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Fading but never forgotten Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
Fading but never forgotten
Fading but never forgotten
This is a picture of my grandpa, the day after my grandmother passed away. I am used to photographing beautiful landscapes, so it was a bit difficult to try and capture the grief we were feeling, but I tried my best. It breaks my heart to see my grandfather so sad and lost. This is a very special picture to me.

© Darien D. Chin
Nikon D80 Digital ...

Judy A. Lawhon
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    Oh Darien, my condolances on the loss of your Grandmother. I believe the grief has been captured here.

12/15/2006 12:37:21 PM

Nadine A. Lewis
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This image is beautiful but sorry to hear about your loss, Darien! <><

12/15/2006 12:57:17 PM

Darien D. Chin

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Thanks you two. I appreciate your kind words.

12/15/2006 2:04:03 PM

Denise M. Snyder
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This is a phenomenal image Darien... sooo beautiful and perfectly executed. My condolences on the loss of your Grandmother.

12/15/2006 5:28:53 PM

Trisha Buster
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This is a lovely photo. How was your grandpa lit... streetlight, flash...? I'm curious because you have the gorgeous sunset behind him yet he is lit perfectly. I'm jealous too, that Nikon D80 is fabulous but I'm invested in a few Canon lenses. Anyways, great job! I love the photo very much.

12/15/2006 8:28:11 PM

Cassie  L. Woodlee
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I'm sorry for your loss Darien and you did a beautiful capture here of your Grandfather.

12/15/2006 8:43:45 PM

Cassie  L. Woodlee
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I'm sorry for your loss Darien and you did a beautiful capture here of your Grandfather.

12/15/2006 8:43:58 PM

Paul  G  Slate
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sorry for your loss! this is a very emotional photo great capture!

12/16/2006 5:00:57 AM

Randy A. Myers
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Sorry for your loss but it has inspired a fantastic photograph. This is definitely a keeper for life. RAM

12/16/2006 5:58:00 AM

Darien D. Chin

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Thanks everyone. I lit my grandpa with an SB-600 into a white satin umbrella from the upper right.


12/17/2006 8:51:22 AM

Robert Baer
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this is a beautiful image. There is a beauty reflected in your grandfather's grief. Your image is very special. justin

12/17/2006 11:31:49 AM

Tony Ebben
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Sorry it took such a sad occasion for you to get this wonderful picture. Well done.

1/11/2007 1:14:21 PM

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Great environmental portrait, love the lighting

1/25/2007 1:26:36 PM

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1/25/2007 6:35:42 PM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your second place winner.

1/25/2007 8:02:35 PM

Tony Ebben
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Congratulations, you deserve it.....

1/25/2007 8:40:40 PM

Charlene Taylor
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A beautiful and moving scene Darien! Congratulations on taking 2nd place.

1/26/2007 6:35:22 AM

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1/26/2007 7:55:30 AM

Darien D. Chin

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Thank you so much everyone. I really appreciate all of the kind words. They mean a lot.


1/26/2007 8:23:54 AM

Janine Russell
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Darien, beautiful portrait with excellent tones and lighting; so sorry to hear about your loss; congratulations on your Second Place Win.

1/26/2007 9:54:54 AM

Wendy S. Mogul
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This is a very beautiful and moving tribute to your grandfather, I too just lost my last grandparent last fall and it is hard to recover but you will. And you will always have the fond a loving memories that you two shared together.

Congrats on your second place win!
Very well done photo!

1/26/2007 1:10:41 PM

Sherry S. Boles
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Congrats on this touching and well done image, Darien! I had a feeling this one would get gold! :)

1/27/2007 12:39:26 AM

Cassie  L. Woodlee
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Congratulations Darien!!!!

1/28/2007 10:45:41 AM

Patrick R. McMullen
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Really nice Darien. Congratulations! I love the effects very much.

1/30/2007 2:12:01 PM

Amalia Elena Veralli
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Beautiful image! Congrats on your win

1/31/2007 2:02:29 PM

Karolyn J. Seeley
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Darien......I just discovered this shot and really LOVE it. Such a great piece of soul and love went in to it, it shows! Wonderful tribute and really great photo. BRAVO

1/31/2007 7:24:08 PM

Kelly A. Gooch
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Darien, Such a touching shot. I can feel your gradfather pain from this capture. Great job!

2/2/2007 5:51:28 PM

Chris Welch
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Well deserved win. Beautiful photo!!

2/5/2007 5:45:59 PM

Nikki McDonald
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This is beautiful, Darien. Thank you for allowing us to share the grief you and your grandfather must still be feeling. My condolences.

2/6/2007 5:35:28 PM

Amanda E. Radovic
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this is very touching, the beauty is not so much in the grief that your grandfather is experiencing but more in the great love he has for his wife. It is also your love for them that is what shines through in this tender, thoughtful image. Its as if God sent a beautiful sunset too - it makes it even more beautiful and so very poignant. Well done and a well deserved win. Like all above, condolences to you and your family.

2/8/2007 1:08:39 AM

Roger Fry
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Sorry about your loss, your Grandfathers eyes say it all. Perfect capture


2/10/2007 12:55:28 AM

Colleen Farrell
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Congratulations on your win! This is a very beautiful portrait. You've lovingly and expertly captured the emotion and character of your grandfather. My condolences on the loss of your grandmother.

2/10/2007 8:46:18 AM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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A stunning portrait, congratulations on your win.

I am so sorry about your grandmother!! Take care!!

2/11/2007 6:49:33 PM

Jen M
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Beautiful & very touching image!! Congratulations!

2/14/2007 8:06:40 AM

Emily E. Bem
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Sensational winner! Your gallery is a real treat to view!

11/9/2007 12:30:25 PM

Jojie F. Alcantara
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my heart goes out to this picture,thanks for sharing the best memories of your grandpa to us. simply beautiful image.

11/12/2007 2:29:56 AM

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