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an old woman in the train
1st Placean old woman in the train

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Challenge: Candid (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 995
Location: Lviv-Rakhiv train
Date: Aug 28, 2002
Aperture: 5.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/105
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2002

a woman that was born and spent all her life in a small village in mountains is coming home from a city in plains.

Place: 1 out of 172
Avg (all users): 8.1088
Avg (commenters): 9.0533
Avg (participants): 8.2985
Avg (non-participants): 7.9500
Views since voting: 8610
Votes: 294
Comments: 99
Favorites: 53 (view)

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04/05/2006 10:15:12 AM
I was looking to see previous Candids and came across this. I almost cried looking at this. On a side note, I had the Nikon 995 also! I love the pivoting body ... Anyway, I can see both the young and the old woman in this image. I hope I get an image like this some day. She is beautiful beyond words.
06/23/2005 07:04:31 PM
Just wonderful. I love the softer focus and the nice lighting.
03/27/2004 08:13:02 AM
Very heartbreaking, very powerful. The lines on her face and her eyes... Dyakuyu! (I'm from Kyiv but spend more time in St. Pete now - and babushki are one of my favorite subjects... Oh, and I love Lviv and can't wait to go back there again!..)
10/11/2003 12:26:12 AM
10/10/2003 10:39:49 PM
Great shot...I keep going back to it.
09/09/2002 06:27:00 PM
This is a fabulous shot that deserves all the recognition available. Well done! Jak
09/09/2002 04:19:00 PM
I am so glad your photo is number one!
09/09/2002 09:28:00 AM
Congrats -- I knew this was going to be right at the top!
09/09/2002 07:21:00 AM
thank you all.
i know, composition and framing are far from ideal, but i had little time, and photographed from waist level.
09/09/2002 05:45:00 AM
Congratulations Hudz! Great picture...
09/09/2002 01:42:00 AM
phenomenal capture... one of my favs :)
09/09/2002 01:21:00 AM
Congratulations Hudz, this is as dramatic a shot as i've ever seen. It is a very powerful photograph. Good luck with future challenges.

09/09/2002 12:58:00 AM
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on #1. There is so much feeling and beauty in this photograph. I wonder if this might be a record # of 10's for one photo? I'll start a thread in the forums to find out.

Please submit this at bestphoto in the People category.

