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July DT Challenge 1 - Patriotic song inspiration

For the first July Design Team challenge we were asked to take photographs with a patriotic song as our inspiration.  I LOVE to take fireworks pictures so my first choice was the Star Spangled Banner.  I envisioned myself using lines like "Rocket's Red Glare" "Bombs Bursting in Air" and maybe even "Gallantly Streaming" in a scrabble/crossword pattern surrounded by fireworks shots.  But, when I started going through all the pictures I took at this year's Independence Day celebration, these pics just jumped out at me and I knew what I had to do.  "Oh say can you see?" 

These  are shots of my niece and nephews in their glow attire watching the fireworks with pure awe in their eyes.

I started out by arranging the photo in strips but then it occurred to me to alternate them.  I couldn't decide if I liked them better in the horizontal strip over the children's heads or in the vertical strip reminiscent of the flag, so I went with a little of both.

Shared by Deborah White on July 10, 2012 | Memory Date: July 10, 2012
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Beautiful page! A real different twist on the assignment - love it!
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  August 3, 2012 at 1:13 am   
I am just fascinated by your photo strips. So clever. Great idea to do some vertical and some horizontal. I really like the effect. I can never get good fireworks shots so I am in awe of yours!
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  July 18, 2012 at 6:44 pm   
You definitely got the Stripe effect! You cannot beat the look on the kids faces for capturing the wonder of the fireworks. The show may be great, but I think we forget about the audiences reaction as being just as great. Good Job!!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  July 13, 2012 at 5:59 am   
Love how the kids are framed by the fireworks! You feel like they are in the middle of the action.
Posted By: Beth Glass  |  July 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm   
Great way to use the firework pictures! I love the strips- I may just have to "steal" that for my next project.
Posted By: Elizabeth Giorno  |  July 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm   
Wow! This one is really different. I especially like the vertical strips being alternated. I would love to see this one "up close and personal.". You must have some beautiful shots. The children's faces are so precious!
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  July 11, 2012 at 6:14 am   
I love the idea of alternating your strips! I'll have to try that some time! Love the pictures of the kids looking up. I also like that you put the letters of your title on 1" picture pieces.
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  July 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm   
Love that you took a "creative risk" with alternating the images. The title is perfect - love the glow on their faces. Your niece has an expression that says it all. :)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  July 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm   

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