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Man at Bus Stop with Advertisement
Man at Bus Stop with Advertisement
Keith Maniac


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Challenge: Candid III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: Chicago Loop
Date: Apr 8, 2006
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Urban, Candid
Date Uploaded: Apr 8, 2006

I spent this afternoon prowling the streets of Chicago's Loop. It was mostly sunny, but the skyscrapers tend to block out the sunlight, so I sought out those places that the sunlight did reach. I was under the El tracks on Wabash when I spotted this advertisement on the side of a bus stop. I thought it would be good to juxtapose someone against it, so I hung around, waiting to see who would happen by. After a few minutes, this gentleman walked onto the scene. I thought he looked fantastic, and I snapped several shots of him. This was the best of the lot.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 396
Avg (all users): 6.6596
Avg (commenters): 8.2581
Avg (participants): 6.7300
Avg (non-participants): 6.6074
Views since voting: 3723
Views during voting: 368
Votes: 235
Comments: 50
Favorites: 17 (view)


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12/23/2009 01:57:14 AM
Great work, in thumbnail version the man look likes advertisement and the advert. looked like real person to me :)
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05/31/2007 09:00:08 PM
no way.
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09/14/2006 12:16:03 AM
wow. great work
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05/07/2006 12:32:34 AM
I love the juxtaposition of the grumpy old man and the happy go lucky cheesy guy. Great shot!
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05/03/2006 03:44:28 PM
Great work Christopher. Congrats.
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04/21/2006 01:59:07 PM
I really like this. I was one of your 18 tens. The contrast between the old man and the advertisment is so cool.
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04/21/2006 01:47:43 PM
This got a 9 from me. This was clearly well thought out and composed. It's obvious that you had to wait for the perfect moment to present itself once you saw the sign. I liked the witty incongruity of the happy, young guy on the sign and the cranky expression on the elderly man.
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04/20/2006 02:53:02 PM
An amazing capture you've got here. Real world vs Surreal world. The media freaks me out! The ideas of reality are so warped. Excellent contrast of two worlds. Very nice work!
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04/20/2006 08:45:05 AM
Remarkable shot! In many ways perhaps the best of the challenge, but arguably not quite candid" enough as the ad dominates so strongly. Really fine work though.
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04/19/2006 10:03:04 AM
This was my favourite in the challenge.
Well done.
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04/19/2006 05:12:22 AM
Top work Chris: leaving my own aside, I thought this should win, and I'm surprised and delighted to see it so highly rated. And just 31/10,000ths behind, er, mine ;-)

Message edited by author 2006-04-19 05:46:19.
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04/19/2006 03:55:33 AM
Congrats o nthe top 5 ... love this shot ... made me look several times more than twice :)
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04/19/2006 01:46:28 AM
Great finish. ONe of my favs~
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04/19/2006 12:56:10 AM
Everything I love about really good street photography: wit, whimsy, charm and simplicity. And totally candid, naturally. So good to see photographs at DPC that are about the photograph, and not about the photographer. Love your work, Chris.

who do you, who do you, who do you, who do you
think you are, ha ha ha bless your soul
you really think you're in control

I think you're Crazy
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04/19/2006 12:40:44 AM
Congratulations! Again, I repeat, this is a great candid.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/18/2006 10:08:46 PM
How cool, what a contrast.

