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First-time Skipper!       ©2012 mrsawyer
Panasonic DMC-FZ50       5th place, 104 points
1/80s, f2.8, ISO 100, ?, Shutter Priority, Spot, flash
 
Post-Processing: Converted from Raw, Sharpened, Luminosity, Saturation, cropped, re-sized, cloned out distractions.       Extra Info: This six-year-old had a great time at the lake piloting this amphibious vehicle nicknamed "The Duck". Thus all the occupants were given quackers (which he proudly displays). His lesson lasted about three whole minutes!
 
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mrsawyer
Nov 20, 2012
    Thanks All! I love the comments and the puns!

Jade O.
Nov 19, 2012
    Congrats mrsawyer - on the photo and for that not being water in the background - if it was, the boat was about to go over the falls!

Mepo - birdfeathers! - you broke my funny bone with that one - where do I send the bill?

Lo
Nov 19, 2012
    Congratulations! Your grandson must be so proud of this photo.

Mepo
Nov 19, 2012
    Ok I've waited long enough - this one really quacked me up!

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Steven Sobel
Nov 19, 2012
    Very cute, but the blown out sky really screams "snap shot" to me. Needs more to bring the eye toward the subject and away from that sky and the too-bright life vest. Definitely great for the theme though.

mrsawyer
Nov 18, 2012
    Thanks for the comments everyone! I always try to make his outings with "Gramps" fun and still learn a lesson or two or three!

Jade - I would have cropped more seat, but opted instead to keep the only bit of water that was visible in the photo. Do you see the sunlight on the water showing just behind the life jacket and in front of the seat (just in front of the trees)? Well I thought it was water until today. Zoomed in and found it was part of the boat. Gees....

littlemav - You gave me quite a laugh at your "snorting tea". Let me know if I owe you a keyboard!

Mepo - A moving, bobbing amphibious vehicle with a shelf of life preservers just overhead. Yep, restrictive!

hifi - he talked about his adventure for a week!

forkcandles - I was one of the most obnoxious Quackers!

Lo - Fortunately I shot this in RAW and was able to rescue the details in the sky and punch up some color in the foreground.

elliott - glad I was able to bring back fond memories for you!
Edited on Nov 18, 2012

elliott
Nov 17, 2012
    great moment captured. i have a similar shot of my son on his first moments piloting a boat. he has his own boat now many years later. top five after first go through.
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Lo
Nov 16, 2012
    That's one happy guy! Great shot -love the composition and the punches of colour.

forkcandles
Nov 16, 2012
    and how long did you endure the Quackers>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.
love this one and i expect quite spontaneous

hifi
Nov 16, 2012
    Perfect for the challenge! Also - a great moment captured, looks like he is having a lot of fun.

Mepo
Nov 16, 2012
    I'm guessing your location was restrictive or you would have taken the shot from higher up. The photo still puts across the excitement and will be treasured I'm sure. What a blast for a six year old!

littlemav
Nov 16, 2012
    The "Quacker" just made me snort tea on my keyboard!! I LOVE THIS... Beautiful lighting! Very Well composed, You did a lovely job controlling the outside light while useing a flash!!

Jade O.
Nov 15, 2012
    All the personality in the world but ... I'm not sure this works as well as the promise. The framing is good, the background not distracting, the rule of thirds works well both in the horizontal and the vertical, and steering wheel and panel give purpose and orientation and set the stage for the eyes to tell the story, the lighting is deftly handled. So what keeps bothering me? Maybe it is the mass of grey seat back -- there is just too much of it. Cropping it out leaves the boys head perilously close to the edge of the frame. Tough shot to make from this angle. Maybe darkening the seat back by burning in PP would help. Such a great subject should make for a better shot.
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