy revisiting! Thanks to all who make DPC what it is. Well, except for that whole addiction thing... :-)

[Mar. 12th, 2009 01:15:09 AM]

P.S. I can't take credit for the composition of this cast of characters - that goes to De Sousa who did all the arranging/directing.

[Mar. 14th, 2009 11:03:36 AM]

For those that have asked, here's my best guess (aided very greatly by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Azrifel) of who's who:

1st row, left to right: De Sousa's guest; ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' kosmikkreeper (Yanik Chauvin); ???; ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Azrifel (Sander Admiraal); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' pawdrix (Steve Hill); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' De Sousa (Jorge De Sousa); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' anotherday (Bianca Teodorescu); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' tapeworm_jimmy (Phil Ammon); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' aKiwi (Peter Hansen); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Mephisto (Christoph Lehmann)
2nd row, left to right: Yasmin Green; ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Fetor (Cory Smith); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' isi79 (Isabell Schatz); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Silverscreen (Stefan Nielsen); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Dreamy (Ralitza Soultanova); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' talikf (Tali Kimelman); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' lowonenergy (Sander van der Veen); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' michaelluks (Michael Luks); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' dainmcgowan Dain McGowan
3rd row, left to right: Ferdi; ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' newromancer (Frank Kleinert); Bene Bauer; ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' smyk (Christophe Siemienski); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Anastasia (Anastasia Kapluggin); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Silverfoxx (Svetlana); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' jaded_youth (Crystal Lawson); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' syula (Serdar Yula); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Joey Lawrence (The Real Joey Lawrence)
Top, left to right: ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' TOY (Laurent Auxietre); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' alexsaberi (Alex Saberi); ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' JPR (Jason)

And a larger version so you can see people a bit better:
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30982/120/774172.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30982/120/774172.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

De Sousa directing:
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30982/120/774174.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30982/120/774174.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30982/120/774175.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30982/120/774175.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30982/120/774176.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30982/120/774176.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Statistics
Place: 295 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.9616
Avg (commenters): 7.3247
Avg (participants): 6.0096
Avg (non-participants): 5.7089
Views since voting: 1388
Views during voting: 805
Votes: 495
Comments: 102
Favorites: 7 (view)


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AuthorThread
04/06/2009 06:06:35 AM
Just saw this pic! Great idea Deb! And nice finish!
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04/03/2009 12:09:34 PM
Commented on this one during voting - I did wonder if it was yours, but was sure you had said you hadn't entered the challenge! For me it is the perfect group photo - well setup and composed but fun and relaxed at the same time.
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04/03/2009 11:30:16 AM
wish i was there would have been awesome to hang out with this crew
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03/21/2009 07:45:21 PM
Wow! This certainly would have been my most meaningful photo too. Talk about a Whose Who among DPC'ers, huh? What a BLAST it must have been hanging out with all those heavyweights (including YOU) But you didn't have your tripod so you could get in it too? Bummer. That's the only thing that may have made it better: to have Deb's smiling face in it.

What a great photo! I tried to vote on all the photos in the challenge, but I didn't quite make it. I missed this one. Darn.

But nineteen 10's, five 9's, and forty-eight 8's! Obviously, the photo meant alot to alot of other people too!

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03/18/2009 08:44:45 PM
This one brought a smile to my face - I love the spontaneity you captured, the way everyone is interacting and laughing and having fun together as a group. Three cheers for DPC! :D
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03/18/2009 07:44:12 PM
Deb what a great photo for this challenge.
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03/18/2009 03:41:57 PM
This probably would have done better had these faces been more recognizable by the currently active DPC voters.
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03/18/2009 02:22:21 PM
Gave it an 8 because it looked like everyone was having so much fun!
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03/18/2009 01:40:34 PM
I thought this one was one of the most "appropos" for the challenge!
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03/18/2009 01:22:32 PM
Deb, so happy this scored so high. Should have been the blue ribbon as it truly sums up in a frame what DPC is all about. Fun and friends.
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03/18/2009 10:35:27 AM
I had *really* hoped the sheer joie de vivre of this one, and it's perfect fit with the occasion, would have moved it to the top :-( I was one of your 19 tens... Great image!
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03/18/2009 09:49:34 AM
What a great entry! I love the fun and energy in this. What's even more amazing is that only one person is shooting right back at you lol. I envy you being able to spend time with all these great photogs. What a wonderful memento you have here.
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03/18/2009 03:44:50 AM
Great entry, Deb! Couldn't have chosen a better one for this challenge.
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03/18/2009 03:40:56 AM
Did I send you a PM or did I reply by email to the PM (which means it is lost....)

