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    Active Assignment Weekly: June 21-28: Music to Your Ears

    Music is personal and extremely important to us all. I believe that photography and music are very closely related.

    Assignment: You will choose a lyric(s) from one of your favorite songs to inspire a very specific photographic image. You'll need to tell us what the lyrics are, who sang them, and how your photo relates to the lyrics.

    Restrictions: No words may be used in the actual photo; meaning, your photo may neither contain words from the song you choose, nor any other words (unless they just happen to be in the photo).

    Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly and the Family Stone, 1969.

    WIT: A warm sunny day and the kids with a sprinkler and me sitting on the steps with a cold beer. Nearly straight out of the camera. I did some slight dodging around her hands to make them stand out a bit more.

    All: End of the spring and here she comes back
    Hi Hi Hi Hi there
    Them summer days, those summer days
    That's when I had most of my fun, back
    high high high high there
    Them summer days, those summer days
    Rose: I "cloud nine" when I want to
    Freddie: Out of school, yeah
    Larry: County fair in the country sun
    Sly: And everything, it's true, ooh yeah
    All: Hot fun in the summertime x 4
    All: First of the fall and then she goes back
    Bye bye bye bye there
    Them summer days, those summer days
    Rose: "Boop-boop-ba-boop-boop" when I want to
    Freddie: Out of school, yeah
    Larry: County fair in the country sun
    Sly: And everything, it's true, ooh yeah
    All: Hot fun in the summertime x 4

    bowtoo, Benjamin Burkhart, and 16 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. shalonmc 47 months ago | reply

      wow... this is great.. love the water!!

    2. Judith*Green [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      Absolutely the light and shadow. And full of nostalgia too.

    3. Prozac74 47 months ago | reply

      Even though the contrast are extremely high here this just juxtaposes the brightness of the sun and its warmth. The sharp drops give a beautiful pattern. And above all technical chit chat this really says "Finally summer is here. Hoooray!" all over it.

    4. Augen | Blicke 47 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot, the light is just perfect and you can just feel the summer fun.

    5. The tamed shrew 47 months ago | reply

      Superb, as always. Love the back lighting which gives it a magical quality. Very summery and loads of fun. :o)

    6. Clorissasue 47 months ago | reply

      Love it, the lighting the water the shadow. Fun times. :)

    7. nophoto4jojo 47 months ago | reply

      Amazing lighting and freezing of the water droplets! I love her shadow but then it draws me to the hose in the grass. Still it is a lovely shot!

    8. Bright Glass [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      Glorious image - love the movement of the little girl - and the shadows.
      i would have been tempted to clone out the hosepipe?
      Nicely mown lawn...!

    9. sonnysawyer43 47 months ago | reply

      Excellent...Backlight, lawn sprinklers,kids...(and a song all of us older kids can relate to).
      However, I must admit that the first thing that came into my mind when hearing this song again was a bit less wholesome.

    10. gfpeck 47 months ago | reply

      Sonny, you got to get your mind out of the gutter ;)
      Yes, the hose could have been cloned out, but I dont mind it as a bit of a leading line and a gentle echo of the shadow shape.

    11. DominoManPaul [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      I'm shocked at you two. Just shocked.

    12. Benjamin Burkhart 47 months ago | reply

      Simple, careless childhood summer fun. That's what it's telling me. Well captured, the jumping child, and the tonal range is great, from the water to the shadow.

    13. Benjamin Burkhart 47 months ago | reply

      Voting this best of week 1, for the idea, the great lighting, the composition, the perfection, and the summer fun.

    14. benjeev 47 months ago | reply

      I can feel the water droplets on my skin just looking at this. Love it! I vote this best of week 2!

    15. jetdy 47 months ago | reply

      Really fantastic capture. The highspeed worked so well with the fine water droplets and the highlights. What fun. Her position is perfect.

      I'm not sure how to vote anymore. Sometimes I just go with quick gut feelings. But I'd like to give this one an Honorable Mention.

    16. gfpeck 47 months ago | reply

      Thank you all for the kind comment and thanks for the votes Ben and Ben. Ed, thanks for the honorable mention.

    17. 6ftmama 40 months ago | reply

      just awesome!!!

    18. paloetic 35 months ago | reply

      pure joy

      "Wonderful Image!"

      Seen in 100 Words

    19. Toronto condos 33 months ago | reply

      Great shot! I love the summer joy that comes out of it. I used it in an article on my Toronto real estate blog. Thanks!

    20. alischiller 10 months ago | reply

      Evokes childhood memories, I can hear the sound of the sprinkler in my head! I am going to use it on my Accountability Works Blog. Thank you so much for posting it!

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