DPChallenge: A Digital Photography Contest You are not logged in. (log in or register
 
Challenge Entries
Portfolio Images
This image is not part of a public portfolio.
Basket Case
Basket Case
Gotcha


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: City Life (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D1X
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Jun 22, 2002
Aperture: F8
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Emotive, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2002

Shooting into the sun made this shot a bit difficult. I had a nice view of the city in the background, but had to crop it due to lense flair. I was afraid if I tried to turn him around to get better lighting he might wake up.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 112
Avg (all users): 6.8816
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.8817
Avg (non-participants): 6.8815
Views since voting: 2212
Votes: 228
Comments: 45
Favorites: 4 (view)


Please log in or register to add your comments!

AuthorThread
11/04/2003 09:15:02 AM
Not a bad shot, it's very much the character of LA, but I would have liked to see some light on his face.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/04/2002 03:51:00 AM
This is a great overall image and evokes emotions from the viewer. I don't agree with the comment of cropping out the hydrant, because it gives the viewer an idea of where you took the photo. Nice job shooting into the sun.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/01/2002 12:32:00 AM
Main Entry: basket case
Function: noun
Date: 1919
1 : a person who has all four limbs amputated
2 : one that is completely incapacitated, inoperative, or worn out (as from nervous tension)

Thank you for your comments on my photo “Basket Case”. I suspected I might receive a few remarks as to the insensitivity of the title. After following the posts in the forums over the last several weeks regarding titles, I was curious as to how this would be accepted. I believe the impact of this photo speaks for itself. The emotion it brings out is exactly what I had hoped to capture. Can you imagine seeing this in person? It is very clear to me that you truly care and have genuine concern for the well being of the homeless, -That’s exactly why I took this picture-

Please look up the definition to “Basket Case”
//www.m-w.com/
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/30/2002 06:22:00 PM
sad but true part of city life
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/30/2002 05:01:00 PM
Wow. Nicely caught and framed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2002 09:46:00 PM
My reaction when I saw the title and THEN the pic: "Oh no!" Real graphic shot of homeless people having it rough. Nice composition of: 1. clear (I can see everything clearly) and 2. shadows.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2002 08:51:00 PM
Such a sad part of city life, and your shot conveys that well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2002 04:11:00 PM
Interesting...Poor man. This would be a good shot if the hydrant were cropped out.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2002 12:11:00 PM
A mobile home! I love it!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/29/2002 10:30:00 AM
Strong image... the empty parking lot behind the cart adds to the image as well. 6; sjgleah
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2002 02:50:00 PM
This is a horrible yet wonderful shot if ya know what I mean. I love the slanting light, it adds a poignancy to the pic. Well composed too this is one of two "10's" this week for me. Small thing: I'd love it if his face was catching a bit more of the light.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2002 05:36:00 AM
I really don't like the attitude to homelessness and poverty suggested by your title - firstly that it's a lame play on words, and secondly that it suggests the guy is crazy. When I see someone on the streets like that, the only "basket case" I see is a society that allows this to happen. If you think I'm being weird, just read a bit about it. Go and find out how many homeless people are war veterans or have mental illnesses, and wonder why the industrialised world doesn't have systems in place to care for them...

The fact that your photo has such an effect on me shows that it's a good photo. I just wish you could be more neutral with your title and let the viewer decide for themselves how it makes them feel. I'm giving it 9 anyway. (lisae)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2002 12:11:00 AM
awsome!!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2002 09:41:00 PM
good shot! i like the statement and it's definitively something you'll see only in cities.
somehow i think the photo would be better without the hydrant but i guess you couldn't push him a little down the street ;-)
photo 9, creativity 7, city life 10 = 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2002 07:48:00 PM
Best of the bum shots. Hard to see his face, otherwise terrific. Don't normally like these type shots (life's underbelly), but this is sooo well done I had to grade up.
Photo 9 City 9 total 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2002 12:51:00 PM
Definately tells the story, good choice of subject. IMO though, I would have croped tighter to remove destracting elements. Still one ov my top ten picks this week.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2002 11:29:00 AM
sad but true
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2002 07:42:00 PM
wow. that's harsh. very depressing. but well shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2002 06:55:00 PM
This is an extremely powerful image. I'm not sure what to say. I want to help the guy.

9 -Tim
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2002 05:31:00 PM
Man that hurts just looking at him. I wonder if he could get a ticket for "parking next fo a fire hydrant". I really love this photo and believe you have displayed the essence of city life.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2002 05:14:00 PM
This is great!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2002 03:34:00 PM
great capture!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2002 07:30:00 AM
strong image,,, well done
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2002 12:06:00 AM
This pic says something!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/25/2002 10:36:00 PM
1 of 5 10's great job
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/25/2002 09:54:00 PM
Depressing.... We have it sooooooo good.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/25/2002 07:36:00 PM
that dude is the man
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/25/2002 02:08:00 PM
Is that guy dead? that cant be good for the back...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/25/2002 01:11:00 PM
I don't know if I should laugh or cry.. good photo. I hope you have several variations of this one
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/25/2002 11:01:00 AM
Cool pic, cool title, nice crisp photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/25/2002 10:13:00 AM
poor guy...he'll wake up with a terrible crick in his neck. Did you ask him to pose for this? I'd like a tighter crop so I could see his face better. 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 09:08:00 PM
So sad. I see about 2 homeless people under the I-65 bridge but I didn't have the heart to take a picture. I hope you gave him something to eat if he's a real homeless person:)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 08:36:00 PM
that's a hard one to look at. good photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 08:30:00 PM
This is a great photo. Personally I don't care too much for the title (witty, but inappropriate) Image quality is fantastic. Definately relays a message.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 08:25:00 PM
Completely uncomfortable.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 04:11:00 PM
Powerfully sad shot, but so true nowdays.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 04:08:00 PM
Oh man. Talk about a picture that evokes emotion. O guess I could nit-pick about composition, etc., but the picture just holds my attention. 10
(Wonder if he got a ticket for parking beside a meter? Sorry, couldn't resist)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 02:53:00 PM
Are there any hills in your city? <evil grin>
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 01:11:00 PM
An important picture. I am curious what this shot would have been like trough the fence; background?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 12:55:00 PM
An unforntunate but true fact of city life, perfect choice
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 12:46:00 PM
Speaks volumes and can be understood by anyone - anywhere in the world. I'm sorry all of the shadow wasn't included in the shot would of been a winner. Good eye. Kee
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 12:16:00 PM
A sick part of me wants to start pushing him down the street. I think its a great photo. Especially with the yellow hydrant, post and the orange cart. It brings out how out of luck that guy is. one of my 10's
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 11:54:00 AM
thats messed up
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 01:53:00 AM
This is sad but true in a lot of cities... interesting shot indeed... = 7 - jmsetzler
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2002 01:35:00 AM
Yes, a city is where you would see this! Love the title.
  Photographer found comment helpful.


Home - Challenges - Community - League - Photos - Cameras - Lenses - Learn - Prints! - Help - Terms of Use - Privacy - Top ^
DPChallenge, and website content and design, Copyright © 2001-2020 Challenging Technologies, LLC.
All digital photo copyrights belong to the photographers and may not be used without permission.
Proudly hosted by Sargasso Networks. Current Server Time: 06/04/2020 07:06:41 AM EDT.