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Waiting for Adoption
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Waiting for Adoption
Waiting for Adoption
1/200 at f/3.5; Lens 135 f/2L; ISO 200; Hand Held; Natural Light

This dog was up for adoption at The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. Shortly after I made the photo, he found a new home.


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    This is a terfice image with lots of emotion to it.

3/30/2007 8:23:59 AM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
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Wonderful to see this one again John! I love the vertical Crop!

3/30/2007 8:49:11 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks for taking a look, Jennifer and Michelle! I apprecaite your comments.

3/30/2007 8:58:46 AM

 
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John this is my favorite of the crops of this photo. This is the way I would have done it. Nice job. :O)

3/30/2007 9:20:30 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks, Doc!

3/30/2007 9:27:46 AM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Excellent shot John, and I am glad he found a home.

3/30/2007 9:34:53 AM

 
Christy Nichols
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Love this one, John! So glad to see it again!

3/30/2007 10:30:26 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thank you very much, Leanne and Christy!

3/30/2007 1:57:16 PM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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I love the compositon and crop on this John ~ great emotional appeal .. glad to hear he/she was placed soon afterwards ~ hope it was to a loving home :)

3/30/2007 3:07:15 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks, Susie. And, yes, he did find a good home!

3/30/2007 3:10:38 PM

 
Joy Rector
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I love this shot!!

3/31/2007 4:14:06 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks a lot, Joy!

3/31/2007 6:04:29 AM

 
Lorraine A. Cook
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The photo says it all, John! Glad he found someone to share his love, my friend

3/31/2007 7:46:30 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Very touching image so well taken, John!!

3/31/2007 8:47:20 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Glad to see this rework in... I think this is the best crop, seeing it again.

3/31/2007 6:49:35 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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First time I've seen this--it's very powerful. The DOF on those never-ending bars strengthen both the story and the design. Wonderful detail and clarity on the paw.

4/1/2007 6:01:53 AM

 
John Caruso
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Lorraine, Melissa, Chris, and Nikki--

I really appreciate you taking a look and commenting. I'm glad the photo worked for you. And thank you to everyone who suggested this alternate crop. It really has transformed the photo.

4/1/2007 11:14:46 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Indeed a powerful image...well done John!

4/2/2007 7:03:42 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thank you very much, Gail!

4/2/2007 7:26:55 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Just saw this come up in Editor's First Picks, John. Congratulations.

4/2/2007 11:59:36 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks for the heads-up, Nikki! I appreciate it.

4/2/2007 12:03:53 PM

 
Carol Teal
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Yes, I saw this under Editor's Picks too. A very emotional image John and I am so glad the dog found a good home. Being that my first career was a vet assistant, I really feel for the animals that are unwanted and unloved. Pet overpopulation is such a real problem that even if you emptied out all the shelters for a day, they would be full again in about a week or less. There are too many pets and not enough homes. Both my cats are spayed.

4/2/2007 5:46:12 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks for your message, Carol. I agree that overpopulation is a terrible problem. Fortunately, stride have been made in the past 10 years or so (at least here in Chicago), and overall shelter intake and euthanasia numbers have decreased while adoptions and spay/neuters have increased. Thanks again for looking!

4/3/2007 5:28:54 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Just saw this under Editors Pics... I love it John... The vertical crop makes ALL the difference.... You have a winner...:)

4/4/2007 2:34:18 PM

 
John Caruso
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Wow, thanks Kara! You make me blush!

4/4/2007 2:46:46 PM

 
Mitch Spence
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I really love that you made the paw so small in the photo. It emphasizes the isolation of this pup. You know, when I looked at the thumbnail, the shape of the paw looks like a small animal with its nose sticking out.

4/13/2007 1:52:56 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks Mitch! As always, I apprecaite you taking a look. I never realized that about the thumbnail...I'll have to look at it with fresh eyes! Thanks again.

4/13/2007 2:08:28 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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One of my Favorites in your gallery John!! I LOVE everything about this image and the message is Powerful :0)
Outstanding work :0)

4/15/2007 8:52:48 PM

 
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Very touching image!! Great EYE and capture, John!!

4/15/2007 9:02:59 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I have to go on record as being with those who think you have a winner here, John. Every time I see this photo--which was fairly frequently when it was in Editor's Picks and is now every time I open this discussion thread to read the new posts :) --I like it more. It's like a really good book that just keeps speaking to you. I really hope the judges experienced this as they worked their way from semi-semi-finalists to finalists.

4/15/2007 9:39:04 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks so much, Datha, SuSana, and Nikki! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your very kind words.

4/16/2007 8:52:11 AM

 
Carol Teal
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I agree with Mitch that in the thumbnail it looks like a small animal (I thought a ferret at first). This is a very moving image John.

4/16/2007 11:26:52 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thank you very much for looking, Carol!

4/16/2007 11:46:25 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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This is such a poignant image, John--your composition and DOF make it really outstanding. I can see the SPCA using this on the cover of their magazine. It's definitely a winner, in my book. And I'm so glad he was adopted!! :D

4/18/2007 10:43:37 AM

 
John Caruso
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I really appreciate you taking a look and leaving such warm words. Thanks Coleen!

4/18/2007 11:49:00 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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I loved this before - I love it in this new crop even more! The image is striking - it tells me a lot and makes me feel a lot. The lines are superb, the clarity, the DOF and the POV as well. I cross my fingers it will also get the appropriate recognition by the judges John!

4/19/2007 4:09:32 AM

 
John Caruso
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Wow, thank you very, very much, Katarina, for your very kind comments. I always love hearing from you!

