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jagar


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Challenge: Best of 2012 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Street
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro 1
Lens: Fujifilm XF 35 mm f/1.4
Location: Porto, Portugal
Date: May 13, 2012
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2013

Shot this on my holidays in Portugal last year.

This lady was so sweet, she was wearing an oxygen nose piece and it was obvious the pigeons gave her great joy, she blew me a wonderful kiss when I left.

Thanks for all the great votes and comments.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 294
Avg (all users): 7.2587
Avg (commenters): 9.2105
Avg (participants): 7.2232
Avg (non-participants): 7.3871
Views since voting: 3129
Views during voting: 273
Votes: 143
Comments: 58
Favorites: 25 (view)


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04/21/2013 10:29:12 AM
Got to be one of the best images on DPC.
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02/13/2013 03:12:07 PM
John, I can't believe you got 1's and 2's on this. Amazing shot.
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02/12/2013 04:13:32 PM
I loved the joy of this so much, John, but when I read your story, I teared up about how precious this is.
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02/12/2013 09:06:00 AM
Incredible image! Congrats on the blue.
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02/10/2013 10:56:06 AM
Great image! Congratulations on this big Blue Ribbon in Best of 2012!
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02/09/2013 01:09:20 PM
Haven't been on here for so long, so glad to see that you're still at it. Wonderful image as always, completely deserved the blue.
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02/08/2013 07:54:05 PM
Fabulous photo, John. Congrats on the blue. You do realize there is an 'In the style of' on don't you? How hard do want to make that?
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02/08/2013 06:55:11 PM
I'm so glad to see this get the Blue. A truly brilliant image.
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02/08/2013 05:49:42 PM
It's hard not to smile while looking at this splendid photo, and it is no surprise it won that prestigious challenge. Congratulations on your much deserved victory!
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02/08/2013 04:46:36 PM
Congrats on the blue, John, this is indeed a fabulous photograph!
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02/08/2013 03:01:22 PM
A stunning photograph John. Fantastic to see it so appreciated by DPC?
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02/08/2013 02:06:18 PM
This image made me cry, John! *daintily plucks at kleenex*

CONGRATULATIONS! ;-)
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02/08/2013 12:37:38 PM
Captivating image and storyline... congrats on the best of the best.. clearly one of my favorites!
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02/08/2013 10:33:53 AM
clearly your biggest talent is knowing just how to pose your subjects ;-) congrats on a fitting cap to an amazing year!
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02/08/2013 09:02:47 AM
It's wonderful that this one came out on top. Easily the best storytelling of the year :-)
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02/08/2013 07:36:56 AM
Well deserved blue! This was a magical moment captured beautifully.
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02/08/2013 07:25:13 AM
Love the story here, great shot. Grats on the blue!
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02/08/2013 06:45:37 AM
Well done - you live in a very interesting town:)
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02/08/2013 06:24:54 AM
All hail the king of 2012,Congratulations.The wonderfulest of wonderfulness.
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02/08/2013 05:53:08 AM
You really should send this to National Geographic -- this is the most incredible shot. What a shot! What a story! What a piece of art!

Huge, huge congrats!!
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02/08/2013 05:00:41 AM
congrats!
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02/08/2013 04:54:53 AM
Congrats Jagar! Its a wonderful photo.
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02/08/2013 03:56:33 AM
Congrats-this shot has a magical feel . Perfect.
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02/08/2013 03:37:28 AM
big congrats john wonderful stuff
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02/08/2013 03:13:03 AM
There was no doubt in my mind this incredible image would be the blue. Congrats John!
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02/08/2013 02:48:06 AM
Congrats John. Photographically splendid story telling. What on earth do the residents think of you and your camera!?
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02/08/2013 02:42:31 AM
Congrats on the blue, John. Excellent capture as usual.
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02/08/2013 02:25:39 AM
Wow John, such a pity I couldn't vote on this. Congrats on winning the best of best.
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02/08/2013 01:40:17 AM
Well, I don't need to tell you again how much I like this, but I'm really pleased this ended up here.
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02/08/2013 12:59:29 AM
Charming and magical, plus all those other things that Paul mentioned in his longer comment. Congratulations, John.
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02/08/2013 12:26:48 AM
My eyes dance all over this image, thrilled with every step. You are out golden child, John. Congrats on this win.
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02/08/2013 12:22:25 AM
Sweet! Huge congrats on a beautiful image. She is a treasure, thanks for sharing your vision of the world with us. You rock!!!

