TWO AWARD-WINNING FLICKr PHOTOGRAPHERS DUKE IT OUT

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    ★ ★ ★ ★ Howie “DEW DROP” Hettler vs. Charley “THE STRING BEAN” Poole ★ ★ ★ ★

    THE CONTENDERS :

    Being the flickr gentlemen that they are, these two guys have decided to duke it out to settle who will be the greatest Photographer EVER to post on Flickr.

    After two years of feverish posting on Flickr, both of these magnificent photographers found that they had exactly the SAME numbers of "Awards" given to them by fellow flickr members. Their "Comments" section under the photos amassed huge amounts of these "copy and paste" trophies of colorful praise.

    The latest GIF Animated award that turned up in both of their comment blocks --- complete with 3-D effects and color-changing shooting stars and twinkles ---was the " EVERY FRAME OF JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR WAS A TOTAL PIECE OF CRAP COMPARED TO YOUR AMAZING PHOTOGRAPH " Award.

    Wow. These two guys must be REALLY good !

    Coincidentally, they are both members of 152 "Groups" and 85 "Pools". Further, each has received (and rejected) a total of 138 invitations to join SADO-MASOCHISM flickr groups involving the questionable use of spiked thongs, shoe-horns, and empty toner cartridges.

    Each claims to have hit the "TAKE ME TO THE KITTENS" button at least 1000 times.

    In any case, these ubiquitous (and usually impersonal) accolades of excellence are too numerous to mention here. Attached below, I will list only the TOP SEVEN awards given to each of them. Unfortunately, several X and R-RATED Awards have been omitted from the below list due to their containing an abundance of Anglo-Saxon expletives.

    PLEASE NOTE : Since they both won the "DAMN, I WISH I HAD TAKEN THAT ONE, BUT I DIDN'T, SO WHAT'S THE USE OF LIVING, I'M GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE" Award --- complete with an over-sized, animated, twinkle-star AWARD ICON picturing a Photographer throwing himself off a cliff --- I decided not to include that one.......

    Several marriage proposals will also NOT be mentioned.

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    DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGHT :

    Oh ! It’s a swing and a miss for “Dew Drop” !

    Oh ! It’s a swing and a miss for “The String Bean” !

    Looks like this will be a looooooooong fight, folks.

    Please Come back later and see who winds up taking home the coveted.....

    "CONGRATULATIONS !!! YOU HAVE BEEN AWARDED AN ANIMATED SUPER-FAVE ICON THAT TAKES UP THE ENTIRE DAMN SCREEN !!!" award

    (INVITED PHOTOS ONLY)

    All others may "Shuffle off to Buffalo"...along with Zeke from Battle Creek. G' Bye.

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    PHOTO AWARDS given to HOWIE and CHARLIE by other Flickr Members :

    NOTE : ALL OF THE AWARDS AND ANIMATED GRAPHICS ARE FAR BETTER AND MORE CREATIVE THAN ANY OF THE PHOTOS RECEIVING THE AWARDS.

    * * * * * Awards given to HOWIE "DEW DROP" HETTLER * * * * *

    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SUCKS BIG TIME COMPARED TO YOU Award -- with animated, Topless Female African Natives throwing spears at a National Geographic photographer who is running for his life.

    HEY DUDE, EXCELLENT PHOTO, LIKE, UM, YOU KNOW, TOTALLY FRIGGIN' SWEET Award --- Animated graphic of a hand-blown glass Bong fully tamped with a fresh load, rotating about its axis while magic mushrooms orbit the bowl.

    TRIPLE-FAVE GOLD LEAF CLUSTER WITH A CHERRY ON TOP Award -- with an animated George Washington chopping down a Cherry Tree while his father isn't looking, and then lying about it later.

    YOU ARE A TRUE WINNER, AND ALL THE REST OF US ARE DISGUSTING, PATHETIC LOSERS Award

    YOU REALLY SQUARED THE CIRCLE WITH THAT ONE Award --- with an animated compass and straightedge spinning around inside a four-sided triangle.

    PLATINUM BERYLLIUM NEODYMIUM-IRON-BORON RARE EARTH MAGNET Award --- With a beautiful award image showing a wannabe photographer pinned to a railroad tank car by a giant refrigerator magnet, while holding a disposable film camera and slowly losing consciousness.

    HOLY MOTHER OF GOD Award -- with animated Cloud parting in the Sky to Reveal Sunbeams spilling out over an embedded thumbnail image of your awarded photo.

