Gotta catch ’em all

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Bruce Goodwyn, age 66, sports a festive hat as he retrieves stray rubber ducks during Boulder’s 29th annual EXPAND Duck Race. The race, a local tradition for many Boulder families and businesses, returned Monday as part of the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival after being postponed last May due to high water flow in Boulder Creek. Goodwyn, who lives in the Foothills, said he’s participated in the race for just over 10 years.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Exciting Programs Adventures and New Dimensions, a project created through the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department that aims to create recreation opportunities for the disabled community. With perfect blue skies and a large crowd, the postponed race made as big a splash as ever.

Time of event: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. I arrived at 3:30 p.m., took the photo by 4:14 p.m., and uploaded before 5:30 p.m. Total time: 2 hours.

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2 thoughts on “Gotta catch ’em all

  1. Hey Stephanie, what an absolutely fabulous caption. It explains everything going on in the photo, its significance, the history of the main character, and his relationship to the festival and the particular event he’s helping run, plus why it’s happening now – and it’s easy to read. He’s committed to the community and feels like a good person to highlight / read about. A small typo in “Festical” is the only thing I caught. The photo itself captures several nice features about Goodwyn in relation to the race – the hat, the graphic on the back of the shirt, the rubber duck he’s holding, and that he’s standing in the water. The background is a bit busy with all the kids, and the guy on the side of the photo isn’t ideal, but it does build some context. I like that it’s up close and personal, the lighting is decent (daylight), and no part of him is cut off by anything else in the photo. I’m curious if there was a different angle that might have made for a cleaner shot – but I imagine you were also in the water and couldn’t get in the way of the race! Because you expanded on the reason for the event in the caption, it’s a well-rounded story and has an emotional component. It could be part of a larger piece on local fundraiser events or the organizations this event benefited.

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