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MMDT #14 - Photo Challenge

For this project, we were to chose a subject and photograph a series of images based on that subject.  I had many thoughts on this, and in fact started taking photos for this project way back in May.  However, after looking at the photo series examples, I was rethinking my "series".  Then, on June 30th, my mom, my hubby and I went to a Twins (MN!) baseball game, and I embarked on an entirely new photo journey!  That day was Armed Forces Appreciation Day.  And when they unfurled (is that the correct word?!) the flag, it hit me.  There was my series!  The flag and what it symbolizes has always been very emotion evoking to me.  I tear up at parades, at the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, get the idea.  And, as the 4th of July was just a few days away, I figured I could get a few more flag photos to finish the project. 

My poor hubby had to slow down on the highway for about a dozen flag photos (including the iconic Perkins flag!),

and stop along the way to our friends when I spotted flags on the ground, around a mailbox, and other spots!  I got a bunch during the boat parade at our friend's lake home, took more on a boat trip around the lake,

and a few in my neighborhood. 

The following weekend when we headed up to northern Wisconsin to visit Joe's mom, I made him stop by the cemetery because I "just knew" there would be a good photo to be had there, too!  All in all, I ended up with about 70 photos, plus the ones from the game!! 


For page 1, I just used the photos from the game.  I took various shots as the flag was brought out.  Then I filled in with photos of the flag unrolled on the field with the stadium crowd in the background.  I really ended up loving this's one of my favorites to date!

For page 2, I used the pinwheel pattern (with a slight variation where the star cornerstone is!).  That page pattern is #12.  I just chose a variety of photos that I liked the best, with my favorite, the flag at sunset, being the centerpiece.

I used Navy grid paper, and white background paper...just kept it simple and let the pictures speak for themselves. 

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July, and as the song says (of course, another one that gets me choked up!) "God Bless the USA"!


Shared by Lori Hanson on July 16, 2013 | Memory Date: July 15, 2013
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A series of flags - what a great idea. The flag unfurled on the baseball field is spectacular. I agree with you though. I love the flag at sunset. Super job!
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  July 31, 2013 at 2:51 am   
Lori-This is absolutely breathtaking! I LOVE THIS LAYOUT for so many reasons. I am so glad you went to that game and changed your mind. It's beautiful! Great, great job!
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  July 28, 2013 at 4:24 am   
I love it! Page 1 is just amazing and for a perfect fit for a July page!
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  July 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm   
I love this page ... I especially love page 1 and the way the flag photos get larger as you go down the page. Great job!
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  July 22, 2013 at 1:53 am   
Excellent. Our flag is encompasses who we are and how we've evolved as a nation. I love this tribute and all it stands for. I'm glad you were inspired to create this page. Thank you.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  July 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm   
What a great subject for a series! Love your idea and the timing is great with all the flags hanging in July. My favorite shot is the flag on the porch with the sun shining through.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  July 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm   
Lori, this is wonderful! I just love it! A nice variety of flags in multiple settings really brings out that patriotic stirring. The pinwheel pattern is a good one for showcasing your photos. I like seeing the progress of unfurling the flag in your series of photos too!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  July 16, 2013 at 5:11 am   
Julie!! This is gorgeous! I love the photos from the game and especially the sunset photo on the other page. What a great photographer you are!! Your layout is breathtaking! Nicely done!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  July 16, 2013 at 2:39 am   

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