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Diamond In The Dirt
Diamond In The Dirt
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Olympus E-510
Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Digital
Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Date: Feb 14, 2008
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Urban, Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2009

Almost a year ago this young girl was living at La Chureca, the dump outside Managua, Nicaragua. Chances are high you will find her there today a year older and more worn. No wonder this place is one of the seven horrors of the world. I hope her family managed to get out of this living hell but I fear she is still there.

PS: Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation, Resize, USM, Frame and Save for the Web.

Camera Model: E-510
Equipment Maker: OLYMPUS
Date Taken: 14.2. 2008 15:22
Color Representation: sRGB
Subject Distance:
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 150 mm
F-numer: F/4.5
ISO:400
Exposure Time: 1/320sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Compensation: 0

Statistics
Place: 32 out of 531
Avg (all users): 6.6565
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.6897
Avg (non-participants): 6.5536
Views since voting: 2327
Views during voting: 446
Votes: 230
Comments: 25
Favorites: 4 (view)


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02/03/2009 01:19:11 AM
This was one of my favorites of the challenge. the capture and expression are amazing, and I still can't get over how low you placed. This was top three material.
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01/24/2009 03:05:58 AM
This was my favourite of the challenge. I already saw it on Photodom yesterday :)
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01/23/2009 05:39:16 PM
I gave this an 8. As you know, I think this is an excellent series of images. I just looked and noted the differences between:

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Tones aside (I like the color too), I think I like her glance in the b&w, just seems to capture her character a little more.. if that makes sense.
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01/23/2009 09:51:12 AM
This was/is my favorite-most shot of the best of 2008 series. And I simply love it!

The expression that you have capture of her, the composition, the background color blending into the color of the subject, and the overall feel -all are excellent here. There is small glich in blown out hair (but I shall live with it).

It is a picture that stays with you...

Thanks for sharing!

Regards,
Vikram

P.S. Also the subject is so beautiful. God Bless!
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01/23/2009 09:50:22 AM
This was/is my favorite-most shot of the best of 2008 series. And I simply love it!

The expression that you have capture of her, the composition, the background color blending into the color of the subject, and the overall feel -all are excellent here. There is small glich in blown out hair (but I shall live with it).

It is a picture that stays with you...

Thanks for sharing!

Regards,
Vikram
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01/23/2009 09:01:32 AM
Very strong and humbling portrait....
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 11:12:25 PM
woooow!!!!! i really really like this. might have cropped a bit off the left, but other then that.... wow
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01/22/2009 07:34:19 AM
Excellent photo and the title is apt too. What's the background on this shot? 9
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01/21/2009 06:54:27 PM
Great expression, great subject. The lighting really highlights the wild hair yet the face is perfectly exposed in softer light. Well done! I think I'd like more negative space in front of the subject but your composition creates additional tension. 10
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01/21/2009 04:26:48 PM
The light in her hair is amazing!
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01/20/2009 08:53:39 PM
an outstanding portrait, love the backlight, the dirt 8
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01/19/2009 07:55:06 AM
outstanding shot, just simply excellent. 9
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01/18/2009 02:52:31 PM
A must top 10 image. Perfect in every way. Very well done!
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01/18/2009 10:24:18 AM
A capture that blows you away! Congrats, a 10 from me.
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01/17/2009 04:17:47 PM
great light on her hair, so much is said in this image, a really pretty girl in sad circumstances
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01/17/2009 02:20:50 PM
Great title, excellent photojournalism.
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01/17/2009 11:44:23 AM
great portrait, draws you in
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01/17/2009 05:37:41 AM
wonderful image
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01/17/2009 01:01:24 AM
wow...awesome image, love the light on the hair and the story the image tells 8
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01/16/2009 07:46:34 PM
Amazing National Geographic shot. Really well done, those eyes!!!
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01/16/2009 06:21:35 PM
beautiful portrait, very good the effect of the sun in the hair.
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01/16/2009 04:47:42 PM
incredible capture - it is almost too much to bear when you see children living in situations like this
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01/16/2009 04:04:54 PM
How incredibly powerful. And dirty :-)
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01/16/2009 12:42:25 PM
wow, what a fantastic capture, that's a perfect example of a picture that tells a story, my fav so far
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01/16/2009 09:55:20 AM
Maybe a touch harsh on the light at the top of her hair, but a worthy candid portrait.
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