First three on the third row are: Ferdi (German/Turkish model), Der Frank, Bene Bauer (German photographer BB Passion of Photography)
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03/18/2009 02:56:06 AM
Fantastic choice for this challenge! What a great moment in time .... it must bring smiles and great memories for you all.
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03/18/2009 02:35:10 AM
Thanks for the description!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:01:56 PM
What a fun shot. I'd love to get an accompanying identification key!
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03/17/2009 08:40:01 PM
Fun image. I didn't know Alex is the one to rule them all. :P
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03/17/2009 08:34:40 PM
A real hidden gem!!!10
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03/17/2009 05:35:14 PM
nice tribute

(denim sales are buoyant)
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03/17/2009 05:35:07 PM
Interesting commentary piece.
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03/17/2009 01:50:17 PM
Great group photo. Would be nice if the people depicted here had their DPC user names in the description. Starting with the front row from left to right......
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03/17/2009 12:49:37 PM
Thisis a great shot, I love the setup of it and the comraderie here.
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03/17/2009 12:14:12 PM
OK now let's see the call roster! :-0 7
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03/17/2009 10:55:51 AM
Yo~ Way to go! :-)

Nice selection for the 1000th challenge! Wonderful warmth!
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03/17/2009 10:46:13 AM
A happy, if odd, group of people. :P
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03/17/2009 09:06:33 AM
Nice group shot. Hey, I guess you have secured 31 votes 10 (did I count them right?)
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03/16/2009 10:36:52 PM
Fantastic group shot. 7 And I love the triangular composition.
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03/16/2009 09:58:16 PM
What a happy looking bunch. Nice shot.
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03/16/2009 07:33:17 PM
total nerds! :P
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03/16/2009 04:58:42 PM
Great shot for this challenge, our family portrait
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03/16/2009 03:53:55 PM
Really nice group photo... the arrangement of your group is really good. Now... did everyone have to stay like this for an hour as everyone set up their own camera?!?!? :)
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03/16/2009 02:05:17 PM
Fun shot! I recognize some of the faces too. A very fitting entry for this challenge. Good work!
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03/16/2009 08:51:58 AM
:-))) funny photo! 10 points for getting me on a picture. actually I hate that, that's why I'm always on the other side of the camera. ;-) oh, my dear dpc-friends... I wish I could be at the iceland-GTG... :-(
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03/16/2009 04:08:21 AM
nice shot
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03/16/2009 01:48:06 AM
What a great bunch!! Definitely a memorable moment.
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03/16/2009 12:32:46 AM
Of all the group shots I've seen or been a part of this works better than most: Folks look like they are enjoying themselves; It's actually well composed; and It's a pleasant photo of a pleasant group in a pleasant place.
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03/15/2009 09:30:31 PM
Very nice group shot. Of course, you can *never* get some people to behave...
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03/15/2009 08:29:17 PM
A fun pyramid of people caught just at the right time. Very nice.
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03/15/2009 08:01:07 PM
oh i want to be a part of the photo:( how come no dpcers live in montana***tears***
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03/15/2009 05:00:33 PM
Who are all these people? Nice collection.
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03/15/2009 04:11:12 PM
Good photo to celibrate such an envent
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03/15/2009 03:46:29 PM
This is great. A fun day for all...love the guy cracking up in the front.
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03/15/2009 01:20:00 PM
What a fun shot... you can feel the friendship and energy from all of the smiles!
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03/15/2009 10:21:24 AM
Hey, this is fabulous!! Whens the next outing?
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03/15/2009 10:05:08 AM
Fun stuff!!
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03/15/2009 09:21:19 AM
This is just a great shot.
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03/15/2009 07:15:05 AM
Nice group portrait. Fits very well in this challenge.
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03/15/2009 06:16:44 AM
Great shot. After the challenge, can you label all the people so we can get to know who they are? Thanks!
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03/15/2009 05:32:14 AM
bit uninteresting for such challenge

but well taken
6 brano
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03/15/2009 12:23:37 AM
even though I don't recognize anyone, I think this photo says it all, it sums up the 1,000th Challenge better than any other photo submitted, should be the blue. Wish I coulda been there :) 10+
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03/14/2009 10:07:43 PM
you guys really get around!
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03/14/2009 06:50:17 PM
Wonderful memory captured. Nice group shot, can't help but wondering what the joke is :)
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03/14/2009 10:38:33 AM
Fun shot! love the smiles and the people looking towards the center. It makes me want to know more about this.
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03/14/2009 09:38:24 AM
Trying to work out who is missing - Deb? Whoever, a fun shot, well composed and processed, and sums up just what for may of us DPC is all about.
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03/14/2009 08:04:41 AM
Fabulous group photo, love the sense of depth.
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03/14/2009 05:47:12 AM
Sneaky feeling about this one. And I think it is really, really appropriate for this challenge.
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03/14/2009 04:12:14 AM
I am sure to come back to check out this shot after voting is over. I love the expressions on everyone's face.
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03/14/2009 03:18:06 AM
Love the non-posed feel to this group shot, really nice.
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03/13/2009 11:59:20 PM
Yes, indeed...it really is about more than the potential eye-candy ribbon winning shot...much more! :)
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03/13/2009 10:45:13 PM
What a perfect entry to celebrate this challenge...10
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03/13/2009 09:56:53 PM
I want to go on a GTG!!! You guys are the best!! DPC rocks! Oh yeah, nice photo also :-)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/13/2009 08:20:12 PM
Cool group shot. love the fun atmosphere and the composition is wonderful.
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03/13/2009 07:17:45 PM
That is a great shot! I hope you have all their names listed in the description, so I can have a peak after the challenge is over. I think I see Alex Saberi, and maybe General IE?
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03/13/2009 06:44:41 PM
I am a friggin star in this piktsjah!
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03/13/2009 03:25:59 PM
What a great shot for this challenge. I remember seeing this one (or one quite similar) in a GTG thread some time back. I actually recognize some of 'em!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/13/2009 02:56:38 PM
Ah Deb :D
This means too much to me to give anything less than a 10 :)
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03/13/2009 12:56:48 PM
Great group shot! =)

