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1st Placealone; without a companion or partner....
surfinbird


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Solo (Basic Editing)
Collection: Candid
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Bath, England
Date: Jun 25, 2007
Aperture: f8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/32
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 22, 2007

Captured in RAW
In Mac Aperture:
Sharpen
Export as 8 bit TIFF

In Photoshop CS
LucisArt - Whyeth
Contrast / Brightness
Melancholytron - sepia tone only
Sharpen
Crop
Image Size
Save for web

I really love this shot, my best to date? - predict 6.75!

I caught this elderly gentleman in a candid moment. His appearance was a little disheveled, but he had a presence that few have. It struck me that this man, still wearing a tie,french cuffs, cuff-links, polished shoes and flowers in his hat - must have an interesting past. I thought about asking him about himself, but decided that I would rather view the image and guess.

Thank you for the votes, comments and fav's. I really do love this picture and agree that the signage on the left is a little distracting - but I needed the empty bench space to convey 'solo'

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 249
Avg (all users): 7.4395
Avg (commenters): 8.5500
Avg (participants): 7.1379
Avg (non-participants): 7.6162
Views since voting: 16546
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 157
Comments: 64
Favorites: 38 (view)


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02/20/2008 09:08:43 PM
Very well done.It is extremly well designed.I really like were you put the subject.How much graphic design have you had .Please reply to me.On any part that you want to.
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12/15/2007 11:51:06 PM
love the pp =]
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07/08/2007 07:41:53 PM
I think the main reason this photo intrigues us is because of the fact that many ideas and stories can be drawn from it. This capture suits the saying "A photo is worth a thousand words" perfectly.

Very beautiful, also nice job on choosing to make this a sepia. If it were black and white it would have been too depressing, if it were color, the background would have been too detracting!

Congrats =D
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07/06/2007 09:49:36 PM
this shot is perfect....!
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07/06/2007 06:26:39 PM
Oh how I LOVE photos processed like this! This is so awesome! And I don't really think he looks sad. He seems content. Solo doesn't always mean lonely. I just love the photo. Congratulations on this well-chosen blue ribbon!

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07/06/2007 06:01:25 AM
i feel sorry for the man in the shot.
i know a very old man who was alone after his wife passed away, and they had no children. it is saddening, and this photo brings out that very same emotion (assuming similar fate). good photo.

crayon
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07/05/2007 02:15:21 PM
Great work! Looking at this photograph makes me feel a bit sad for that man...It's amazing when pictures can bring out emotions in you...that means something.
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07/05/2007 01:40:39 PM
This is picture has to be the best i've seen in a long long time.. I can't stop looking at him, you really captured him and how he is feeling so well. I have to say congrats! Well done...
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07/05/2007 07:37:51 AM
Excellent work, congratulations!
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07/05/2007 06:13:50 AM
Congrats on a top image and your Blue Ribbon it is a well deserved win
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07/05/2007 01:53:18 AM
id luv to hav comments on my pic that i put up on solo. what could i do to make it better. ur pic was great, no doubt. need help on my photography
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07/04/2007 10:53:10 PM
ahh, this is beautiful! Congrats!
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07/04/2007 07:08:24 PM
An image that creates a web of curiosity. The facial expression is so pensive and at the same time as if revealing a regret or disppointment in the colorful experience of life. Very well captured. Congratulations on your Blue!
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07/04/2007 05:36:09 PM
Great lighting on this one.Terrific subject. Stood out from the pack. Congrats on winning the Blue ribbon.
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07/04/2007 02:15:39 PM
Brings out such sad emotions. Beautiful capture.
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07/04/2007 01:48:28 PM
This image implicitly tells a very sad story. What especially catches my eye in this photo and what drives home the solitude is the way the man is sitting on the very edge of the bench.
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07/04/2007 09:26:17 AM
You are brilliant ! ! surfinbird :-)
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07/04/2007 07:44:04 AM
Excellent work. This was my fave right off the bat. Well done!
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07/04/2007 07:36:47 AM
This image is really beautiful. Congrats on winning the blue.
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07/04/2007 06:52:50 AM
I would NOT... NOT think to give no less than 9 to this photo, and I don't know what other people were thinking when they gave 3 or 4 :(

Very effective, very touching photo. Good... no , Excellent job.

