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Missing the Mark

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Missing the Mark
Missing the Mark
The Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival takes place the weekend after Labor Day in Lincoln, Illinois. There is a pioneer village at the festival where people (and many times families) wear period costumes and demonstrate period crafts. Here a young boy was practicing for the Tomahawk Throw contest to be held the following day. The object is to land the tomahawk on the playing card fixed to the target block. He must have tried about 12 times - and never did hit the card. In this composite, you can see that the tomahawk landed at about six o'clock on the block - the card is just right of center.
A composite of photos taken 15-Sep 2012, merged using CS6. Cloned sky to replace background distractions.
Finalist (DD) Sep 2012

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Nikki McDonald
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    Cool. He looks like a giant from this perspective. Love the flying hammers.


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9/17/2012 6:45:01 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Lovely storyteller...and POV ;)


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9/17/2012 6:52:07 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Nice work, Terry. It's a dynamic point of view. The two flying tomahawks had me wondering just how fast that kid could throw. :)


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9/17/2012 7:07:46 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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So cool! Great action composite and POV!


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9/17/2012 7:50:17 AM

 
Joy Rector
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love this capture


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9/17/2012 10:45:16 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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Great post work! Do you recall if he hit the card?


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9/17/2012 1:23:14 PM

 
Terry A. Stoa
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Thanks Nikki, Katta, Mitch, Chris, Joy and Bob - for looking and the kind remarks.

Bob - I think he tried about a dozen times - never hitting the card. There are (3) tomahawk images here... there's one on the block at about six o'clock... the card's just a little bit horizontal from center.


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9/17/2012 1:25:54 PM

 
Richard B. Hallick
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Super image, Terry. I would love to step up to the plate and toss a tomahawk or two myself. Reminds me of an infamous episode of the Tonight show with Johnny Carson. I believe Ed Ames was tossing the weapon, but the target wasn't a playing card.


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9/17/2012 4:26:06 PM

 
Terry A. Stoa
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Richard, I remember that episode all too well. I used to do my high school and college homework watching Carson - and must've seen that segment on their "best of" shows 20 times! Yes, it was Ed Ames and he missed the mark in an oh-so-funny way.


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9/17/2012 4:28:36 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Very cool capture, Terry.


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9/21/2012 4:02:40 AM

 
Terry A. Stoa
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Thank you, Leslie.


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9/21/2012 5:25:22 AM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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Congrats on your finalist. Great capture.


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10/28/2012 10:38:29 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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Great idea and capture Terry! Excellent execution! Congrats on your Finalist and best of luck in the next round!


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10/29/2012 9:52:15 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Glad to see this as a finalist, Terry. Congratulations.


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10/29/2012 12:23:04 PM

 
Terry A. Stoa
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Thanks Marcy, Sue, and Mitch - this image was fun to create.


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10/29/2012 7:34:47 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Receiving an award from Better Photo is just like unwrapping a gift, the thrill is always the same! It is also exciting to be able to send my personal congratulations to each and every one of you and I look forward to seeing the gold though out the galleries. Merna


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11/4/2012 10:23:45 AM

 
Terry A. Stoa
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Thanks, Merna!


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11/4/2012 11:08:04 AM

 
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