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The Street Vendor
3rd PlaceThe Street Vendor
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Challenge: For Sale (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: 16th Street Mall - Denver
Date: Dec 11, 2006
Galleries: Candid, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Dec 11, 2006

Okay, cool. This is a nice way to finish out the "DPC" year..with a ribbon. That is 5 in 2005. 5 in 2006.

This is 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. I hadn't walked around taking candid city stuff for about 3 months (pathetic I know). I have simply been obsessed with studio/model work and nature landscapes. So I spent about 2 hrs just wandering around my city taking photographs of people and buildings with "For Sale" in the back of my mind. But the street vendors were always my intention. During this walk I even got my first "I am calling security, you are suspicious" crazy, woman manager threat...even though I was on a public street shooting away from her building. Crazy, insane. It probably didn't help I had my headphones on while she had been trying to communicate with me for upwards of 5 minutes and I was completely unaware of her nagging presence at that point.

But as the light was fading completely and I was walking home, I saw this man and literally was crossing the street with the traffic snapping away. Just bumped the shutter speed high enough (and ISO) that my movement didn't bother the photo.

Okay, the big deal here is sel desat. I rarely rarely use it. But read Mr. Clarke's comment (e301). That is exactly how I feel about the image. The concept behind the visual trick was purely to highlight the fellow and bring the viewer to spend sometime with him. Otherwise the scene is so busy, he would have been lost I fear. But that is why i went for a more graudated color from bottom to top, to make the effect less stark, and almost warming instead.

Thanks again everyone. And watch out for some sweet sub-tropical photographs in the coming weeks.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 120
Avg (all users): 6.7790
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.4912
Avg (non-participants): 6.8571
Views since voting: 6972
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 267
Comments: 61
Favorites: 17 (view)


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12/26/2006 05:09:02 PM
I like the selective desat in this shot - and I don't generally. Leaving the area around the street seller in color made it work and kudos to you for realising this.

Its almost like a beam of sunshine or a spotlight on stage..
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12/25/2006 03:12:14 PM
Sweet shot! I am heading down there in january.
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12/24/2006 12:15:06 PM
i love the effect of the selective desat. I agree with the photographer that the background is a bit busy and would rob the main subject of its prominence. i think the effect worked well in depicting an oasis of warmth amidst a cold background (depicted by the desaturated background). the absence of other people in the background even adds to "aloofness" and the "coldness" that we may experience in this day and age. had he left the colrs in, i bet the background will be full of lights especially on the trees...

an island of warmth and comfort in a cold winter night... that's what i see...
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12/24/2006 04:16:01 AM
great to see you get your 5th ribbon for 06 Beau..congratulations
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12/22/2006 10:06:35 AM
Great finish. I like the composition and set up of this one!
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12/22/2006 09:09:35 AM
Congratulations on ribboning Beau!