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    * * * * * * Awards given to CHARLEY "THE STRING BEAN" POOLE * * * * *

    ANSEL ADAMS AND PETER LIK ARE SO JEALOUS OF YOUR NATURE PHOTOGRAPH THAT THEY CRAPPED IN THEIR PANTS Award --- With an animated sparkly waterfall coming over a diamond-studded cliff in an emerald forest filled with pulsating sunbeams that illuminate swaying ferns under swirling butterflies.

    HOLY MACKEREL THAT’S FRIGGIN' INCREDIBLE Award -- with animated Bubble Dancer actually dancing inside a Bubble.

    YOU ARE WAY WAY WAY WAY BETTER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE Award

    RUBY LINED GOLD SHIELD OF IMPOSSIBLE IMAGE PERFECTION Award -- a gold shield with animated Crest of a Roaring Lion ripping apart an Amateur Photographer.

    YOU, AND YOU ALONE, AND NOBODY ELSE Award -- with animated figure alone on an isolated mountain top, defiantly throwing fists into the air -- with sparkly gold glitter effects

    TITANIUM MAGNESIUM SAMARIUM-COBALT RARE EARTH MAGNET Award --- With a beautiful award image showing a wannabe photographer in a meat-packing plant, pinned to a giant refrigerator by a giant magnetron magnet, while holding a disposable film camera and slowly losing consciousness.

    BETTER THAN GOD HIMSELF COULD HAVE DONE Award -- with Sparkly Gold animation of Huge Father Figure in Clouds with dejected look on His face, getting off His Throne while gesturing at you to go sit up there in His place.

    NOTE : ALL OF THE AWARDS AND ANIMATED GRAPHICS ARE FAR BETTER AND MORE CREATIVE THAN ANY OF THE PHOTOS RECEIVING THE AWARDS.

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    Please note that it was "Dew Drop" who first complained to "String Bean" about the BETTER THAN GOD HIMSELF COULD HAVE DONE award. "Dew Drop", who is a confirmed Atheist, said there was no God, and therefore that award shouldn't count.

    "String Bean" immediately fired back that if such was the case, "Dew Drop" was a hypocrite for not having deleted his own HOLY MOTHER OF GOD award.

    That's what eventually led to the fight you see in the Photo.

    [By the way, I am now in hiding, and posting from an "undisclosed location". I heard a rumor that some members of the FLICKr ANIMATED & TWINKLE STAR AWARD GIVERS ASSOCIATION have taken out a contract on my life.]

    Photo : ca.1880s-90s albumen print on a cabinet mount, Photographer unknown.

    o-se, DRUNK ON SHADOWS, josefnovak33, and 335 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Alex Dram 58 months ago | reply

      classics!

      instant fav. Twice! :D

    2. Okinawa Soba 58 months ago | reply

      Hi Alex --- You forgot to add twinkly sparkles to your double-fave ! ;-) Thanks !

    3. Okinawa Soba 55 months ago | reply

      Glad you like it !

    4. Athana2 53 months ago | reply

      I love this photo! Would you mind if I used it on one of my blog posts? You can go here to see it: godmotherascending.blogspot.com/2009/12/culture-wars-who-...

      Thanks!

      Athana

    5. Okinawa Soba 53 months ago | reply

      Hi Athana --- Sure, help yourself. All of my old picture posts are CC rated. That means you can you as many as you want --- Permission is already granted, with no need to ask me ! The only rules around here are flickr rules, and they ask that you make any photo(s) you use linkable (or "clickable") back to the original photo page(s) from whence you downloaded them. Thanks !

    6. Dave Caplan 51 months ago | reply

      This photo definitely deserves the 'Lifetime Achievement award for best photographic image since the dawn of civilisation.'
      I think it would even qualify for the KFC award for best non-chicken related photograph taken by a turkey !!

    7. Okinawa Soba 51 months ago | reply

      DAVE --- LOL. Your comment inspired me to get in there and restore the lost caption introduction. Thanks for the KFC Award !!!

    8. osnorlaxo 46 months ago | reply

      amazing love the contrast

    9. Okinawa Soba 46 months ago | reply

      Yup. It's an oldie-but-goodie !

    10. hortulus 46 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Men together, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. OKnapman 46 months ago | reply

      this restores my faith in the flickr community- and people's taste in general. cheers!

    12. Raw Light Photography 45 months ago | reply

      I just can't help myself... I tried to set up a serious and poignant gallery called "Just The Two Of Us". I chose several tender and beautifully photographed images. But I kept coming back to this one. Quite out-of-the-ordinary, but irresistibly fun. So it now has a proud spot in my gallery:
      www.flickr.com/photos/ricspix/galleries/72157624577180776/
      Thanks for sharing this great image...!

    13. Okinawa Soba 45 months ago | reply

      You're welcome ! Glad you like the pic !

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