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Challenge: Street Photography III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Street
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Shanghai, China
Date: Oct 21, 2008
Galleries: Candid, Street
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2008

ok I feel like writing something in this section...The static arrangement of people and things in this shot makes it feel a bit like a set-up, but I promise you this is not staged. I would never submit a staged photo to a street photography challenge. Indeed, one of the two men is a security guard of a small shopping center adjacent to a beautiful Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai. Actually, it was very weird, because the shopping center was bustling with people (as nearly everywhere in China), and this entrance was (at least in this short interval) so quiet and peaceful... As far as I could tell, both of them did not look at anything interesting in particular, just sort of relaxed and peered in space absentmindedly, with a strangely similar facial expression despite obvious differences in everything else. . Hence the title...

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 146
Avg (all users): 6.6591
Avg (commenters): 8.6000
Avg (participants): 6.8793
Avg (non-participants): 6.5508
Views since voting: 3414
Views during voting: 417
Votes: 176
Comments: 34
Favorites: 8 (view)


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08/13/2012 08:00:56 AM
Awesome!
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07/06/2010 04:34:04 PM
Just dropping by as I remembered this image from last year. One of my rare 10s. I am heading back to Shanghai again in a couple of weeks and hope I get chance to capture something half as good as this.
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08/07/2009 12:43:08 PM
Interesting story. I don't know what "Tao" literally means, but love the image...
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11/08/2008 02:35:35 PM
fantastic! I interpreted the Tao as the relationship between the men compared to the relationship of the couple.
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11/08/2008 02:32:12 PM
Great shot, congrats on the 5th place!
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11/06/2008 11:40:45 PM
Loved it! Congratulations on your HM.
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11/03/2008 10:14:38 PM
Loved it, Lev! Congrats on the top 5 finish! : )
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11/03/2008 09:31:15 PM
brilliant Lev!
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11/03/2008 01:10:18 PM
677021.jpgPostLuminous Award Nominee!
Beautiful tonality, composition, luminance--this is a glowing beauty of an image
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11/03/2008 12:34:40 PM
Nice work Lev. I like the wramth of the shot. WTG on 5th.
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11/03/2008 08:08:30 AM
Nice work Lev.
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11/03/2008 04:23:20 AM
I just love this. Look forward to seeing more of you stuff from this trip.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/02/2008 11:04:43 PM
coming back to comment only:

I like this shot a lot. The composition, color, texture and light are well done and make this photograph beautiful ... beyond the tech details what captures my interest in this photo are the people and why they are there .. who are the people with their backs turned towards us? Is the guy in the uniform some kind of security. Then the sign, what does it say, or mean? And who's bike is that? I look at all these things in this image and wonder.. to me this makes a good photo, this sense of wonder.. well done .. bumping this up.
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11/02/2008 09:45:05 PM
Good capture.
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11/02/2008 09:09:34 AM
As interesting as the bike is, I don't feel it adds to this shot. I tried a square crop and if you cloned out the little bit of wheel left after the crop, I think it works a little better as you then concentrate your attention on the people and aren't pulled off to the right looking at the bike. Really nice capture with interesting subjects.
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11/02/2008 09:00:39 AM
Quirky photo. There is a lot of things going on in this simple shot ... nice capture
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11/01/2008 03:55:45 AM
I have no idea if this is a common sight where it was taken, but it seems like a most uncommon moment of conjunctions and at the same time like a carefully and calmly thought out painting.
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10/31/2008 09:10:58 PM
Meets Challenge:3
Technical:2
Interestingness:3
Creativity:1
TOTAL: 9
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10/31/2008 10:53:46 AM
makes me wonder what they're looking at
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10/31/2008 10:06:33 AM
This rocks... Great light in this. The distance separating the two men is greater than that between them. ...The wall fixture, the couple behind as a contrast, the bicycle coming out from within the shadows... Bravo bravo!
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10/31/2008 06:41:46 AM
I really like this, has a certain softness that takes you back in time
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10/30/2008 03:44:21 PM
I quite love the balance and warmth of this. Beautifully captured and presented.
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10/30/2008 12:41:24 AM
not our usual run-of-the-mill-DPC submission, that's for sure.
nice tones and warm colours. the cropping "feels" a bit awkward though.
refreshing image.

edited: typo. meant to type "cropping" instead of "dropping"
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10/29/2008 09:21:49 AM
The colours here a really great. A fantastic find as everything seems to have fallen nicely into place, compostion, lighting etc.
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10/28/2008 11:00:38 PM
This was my favorite in the challenge. Not so much that it tells a story, it does to some extent, but nearly all the elements in the photo are perfect. It is a still-life of humanity. The officer on one side (with the one red sock), the guy to the right with the same expression, but a different posture. The perfect framing and lighting. The square shapes, mixed the with the circles and the straight lines. Really, just a perfect shot. I give you a 9 for this challenge, 10 if it were in a free study.
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10/28/2008 06:08:51 PM
The lighting is fantastic and the composition, with these almost staged looking characters is very interesting. So many different focus points in the photograph makes it amusing to look at.
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10/28/2008 04:43:43 PM
Love this shot! Fantastic background scenery, amazing candid moment 10 10 10!
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10/28/2008 09:05:03 AM
very nice light in this. one of my favs
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10/28/2008 07:41:22 AM
I like all the elements in this image. Beyond that I cant explain why I like it (sorry im not that expressive!!), but I really do : ) - 8
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10/28/2008 12:04:26 AM
Wonderful characters and great elements in this shot! : )
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10/27/2008 08:58:43 PM
Love this picture, the contrast between the two main people and the similarities (they both look bored as hell) =)

9.
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10/27/2008 04:57:52 PM
Very nice lighting here, great expressions, lovely capture, 9 from me.
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10/27/2008 09:32:24 AM
All the elements come together after pondering this for a while, but I especially love the inclusion of the bike. Well captured.
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10/27/2008 08:21:07 AM
I enjoyed viewing this. Thanks.
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