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Life Changes As You Age
Life Changes As You Age

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Challenge: Street Photography (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Date: Feb 17, 2007
Date Uploaded: Feb 17, 2007

I took this photo at the Amtrak train station in Spokane, Washington just before getting on to go to Seattle. The three girls on the right are my friends, and the lady on the left is a random lady. I didn't set it up, I just ran really quick ahead of my friends and the lady and had time to snape two with flash...my friends are probably laughing at me.

Anyway, after I put the shot on my screen I saw the age difference and the differences of expression.

I could NOT think of a good title for the life of me. So yes, I used "Life Changes As You Age." I was looking for something more subtle, but couldn't think of anything.

This was my friend Collen's suggestion (the girl all the way to the right)

"Age is like a train, once it hits you you're f***ed" --My friend Colleen.

That's a little too.......harsh?

Place: 68 out of 288
Avg (all users): 5.9916
Avg (commenters): 7.2353
Avg (participants): 6.0614
Avg (non-participants): 5.9268
Views since voting: 680
Views during voting: 389
Votes: 237
Comments: 23
Favorites: 4 (view)

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02/27/2007 04:49:08 PM
Great storytelling, Lisa. And excellent execution as well.
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02/27/2007 07:43:42 AM
gave this a 9 and it might be my favorite shot in the challenge.
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02/26/2007 08:54:27 AM
I scored this much higher. I thought it was one that realy had a "street" feel to it with some emotion. Nice work.
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02/26/2007 07:21:04 AM
Wow- this was you! I wavered between a 6 aqnd 7 and went with 7 ...
I was going to leave a comment during but it was late. I love how the faces are clear and the shadows are dark yet the scene has a great deal of life and emotion.
You can see a young girl in the foireground woman IMO ... she seems to be shy and hiding something or trying to avoid the camera by looking away ;]

Message edited by author 2007-02-26 07:22:04.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/25/2007 10:15:32 PM
I think this is my favorite in the challenge, which is really saying something. As your title suggests, these people all seem like ghosts of each other, but the lady in the foreground has such a commanding presence and an unforgettable expression. 10
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02/25/2007 01:38:08 AM
Awesome. And in my case, really, really hits home. Back to add a few words. What makes this work, other than the really good choice of subject matter, is the way the younger women almost seem to be aparitions - ghosts of a faded past or perhaps spirits of the future. They're happy, smiling, have a spring in their step. They contrast the older woman's stoic glare, her somewhat bent posture, her reluctant acceptance of life's conditions. Great catch.
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02/24/2007 11:34:39 PM
quite amazing.
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02/24/2007 01:07:31 PM
Love the imagery - 9
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02/23/2007 01:34:16 AM
Im not sure what is happening to the ladies faces but it isnít good. also the perspective on the lady on the right is perhaps making her appear larger than she is. was the older lady on the right necessary to the shot?
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02/22/2007 10:35:23 AM
i like the lady on the left trying to avoid the shot, really makes it stand out. good B&W usage also
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02/22/2007 02:21:16 AM
The expression on the older woman is priceless. The glare/blurry effect on the three younger ladies works well, both to bring together the similarity of their expressions and to set it off from the other woman.
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02/22/2007 02:13:48 AM
wow, what a difference of life as you age!!!! it just strong!!!both the girls and the woman are concious of camera, and it makes even stronger reaction.
woman convincing herself she is not in a pic, but trying enyway to escape, but she cannot make it because a lot of bags, exectly like in real life.
girls are greate contrast and background for her.ay-ay-ay, it's just greate piece
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02/21/2007 05:22:05 PM
I love the active atmosphere in this picture...
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02/21/2007 11:34:54 AM
Old people miserable and alone; young people happy and sociable?
02/20/2007 08:12:45 PM
This is a nice picture. Ditch the imposing title. 7
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02/20/2007 04:37:06 PM
great capture of emotion
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02/20/2007 02:43:47 PM
Kind of an interesting shot at the train station. I think the concept is very cool.
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02/20/2007 09:07:21 AM
I like the contrast between the three young girls and the older woman. I'm not fond of the title, though - it makes something poignant seem too obvious. In other words, I think this photo is strong enough to stand on its own without a title instructing the viewer what to see. Great capture.
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02/20/2007 04:20:27 AM
Very nice capture - The right shutter and flash sync to show some movement and add life to this. V nice.
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02/19/2007 12:31:35 PM
I love the opposition of the older woman with the cane and the carefree smiling girls. Love the sense of meovement. Good contrast.
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02/19/2007 05:56:20 AM
great image...love the look of the older lady...must be freaked out by your flash
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02/19/2007 04:35:16 AM
good focus. Might have been better, if the old lady was a bit more in the center
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02/19/2007 02:19:01 AM
I'm not sure if this blur was intentional or not but if it was i actually would have loved to have seen this with an even slower shutter, I this the lady on the left would have come out looking awesome. either way i like it.
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