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Homeless in Dupont Circle 09
Homeless in Dupont Circle 09

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Challenge: Darkness (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Dupont Circle, Washington DC
Date: Jun 10, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Urban, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 13, 2005

I saw this homeless person sleeping on a park bench, and was reminded of this quote:

"Darkness of slumber and death, forever sinking and sinking."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline (pt. II, V, l. 108)

Nikon D70
Nikon 80-200 f2.8 ED

Place: 121 out of 373
Avg (all users): 5.3190
Avg (commenters): 7.3077
Avg (participants): 5.2612
Avg (non-participants): 5.3594
Views since voting: 1047
Views during voting: 531
Votes: 326
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/22/2005 07:53:00 AM
Thanks for all the feedback.

Some of you addressed the "softness" of the photo. The sharpness seems to have been lost when I scaled it down for submission. The photo was very sharp and crisp.

Other pictures of mine
06/22/2005 06:25:12 AM
i loved this photo...i thought you captured the challenge so well...should have placed higher..,.,either way it is a phot oto be very proud of
06/22/2005 12:20:14 AM
I thought this deserved so much higher placement. Great photograph in my opinion.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/21/2005 02:51:27 PM
Like the photo.
Might have done more justice in black and white, and a bit further off, showing the man in context (posh cars parked near by, fancy restaurant, or affluent Nike wearing joggers, etc.)
Remember the "W's" of picture story-telling.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/21/2005 09:38:39 AM
Homelessness is good darkness concept. Framing is fine. Depth of field works for the greenery behind.

The softness of the image focus will result in lower scores and is its most notable defect. At this distance viewers expect to be able to see more detail in your subject, despite his condition and the nature of this shot.

Overall the colors in this composition are weak, even the green in the background. Brightening the colors would add more visual interest to the composition. This could be intentional but will not work very well for most viewers.

This image captured from a 'snapshoot' angle and might be more interesting if taken from a different perspective like from below or from the level of the homeless person. This makes you look figuratively like you are looking down on the homeless though that is probably not you intention.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/21/2005 04:28:19 AM
the idia is great. cong
06/17/2005 01:33:20 AM
this is about the fifth image of this type, the "down and outters" i'll call them. the others seemed to show a sort of sorrow, or compassion. i don't see that with this one. i don't know why, perhaps the color? perhaps it's too real? perhaps it angle of looking slightly down on him, like you might if you passed him in the street? i'll have to think about it.
06/16/2005 01:02:01 PM
06/15/2005 05:50:21 PM
I feel for this person. I have to give him a 10.
06/15/2005 03:56:40 PM
I'm not sure if I'm clear on the theme here...is the plight of the homeless what darkness means to you? Evocative photo, but not sure if it applies for the challenge.
06/15/2005 12:52:05 PM
Very dramatic and tells a sad dark story. Good job.
06/15/2005 11:04:18 AM
Too harsh lighting and loss of focus.
06/15/2005 10:52:52 AM
Nice still life shot. Good composition. Very sad that some live this way...it's dark to me.
06/15/2005 10:25:48 AM
night time shot would have been even better
06/15/2005 07:33:47 AM
Beautifully composed, touching photo.
06/15/2005 01:45:28 AM
Nice touch with the focus and lighting. He almost appears angelic. Very well done.

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