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learning to crawl
learning to crawl

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Challenge: Solo (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IIn
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: richmond, va
Date: Jun 26, 2007
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 26, 2007

yeesh...almost a 3-point gap between the commentor's score and the final score. talk about a disconnect. even more of a head-scratcher is how it was between 6.3 and 6.5 for half the week, then it dived down to around 5.7 to slowly work back up to 5.8.

c'est la vie...


anyways, what a killer friggen shot! so perfectly fit for the challenge. a middle-aged man, resigned to having to do his own laundry in a laundromat. he's out on his own--no spouse, no partner, he's flying solo. he's starting over, he's learning to crawl. how heavy, to be at a point in life where you would not expect to have to worry about such mundane things as having to go out to do the laundry. look how he's dressed: he looks more like he's been put into this situation rather than one born to it. makes you wonder how you'd feel if this is where you wind up on sunday nights in your mid-40's, alone in a laundromat...

Place: 75 out of 249
Avg (all users): 5.8278
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 5.6538
Avg (non-participants): 5.9192
Views since voting: 812
Views during voting: 214
Votes: 151
Comments: 20
Favorites: 6 (view)

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01/06/2008 04:21:34 AM
This is YOUR kind of shot...tells a story, excellently done and makes me wonder about the subject. You were robbed in this challenge. Even if it didn't ribbon it should have placed much, much higher.

What's really nice here is the almost voyeristic angle, amazing that the lights are not blown out but you can still see he features cleanly, the really nice depth of field (getting the "laundry" not too blurry while having great focus on him...and that's just the technical side. Well done.
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07/20/2007 09:47:23 PM
Going through my fave folder to see who had done what since I rarely fave images after challenge anymore. I saw this in thumb and popped it open and - ah yes I remember this one. If I am not mistaken this was my top choice for the challenge. So much to take in, a story that is being told and a feeling in my gut for the main character. I remember thinking in challenge "Oh man this would suck" followed by an "Oh man I love my wife". Excellent capture and totally stunned it scored under 6.
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07/06/2007 11:56:27 PM
Maybe his washing machine broke, and he has a wife and 3 kids at home.

Great shot..
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07/06/2007 01:14:11 AM
So underrated. This is spectacular. Goes to show if it doesn't bite 'em in the ass, they don't get it. Way artistic and cool, skip.
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07/06/2007 01:11:37 AM
terrific work - love everything about this. The story is obvious to me even before I read your comments.

I'm interested in the technicals here. The DOF seems really deep for a f/2.8 shot. Is this cropped heavily? My guess is you standing back from the window and had to crop down to this so the DOF works - would love to hear your side of it so I don't have to guess anymore!

Amazing work like this being consistently overlooked is a distressing trend on this site. I choose to fight the trend by removing myself from it's influence. I'm glad you're still submitting such great work.
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07/04/2007 07:58:50 PM
You were robbed...this should have placed higher. I love the composition and the title fits so well. This screams solo...I remember being single and going to the laundry on a saturday night...all by myself! Well done.

Message edited by author 2007-07-04 20:01:06.
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07/04/2007 07:12:19 PM
VERY cool shot skip! LOVE the title too
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07/04/2007 04:13:42 PM
I agree with everybody else skip. Very underrated! I don't think alot of voters really think when they vote. Like a middle aged man, no partner, flying solo, etc... Just b/c there are so many pictures to be voted on. Anyways, top picture in my book. Nice job
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07/04/2007 09:26:43 AM
Great shot, Skip, and great story you've concocted to go with it. I can relate to this gentleman to some extent, though solo is all I've known. I actually don't mind laundromats, though. Great place to people watch and do as you did - make up stories to go with them.
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07/04/2007 03:17:00 AM
This definitely goes into my underrated category, I had this one in my top picks. Nice work!
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07/04/2007 12:46:15 AM
wow, i really think this was way underrated....i guess there is always some in every challenge
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07/04/2007 12:12:24 AM
wow. very cool shot. I love the incorporation (and deconstruction) of text. this would have been a top pick if I had voted.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/29/2007 02:28:33 PM
Great photo! The composition clinches it.
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06/28/2007 10:17:35 PM
I like the B/W; it has a retro look to it.
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06/28/2007 10:04:18 PM
Good composition. Would have been better to show fellow sitting alone in a row of chairs, reading magazine while waiting for laundry.
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06/28/2007 09:08:47 AM
Lots of great layers to this composition, I find myself peeling them back to get to the heart and soul of this scene. Such a fascinating photograph...great job!
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06/27/2007 05:32:31 PM
Excellent photo, even better title!
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06/27/2007 06:44:52 AM
Love this! Something about Laundromats that makes them photogenic, especially in B&W! Well that's what I reckon anyway : )
Great title too!
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06/27/2007 12:48:36 AM
Great use of framing with the painted lettering on the storefront window. The tones are focus are perfect. I like this a lot! 8
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06/27/2007 12:47:00 AM
i threw a quick vote on this and moved on but i had to come back...this is a great emotive shot and to have the faded window lettering is brilliant, hope this gets the treatment it deserves. /10
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