Grief

Carol Brill May 17, 2004

This is a powerful shot with such depth of emotion, Patrick, your composition is worth a thousand words. #128931

Patrick Campbell May 17, 2004

Thanks Carol. I have to thank Bryan F. Peterson for the idea. It's a staged shot, but I hope it doesn't look that way. I have another shot in this section, submitted yesterday, both of which were taken yesterday at a practice fire in Chico, California. #546204

Carol Brill May 17, 2004

Staged or not, Patrick, it really packs an emotional punch and is very well rendered! #546523

Patrick Campbell May 18, 2004

Thank you Carol for your kind comments! #547114

Michelle a. Bergkamp June 03, 2004

WOW!! all I can say is goosebumps. the doll he is holding is a real tearjerker
Michelle #575249

Will Rankin June 06, 2004

Patrick, undoubtedly a very professional looking shot, but the fact that it is staged is immediately apparent: The firefighters' face seems too clean, and the doll is a hideously over-used cliche. I think it would have worked much better if you had lost the doll and got the guy to smear his face with dirt! #579818

Patrick Campbell June 06, 2004

Michelle, thanks for your kind comments! Will, thanks for your feedback. Do you have a gallery here so we can all return the favor? #580353

Will Rankin June 06, 2004

Patrick, my pictures are way too bad for me to start up a gallery yet, but I'm learning and think the shots that appear on betterphoto.com are always an inspiration....
Keep on snapping....... #580616

Kristen McKain June 15, 2004

Congrats!! #595644

Will Rankin June 15, 2004

That goes for me too - well done, sir!
Still not sure about that doll, though :-)
#596152

Janice Forrest June 16, 2004

Well done and good luck in the next round. #598494

Patrick Campbell June 16, 2004

Thanks everyone! Will, the firehose in the foreground bothers me more than the doll. :-) #598817

Karen Talasco June 16, 2004

Congrats, Patrick. Staged or not, it is still a very powerful photo. #598963

Kathleen Clemons June 16, 2004

Well done, Pat! Congrats! :) #599307

Kelly Abernathy June 16, 2004

Congrats on first place! Wonderful photo! -K #600083

Janet Detota June 16, 2004

Way to go, Patrick!! #600134

Ron Goldman June 16, 2004

Congratulations Pat! Well deserved! #600174

Mary K. Robison June 16, 2004

Congratulations, Patrick! #600310

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe June 16, 2004

Well done!! Congrats!! #600314

Peggy Wolff June 16, 2004

Congrats on your first place win!!! Wonderful shot! #600371

Patrick Campbell June 16, 2004

Thank you Karen, Kathleen, K.S., Janet, Ron, Mary, Donna, and Margaret! I am very honored to be in the winner's circle! #600421

Gene Spears June 16, 2004

great work, Patrick - congratulations! #600457

Karen Lewis-Gunn June 16, 2004

Congratulations!!!! such amazing drama and emotion!! well done! #600474

Jean-Francois Schmutz June 16, 2004

Oh Yes !!!
a big Bravo Pat !

JF #600491

Evy Johansen level-classic June 17, 2004

Many contratulations on your win, Patrick! Very well deserved! #600499

Mette Vendelboe Allison level-classic June 17, 2004

Congrats, Patrick! Great photo! #600517

Wally Orlowsky June 17, 2004

Congratulations on this win, Patrick! #600615

Donna W. Neal June 17, 2004

Well staged or not it deserves this win! Congratulations Patrick!! #600623

Sharon E. Lowe level-addict June 17, 2004

Congrats Patrick - well-deserved win!! #600630

Donna R. Moratelli June 17, 2004

Wow, this is great! A big congratulations to you Patrick. I LOVE this image~ #600656

Paul C. Gazzanigo June 17, 2004

Congratulations, Patrick!

Amazing capture! #600661

Debra Booth June 17, 2004

Congratulations, Patrick!! #600774

Donna J. Eaton June 17, 2004

A big congratulations to you Patrick! Fabulous work! ;-) #600901

Myra Vos June 17, 2004

Congratulations on your win Patrick. #600938

Kasia Elser June 17, 2004

Congrats! What a great shot!!! #600974

Murry Grigsby June 17, 2004

Congratulations on your super image and win Patrick! It's packed with emotion, action and great color!! #601156

Lori Ditlefsen June 17, 2004

Congrats on the win Patrick! Well done! #601206

Jennifer Jones June 17, 2004

Congratulations Patrick! Great photograph. Thanks for sharing! #601255

Jennifer Rennison June 17, 2004

Congratulations on your win! This is a great image! #601260

Patrick Campbell June 17, 2004

Thank you Gene, Karen, JF, Evy, Mette, Wally, Donna, Sharon, Donna, Paul, Debra, Donna, Myra, Kasia, Murry, Lori, Jennifer, and Jennifer--I very touched by your kind comments and praise. #601447

