Please pardon my self indulgence with this one.
I hadn’t planned on posting a new picture just yet, but as a happy American right now, I just couldn’t let the moment pass by after todays qualification into the ‘Sweet 16’ of the World Cup. We did it the hard way, there was some uneasiness as the matches played out…but with some help from a team that broke our hearts earlier in the week on a last second goal, we managed to make it through, despite the loss. Thanks Portugal. :)
As a team/country that’s not regarded as one of the perennial football powerhouses, it’s kind of a big deal here in the U.S. to make it this far...especially coming out of the “Group of Death.”
In reality, our chances are minimal, but it’s still quite an accomplishment for the boys in red, white and blue…and I wish them the best as our nation continues to progress in this sport. Best of luck to all teams…except of course now, the Belgian’s. haha
The WS picture will provide you with more context to this main post.
Thanks for stopping by.
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Wanda1 (15142) 2014-06-26 22:31
A patriotic image done in a creative way. I like that you have just photographed the tops of the tents to draw more attention to them. And the contrast between the grey background and the colourful tents makes it more eye catching.
emka (98706) 2014-06-26 23:25
Hello Jason, Congratulations for you and your team! I am happy with you - our Polish team doesnt play, and I do not know nothing on football, I have no favorites.
My son was lately in Kyrgistan, and everywhere the people were watching matches on big TV screen. They supported Costa Rica and were enthusiastic when Costarica succeeded. My son found ut strange nad asked "but why do you like Costa Rica so much? They answered : Because it is a small country and begins with K. "
Im like both patriotic pictures very much - attractive pyramids of tents and nice misty background.
Hugs, have a nice day
ikeharel (72131) 2014-06-27 1:02
Yes Jason, a day with a pride - soccer is becoming great part of American sports, topped on the Hocky right now, according to statistic published on the news.
The WS picture gave a whole diff. perspective to the main photo. Nicely combined the flag colors with the grey buildings prevailing tones.
Have a nice friday,
williewhistler (16398) 2014-06-27 4:27
congratulations to USA it`s a pity that our poor players failed so miserably again,being English is not easy when it comes to tournament time....
A lovely expression of national pride,well done all round.
serp2000 (44333) 2014-06-27 5:17
Hi, my dear friend!
I see you came back to your American folder again ;) Like me. Haha, you want to say about football. Well, this is very unusual World Cup, without Spain, Italy, England... Our players are packing their bags too.
Yes, I like your WS photo, good street daily life shot, and this is just a quintessence of that composition.
Have a happy Friday!
Sergiom (80646) 2014-06-27 5:48
Pardonne moi mon ignorance de ce sport et de ne pas apprécier le fake et les morsures, mais il y a pire,: passer en ronde des huitièmes de finale en perdant contre les allemands, cela fait bizarre. Mais tout est bon pour sortir les drapeaux. Ici, j'aime beaucoup l'arrière plan fourni.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-27 7:35
Hi Jason - good for your guys, I'm not really a soccer fan but I am married to one so I keep up with what's going on. If I was from your side of the pond I would be waving the red, white and blue with the best of them. As it is I have crawled under a stone at England's woeful performance.
As to the shot. I really like your use of DOF and the way the 'flags' are so neat and crisply managed in the FG. Go kick some *u**
Cricri (120119) 2014-06-27 8:01
Hé mon ami l’américain :-), je ne regarde pas d'habitude le foot, mais ici la coupe du monde cela m'intéresse surtout que nous avons déjà gagné,3X, NOUS, et vous 1X, mardi je ne vais pas louper l'occasion de regarder le match.....et dit toi bien que si veniez par" hasard" a gagné contre nous ( mais ce qui m'étonnerais) ce serai une surprise! ca ne fait si longtemps que vous jouez au foot par rapport a nous Belge. Je crois que sans etre chauvin que nous allons vous battre :-))) à gorge déployée, je souhaite une rencontre en toute cordialité et sportive et que le meilleur gagne.
Ok pour la photo deux points de consolation :-)))) compris avec celle en WS
PS) je vais réfléchir a notre amitié :-)
Bonne journée quand même :-)
cricri la Belge
holmertz (53434) 2014-06-27 8:35
Normally I am not much of a flag-waver and I don't usually like some patriotic pictures posted here. But this is a different kind of composition and a very special occasion (although there is no connection with the World Cup). It's interesting to compare this with the ws and to understand what these strangely shaped flags mean. I like the contrast of the bright flags and the dark New York cityscape. As a European I still find it hard to recognize the US as an important soccer nation, but I guess it's time to change attitude.
Have a nice weekend,
nikkitta (17066) 2014-06-27 9:27
Super congrats first
For being a Football support from USA
For having won a good match yesterday (watch all of it)
For the WS, managing to share this not common scene at the States
An original capture with the grey background
Greetings from South America
What about MY rules?