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02/08/2013 12:20:49 AM
Congrats..great capture!!!
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02/08/2013 12:16:22 AM
If you don't take blue in your own challenge after this...!

Massive congratulations John. Superb image.
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02/08/2013 12:13:11 AM
The Best of the Best. There's so much magic in this shot. Congratulations!
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02/08/2013 12:07:49 AM
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Well what do you know, you won the 'best of' not a surprise at all, AWESOME! Your best shot of the year by a mile!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2013 11:36:56 PM
I love it. Reminds me of Jagar's work.
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02/07/2013 11:01:02 PM
I've seen this, but yes, a remarkable photo
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02/07/2013 07:30:08 PM
Just wonderful - the more I look the more I love it. 10. Fave.
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02/07/2013 07:20:41 PM
John, that's the woman and the snow flakes! A beauty!
bump, of course
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02/07/2013 07:12:17 PM
jagar loved it first time i saw it and still do second behind paul's nude for me in the best of.
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02/07/2013 03:45:36 PM
Lovely interaction between woman, birds and cat. Beautiful textures and tones. Superb.
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02/07/2013 12:45:10 PM
Fantabulous composition. Multiple stories in one scene.
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02/07/2013 12:53:55 AM
delightful story
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02/07/2013 12:34:02 AM
Nice capture!
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02/06/2013 11:35:11 PM
the poor cat wants those birds so bad. Love the comp, the story.
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02/06/2013 03:59:43 PM
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Awarded for Best Of 2012


This is a new comment series for me, so please bear with me while I find my style!

(Voted earlier)

This is one of my 10s - I like it very much. Furthermore I think it enriches the DPC collective portfolio. Put simply, I wish we saw more stuff like this. Let me tell you why it pushes all the right buttons for me:

1. It's a magic moment and you John have a habit of being able to find them. I believe Don asked you before (in relation to this shot) if you were a witch. It's a fair question!

2. The compositional elements are so good as to defy the candid nature of the shot - her expression, the multiple birds, the telephone-line-perch, the curious/hopeful cat, the repeating window pattern, the strong vertical lines and the dappled render of the building.

3. Your characteristic glowy sharpness is present as ever, I've tried to emulate and always failed. You've even shared the settings, but mine never look like this.

4. I'm returning to the verticals - I presume you perspective corrected this - it's made a difference; it is clean and neat.

But overall, it's the magic you bring in putting it all together. A great photo is one that is more than the sum of its parts. You manage to pull that off often, but here you have outdone yourself.

Bravo.
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02/06/2013 02:16:06 PM
Fantastic shot. Love the stark high contrast. 10
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02/05/2013 09:29:24 PM
This is a wall hanger in my opinion, well done. Great timing, great processing, great story, great design. I just love how the other pigeons are waiting their turn as the cat wishes they were closer!
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02/05/2013 08:45:24 PM
Back to comment.

I remember seeing this shot (well, a similar one) and fell in love. I went and looked at my favourites to remember who you are but it wasnít there! Not making the mistake this time. Strait to Favs and a 10. Itís perfect in every way.
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02/03/2013 12:08:29 PM
Great Capture. You could easily have zoomed in on the woman only, but you had the creative instinct to include the cat for that extra kazam! very creative.
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02/02/2013 07:42:53 PM
What a story!! Has 21_N.gif jagar all over it!
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02/02/2013 09:49:50 AM
Great expression captured. Love the addition of the cat!
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02/02/2013 09:02:04 AM
You know I love this, doesn't matter that we've seen it before. I loved it then and I still love it. 10, and see you on the front page.
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02/01/2013 08:54:16 PM
A really great photo.
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02/01/2013 07:58:12 PM
What a wonderful story!!!! I love this.
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02/01/2013 05:21:06 PM
Joy!






(and thank you, John, for the magic)
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02/01/2013 12:26:56 AM
fabulous !!!
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