Destination ~ Emerald City

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© Bailey Cooper
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UploadedJanuary 18, 2013
TakenJuly 1, 2011
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D7000
Exposure1/160 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length105 mm
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I'm talkin' about two boys who have laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom and chuckled at catastrophe. They were petrified.

Grandsons Justin and Matthew show up around the 4th of July every year for a couple of weeks. They can't blow stuff up in Colorado thus the 4th. The trip usually includes an adventure. Summer of 2011 it was ballooning. On the ride there, Justin (the oldest) told me he was feeling 'a little sketchy' about the whole deal. Matthew called him a whimp. Ah... mustering courage through intimidation. Works every time.

21 responses

  • Tomma Henckel

    Tomma Henckel gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Great photo - and story.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    a masterful capture--love the tonal quality--

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    making great memories with stories and photos!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (18 Jan 2013):

    Thanks guys. I love the perspective on this shot. I framed a version of this along with the 'wings' the boys received plus the cork from their champagne toast commemorating their virginal flight. Great memory as they tell it. I shot about 200 that day. According to Ansels law of return, I was bound to have at least 2 that made someone smile.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Super shot

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Reaching lofty heights in JPG's Theme Park!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Triple the title, story and excellent theme entry

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Awesome framing, timing and title. A neat trio!

  • Bert Happel

    Bert Happel gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Imaginative and well done post-processing.

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Great image! I love the POV and of course, the story... Perfect entry too!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (19 Jan 2013):

    Well, thanks guys. Encouraging feedback. I love the difference between these two. Matthew (left) is scanning the horizon... bathing in the majestic vistas. Justin, on the other hand, is menatlly calculating the distance to impact. I sure love these guys.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (20 Jan 2013):

    POV Fabulous and story!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (21 Jan 2013):

    Awesome entry and story of what your grandsons were doing.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (24 Jan 2013):

    Thanks Lynn and Ann for poppin' over and takin' a look.

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (27 Jan 2013):

    Somehow I missed this incredible shot. Fantastic, and I love the story.

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (28 Jan 2013):

    wow! grate capture!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (28 Jan 2013):

    Very cool photo. Love the sun flare. Great story!

  • Rob Linsalata

    Rob Linsalata gave props (31 Jan 2013):

    Great shot – love the treatment – and a wonderful story to match!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (31 Jan 2013):

    Thanks to Ted, SImona, Kelly and Rob for taking the time to look and comment. Much appreciated as always.

  • Kevin Ishida

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  • Sheila Ping

    Sheila Ping   gave props (14 Aug 2015):

    awesome shot and perfect for theme, voted!

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