Congrats :)

PS: I would argue with ANYONE who thinks worth less than 9. if so, I tell you what, you are in a wrong place. period.
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07/04/2007 06:36:51 AM
Originally posted by surfinbird:

I really love this shot, my best to date? - predict 6.75!

well, you were partially correct ;-) congrats!
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07/04/2007 03:55:55 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon and on a fine shot. For what it's worth, I don't mind the signage at all - it adds to the atmosphere in my opinion. An excellent capture!
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07/04/2007 03:39:13 AM
nice storytelling photo, congratz !
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07/04/2007 03:06:11 AM
Very fine photograph with lots of character...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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07/04/2007 02:00:43 AM
I missed this during the voting, but it would have gotten a 10 from me. I'm adding it to my favorites. Congrats on a well deserved ribbon.
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07/04/2007 12:59:03 AM
Well done!
Is this in Somerset?
I grew up in Taunton.
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07/04/2007 12:56:26 AM
Great shot and great capture! Congratulations on your blue
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07/04/2007 12:43:15 AM
WOW!!! this is what candids are all about!! FANTASTIC!! well deserved ribbon!! Congradulations!!!
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07/04/2007 12:40:49 AM
Congratulations! Beautiful entry, really well done.
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07/04/2007 12:38:01 AM
Whoa!!!

Michael, congrats on another great finish!!!
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07/04/2007 12:35:37 AM
Congrats on your Blue Ribbon!! This is well deserved!!!
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07/04/2007 12:34:15 AM
great! this was one of my favorites of the challenge. congrats on your well deserved BR!!
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07/04/2007 12:27:36 AM
This is a great shot. Congratulations on your well-deserved blue. I didn't know you could use LucisArt in Basic!
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07/04/2007 12:26:09 AM
Congrats on a most beautiful shot! One of my favs since I have been on this site.
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07/04/2007 12:13:48 AM
ahhhh! i want to favorite this again and again! i keep coming back to look at it!
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07/04/2007 12:06:36 AM
Great photo great finish, congratulations.
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07/04/2007 12:04:48 AM
Try again - it finished a bit higher than that! Excellent shot! Congratulations!
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07/04/2007 12:03:36 AM
WOW - FANTASTIC finish. WOO HOO for you.
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07/04/2007 12:03:30 AM
oh wow. didnt see this in the challenge. i love the roses in his hat. this is so amazing. thank you for sharing this with us :) o a, absolutely in love!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/03/2007 09:57:38 PM
Real Life! :)
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07/03/2007 04:48:32 PM
Outstanding - My favorite in this challenge.
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07/02/2007 01:31:14 PM
I Love this.
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06/30/2007 11:45:48 AM
Normally I'm not a fan of this much 'grunge', but I have to admit it almost works for this otherwise excellent image
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06/30/2007 09:35:40 AM
sad =( (but good =D )
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06/29/2007 08:38:43 PM
Wonderful photo.
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06/29/2007 08:35:59 PM
timeless....great shot
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06/29/2007 02:04:23 PM
This photo really caught my eye. The desaturation is great for bringing out the lines, might suggest a little less detail in the background to bring your subject even more.
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06/29/2007 12:35:05 PM
I what have considered cropping about 1/3 off of the left. I think that would have enhanced the impact a lot. That being said it's still an 8 to my eyes.
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06/28/2007 10:55:36 PM
You might not want to add such a lone title. Maybe for this one something short and sweet to allow the viewer to be creative. I love the Tones in this photo. I also love the whole vintage theme going on. Makes me wonder if a place like this really exists. The Vintage cap with the flower, shirt and tie with cuffs. The expression on his face is a good one.
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06/28/2007 10:05:56 PM
Finally! The old man sitting alone on a park bench. I knew it was in here somewhere. Excellent!!!
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06/28/2007 09:33:32 PM
nice
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06/28/2007 01:53:17 PM
I am unsure if the rose is actually part of his hat or not, but I love it there. Very beautiful, poignant image.
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06/28/2007 08:53:35 AM
This guy really looks like a unique character. There is something about his body language I can't quite put my finger...I feel like it's something I should be picking up on. Very nice b&w/sepia conversion, really fits overall with the mood of the photo. Great job!
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06/28/2007 08:24:47 AM
Wonderful entry well presented!
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06/28/2007 07:14:54 AM
Good choice for a sepia! 10
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06/28/2007 12:48:13 AM
MAGNIFIC
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06/27/2007 11:02:53 AM
There's the Blue. This is the perfect depiction of alone....solo. His slouch and gaze seem to tell the tale.
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06/27/2007 10:22:42 AM
great edit...the tones are fantastic
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06/27/2007 07:48:40 AM
Without a doubt, one of my favorites. Great shot, love the finish work!
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06/27/2007 06:56:36 AM
nice
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06/27/2007 03:58:12 AM
good candid shot, the crop is too tight IMO
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06/27/2007 03:54:00 AM
great shot. Love the processing on this, curious to know what you did. You caught a very interesting subject here. Those flowers in his hat? Strange. :) I like it.
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06/27/2007 01:50:04 AM
I love the editing!!!!!! This is wonderful.

Coming back for a 2nd pass. I might've cropped out the signage to the left of the window. What a sweet face.
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06/27/2007 12:52:54 AM
the tones on this shot are magnificent! /10
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