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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Canon
Location: Melbourne
Date: Aug 14, 2007
Aperture: f20
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.3s
Galleries: Black and White, Street
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

Probably my favourite photo that I've taken. Shot for the blur side challenge in 2007...

Statistics
Place: 400 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.8016
Avg (commenters): 7.0811
Avg (participants): 5.8514
Avg (non-participants): 5.4857
Views since voting: 904
Views during voting: 698
Votes: 514
Comments: 80
Favorites: 11 (view)


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08/03/2010 07:10:26 AM
noticed this pic in this thread ..
just from the thumb i thought it might be one of yours .. it really is an awesome nixter image .. :)
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03/18/2009 06:01:22 PM
Totally Underrated!!!!
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03/18/2009 03:08:00 AM
One of the four 10s I gave out.....should have finished higher.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:45:27 PM
For some reason, I'm very drawn to this. Motion with the birds juxtaposed with the inaction of the guy on the bench, plus an interesting drama in the background. This one has it all, perfect choice of black and white - awesome tonal range. Nailed it. 10
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03/17/2009 11:33:07 PM
Love it! Reminds me of Deb!
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03/17/2009 01:53:10 PM
The motion blur is captivating. I like that the ad of the people in the back are as jumbled as the birds moving around yet the man on the bench is most still, like a traveler through time. Oh and those photographers in the window reflecting back to the viewer, a reflection of you no doubt.
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03/17/2009 10:38:03 AM
Interesting street scene in nicely processed b&w
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03/17/2009 07:07:22 AM
Very VERY cool capture. The movement and the stillness. I would have loved to have had this on my flash card.
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03/17/2009 04:51:42 AM
Love the movement in the birds around the man on the bench. great shot
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03/17/2009 03:45:04 AM
So sad, but beautiful. I just can't seem to take my eyes off if him, or the scene around. Wonderful use of blur.
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03/16/2009 11:03:18 PM
I really like this shot... the motion blur in the birds is good, and it is thought provoking.
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03/16/2009 08:42:05 PM
Very cool motion blur and I love the black and white for this.
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03/16/2009 05:04:47 PM
great capture
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03/16/2009 02:00:09 PM
Cool action shot. I like the movement of the birds.
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03/16/2009 09:59:03 AM
at first I thought that its blured coz of the movement of subjects on the pic but at closer look it seems that some other objects are blured tooo... dunno nice conversion though I give 5

;D regards, brano
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03/16/2009 08:19:02 AM
Interesting photo - lots to look at!
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03/16/2009 04:39:39 AM
absolutely incredible street photography .. love the blur and all the amazing images everywhere .. lots of photography going on .!!. love the natural overlay effect and the b&w processing .. :)
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03/15/2009 11:45:31 PM
Gawd, that's fascinating. I am trying to judge the "reality" of that BG; is it a billboard? Great capture.
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03/15/2009 11:06:46 PM
Cool! A really different way to capture the birds!
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03/15/2009 10:48:56 PM
fantastic!
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03/15/2009 09:22:06 PM
interesting capture
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03/15/2009 08:33:36 PM
Beautiful street photography. Almost surreal.
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03/15/2009 06:47:37 PM
I can't decide if I really like all the motion blur here or not..
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03/15/2009 06:37:44 PM
There are a lot of cut and paste words I could put here, but this photo means more than that, so I will use just 1, JOY..
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03/15/2009 03:48:41 PM
I like the composition and the stillness of the man in contrast to his surroundings. Very nice.
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03/15/2009 02:50:39 PM
Blurry, but also interesting to look at. Kind of neat that it was right in front of a camera store. The image in the upper left looks like a giant reflection.
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03/15/2009 12:10:12 PM
Interesting sense of motion from this one, almost ephemeral. But the composition feels like it could be stronger.
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03/15/2009 12:05:46 PM
Nice candid street photography, good movement in the pigeons.
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03/15/2009 09:22:58 AM
Yeah.. Nice. Love it. Obviously not a DPC-friendly photo because it's not tack-sharp, but this tells me a story. I find this to be more interesting to look at than many technically perfect shots in this challenge.
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03/15/2009 02:50:52 AM
nice street shot, lots to see in this shot, 6
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03/14/2009 11:13:10 PM
nice capture the birds in flight actually makes this
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03/14/2009 08:06:11 PM
This is great. I like the energy and strong feeling of the street.
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03/14/2009 07:42:58 PM
so good, love the motion, fantastic image.
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03/14/2009 07:26:52 PM
great street photo - guess alot of the woters dont understand this but i like it
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03/14/2009 11:25:35 AM
love the reflections
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03/14/2009 05:43:17 AM
too much motion blur. try a tripod and/or shorter exposure
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03/14/2009 02:22:18 AM
Nice. Very nice. The ascending spirit of the man on the bench is clever, but it's the background details (or lack of details) that I like best. An embrace? A hasty shopper? The wonderful photographer in the window, snapping the lovers. And the ascending man is apart from it all. Above it all. 8.
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03/14/2009 12:14:34 AM
So much wonderful movement in this...the worlds of the real and the ghostly seem to collide here in more than one way. Nice black and white conversion as well!
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03/14/2009 12:04:20 AM
great slow shutter speed shot. Moody and mysterious. 10
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03/13/2009 11:46:36 PM
poignant - terrific b/w 8
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03/13/2009 10:40:02 PM
Ohhhh...I wish I had one like this in my portfolio! 9
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03/13/2009 10:25:02 PM
This is a trippy picture-- I'm assuming he was feeding the birds prior to them flying away?
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03/13/2009 04:23:06 PM
Very nice slow shutter capture, good detail and framing!! 7
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03/13/2009 04:18:53 PM
I like the blur of the birds... I'm not sure about the background of photographers beign included. I would have liked it better with just hte man and bench and birds, I think. But... It's a fascinating image as is... and I like the BW.