Great find and a really awesome shot.
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04/17/2006 11:36:50 AM
This is an exquisite example of how a bisected picture can be powerful, the contrasting colours is just great, just as the contrasting expressions. Like truth vs. fiction. Impressive piece.
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04/16/2006 05:19:52 PM
Nice contrast between the two sides.
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04/16/2006 05:03:05 PM
definitly leaves and impression...kind of shows reality vresus day dreams
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04/16/2006 04:38:13 PM
Love the expressions, great capture
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04/16/2006 01:31:23 PM
Great expression and good contrasts between young / old and vibrant / muted colours.
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04/16/2006 01:27:59 PM
Very original!
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04/16/2006 12:20:51 PM
Great shot, great piece of street photography with the contrasting expressions and light vs. bright. I like how the green balances out with the child walking up the stairs on the left, a little more of the serendipity. 10.
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04/16/2006 11:40:29 AM
love a photo that makes me smile. and i still am. laughing now with friends ahh i hope you'll do well with this. a ten from me.
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04/16/2006 07:19:46 AM
Good expression contrast.
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04/15/2006 11:34:58 PM
Wow, my favorite of the challenge! Its almost as if the man in the advertisement has aged and gotten bitter, after all those sweet mints. Great job. 10
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04/15/2006 10:38:36 PM
This my favorite in the entire candid challenge. Its the contrast between the almost ridiculous advertisement and reality that wins it for me.
My blue ribbon choice.
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04/15/2006 10:00:20 PM
Photo seems in two halves, bit distracting.
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04/15/2006 03:43:07 PM
The size of the ad is too big compared to the subject. I would suggest zooming out so you can still see the man in the ad, but make the "real life" part of the shot take up a larger area so it doesn't take away too much attention. On the bright side, I really like the idea of the contrast in moods. Very creative.
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04/15/2006 03:01:44 PM
Really interesting capture, nice.
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04/14/2006 11:45:13 PM
hilarious! love it 10
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04/14/2006 06:12:11 PM
I love the unbalance in this. The left side is almost monocromatic in contrasty subtle lit brown tones while the right side is vibrant, saturated, and colorful. The texture of the dividing line is like a zipper. Cool shot.
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04/13/2006 04:57:21 PM
among the picture I gave 9. I like it for originality, color and composition.
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04/13/2006 12:47:09 PM
Great capture. You would almost think that this had to be a posed shot considering the vast difference in facial expressions between the two. I really liked the comparison of the two sides - happy and bright to darker and more gloomy.
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04/13/2006 07:26:02 AM
This is my kinda stuff here. the juxtaposition of these elements makes it startling. I also love that this ad is so completely cheesy and surreal while reality blasts in your face when you see the "non-ad" man. To me, this is what photography is about. The focus is perfect ... people in the disatance put the viewer in the real world. Brilliant. 10 and fave.
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04/13/2006 07:20:50 AM
Ah now, a proper photograph; love the juxtaposition here, and your control of this exposure is excellent; I'm a fan of the results of public printed images and the 'real' anyhow. Super work.
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04/13/2006 12:24:37 AM
This pic is great but you should try a title that doesn't say exactly what the photo is. but still give it a 6.
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04/12/2006 11:56:54 PM
Nice contrast of colors. I like it.
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04/12/2006 04:50:11 PM
Fabulous! What a great moment you found!
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04/12/2006 12:46:14 PM
The side of real guy is defenetly more valuable then other :).
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04/12/2006 12:22:21 PM
I think this is one instance where being further away would have been better. It is difficult to tell the picture on the right is an ad. I do love the contrast though between the guy in the ad, all happy and bright, and the guy standing there in his muted clothing.
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04/12/2006 11:14:41 AM
I don't usually like comments or give them, but since candids are near and dear to my heart, I have decided to comment on every photo in this challenge.

I had to really look at this for a second to see that the title is the only thing that prevented me from thinking this was two shots fused together. I think for me it would have been a tough choice on whether or not to add the sign in the photo when the man to the left had such great features. Now the sign tends to pale the man on the left, the true candid, by comparison, so I have to give this a 5. I would have gone with less sign and more man.
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04/12/2006 10:00:50 AM
Real cool photo. Love it. 9
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04/12/2006 09:20:17 AM
Really cool shot! Good work.
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04/12/2006 08:56:35 AM
Wow - look at the many examples of contrast: young and old, bright and dark, happy and sad, real and surreal!! I'm impressed. 9
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04/12/2006 08:46:16 AM
Perfect sample of true life! Good idea.
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04/12/2006 07:01:49 AM
thats cool.
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04/12/2006 02:17:26 AM
One of the best IMO!
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04/12/2006 02:13:56 AM
what an amazing composition! The dichomoty of the two images makes this photo! 9
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04/12/2006 01:54:43 AM
looks like two separte pictures i had to take a double take.
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