Mar 25, 2005
near Montreal, Canada
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Let your imagination lead to some great pictures!
I look forward to see them all.
Feb 25, 2005
New Jersey
I'll start it off. Thanks Fritz, excellent topic.

There are over 17 gates, some with 2 and 3 jumps. It's a long, hard ride but without doubt it is the rider who is the more exhausted as they cross the finish line. It takes not only physical strength but a strong mental strength in order to control and direct such a massive animal.

The final piece of the puzzle to success is the strength in confidence both horse and rider have in each other:
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May 1, 2005
Seattle WA, USA
My attempt - Nothing inspires confidence like the strength of dad. Hold on for dear life son!

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Jan 26, 2005
Montreal area, Canada
Blowing a little too strong ...

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Jan 25, 2005
East Norriton, PA
Here is mine

Taken at the Wachovia USPRO Cycling Championship held here in Philadelphia June 5, 205. This young lady was participating in the 56 mile race for women when into the first lap she was involved in a multi bike crash which resulted in some serious cuts and bruises to her legs and rib areas. She was able to continue on on catch the lead group and finish the race with the lead bunch of riders. Part of this course is a 17 degree incline called the Manayunk Wall which the women had to climb twice. My hats off to her STRENGTH to continue on and finish the race
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May 8, 2005
Vermont, USA
Don't know how strong this padlock on an old shed actually is, but strength is naturally its purpose.

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Best wishes,

Mar 25, 2005
near Montreal, Canada
Pillars of Economy

The world has evolved tremendously and continues to do so. Sometimes for the better, sometimes otherwise.
The economy has many variables at work, but one can argue that the combined STRENGTH of the Dollar and the Euro has dramatic and sometimes immediate influence on us all. Their combined power also sees that there is a certain stability and balance in this often mad, mad world. A mighty symbol of STRENGTH indeed.


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Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 135mm
06/06/2005 4:58:23 PM
1/400 s
Mar 18, 2005
Ellamore, WV
Real Name
Nikon Cafe
Hidden strength

This will probably be regarded as the lamest entry but I have reasons for posting this. Saturday I drove 100 miles and stopped to see my father in law, a recent widower. He seemed a bit depressed so I took him for a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were stopped at an overlook and I was taking some late evening shots of the mountains and I turned and saw him leaning on this 100 year old stone wall looking out over the mountain ranges at the sunset. I saw strength like I had not seen before.

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2005/06/04 18:33:23.2
Feb 23, 2005
Montreal, QC, Canada
Bones of a bridge

Bridges are strong works we count on, sometimes daily, as we transit from home to work and back. I see them as ties, from one bank to the other. I tried here to show the under structure, the "bones" of the bridge, where the strenght is assured. The use of a polar yellow/blue skewed the colours enough to create a dreamlike effect.
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Nikon D70
2005/06/05 18:50:00.9
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 29mm
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Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/10 sec - F/14
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Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Normal
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off


Jan 25, 2005
Faith's strength shines through

In 1936 the cornerstone of my church was set. The membership has dwindled over the past few decades but we all, old and young, enjoy the peace that it brings to us through God. One striking feature of this church is the stained glass windows. For almost 70 years these windows have survived the fiercest storms, street ball games, and age... without damage.

The calming affect that overcomes you once inside is very strong. You feel the higher presence. Thus my submission of strength.

Faith's strength shines through

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I like the strength shown by these 2 young ladies as the go for the soccer ball.

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D70 Sigma 70-200 HSM EX with a Sigma 1.4 EX TC
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May 7, 2005
Dubois PA
The strength of youth

This was taken on a sweltering humid day. Just watching them play made me sweat.

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May 5, 2005
Orlando, Florida
Castillo de San Marcos

What exudes the meaning of strength better than a fortress made of stone? This picture was taken Friday evening after the Nikon Cafe group dispersed from the Rookery and made their way back home. It had just started to rain so I held off a bit and went to the old town and photographed the fort. The following description of the fort best describes its strength. The ominous clouds depict another reminder of yet one more force the walls have withstood. From:

"Throughout its history, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, with its elaborate double drawbridge entrance suspended above what is now a now dry moat spanning an impressive 40 feet, has been closely intertwined with the city and the neighboring structures which served as the city's outer defenses for many years - Fort Mose to the north and Fort Matanzas to the south. The Castillo and the town serve as outstanding reminders of the might of the early Spanish empire in the New World. Given the architectural details, it's hardly surprising that Castillo de San Marcos actually took 23 years to build (construction began in 1672 and was completed in 1695). Fabricated of coquina, a virtually indestructible limestone comprised of broken sea shells and corals, the walls of the fortress remained impenetrable through 300 years of enemy shelling and pounding by violent storms."

