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Nikon D2X

Capture Date/Time: March 11, 2006 14:35
Focal Length: 85 mm
Aperture/Shutter Speed: F/1.4 - 1/400 sec
ISO: 400
Flash: None

Our youngest had his first Tae Kwon Do test this weekend and got his orange belt. He (and his parents) were quite proud. His siblings have never taken a martial arts class, so this is his thing, so to speak. For us, it was fascinating to watch the semi-formality of the occasion, being watched and judged by his significant elder "masters".


03.13.06, 08:43 AM, keith:

I can feel the apprehension from this photo.

03.13.06, 09:50 AM, Jeremi:

This is a cool shot! Congrats to him, that's awesome!

03.13.06, 10:23 AM, Gary:

very cute capture! nice that you caught it from your son's perspective

03.13.06, 12:08 PM, Mike:

Oh, someone asked me this: the main instructor there second from the right in the background is expecting. That's why the belt (and belly) look a bit large for a typical black-belt master!

03.13.06, 03:01 PM, Heidi:

B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T shot! Absolutely brilliant!!!

03.13.06, 10:14 PM, pooh:

masterful dof, the perfect focus here really tells a whole story!

03.14.06, 02:27 AM, Dan:

Great shot, it reminds me of when I used to do Karate back in the day, I wish I had some shots of that like this.

03.14.06, 05:17 AM, Mark:

Mike, looking over the last week of your work- this is my favorite by far. Just a lovely photograph, another family snapshot turned into art work.

03.14.06, 06:44 AM, Chantal:

Great capture from a good angle.

03.14.06, 07:35 AM, àsìkò:

i like this shot, its like the boy is gonna be tested by giant men, how daunting, great capture

03.15.06, 12:37 AM, Claudette San Pedro:

Lovin' the DOF on this!!! I have been into doing DOF for some reason!!! This is great...I always love coming to your site to see you photographs! Always a little bit to push me into going out there and taking more pics and to be a little more creative...ugh...been so lazy and busy...but I hope weather here in DC will be nice this weekend so I can get my butt back in gear (^o^)

03.15.06, 09:30 PM, cool daddio:

Great shot. I've taken many at testing (wife and son are black belts) but few worthwhile. You and your son must stop by and see my ode to tae kwon do disipline at

03.25.06, 05:59 AM, *mamo:

i like this one and exspecialy your play with dof. you can imagine what the boy could think in that moment.

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