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Challenge: Lonely Shoes In Black and White (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2011 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Fredericksburg
Date: Feb 18, 2011
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Emotive, Military
Date Uploaded: Feb 18, 2011

My friend, Staff Sergeant Brian Heath. Beloved father, husband, son, and friend.

[Feb. 24th, 2011 10:52:26 PM]

I am glad this is doing well during voting. He was the most motivated Marine Staff Sergeant you could ever meet. He was loved by everyone in our command and one night he went home and his heart just stopped. He was the father of two little girls about the same age as mine and I still feel pain for him everyday. I have one of his name tapes from his uniform hanging in my office and everytime I look at it I feel pain because he will never get to see his girls again. I truly hits me deep in my soul. So, if you hate the military or hate the war or whatever, please, please keep it to yourself on this one. This isn't a statement about war or the military, it is a picture of a pair of boots on a grave of a father who died. Yes, he was a Marine and he was a combat veteran, but he was a father first and I am proud to say he was my friend.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 196
Avg (all users): 6.3602
Avg (commenters): 8.7273
Avg (participants): 6.0244
Avg (non-participants): 6.6250
Views since voting: 2041
Views during voting: 358
Votes: 186
Comments: 20
Favorites: 3 (view)


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03/03/2011 09:14:03 AM
We have a friend of my son, who is going this month. He is a Marine and has been trained in anti-terrorism. He may literally be out in the desert on a pack mule, looking the bad guys. I'm on pins and needles.
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03/03/2011 09:04:06 AM
Nope. I don't think the blurry foreground cost you a ribbon. I thought it was very effective. Wonderful shot and what a great tribute. Congrats on the top 10!
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03/02/2011 11:00:35 PM
Very powerful, very well shot. Congrats on a moving tribute, a top 10, and having found a way to honor your friend.
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03/02/2011 05:20:18 PM
Awesome photo and such a great tribute. Great job.
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03/02/2011 12:55:24 PM
Very touching photo. Nicely done.
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03/02/2011 12:32:03 PM
Originally posted by Sub4Miler:

A little blurry foreground which cost you the ribbon, but wow! what a great shot. Pictures with meanings mean so much more. Good Job!


Thanks! I actually used a shallow DOF on purpose. I hope that isn't what cost me a ribbon!
03/02/2011 10:10:52 AM
A little blurry foreground which cost you the ribbon, but wow! what a great shot. Pictures with meanings mean so much more. Good Job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/01/2011 09:22:31 PM
Very sad
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02/28/2011 10:31:24 PM
to me this is just sad
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02/26/2011 04:01:57 AM
An idea that has worked so well in practice. I love the deep contrasty image.
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02/26/2011 12:05:55 AM
How sad.
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02/24/2011 10:39:22 PM
This picture actually speaks volumes! Well done.
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02/24/2011 09:22:12 AM
I like the middleground focus. Overall a nice photo.
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02/24/2011 06:18:36 AM
I lke this one.
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02/24/2011 05:05:03 AM
Great shot, tells a story. Nice DOF with good clarity on the boots and flag. Nicely done.
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02/24/2011 12:16:48 AM
Very poignant.
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02/23/2011 09:26:12 PM
This is so much better than my attempt. 10 and a pick for first.
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02/23/2011 01:23:51 PM
A picture is worth a 1000 words this one is worth several 1000 words.
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02/23/2011 12:05:04 PM
Easily the best in the challenge. (10)
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02/23/2011 10:34:29 AM
Powerful shot. God bless all of our military families.
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