Prevent Bloody Revolution! Patriots Arm Thyselves!

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  1. Flower Child

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    With Truth and Resolve! Fascists Rule the Land!

    In this old school house near Camp 42 in the southeast corner of Kansas lived a very interesting man who was a political extremist and proud member the NRA. He always wore a pistol in plain sight in the top pocket of his overalls and kept his political whirlygig spinning in his front yard throughout his life.

    Its a shame because he died about a year or so ago, and I would have loved to have gotten him and his pistol standing up on his porch in my picture.

    c&c appreciated.

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    Interesting photo, reminds me of a man near here, in Kennesaw, Ga., who runs an old collectible / junk store. Sells all kinds of stuff, there are politically incorrect signs all over the place. Makes no bones about his personal beliefs.

    Kennesaw is one of those cities where it mandates that all residences have a gun.

    You ought to see this little old guy, unkempt, unshaven, often wears denim shorts and sandals, with any number of sidearms in either holsters, shoulder holsters, or both at the same time. Well armed for sure, against what, don't know for sure....

    What an interesting old guy, someone you would definitely call a character.

    Afraid if I shot his picture, he might shoot back...lol
     
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    Thanks for taking a look! By the sounds of it, I think the old guy who owned this house and the junk collector around your area are two peas on a pod. Something tells me they would have gotten along just fine...but look out if they wouldn't have! :lol:

    I would highly, highly suggest you to take his picture when you have the chance. I'm just sick about being a year late with this guy. Its hard telling how he would react, maybe if you thoroughly explained what you were doing he may not care (who am I kiddin, he'll definitely shoot you). haha

    Thanks again for stopping by.
     
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    Flower Child TPF Noob!

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    Any more comments or criticism for me would be very much appreciated
     
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    I really like the image, great texture, contrast. :thumbup:
     
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    I like the image. It has a story and I really like that. I also like dilapidated buildings so it gets a bonus point from me there, too. On my monitor, it looks a little over-exposed. I like my black and whites to have the full range from DEEP blacks to BRIGHT whites.
     
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    The only thing I'd do different is get the whirlyboby thingy in the sun to highlight the intent more. The composure is good and tells a great story. Do all sides of this thing show the entire saying or did you do that?

    As an aside, how ironic that a person with a name like Flower Child would find this such a fascinating shot, which it truly is. Just curious what your views on firearms is, being a flower child and all, that would prompt you to visualize the power of this shot. (You can't tell by my avatar, but my hair goes almost to the crack of my ass :) )

    Patrick, I'd be interested to know what the crime rate is there in Kennesaw. An armed society really is a polite society. :lol:
     
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    Flower, subject matter is right up my alley. Seems just a little overexposed?
    Overall, cool catch.

    J:mrgreen:
     
  9. Flower Child

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    Well, many thanks, kind sir. :thumbup:

    Hey pugs, I'm glad you like the message and subject matter. My favorite things to shoot are the things that have seen a many moons in their day. Quite a few people have been mentioning its overexposed so I thank you for your advice. I'll tone it down a tad when I get the chance. Usually I run a little underexposed on my photos. haha. And I think you're right. A bit of contrast boost might give it an extra punch.

    Hey good buddy, thanks for your help and taking a look at my shot! I completely agree with you on getting the sun to highlight the sign. I was fully planning on that happening, but as you can see, there is a shadow cast right through there by my dad's propane truck (you see I was attempting a "drive by" shooting :lol: ) and the road was fairly busy and my dad was all BAH hurry up dammit grumble grumble, so I tried my best to rid of the shadow in gimp (free photoshop). I plan on going back there as soon as possible in the evening when the light is a little better and I'm going to actually get out and compose my shot the way I want with no annoying shadows protruding through the middle of it.

    And yeah thats what the rest of the sign says on the other barrels spinning around. I found that Prevent Bloody Revolution summed up the sign the best so I picked it to be showing.

    And as for my self proclaimed Flower Child username :mrgreen:, I find politically charged things (like this photo) very interesting whether I agree with them or not. Personally, I'm scared to death of guns, but as far as the government restricting our right and freedom to bare arms (which is in the Constitution for christ sake) I don't believe it should happen.

    p.s. Wear your hair with pride my friend. :thumbup: I've finally got mine to the middle of my back.

    Thanks man. Yeah, a few people have noticed that it is overexposed. I'll get that taken care of asap.
     
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    I find your attitude much more fascinating than the photo. Not to say that the photo is bad, it is not although you may have some blown areas. It is a very neat photo but it is the kind of photo that, to me, requires less explaining. I feel the more you say about it, the less interesting it gets.

    Photos are supposed to stand on their own. This is a perfect case of how the photographer, once he/she has taken the photo should just stand back and let people get whatever they want out of it.

    For example, I would have never known that the shadow was from your dad's truck. I would also never have known about the man who once lived there. By telling us about it you are making us look at the image differently. What if...

    Know what I mean?
     
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    I really like the shot. What part of Kansas was this take in. I live in Tulsa and I am a little familer with that area.

    Michael
     
  12. Flower Child

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    Hey, cloudwalker, thanks for taking the time to comment!
    First of all, I completely understand what you are saying. I definitely see from your point of view how it might ruin the mystery and wonder for some of the people looking at it. But as the photographer of the shot, I personally feel that knowing a bit of the background behind the sign/house intensifies the atmosphere of the shot and makes it just a little more special. I suppose I wanted you to look at the image differently because it was different.

    As for telling people about the shadow, I only did it because someone was giving me advice on the photo and thought it would be better with the sun on it, and I was simply explaining why the sun wasn't on the sign like I wanted, not as background info on the photo.

    Hi, Michael thanks! It was taken in between Columbus and Scammon Kansas so not too insanely far from Tulsa. I actually go to Tulsa quite often :thumbup: Thanks for taking a look.
     

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