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Selling Lollipops To Survive
Selling Lollipops To Survive
alanfreed


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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Candid (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S30
Location: Oakland section of Pittsburgh
Date: Aug 26, 2002
Aperture: 4.9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Emotive, Candid
Date Uploaded: Aug 26, 2002

This is an old homeless man who can always be found on the streets of the Oakland section of Pittsburgh near where I work. He always has his trademark sombrero, and often wears some very eye-catching outfits while begging.

I chose the sepia look for two reasons. First, I thought that it did a better job of reflecting the man's outlook of life. And in color, the suitcase is red. Very red, actually. I thought that the bright color of the suitcase would have detracted from the subject.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 172
Avg (all users): 6.9336
Avg (commenters): 7.9167
Avg (participants): 6.9538
Avg (non-participants): 6.9167
Views since voting: 2710
Votes: 286
Comments: 42
Favorites: 4 (view)


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03/23/2004 04:10:50 PM
i know this guy!! great shot. thanks for sharing. (ps, i have been trolling your entries in a nostalgia trip--used to live in the 'burgh. great stuff!).
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09/15/2002 04:28:00 AM
I absolutely agree about your "color" choices.
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09/09/2002 03:40:00 AM
Congrats and well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/08/2002 08:40:00 PM
Very good photo. The color is evocative as well.
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09/08/2002 07:00:00 PM
goood candid shot love the expression
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09/08/2002 12:53:00 PM
sad
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09/08/2002 11:17:00 AM
This is a really great candid with a lot of emotion. The look on this man's face is priceless. The coloration also adds to this picture.
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09/08/2002 02:54:00 AM
Great Pic, I would totally buy a lolly pop from this guy!
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09/08/2002 01:30:00 AM
great tone in this shot. and i love his expression. its priceless. (8) ~mcmurma
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09/06/2002 07:20:00 PM
Some contrast in this black and white, but I think there needs to be more contrast between the subject's skin and the pavement. Good emotion! 8 Swash
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09/06/2002 01:21:00 PM
very thougtworthy
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09/06/2002 01:10:00 PM
This picture is really sad to me, though I don't know all of the circumstances. Hope you bought one of his suckers since you took his picture! :-) The coloring is very effective I think. karmat
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09/05/2002 02:22:00 PM
This photograph asks lots of questions. Very nice.
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09/05/2002 01:22:00 AM
Nice emotion capture
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09/04/2002 11:52:00 PM
Wow, nice photo. The expression says it all.
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09/04/2002 10:16:00 PM
Composition - very good
Technical Aspects - very good
Meets Challenge - yes +
Visual Impact / Originality very high
Other suggestions none - a 9
Jim msp
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09/04/2002 06:19:00 PM
I think that this good focus on the subject.
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09/04/2002 06:08:00 PM
Nice shot. I love the look on his face.
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09/04/2002 04:37:00 PM
nice job---this picture portrays quite a bit of emotion. i wonder what it would have looked like as a straight black and white? also i would have liked to see just a tad more headroom--but then again you probably had to crop out some unecessary "sidewalk elements!" these are just other ideas---the picture is great as it is! 9--amitchell
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09/04/2002 09:51:00 AM
great candid. the toning is just a bit too yellow for my tastes. i think i would have prefered this in b&w. i didnt grade you down for that. 8 goodtimecharlee
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09/03/2002 07:22:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background7,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing6,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 7,
Total Averaged Rating7. Autool
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09/03/2002 06:11:00 PM
Excellent composition. I like the way you have framed the subject, so they look cramped in the amount of space you have left them. It somehow works to establish the mood in this photo -- great job! 9 -- LanSnake
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09/03/2002 03:56:00 PM
Nice storytelling with this one. Good composition to give an appropriate view.
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09/03/2002 12:31:00 PM
I truly love this shot. It captures all kinds of emotion for me. Terrific...10 -KrazyKat
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09/03/2002 11:47:00 AM
I hope after you snapped this you bought one.........
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09/03/2002 06:00:00 AM
Nice job. I'd be interested in seeing what it looks like in black and white as well as the sepia choice.7 Kaz
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09/03/2002 04:48:00 AM
Sad image. The expression on his face says it all. So does the empty street. 8 Journey
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09/03/2002 02:11:00 AM
Excellent Candid shot! Ihope you bought some lolipops!
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09/02/2002 11:12:00 PM
mood captured - so they can afford $1000 cameras but can't spare a nickel for a lollipop.
sincerity of expressions - great

I hope you bought a few from him!
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09/02/2002 04:21:00 PM
This shot just makes me want to cry. It is such an emotional photo. Definitely "candid", it conveys sadness and quiet desperation. The sepia is perfect, and I think the composition is wonderful. I hope this places high. lhall-10
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09/02/2002 04:12:00 PM
Moving photo. Nice tones. Score 7 Justine
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09/02/2002 04:08:00 PM
what a brilliant picture. i love it !! 10
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09/02/2002 02:25:00 PM
Tinged with sadness - but a superb shot. Can't find fault here.. (10) Classic picture, great shooting... (10)
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09/02/2002 01:40:00 PM
You caught the hopelessness in his eyes perfectly
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09/02/2002 12:55:00 PM
Poor guy! wonderfull candid!! 7--shutterfly
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09/02/2002 12:47:00 PM
very nice candid :) living out of a suitcase... selling lollipops... life can be tough... this photo makes me thankful for what i have :) - great shot... = 9 - jmsetzler
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09/02/2002 12:39:00 PM
Great image - interesting choice of sepia - thought-provoking expression. Nice job.
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09/02/2002 12:39:00 PM
Jeez! this picture made me so sad
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09/02/2002 02:07:00 AM
That's sad that he has to do that.
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09/02/2002 01:01:00 AM
This guy looks like a very tired tourist to me. Like the color and composition.
Spiller
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09/02/2002 12:49:00 AM
It's a nice photograph, but I believe it could use a touch more contrast and it may look better cropped a little wider.
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