Cathy Shotz June 17, 2004

Patrick...I knew this was a winner the first time I saw it in class. I've been your fan from day #1. Your work is improving daily. You have big things in store for you. CONGRATULATIONS on this photo and on creating the entire series. #601502

Patrick Campbell June 17, 2004

Cathy, thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement. I am your fan too! Bryan's class has brought out a lot of great photographic work out of all of us. #601558

Carol Engstrom level-addict June 17, 2004

Congrats Patrick--a very powerful shot. #601574

Bernard B. Travers June 17, 2004

REALLY POWERFUL IMAGE Patrick. Wonderful shot - wonderful win. Congrats. #601601

Robin L. Wehrman June 17, 2004

Hi Patrick! Sure is a powerful image well done! congratulations on you win, well deserved!! #602067

Patrick Campbell June 17, 2004

Thanks Carol, Bernard, and Robin--you all are very kind. #602499

Colette M. Metcalf June 17, 2004

Congratulations on your win, Patrick!!!! #602555

Dan Holm level-classic June 17, 2004

A powerful, memorable image, Patrick! Congratulations!! #602725

Sherrie H. Penny June 18, 2004

Patrick, NICE WORK! and CONGRATS! #603193

Anton Falcon June 18, 2004

awesome shot! congrats on a well deserved win, Patrick! #603548

Patrick Campbell June 18, 2004

Colette, Dan, Sherrie, and Anton--a big thanks to you! #603656

Heather K. McFarland level-classic June 18, 2004

Big congrats Pat! This is a very compelling image! One of the best firefighter shots I have seen! #604008

Monika Sapek level-classic June 18, 2004

Well done, Patrick! Many congratulations on your First Place Win!
Monika
#604200

Patrick Campbell June 18, 2004

Thanks Heather and Monika! #604305

Dolores Neilson June 20, 2004

Patrick...this is wonderfully done! A first class pic worthy of first place! Big congrats on an effective composition and powerful image. BTW...if I can deviate from my good character and be shallow for a moment, your fireman friend is a cutie. ;) #606511

Patrick Campbell June 20, 2004

Thanks Dolores! Let's just say I was happy to have him pose for me. :-) #606645

Carol Brill June 20, 2004

Patrick, a worthy finish for an image that still gives me goosebumps! Congratulations!! #607480

Patrick Campbell June 20, 2004

Carol, thanks for all of your kind comments--they are greatly appreciated! #607550

Viveca Venegas level-deluxe June 21, 2004

Splendid and powerful!! Bravo Patrick! Viveca. #607915

Patrick Campbell June 21, 2004

Thank you Viveca! #608232

Robert Brown June 23, 2004

Patrick, congratulations on this fine photo and your selection! #612321

Patrick Campbell June 23, 2004

Thanks Bob, and I hope you had a great trip! #612403

Andre Marhaug June 23, 2004

Congratulations, Patrick. A photo that gives flashbacks...

Well deserved category win!. #612525

Hasmik Hatamian June 24, 2004

Congratulations Patrick. Great shot, well deserved win. #615319

Patrick Campbell June 24, 2004

Thank you Andre and Hasmik! #615330

Lindsey B. Thompson June 25, 2004

Patrick-
This is such an awesome picture! You did a great job. It caught my eye immediately because my husband is a fire fighter. I am just waiting for them to have another control burn so I can practice some shots like this! Congratulations and great job!
#616108

Patrick Campbell June 25, 2004

Thank you Lindsey,I am deeply honored with this praise coming from a firefighter's wife. I have a few more shots of firefighters on my web site. I am also working on some composites and hope to be at their next controlled burn fire. #616689

Kathleen R. Struckle July 14, 2004

Congrat's on your win Patrick. This photo is just wonderful.These men lay thier life on the line everyday for saving other people. Very moving image. #648067

Kelly Heaton July 17, 2004

Wow! Great Capture! & Congratulations! #653109

Lori Ditlefsen July 17, 2004

Congrats Patrick! #653152

Patrick Campbell July 18, 2004

Thank you so much, Kathleen, Kelly, and Lori! #656920

Ellen L. Zaslaw October 20, 2004

I had no idea this was staged ! It is highly
emotional and effictive on any level however !!! #858707

Patrick Campbell November 23, 2004

Thanks very much, Ellen. #933876

Susan L. Vasquez June 08, 2005

I would have never guessed this was staged either. Such a strong emotional portrait! #1448230

Elizabeth A. Marker level-classic March 31, 2007

My Husband is a Fire Fighter. So I definitely appreciate this shot. This is simply wonderful and deeply emotionally touching. It's not how you got the shot it's how it effects and touches the viewer!! Again, Nice Job!
(Ps. Will, Lets see what you have to offer!!) #4117460

Patrick Campbell April 01, 2007

Thank you, Elizabeth! If I have learned one thing, it is that good photography is harder to do than it looks! :-) #4119383

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