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Life is so bleak
1st PlaceLife is so bleak
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Challenge: Sadness (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Venice beach, CA
Date: Apr 19, 2011
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 19, 2011

Entry #100 just 20 minutes before rollover.

Never even thought to enter this challenge before tonight. Decided to stop at Venice beach and go for a walk without any clear idea what to shoot. The Venice Beach boardwalk is a crazy place and always full of surprises, fascinating kaleidoscope of counterculture. I love strolling here. Candid street photography is terrific.
This guy (forgot his name, sorry) asked me for some money and I asked him to pose for me in return. He started negotiating: one shot ľone dollar, I said OK, one push of a button ľone dollar and he agreed. After he realized that one push of a button gives me lots of shots we both stared laughing. In the end I gave him 5 bucks and he gave me one friendly smile for free.
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Place: 1 out of 104
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Avg (commenters): 8.1250
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05/01/2011 02:00:21 PM
Lucky entry 100!!! Congrats on your ribbon!!
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04/27/2011 09:08:00 PM
Congrats on the blue!
Wouldn't have guessed he was posing.
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04/27/2011 06:53:07 PM
Wow! I thought he was really distressed. Congrats on the blue, well deserved.
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04/27/2011 02:14:12 PM
Congrats on this truly powerful image, Valeriy! I see you're another local. You need to join the gang one of these days :-)
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04/27/2011 12:21:41 PM
Big congratulations on your win, Valeriy!
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04/27/2011 11:57:08 AM
Love the story behind this one. :) Reminds me of a guy in Barbados who said that for $10.00, he'd climb a tree and pick a coconut. So, my dad handed him $10.00 and he climbed the tree and tossed the coconut down and said...."For $10.00 more....I'll come down again." My dad looked at him and replied..."Nah, that's ok. You can stay up there," and walked away. LOL
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04/27/2011 10:31:05 AM
Valeriy, Congrats!!! thanks for the note on how you approached this gentleman.
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04/27/2011 09:43:16 AM
Wow! Excellent image! The lighting, the processing, the tones of this image all grab me. I love the back story on this one, and the "free" smile at the end makes a great ending.

This is exactly the type of image that is my favorite. Plenty of detail, texture, and it is timeless... I could look at this for hours and never tire. Absolutely beautifu!

Congratulations on your win, it is very well deserved.
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04/27/2011 08:12:09 AM
Great story, great image. This was my pick for blue. Congrats!
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04/27/2011 04:46:00 AM
Congrats on the ribbon,
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04/27/2011 04:13:09 AM
Thanks for the description, congrats on the ribbon!
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04/27/2011 01:12:40 AM
congrats, Valeriy! great street portrait!
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04/27/2011 01:04:41 AM
Congrats on a very much deserved Blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/26/2011 09:20:06 PM
The subject is captivating!
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04/26/2011 03:08:44 PM
Powerful street shot.
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04/24/2011 06:13:15 PM
For me this shot is the stand out winner as it appears so natural, youcan almost feels his pain.
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04/24/2011 05:03:29 PM
This is such a great pic, love the detail, sorry about his fingers not being sharp.
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04/24/2011 08:10:39 AM
You got the moment,congratz.
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04/23/2011 08:34:08 PM
Awesome capture. The B&W conversion is excellent!
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04/21/2011 10:28:26 PM
Heartwrenching.
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04/21/2011 10:56:36 AM
So much sadness in this face. Great shot
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04/20/2011 10:39:46 PM
I like this capture and think it meets the challenges goal
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04/20/2011 09:02:59 PM
Great photo. Good luck.
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