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Broken souls amoungst us.
Broken souls amoungst us.

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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Seoul, Korea
Date: Oct 22, 2005
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/5
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2005

used channel mixer to change to B&W, cropped,resized, S/H slightly adjusted and usm. saved for web.

Went to Seoul station with the purpose to shoot any of the countless homeless people living in and around the station. There were a number of church people singing, praying and above all, imo, handing out food to these people. This old man, in a drunken stupor just received his kimbab, closed his eyes, thanked them and walked off. This shot was taken as he thanked the young people for the food.

Place: 96 out of 274
Avg (all users): 5.4775
Avg (commenters): 7.3000
Avg (participants): 5.4955
Avg (non-participants): 5.4478
Views since voting: 930
Views during voting: 313
Votes: 178
Comments: 19
Favorites: 3 (view)

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12/01/2012 01:27:38 AM
hell of a story, the story makes me like the processing of the shot more than I would have otherwise. the processing really lends itself to the story
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11/08/2005 02:37:36 PM
When I originally saw this I got the idea that it was a daughter encouraging her father. So that is how I will keep thinking of it, even though I know it is not so.
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11/02/2005 03:48:08 AM
This was one of my favorites in the challenge, and without even knowing it was yours!
It is such a powerful image! The grain works so great here, and so is the b&w.
I admit I didn't quite get the title, as I never thought they were homeless, but still... something in this picture pulled me right into it.
Originally, I gave it a 9. Only one very little thing I would try to change: I would try to burn very little the highlights above the guy's shoulder. I thought it took more attention then it should, and almost made me miss that amazing ray of light on the guy's cheek.

Something in this process make it look like a pencil sketch.
Can I add this photo to my favorites one more time?
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11/01/2005 10:04:38 AM
such an emotive pic! well done, should of been placed higher!
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11/01/2005 09:33:54 AM
a powerful image!
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10/31/2005 07:47:54 AM
this is great dr. how come i never saw it??
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10/31/2005 07:44:56 AM
This is beautiful -- especially knowing the story behind it. I had the same idea to capture a homeless person in their dark hopeless world. Thought it would have made a great grain picture -- but I didn't have time to pull it off. You've done a great job capturing that spirit tho. I love it. I agree too that it should have scored much higher. Your commenters got it right tho :)
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10/31/2005 12:51:37 AM
this should have done SO much better in the challenge. Very impressive work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/29/2005 08:37:06 AM
i like the zoomed-in security camera, yet emotional feel of this. 7
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10/29/2005 06:22:47 AM
This is a most unusual and interesting photograph. It seems as if the woman is not actually present, but is merely a vision of the man's memory, which is presumably exactly the effect you were intending. This idea is supported by the composition (the two figures appear disconnected), by the apparent age difference (she's the right age to be a memory for him), and by the use of grain to establish the hazy, dream-like atmosphere. I suspect the man is actually posed in front of a photograph of the woman, in which case the use of grain is doubly effective because of the illusion it creates. Either way, I hope you DON'T tell us how you achieved this fascinating image; I prefer to believe the illusion. 8
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10/26/2005 09:17:58 PM
seems to have motion blur, camera shake which doesn't add anything to the photograph, rather hurts IMHO.
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10/26/2005 08:20:36 PM
Great shot. Very Yin/Yang....... Female/Male........Positive/Negative......Contrasting emotion. I love it.
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10/26/2005 03:54:12 PM
Interesting title.
I like this image, it's very strong.
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10/25/2005 10:21:24 PM
oh sheesh, love this editing and picture. very moody
10, and a favourite from me
good luck!
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10/25/2005 08:13:09 AM
Of all the people shots, this is my favorite. The movement flows so well with the grain, I can actually see the continuation of where they were going, what they were doing. Love the composition and the juxtaposition. Hate the title - for me it doesn't fit. OH well. 9 - good luck in the challenge!
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10/24/2005 07:41:01 PM
IMO this should be more in focus.
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10/24/2005 12:32:48 PM
wow actuall grain, visible and everything, rather rare in this challenge. I wish there was a touch less blur on the man's mustache and zipper, and that the two heads didn't overlap. Never the less one of the best examples of grain in the challenge.
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10/24/2005 09:35:36 AM
A bit blurred and over-processed, but otherwise emotive and well composed.
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10/24/2005 09:18:31 AM
Absolute perfection...the movement within this image is amazing to say the least...but then there are the souls...and these are what truly elevates this above much of the rest.
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