...like you need another. ;-P

Message edited by author 2006-12-22 10:25:55.
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12/22/2006 01:05:39 AM
I like this very much. I think the selective desat makes the shot. I really didn't even notice it much. It just looked like a snowy scene to me, so I was drawn to the warmth. Nice one.
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12/21/2006 05:43:38 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Well done!
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12/21/2006 06:05:06 AM
Imho this is the winner - what a wonderful shot.
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12/21/2006 12:42:21 AM
Congrats on finishing 2005 in style.
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12/20/2006 09:26:11 PM
Nice atmosphere here... Great colors :o) congrats on the ribbon...
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12/20/2006 05:07:16 PM
Nice one Beau :)
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12/20/2006 05:03:11 PM
I like the light in this image, and how it fades from colour to black and white. Congratulations!
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12/20/2006 05:00:06 PM
As much as I love to see candid photographs as top finishers in any challenge, I don't like this picture. What you did to the colours is atrocious, and the composition is too up-front and messy.
12/20/2006 03:22:03 PM
Nice picture. Thank you
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12/20/2006 01:44:30 PM
Very nice, I thought it might ribbon and glad to see it did. You were my guess for this photo because of the location.
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12/20/2006 08:58:40 AM
16th st mall? nice job
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12/20/2006 05:28:14 AM
I'm pleased you're on the front page again Beau - your stuff's usually worth keeping an eye on. But selective de-sat ... just can't bring myself to even pretend to say I like it :-) Sure, it needs it - he'd have vanished into his background too much without that trick to give it effect - so points for visual understanding - but ... well, if it needed that, it isn't that great a shot, is it?
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12/20/2006 04:52:18 AM
Hooray Beau! Way to go. We'll crush 'em :)
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12/20/2006 04:51:28 AM
Very nice, great light, congrats.
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12/20/2006 03:42:41 AM
Beau great shot as usual and another ribbon for you and the team :)
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12/20/2006 02:58:32 AM
WTG, Beau! Good job!
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12/20/2006 01:12:10 AM
This is very cool Cutter.
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12/20/2006 12:39:31 AM
Congrats! Thought this would be up here (had hoped a notch or two higher but what can ya do). Well done!
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12/20/2006 12:32:51 AM
Great shot, one of my favourites in the challenge. Huge congrats on your yellow ribbon.
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12/20/2006 12:11:01 AM
Congrats!!
I thought this would be #1 for sure.
Awesome photo, great job..
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12/20/2006 12:08:59 AM
WTG Cutter! My favorite of the challenge!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/19/2006 10:38:34 PM
My favorite picture. Love the color selection. Glad you kept the color of the light on the pavement. Outstanding pic!
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12/19/2006 08:05:09 PM
I love the effect and those trees...7
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12/19/2006 07:03:16 PM
Beautiful. My top pick for this challenge.
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12/19/2006 01:41:51 PM
gorgeous.
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12/19/2006 11:12:18 AM
This should get the blue BY A LONG MILE!!! A BIG 10.
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12/19/2006 09:55:17 AM
Great composition and use of coloring.
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12/19/2006 05:16:10 AM
the desaturation of everything else is a little too start (and therefore unnatural). otherwise a great shot.
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12/17/2006 08:15:31 PM
one of my top picks, very nice, good luck
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12/17/2006 02:11:14 PM
I would have cropped some off of the top. Great lighting and color at the bottom of the photo. Love the lines created in this photo...again they would still be there even if some was cropped from the top.
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12/17/2006 01:57:46 PM
Color effect works well for this photo.
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12/17/2006 05:33:09 AM
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12/17/2006 01:08:22 AM
Lovely composition - warm, intriguing colour and a great sense of moment
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12/16/2006 08:45:14 PM
I love this shot. Love the saturated and unsaturated areas. Great colors. Nicely done. Back to bump you up to 9.
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12/16/2006 05:19:48 PM
Sense Appeal-10
Layout-10
Creativity-10
Applied Techniques-10
Meets the Challenge-10

Average-10 - It's all there. Very cool piece of work :)
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12/16/2006 03:02:44 PM
Nice use of selective color, I like how you were able to "blend" it into the black and white
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12/15/2006 10:46:12 PM
I recognize that street!
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12/15/2006 03:40:28 PM
For once, a selective color that doesn't irritate me! Has a lovely texture & vibrance while still imparting dichotomistic feelings of loneliness & holiday cheer. Horizon is ever so slightly off, but since I can't give you a 9.5, I'll have to give you a 10.
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12/15/2006 07:23:07 AM
Wow, the editing done here is magical. I like the effect very much!
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12/15/2006 12:59:03 AM
The best! :)
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12/14/2006 11:52:01 AM
I feel like the selective color needs to creep up vertically more. But it's an effective image.
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12/14/2006 11:28:49 AM
I like the combination of BW and colors.
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12/14/2006 03:37:03 AM
Nice job with the combination of black/white and color editing.
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12/13/2006 07:05:38 PM
The finest in the bunch.
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12/13/2006 04:47:45 PM
Different. I would of liked it without the vendor and all b/w (but then it would of been DNMC for this one.)
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12/13/2006 01:06:32 PM
Very nice, lovely colours
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12/13/2006 10:30:01 AM
Wonderful job of selective desat. Certainly made this vendor jump out as it would have been lost in the "busyness" otherwise. Good job of PP (vignetting, blur, desat, etc...). Nicely done.
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12/13/2006 10:07:28 AM
is that 16th street in Denver? great shot ... like your use of selective desat here ...
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12/13/2006 07:29:14 AM
This was the first image to come up for me to vote on and let me tell you that you sure set the bar high IMO. The selective desat works great. It gives a wonderful contrast between the chill of outside and the warmth that the hot dog cart spreads out. Very well done - bumping up to a 9 for now - but I might be back again. OK - back real quick to add this to my faves.
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12/13/2006 07:08:38 AM
wonderful...well done!
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12/13/2006 06:56:13 AM
Love it ! 10 !
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12/13/2006 05:14:57 AM
Love the atmosphere and the selective desat.
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12/13/2006 01:58:50 AM
That is EERIE, strange PP. It almost has a sense of being a stage set with a B/w backdrop, I expect the vendor to burst into song. Oddly enough I was looking for "my" hotdog vendor to shoot him in a similar scene except a natural backdrop, but he's folded up for the winter :-)

Can't make up my mind to hate it or love it, which is all-in-all a good thing. I think it would work better for me if the reds were a little more muted, but I'm not sure. Arresting image, anyway, and into the 6 group for holding.
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12/13/2006 12:56:45 AM
A wonderful example of selective desat. Very very effective here.
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12/13/2006 12:55:36 AM
Wow I love this photo. Nice desaturation. Nice scale. The snowflakes make it quite storybookish.
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