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Challenge: A Hug And A Kiss (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Sep 22, 2009
Aperture: f4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Sports, Children
Date Uploaded: Sep 22, 2009

Didn't have an entry. I almost didn't enter because I had no ideas and didn't have any time and figured there would be wonderful shots, silhouettes at sunset, cute kids with stuffed animals, cute kids hugging furry cute animals, etc. But it bothered me not having an entry, so I figured I'd might as well do an average one and have one in than to sit with one challenge entered (the missed focus one, blech). So I tried the one idea I had.

I'm hoping that the sad hug might be a little different... I brought only one lens, thinking that we would be out on the pitcher's mound, but there was practice going on, so we were stuck with the dugout. It was almost impossible to get far enough away with the 100mm macro lens I was using (love this lens!).

I'm guessing 5.6, maybe 5.7. I really like the shot, but then again, it's my husband and my son, so I'm a little biased!


[Sep. 23rd, 2009 12:46:02 AM]

Ok, I started out with a 10, a comment, and a fav all from [user]timfythetoo[/user]. I think that's about as an exciting of a start one could possibly have! It's at 7.3333 with 9 votes, at the moment. And I need to get to sleep. I don't really want to go to bed, because I know I'll wake up below 7 tomorrow, and this is just too much fun. Ah well, tomorrow is another day...

[Sep. 23rd, 2009 03:39:19 PM]

dropped down to 6.54--happy score, but I think my dreams of high 6s or possible 7 have gone out the window. Which is probably good that it happens sooner than later! Enough posting now--I'll shut up until the end of the challenge :D

Place: 6 out of 72
Avg (all users): 6.5687
Avg (commenters): 8.0909
Avg (participants): 6.6800
Avg (non-participants): 6.5538
Views since voting: 2048
Views during voting: 425
Votes: 211
Comments: 22
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/06/2009 01:36:53 PM
I like it very much, this one stand out from the other entries as you said most people would go to a cute child hugging a doll or something like that and it's very well done specially shooting in the sunset time.
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10/03/2009 01:39:53 AM
Beautiful shot, Wendy. Congrats on top 10.
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10/01/2009 12:01:00 AM
I thought this was soooo cute! I wish I would see scenes like this more often. Where I live, I really don't see many parents consoling their children after a loss or a bad play. I see them badmouthing the umps or even berating the kids. The world needs more of this :) Congrats on 6th place!
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09/30/2009 02:43:07 PM
Way to go, Wendy! This is PERFECT for this challenge.
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09/30/2009 02:08:53 PM
Well done, Wendy! Congrats on top ten!
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09/30/2009 12:35:03 PM
Well captured.
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09/30/2009 09:21:54 AM
Nice finish Wendy. I thought this was your image. It reminded me of your entry in the "enemies" challenge. You score well shooting at the ball game.
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09/30/2009 08:09:36 AM
This was my top pick of the challenge and scored it a 10. After reading the photographer's comments I still like the photo, but knowing it was staged takes just a tad off of it for me. Kudos to you for pulling off the setup emotion however as that's not always easy to do - I bought into it 110%.

Congrats on your Top 10 finish!
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09/30/2009 02:42:28 AM
A top ten! Very nice - congrats!
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09/30/2009 01:20:20 AM
Somehow I thought this was yours. Maybe because of the baseball theme, or maybe I just recognized your son and husband. I don't know how you keep doing all these killer entries.
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09/30/2009 12:04:01 AM
Nice emotive picture, good job
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/29/2009 10:13:03 PM
2nd look bumping up to 10.
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09/29/2009 01:47:46 PM
Way to tell a story! This is a touching photo, thanks for sharing. The late day light really adds to the mood. Good work!
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09/27/2009 09:27:01 PM
Nice shot which conveys the emotion. A disappointment shared is a disappointment halved.
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09/26/2009 08:59:44 PM
Great capture. real nice light too.
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09/26/2009 03:08:33 PM
Great story!
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09/26/2009 07:32:54 AM
meets challenge:2
lighting/exposure: 2
overall draw/appeal/creativity: 1
wow factor: 0
Total : 7
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09/24/2009 03:59:04 PM
very poignant - great shot
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09/23/2009 09:01:38 PM
Wow, the shadow behind 'Dad' looks like somebody holding a knife in the air. Ok, don't look at that and nevermind. It's not really my kind of photo: it looks far to serious and touching for my likes. The 'photo' however is very, very good. That's what I'm voting on: 8
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09/23/2009 04:55:42 PM
Nice image, a touching moment between father and son. Good composition and context. Nice capture.
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09/23/2009 04:16:00 PM
Great lighting!
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09/23/2009 12:08:50 AM
Aw man - this one is choking me up. If it is posed - brilliant. If it is not - brilliant.
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