The Gambler - NOT Photoshopped!

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© Kristina Gale
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Photo Info
UploadedNovember 27, 2009
TakenNovember 27, 2009
Exposure1/60 sec at f/4
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode
Focal Length28 mm

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Timing is everything! Also, using your camera on the sequential shooting setting helps too!

Here you see my son in law playing a game of "toss the card" after Thanksgiving dinner 2009. The whole family got into the act and tried to learn to toss a card with such finesse as this. Well, the whole family besides me! Instead of playing I was standing ready in front of each person as they tried their hand at a toss. or two, or ten.

I took over 200 photos total and came up with what I consider two perfect shots - with the card facing directly at the camera!

I titled this "NOT Photoshopped" as no one I show it to believes I actually caught the shot.

I'm pretty darn proud of it!


On a warm summer's evenin' on a train bound for nowhere,
I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep.
So we took turns a starin' out the window at the darkness
'Til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.

He said, "Son, I've made my life out of readin' people's faces,
And knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
so if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces.
For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice."

So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow.
Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light.
And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.
Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.

You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.

Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep.
'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry hand's a loser,
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep."

When he'd finished speakin', he turned back towards the window,
Crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep.
And somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep.

You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.

13 responses

  • Dave Hillyer

    Dave Hillyer gave props (27 Nov 2009):

    Cool shot!

  • Chris Byrne

    Chris Byrne said (28 Nov 2009):


  • Laurie McCormick

    Laurie McCormick said (29 Nov 2009):

    Tre' Cool Kristina. I give this an A.

  • Shawn Wood

    Shawn Wood gave props (29 Nov 2009):

    Great capture!

  • Bridget

    Bridget (Deleted) said (30 Nov 2009):

    fantastic shot!!! so great.

  • Brigitte Lenihan

    Brigitte Lenihan said (4 Dec 2009):

    Great shot!!!!

  • Krzysztof Sobota

    Krzysztof Sobota gave props (7 Dec 2009):

    Love it!

  • Paul Thomas

    Paul Thomas said (1 Jan 2010):

    Nice catch!

  • William Goss

    William Goss gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    Thats a Bad ass shot..


    RAUL MUÑOZ said (4 Jan 2010):

    I would've believed you!! why disbelieve?? nice shot!!

  • Aubrey's Oma

    Aubrey's Oma (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2010):


  • Ivan Muniz

    Ivan Muniz said (15 Jan 2010):

    Imagine if it was the Ace of Spades? Great shot...

  • Felicia

    Felicia gave props (3 Oct 2012):

    Great shot

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