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90th Birthday
Contest Number: 120 Contest Theme: Celebration Lens: SMC DA 35mm f/2.4 Camera: Pentax K-3II Shutter Speed: 1/90s Aperture: F2.4 
Posted By: ThorSanchez, 08-02-2016, 05:49 PM

My grandfather and his 90th birthday cake in May.

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I would normally have skipped past what at first glance looks like an average family snapshot, but this is much more than that. The longer I look, the more dynamic it feels. All of the participants are fully engaged, and their different head angles keep the viewer's eye moving around the image. Your B&W processing has wisely avoided excessive contrast in the mid-tones, maintaining an overall gentleness even though the tonal range across the photo extends from black to blown (candle flames). That gives the photo a timeless feel; but for the presence of a digital camera and the plastic water bottles, we might think we were looking at a documentary-style capture of American family life anytime over the past hundred years. Most importantly, your photo inspires thoughts much deeper than the specifics of the moment in time captured here, telling a compelling story about the continuity of generations and the quiet strength of family life in the American heartland. Nominated with enthusiasm!
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