Not voting yet.
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03/13/2009 02:23:13 PM
I love this kind of image.. I could look at it for an hour and still find something new. ; )
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03/13/2009 01:18:00 PM
Amazing shot, the details in the long exposure along with the composition are awsome.
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03/13/2009 12:25:24 PM
love the blur
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03/13/2009 12:24:32 PM
Nice shot. I like the whole pic. The birds, the man, the background, and the overall pic.
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03/13/2009 02:58:55 AM
At first, I thought that it would have been better if one bird really stood out sharply, but then I looked a bit closer and realized that the birds are not to be used as an individual subject but rather as a group, so if one stood out from the group, it would draw attention elsewhere. Because they are all moving, they make up a single entity in the pic. They provide the contrast to the second group of pigeons which are in flight.

The slight motion captured in the man allows him to be identified more with the group of pigeons on the ground, milling about rather than moving upwards.

There's more there too! The couple on the bench is not part of the group, but share the nature of the birds on the ground as merely sitting enjoying the moment. Additionally, there's a person moving swiftly past in the BG who identifies with the 'rising' birds. Further, the couple on the far left is faceless and disassociated, but it is curious that it looks like she is standing about 3 inches above the ground, in thin air as it were. Plenty of interest there.

This is less 'visual' than many of the other pics, but there is so much contained in it that it really is of a rare sort. A gem indeed.

I've got a pic in mind that I think will get the blue, but it's barely a patch on this one in terms of sheer depth.
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03/13/2009 02:41:39 AM
This has so much going for it, the motion blur of the pigeons, the mural/add in the background, the man looking downcast ... it's a great shot
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03/12/2009 11:55:20 PM
Cool shot. Nice motion blur.
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03/12/2009 09:00:42 PM
Nice capture of the movement.
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03/12/2009 08:58:46 PM
Love the movement of the doves and those reflections in the back. Beautiful b/w conversion.
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03/12/2009 05:01:33 PM
So many wonderful elements to look at!
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03/12/2009 04:59:40 PM
Excellent image... This is my favorite in this challenge for sure. I love street photography and this one encompasses all that is good about that type of work. You have a great sense of action and place. This photo also imparts a sense of sound, which makes it all the better. +fav
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03/12/2009 01:19:00 PM
Good candid action shot.
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03/12/2009 01:09:28 PM
Beautiful combination of still and movement! I like this one very much. The man looks like he's really interacting with the pidgeons, and the backdrop, the people not paying attention, works well.
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03/12/2009 12:49:31 PM
Lots of action and interest. I like the tones and detail.
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03/12/2009 11:53:28 AM
cool, I like how you've captured the pigeons in flight and they seem to be circling the man on the bench
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03/12/2009 10:45:43 AM
Photographers in the foreground and the back.
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03/12/2009 09:50:01 AM
I love all the motion in this shot, I also like that the guy is in focus to give you a focal point. The posters in the camera shop behind are a cool addition
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03/12/2009 09:48:22 AM
I love this photo! Great composition and movement!
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03/12/2009 08:54:16 AM
This is gorgeous. Definitely one of my favorites so far.
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03/12/2009 07:32:00 AM
Interesting, like the man and pigeons are the only constant feature.
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03/11/2009 11:58:27 PM
this is very effective in b/w - nicely done...
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03/11/2009 11:17:51 PM
feeding or sleeping? great shot with flying birds, passing people, and still birds. Like a sentinel, the old man sat on the bench, slumped forward slightly. His dark coat and pants a contrast to the white bench, the pigeons flew around him expectantly as people rushed by in their daily tasks. He did not know how long he had sat, but still he sat and waited. It would come. He knew it would.
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03/11/2009 11:13:35 PM
This is neat. I like your foreground subject set against the background hustle & bustle.
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03/11/2009 08:38:12 PM
My first impression is that I wish the subject was not moving. But looking a bit and noticing the background it all fits.
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03/11/2009 07:07:44 PM
sorry don't like the burred action...doesn't seem like anything is in focus
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03/11/2009 06:13:23 PM
I really dont understand what I'm looking at here. There is no real focus to the image.
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03/11/2009 05:53:30 PM
Love the blur of the pigeons all around him. Capture has a bit of everything: heart, motion, lines, textures. Well done.
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03/11/2009 02:19:31 PM
Nice street photo. I like the flying and moving doves. Photographers in the background are taking a lot of attention.
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03/11/2009 12:04:19 PM
i love the photographers in the background!
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03/11/2009 10:50:15 AM
Lovely B&W 8
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03/11/2009 10:12:08 AM
I'm getting the impression this was shot from a moving car...I think it would be more effective if the stationary object had survived without the motion blur it somewhat minimizes the pigeon's flight, which I presume was what you're title refers.
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03/11/2009 04:44:32 AM
Really got a sense of movement, Difficult to do (I've tried).
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03/11/2009 03:45:51 AM
This has a nice old photo look and feel to it. Really a refreshing change from the "normal" entries
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03/11/2009 02:10:55 AM
cool motion blur
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03/11/2009 01:40:12 AM
nice capture, very well done b&w Would be nice if the man on the bench was a sharper. the background picture fits perfectly.
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03/11/2009 12:26:35 AM
I love blurry black and whites like these. Very cool candid.
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