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Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
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Not all of the participants were in the competition to win. This father proudly strolls his down syndrome daughter across the bridge. This image is far from technically perfect but I cropped it to show the empty bridge and not a runner in sight. Normally, I would leave the frame open in the direction of the action. It was his head held high as he spotted me with a lens pointed his way telling me I that he may not win the marathon, but I sure am proud of my daughter. If if there ever is a companion shot in sports this is it.
I chose an Ilford HP5 Plus 400 ISO film grain and a sepia tone to futher show the isolation.
· Date: Sun March 13, 2011 · Views: 555 ·
Keywords: father, daughter, marathon, sepia, garo
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D300
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikon 70-200mm/2.8 VRII
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: Little Rock Marathon
State / County / Area Image taken: Little Rock, AR
Processing Software Applications Used
CS5/Silver Efex Pro 2
Country Image Taken
United States of America

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Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Sun March 13, 2011 1:10am

I love your story and even more the capture that goes along with it. This is truly a story of acceptance, love and unconditional support. Who could ask for anything more?

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
Sun March 13, 2011 1:13am

Thanks Diane. It was touching moment for me.

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,709
Sun March 13, 2011 1:44am

Companionship can take many forms and your composition really strikes a chord with me... it's not the winning of the race but the running of the race that's important and one sees a connection immediately between the man with his head held high pushing his daughter. Excellent eye here Gary.


Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,833
Sun March 13, 2011 7:02am

The graininess adds more to the shot Gary and your words convey true companionship. At another site one member went against all te so called rules and always had more space on the entry side. Nice work,

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Sun March 13, 2011 11:25am

Can't fault the picture or the companionship and devotion it shows. The framing with the runner placed just so enhances the sense of space behind him.
I could mention that the highlights on the left could be burned-in, but in fact they serve to draw attention to the empty area and I think that is your intention.

Registered: June 2009
Posts: 22
Sun March 13, 2011 12:32pm

Great timing and such a touching story - the photo tells the story well - in fact I've tears rolling down my face..........

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Sun March 13, 2011 1:16pm

A very touching story and photo. As always, nice work Gary!
Sun March 13, 2011 4:32pm

Very touching.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1,105
Sun March 13, 2011 9:10pm

A lovely picture of a dedicated man and his little girl.

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 1
Thu March 17, 2011 9:35am

A shot which does this touching story justice. I run a fair few half marathons and often see a chap who pushes his (teenage)disabled son round the course. Even better - he nearly always beats me! You do meet some very interesting and wonderful people on the running circuit, most of them towards the back of the pack!

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