Perfect for this challenge
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03/13/2009 12:45:29 PM
will be very interest in where this what and when...what a fun shot
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03/13/2009 09:24:20 AM
Looks like a good time was being had by all :-)
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03/13/2009 09:05:33 AM
Woooo hooo, I know some of these people. Well not in real life, but by reputation. I am going to pass on voting as I have seen this photo (or one very similar) before. Great memories are the best result from looking at old photos. Well done.
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03/13/2009 08:22:57 AM
I love this! I recognize a few faces in the crowd. 10 for subject matter!
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03/13/2009 08:01:07 AM
some familiar faces, looks like it was a fun day!
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03/13/2009 03:34:29 AM
This has a great feel good factor :)
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03/12/2009 11:15:17 PM
Are these DPC'rs? Great crowd. What city is this?
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03/12/2009 10:56:59 PM
I bet this scores well for a sentimental entry in this challenge. good luck!
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03/12/2009 10:29:42 PM
What a fun shot/shoot! Really great balance, nice pyramid shape, lots of happy people. I'm envious - looks like it was a fun phto walk.
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03/12/2009 09:49:11 PM
A great image - so fun to sit and try to recognize people! You have to post a list of Userids in the comments on this shot :)
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03/12/2009 08:24:48 PM
A bunch of characters for sure. hahah. Good lighting and detail. Lots of interest.
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03/12/2009 02:57:42 PM
This looks like a lot of fun (and beer)
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03/12/2009 02:19:52 PM
Excellent sentiment!
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03/12/2009 02:07:55 PM
I know that dude far right! Yay!
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03/12/2009 12:23:45 PM
I love this one! Great engaging shot, spent about 20 minutes trying to pick out the faces.
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03/12/2009 12:11:44 PM
Haha... There's meeee.
Of course this now gets 20 points instead of the normal 1's and 2's I have been giving out.
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03/12/2009 08:47:03 AM
Lots of character in this photo. Love the background. :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/12/2009 08:24:24 AM
Perfect image for this challenge - well done!
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03/12/2009 05:34:18 AM
Nice group shot and sums up DPC well.
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03/12/2009 05:30:35 AM
and their names are ???
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03/12/2009 04:27:42 AM
Was this a DPC GTG? If so, I wonder who everyone is ... It's a shame there aren't enough Kiwi's for a GTG. The border works BTW
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03/12/2009 01:55:15 AM
Ok, who farted? :D
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03/12/2009 12:06:59 AM
Such a lovely capture of emotions! Frankly, i do not feel like rating this one, this is precious beyond any measurement!
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03/11/2009 09:03:38 PM
FUN image! Lovely composition, posing, and processing.

Not voting yet.
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03/11/2009 07:26:47 PM
Not only cool cause it's dpc folk, but a great composition for a large group shot. Awesome location for the shot too. Great work.
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03/11/2009 07:23:42 PM
I think these people need a hobby to keep them busy!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/11/2009 05:15:15 PM
Cool I love the pryamid effect. Awesome shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/11/2009 03:46:08 PM
I recognize a few of those guys. What a fun and terrific portrait. This is a crazy bunch. I love the laughter that runs throughout.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/11/2009 03:33:32 PM
very nice group portrait
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03/11/2009 02:29:47 PM
What a tribute! It would be great to see this actually win, on sentimental value alone, and it's very nicely done, so it gets my first 10 :-)
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03/11/2009 01:15:47 PM
I hope the comments section of this photo has the names, looks like it was a fun time!
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03/11/2009 08:53:06 AM
the infamous triangle! hehe i love how jorge and steve are cracking up laughing...fun times!
thanks for sharing deb and thanks to dpc for bringing people together!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/11/2009 06:34:06 AM
great fun group portrait
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03/11/2009 04:43:57 AM
good GTG must have been a fun day
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