09/09/2002 12:54:00 AM
Congratulations! And such a high score! Haven't seen that for quite a while here!
09/09/2002 12:15:00 AM
Congratulations! This image is fantastic and you deserved to place first. Very, very nice! Grayce aka Gracious
09/09/2002 12:13:00 AM
Congrats! There was little doubt in my mind that this was the top of the field. Well done.
09/09/2002 12:03:00 AM
This is such a nice shot, it evokes tenderness, sadness and loneliness, all at the same time, good luck!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/08/2002 11:11:00 PM
A great portraiture shot.
09/08/2002 07:06:00 PM
this is Candid photography Well spotted,well executed
09/08/2002 03:07:00 PM
Ecce;;emt. This photo is my pick for the week. 10
09/08/2002 11:32:00 AM
Wonderful photo , wonderful lady, she looks like my grandma , i miss her dearly
thank you for this
09/08/2002 10:56:00 AM
A bit to bright. But good composition and nice framing.
09/07/2002 08:05:00 PM
Incredible portrait of an incredible subject. Great work, one of my top 5 this week.
09/07/2002 06:00:00 PM
One of my top five picks; a powerful image.
09/06/2002 04:28:00 PM
You're not going to like me, that a really great shot. but ...
Another week : 10, this week 7 ( to me i's a portrait, not a 'candid moment' in the spirit, even if it is not prepared at all).
But the shot is really great. Lionel
09/06/2002 06:33:00 AM
this is what i call a candid shot!!!!!
09/05/2002 10:58:00 PM
A face of wisdom
09/05/2002 10:43:00 PM
u mustve worked for this shot and the editing - nice!
09/05/2002 05:16:00 PM
What a beautiful shot....lighting is perfect! There is a fine story here.
09/05/2002 03:48:00 PM
Absolutely beautiful. 9 -lennier
09/05/2002 03:41:00 PM
what a incredible face.....I love it
09/05/2002 02:26:00 PM
A very photogenic face, but perhaps could have been set up better.
09/05/2002 02:17:00 PM
Great catch. I wish I could see more of where she is and what is going on around her. 6 sjgleah
09/05/2002 04:43:00 AM
great lighting and framing
09/05/2002 12:37:00 AM
this picture is true.
09/04/2002 10:26:00 PM
who cares what that is in the lower right----super shot--this weeks wallpaper 10
This photo could be in ANY publication--Absolutely Perfect My all time favorite
09/04/2002 10:12:00 PM
Composition - excellent
Technical Aspects - excellent
Meets Challenge - yes +
Visual Impact / Originality very high
Other suggestions frame it - a 10
Jim msp
09/04/2002 09:44:00 PM
This is one of my favorite picks for this challenge. Very nice candid that has bountiful character.
09/04/2002 09:37:00 PM
Wow. I love this shot. The detail is really nice. I'm giving you a 10. I'd love to see the orriginal high res of this. Good work - phlebotiss
09/04/2002 09:36:00 PM
Great candid.
09/04/2002 07:56:00 PM
nice capture
09/04/2002 04:36:00 PM
What an expressive face. Makes me long to hear the stories she could tell. The lighting is superb in this shot. The framing leaves me wanting to see the original. I don't care for how her body is chopped off at the left and we have that chair on the right, but it's likely the best you could do with the candid moment on the train. Stil, this is in my top ten picks for the week. 8, just-married
09/04/2002 04:03:00 PM
supa dupa!!! from Olexandro ns
09/04/2002 03:52:00 PM
Great picture, nothing further to be said.
09/04/2002 03:37:00 PM
this shot is amazing. the framing and composition are just right and the expression/emotion portrayed through the woman's face is fantastic. 10--amitchell
09/04/2002 02:31:00 PM
Priceless capture. I like how she contrasts with the white window (?) Very nicely done. karmat
09/04/2002 12:34:00 PM
Perfect picture. This is my second favorite. Of course her face is wonderful, but I love to colors too. that green in the window frame does nice things for her eyes and the brown frames the green wall the way the plaid coat frames her green eyes, nice. I like the blob on the right too, It makes me think she's not all alone and without the abstact pressence of thta person she would be too vulnerable. I like that the window is white rather than sky colored or treed. The blank white makes a perfect baance to the dark walls and the dark coat. Lighting is perfect. 10
09/04/2002 11:32:00 AM
A strikingly beautiful shot..you captured a face that speaks volumes. Can't find any negatives except maybe a little cropping at the top of the window.
09/04/2002 11:32:00 AM
One of those shots that can live forever. The coincidence of such an incredibly strong subject, a high quality camera, the proper light and the sensitivity to capture it. It should win this week.
09/04/2002 06:04:00 AM
The age in that face is incredible. The lighting is exactly right to highlight those creases. I love the framing and composition. 10 from me! - lisae
09/04/2002 05:41:00 AM
This is a wonderful photo!
09/04/2002 05:27:00 AM
Looks like the cover of National Geographic. Great Shot. Lnede
09/04/2002 12:51:00 AM
mood captured - age, look of wisdom
sincerity of expressions - fabulous
09/04/2002 12:19:00 AM
Amazing subject. The wrinkles deepened by shadows hint to the experiences and hard times she may have lived. Good lighting and nice shot
09/04/2002 12:15:00 AM
Congrats, You really pulled this one off. There are many Candid shots in the challenge, but few that have that artistic element. (my own included). Perfect subject, you will no doubt do well with this shot. 10 Gotcha
09/03/2002 10:18:00 PM
Great shot! One of my 2 favs for the week!
09/03/2002 08:42:00 PM
What a beautiful shot! Great detail.
09/03/2002 08:04:00 PM
This is what it is all about.
09/03/2002 07:56:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background10,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 10,
Total Averaged Rating10. Autool
09/03/2002 07:24:00 PM
Wow and more wow. I really like how you captured her face. This is truly wonderful. I don't really like the large amount of negative space, but I'm not going to quibble too much at this greatness. Well deserved 10. Swash
09/03/2002 07:22:00 PM
Good candid!! congrats!!
09/03/2002 06:26:00 PM
wow, what a face. she's really an interesting subject. a very nice candid shot. one of favorite shots this week.
09/03/2002 06:02:00 PM
Simply beautiful....excellent submission. 10 -KrazyKat
09/03/2002 03:16:00 PM
Very nice photo. Focus is great. Subject is great. My only complaint is that the window seems very bright, no big deal though. 9
09/03/2002 03:07:00 PM
beautiful !!
09/03/2002 01:55:00 PM
This is a wonderful photo--andrewm
09/03/2002 11:58:00 AM
simply stunning. instant 10. national geo type quality. ~mcmurma
09/03/2002 11:10:00 AM
What a great subject and portrait you captured.
09/03/2002 09:27:00 AM
Nice portrait. Wish that her hood and whatever that is in front of her was a little more lit up.
09/03/2002 09:12:00 AM
This is by far my favorite candid this week! BAMartin
09/03/2002 08:50:00 AM
a perfect 10 .... beautiful lighting
09/03/2002 08:13:00 AM
This looks like a professional photo..Are you a professional or just lucky?
09/03/2002 03:55:00 AM
Brilliant! Wonder where you have to dress this warmly in August? Iceland, perhaps? :) 10 Journey
09/02/2002 11:51:00 PM
Though not allowable for this challenge, I would recommend you crop out whatever it is to the right of the picture, turn that all white. Then frame it! You have a wonderful (National Geographic) photo here.
09/02/2002 11:20:00 PM
definitely a top 10 shot....outstanding photograph!! Good luck.
09/02/2002 10:19:00 PM
This is an absolutely beautiful photo. Nothing else to say. Perfect in every way. Great job and good luck in the challenge. ~Hbunch7187~ (10)
09/02/2002 09:15:00 PM
Wow! great subject, lighting.
09/02/2002 08:50:00 PM
This is an awesome shot -- In the top 3, I'm betting. Great choice of subject, and a great expression, too. Well done!
09/02/2002 08:24:00 PM
This is the MOST candid photo I have seen and the only photo I have scored over 7 this week. Absolutely beautiful...........Splendid..........=10 syamjonimi ;'-D