4/19/2007 5:13:07 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Woohoo!!! Congratulations, John! I hope this advances to yellow! ;)

4/24/2007 3:13:42 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Can't tell you how happy I am to see this recognized--it's masterful. I really do love it more and more each time I see it. Big congratulations and here's hoping!

4/24/2007 3:17:56 PM

 

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Wooohooo congrats to you John! This is a wonderful shot!

4/24/2007 3:31:20 PM

 
David Pratt
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Congratulations John! Way to go!

4/24/2007 3:36:30 PM

 
Megan p
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Congratulations John!!! This is such a powerful image, WOW!!

4/24/2007 3:48:27 PM

 
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Congradulation's WTG - Peaches

4/24/2007 4:07:21 PM

 
Susan Fox
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Wonderful!!!! So glad to see this one make finalist. A big congratulations John!

4/24/2007 4:33:11 PM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Congratulations John!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well deserved!

4/24/2007 4:58:12 PM

 
Allison Gaulin
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This is such a powerful image- I just wanted to cry until I read that he had found a home!! Congrats- a fantastic shot here!!

4/24/2007 6:18:21 PM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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Stunning finalist John

4/24/2007 6:29:22 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your finalist, John. Good luck in the next round.

4/24/2007 7:02:08 PM

 
John Caruso
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To all of you--Chris, Nikki, Trula, David, Megan, Nancy, Susan, Leanne, Allison, Kenneth, and Kay--thank you very, very much for your overwhelmingly kind words!

4/24/2007 7:27:39 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Woohooo... Can I call em' or what??...

GO JOHN... GO JOHN....(enter pom poms)

I am still waiting on them to change the hue of the badge and type winner across it..:)

Congrats!!!

4/24/2007 8:46:24 PM

 
Lorraine A. Cook
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Congratulations on this awesome finalist, John!<:))

4/24/2007 8:50:26 PM

 
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Big congrats John :o) Your favourite made it :O)

4/24/2007 8:56:07 PM

 
Carol Teal
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A huge congrats John! I knew this one would make it. It just says so much! I do believe we will see it in the winner's circle!

4/24/2007 9:11:34 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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Me Too!!! Hope to see this go All the way John!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :0)

4/24/2007 10:26:18 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Congratulations on your finalist, John! This photo moves us esthetically and emotionally--I hope I'll be back in a day or two to congratulate you on your gold!

4/25/2007 12:14:15 AM

 
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This is (still!) one of my favourites in your gallery - it touches my heart every time I look at it. The lines, composition, DOF and colors (and crop :-) all make it into this well-deserved finalist. I keep my fingers crossed in the next round John!

4/25/2007 12:47:11 AM

 
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What a great image that certainly tells a story with a happy ending. Congratulations, John!

4/25/2007 4:33:17 AM

 
Christy Nichols
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Oh I am SO glad to see this one again! Definitely a winner, John! Congratulations!

4/25/2007 4:55:57 AM

 
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Congrats John on your finalist. :O)

4/25/2007 5:00:02 AM

 
John Caruso
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I really am overwhelmed by all your kind words and support. Thank you all very, very much!

4/25/2007 5:05:05 AM

 
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john
that paw sure says it all. congratulations on this very special finalist!!!

4/25/2007 5:13:10 AM

 
Aleksandra Miesak
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What a great finalist! Makes me want to go to a shelter and add to my family.

4/25/2007 5:51:47 AM

 
John Caruso
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Tahnks so much Justin and Aleksandra!

4/25/2007 6:57:18 AM

 
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Congrats on your beautiful finalist! Love the pov.

4/25/2007 7:17:20 AM

 
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John, congratulations on your finalist.

4/25/2007 7:57:44 AM

 
John Caruso
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I tip my hat in thanks, Amalia and Janine!

4/25/2007 8:31:25 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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You bet it's a finalist, John! Atta boy!

4/25/2007 9:39:05 AM

 
John Caruso
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It's nice to hear from you, Mitch! Thanks for looking and commenting.

4/25/2007 10:27:37 AM

 
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist.

4/25/2007 3:19:26 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Congrats, John. I saw this photo each time I opened up the countdown thread. Glad to see it again!

4/25/2007 7:52:13 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks so much Candy and Ken! I'm so happy you liked it.

4/26/2007 5:01:03 AM

 
Maya Schlegel
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Outstanding image, definitely a winner!! Congrats!! I love the lines and the paw wrap.... emotion plus :-) Well done!

5/1/2007 7:57:44 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks so much for taking a look, Maya. I really do appreciate it!

5/1/2007 8:45:44 PM

 
Gabby Lewis

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The image is so simple. The title pulls on your heart strings.

5/6/2007 3:05:58 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thank you so much for your comments, Gabby!

5/6/2007 8:29:30 PM

 
LC K
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Wow this photo has so much emotion. I wanted to run out and adopt a dog as soon as I saw it! So simple and so touching. A great capture.

5/22/2007 3:15:39 PM

 
John Caruso
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I truly appreciate you taking a look, L.C.K., and I'm glad you connected with it!

5/23/2007 5:04:31 AM

 
Tracy Monte
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I love this...makes me sad, but I love it!

6/25/2007 12:28:30 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks for looking, Tracy. I'm glad you stopped by.

6/25/2007 1:09:06 PM

 
Ronna D. Conseen
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Wow! This has SO MUCH emotion in just a tiny little paw. It's one of those sad pictures that make you want to rescue all the stray doggies, without being over-the-top. This is really touching.

5/12/2008 11:43:18 AM

 
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Thank you so very much Ronna. I'm glad you connected with it!

5/12/2008 8:48:35 PM

 
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