Noel_Byrne (31416) 2014-06-27 11:36
A hearty congratulations on your getting through to the last 16, some acheievement and especially when you see the teams gone home by now! I can fully understand the excitement too, it has been a long time since Ireland even qualified but the last time we did, the whole country went into meltdown. Jobs went undone, dinners went uneaten, all for the excitement of the tournament. I remember TV's being brought into offices so nobody would miss the fun.
That was the year Ireland went on to win the final, remember? Oh yeah, sorry, we were knocked out immediately :) Who cares, its all about the camaraderie and the sense of one big world.
I love the unique image you made from this everyday scene, and I really love the depth behind leading to all those very cool buildings!
Thanks as always, and have a funky weekend.
ourania (46234) 2014-06-27 14:04
I'm as surprised and happy that Greece made it to the 16 s you are for the USA. I was thinking what few words I could alter in your note to make it refer to Greece:) Everyone is excited here and looking forward to our next game against Costa Rica this Sunday. Journalists have good words for the USA team and I trust them. Although I had missed their two first games and wanted to watch them against Germany, I confess that after the first ten minutes I switched to Portugal vs. Ghana and stayed there:)
Your picture is very attractive for its composition and graphism, intriguing for its deep background. Both parts look iconic and you've combined them superbly. I like very much the workshop picture two, it features a wonderful combination of patterns and the people give it a nice rhythm. It also shows how creative you've been in composing your main upload. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
worldcitizen (8702) 2014-06-27 14:15
Hello again Jason,
Cool shot! I like this combo of the patriotic tents and older buildings. I'm guessing this was taken downtown. The crop is very effective, and, since the buildings aren't very colorful, the tent tops really jump out. I've also always liked those old-fashioned lamp posts with the curly design on top. :-)
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-06-27 15:22
Toujours en plein foot à ce que je vois! Ici tu es le supporter de ton équipe c'est très bien. Ces tentes aux couleurs patriotiques attire l'œil et contrastent superbement avec l'arrière plan gris. Le WS est un bon complément à la photo. Bien joué!
Bon Week-end mon ami d'Amérique!
CLODO (34546) 2014-06-28 0:43
A patriotic way to encourage the boys running in Brasil after a ball. The grey walls houses in the BG seem to lighten the vivid colors of the US flags
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-06-28 2:16
how could you hide this shot for 10 long Years?
Love the way you framed the scene and of course the scene itself-american flags and the concrete jungle of NY in the background.
Great job my friend!
PS.USA played really good against Germany-especially last few minutes with two goal opportunities were exciting!
Take care and enjoy soccer free weekend:)
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-28 3:45
Hello My Mainman
so glad you got through to the "Sweet 16" raising a big glass of cough mixture in hope that you make it through to the "Great 8" too. Yep! cough mixture, I have the dreaded lurgy and all plans for this weekend are off so the footie is all I have to look forward to.
One thing I love about the US is your patriotism. Here it seems, it only surfaces when England are playing football which is perhaps the wrong time for it to do so as we always perform so abysmally. Perhaps if Scotland becomes independent in September then our own national identity will rise a bit more to the surface - I do hope so. We do not get a vote in the coming independence referendum which seems wrong to me as a lot of Englishmen, me included, would like to be on our own as a country too.
Example: we have a street market here in Shoreham every month but nobody uses the flag of St George to decorate their stalls like these seen here in your shot. Which by the way is superb. I love the crop and the way the colours stand out against the plain NYC backdrop. Works both effectively and iconically.
Enjoy the game, and no hiding behind the sofa if it goes to a penalty shoot-out!
BeeDee - now also known as Sneezy and perhaps Grumpy and Dopey too!
macjake (68432) 2014-06-28 12:11
a little piece of Americana! :)
creative cut and crop here my American friend.
I'm not complaining about the compo, but wouldn't it have been awesome if in the bg was the blurred outline of the Empire State Building or something lol
now that would have been super cool! haha
you made yourself a cool American scene, love the colors against the boring greys in the bg.
but I've gotta be honest, I dont' think the USA has any chance of winning many more games...but at least they made it this far (a huge accomplishment).
Hell, Canada is ranked like 2 Million on the world in soccer...so i shouldn't even be talking lol
mcmtanyel (23287) 2014-06-28 19:01
Excellent photo - I am already wondering how you are going to top this on July 4th. The in-focus red white & blue tents against the out-of-focus drab NYC buildings are a feast for the eyes.
marabu61 (11057) 2014-06-29 8:01
Congratulation to the US Team for their qualification for the knock out round and your creativity shown here to celebrate this event. It is indeed rather special to see the americans being interested in soccer at all. Now I wish them the best of luck against Belgium and that it could well be against Swiss boys who would first to beat sensationally the Argentinians in their 1/8 final.
The contrast between the razor sharp and very colorful american chapiteux and the subdued background here is very attractive.
have a great sunday