09-02-2002 update:
I just found a photo worthy of an 8 and felt that I should update a message that stated nothing else was above a 7...... ;'-D
09/02/2002 07:30:00 PM
Fantastic shot.....I like this so much. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Score 8 Justine
09/02/2002 05:45:00 PM
This is a great photo... it will probably be my favorite for the week.... = 10 - jmsetzler
09/02/2002 04:59:00 PM
Nice use of light!
09/02/2002 04:07:00 PM
Look at those eyes! You really captured the essence of the person here. I just wish we had a bit more of the window so as to tell the story w/o the title.
09/02/2002 03:57:00 PM
Terrific shot. 9 Spiller
09/02/2002 03:08:00 PM
I love candid photos of old people like this. Nice detail and textures, I can almost feel the old lady's wrinkles.
09/02/2002 03:03:00 PM
Wow...i love this! Great framing...love the blowout! i bet she has wonderful stories to tell. 10 Lisa
09/02/2002 02:22:00 PM
Great capture! 10 from me ~indigo997
09/02/2002 01:37:00 PM
I love window light but have never found a face as full of character as this. Thank you for not taking yet another photo of the family (not you the other photographers.)
09/02/2002 12:44:00 PM
awesome shot!! the black 'something' in the lower right coner is a little distracting. 7---shutterfly
09/02/2002 12:33:00 PM
Superb photograph! I can see this (cropped a bit) on the cover of National Geographic! Great subject, expression, lighting, mood - clearly candid. Excellent!
09/02/2002 12:10:00 PM
To me, "candid" is about capturing "a moment", and you have certainly done that. I like the composition and the lighting. This is a winner for me. Wonderful shot. lhall - 10
09/02/2002 11:31:00 AM
nice image the window keeps it from being a ten 9 good shot
09/02/2002 10:55:00 AM
Wonderful composition! Excellent lighting -- how did you get the window to be pure white while keeping the proper lighting on the woman's face? This is one of the best photographs I've seen on this site in the last few months. I'd give you more than a 10 if it were available! 10+ LanSnake
09/02/2002 10:45:00 AM
09/02/2002 05:42:00 AM
This is the winner I think! 10! Kaz
09/02/2002 04:45:00 AM
Nicely done -- I really like the lighting, it lends itself well to giving her skin a waxy appearance.
09/02/2002 02:41:00 AM
beautiful...old people make wonderful candid shots!
09/02/2002 01:50:00 AM
That's a great picture. She looks really sad though.
09/02/2002 01:02:00 AM
My first 10 of the week ! = 10 Shiiizzzam

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