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May 8, 2005
Freising / Bavaria / Germany
The king for 15 years...

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Well, 15 years collect a lot of days of fighting for a cat to protect "his" country. To grow older and older is a difficult thing for humans but even for cats. Believe it!
Apr 30, 2005
Iwo Jima Memorial

Iwo Jima Memorial taken at the Intrepid Museum in NYC.
"In 1945, on top of the island of Iwo Jima, associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the image of five American Marines and one sailor raising a U.S. Flag during the height of the battle. This photograph symbolized America's victory in the Pacific and is one of the most recognizable images of WWII.

Even as the battle raged, Navy artist Felix DeWeldon began creating a 12 foot-high sculpture based on Rosenthal's photograph. The statue traveled around the country to help sell war bonds. The sculpture became so popular that it prompted the construction of a larger, permanent statue at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

When the war ended, DeWeldon's original sculpture was left to decay. Rediscovered by New York collector, Rodney Hilton Brown, the statue was brought to the Museum and restored to its original splendor where it was unveiled on the 50th anniversary of the battle."
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May 23, 2005
Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

The Cooper Hewitt Museum is on 91st and 5th Avenue, and has a really cool exhitibt called "Extreme textiles", with things like kevlar racing gloves, and space suits, carbon fiber bicycles and crew boats, high performance fabrics that you can put a blow torch to for two hours and they will not burn, pretty cool exhibit. They also have these tuned climbing ropes that begin to humm as you get close to or exceed their weight/stress limits. Lots of military, NASA, and high performance sports stuff mostly.

They have lots of stuff that you can touch and play with, so it is more interactive, which I really liked.

I shot this picture of this Farenheight 451 suit here, I am sorry that I don't have more details. In an exhibit of things that could withstand nuclear blasts, near absolute zero of space, undersea pressure, and friction of sliding on pavement at 200 mph, this was the most impressive looking piece of gear.

Unfortunately the guard then told me not to take any more pictures, and it was crowded, so I do not have more specific details on this suit. If I had to guess it is either for fighting extreme chemical fires, or for walking down your driveway in Scottsdale to pick up your paper this time of year, either way this is one STRONG suit.

d2h, 50 mm 1.8 AF-D lens, ARGB, 1/40s f/1.8, ISO 200, no EV compensation, taken today during the "Museum Mile" event.

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Well I couldn't think of anything unique as I've been kinda busy these last 2 weeks but a headache yesterday, while teaching, inspired my pain-wracked mind :idea:

Some days my students get the best of me and I require the extra strength of medicine before I go ballistic on them :twisted: (of course I don't mean this.....I love them all dearly :roll: ). That's when I need the headache pills that hopefully have the strength to remove the nasty pounding in my head so I can continue teaching the ABC's to them :?

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EXIF: 06-Jun-2005 20:13:39. Nikon D70/60mm Macro/Apreture Priority/f/8/1/60sec/SB800 used.

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Title: Total Wreck

I think this defines strenght very well, in many many ways.

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Title: Oranges

This is somewhat "tongue-in-cheek", but I hope you all like it :)

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Exposure Time 1/200 sec
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Exposure Bias 0
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AF Type AF-C

To be honest, it was my first trip out using purely manual control and I was really happy with the results. (Thanks to Ron Reznik's techniques!)

May 3, 2005
Vancouver, BC
Stopping the Train

My husband and I have been trading ideas for this Challenge. This was one of his. We packed ourselves off to a local siding one evening at Magic Hour and set this up. Hope you like it -- I was pleased with the results!

Nikon D100 with Tamron 24-135mm F/3.5-5.6 D @ 68mm
Aperture Priority, 1/15 sec @ f/8, Matrix metering, ISO 200
RAW, Adobe RGB, Hue: 0°, WB: Cloudy -1, AF-S
Photograph taken June 06, 2005

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