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Challenge: Black & White IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Location: Nebraska
Date: Apr 3, 2011
Aperture: 800
ISO: 4.0
Shutter: 1/5000
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2011

This is a homeless Native American named Troy I met this morning. This was close to 7:30 am, and Troy was somewhat inebriated. He asked me for some spare change for cigarettes. I told him I would make it worth his while if he let me shoot some shots of him. He did, and I did make it worth his while. I was happy he helped me, but honestly, I did nothing for him except to fuel his vices.

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Place: 122 out of 230
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Views since voting: 564
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Votes: 153
Comments: 7
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04/12/2011 06:40:14 AM
To me, this feels very much like a matter of fact portrayal, an unfortunate summation of him as "homeless." These sorts of shots feel much fuller, better, and humanizing when they become a character study. It seems like you talked to him a bit, and I feel little of his "himness" was captured here. I'd like to see more of a depiction of him, not a shot that seems like it could just as easily have been had lurking off in the distance with a super-tele. Humanizing the subject brings their plight more acutely, but this feels colder.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2011 08:48:49 AM
Interesting portrait, good contrast.
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04/05/2011 10:42:28 PM
border overwhelms image with a crop like this
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04/05/2011 09:42:57 AM
Nice portrait, you,ve captured the sadness of the human condition
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04/04/2011 11:07:38 PM
Very heartbraking.
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04/04/2011 07:03:35 PM
Good picture. In my view, it would do better without such a heavy border/frame.
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04/04/2011 06:16:36 PM

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