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'Food for the Heart' | director's cut: reel 1 [frame 253,584; timecode 1:28:05:009]
2nd Place'Food for the Heart' | director's cut: reel 1 [frame 253,584; timecode 1:28:05:009]
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Backlighting IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
Location: Shoreditch
Date: Nov 25, 2008
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2008

A strong urban British 60s film vibe is what came to mind for this. This lovely gent just didn't care that pigeons are spreading filth and disease - and he openly showed his affection for the white dove over the drab grey ones.

A couple of irritating lens flares I'd like to have omitted, but I liked this frame too much to choose an alternative. There were some alternative crops to this but at 640px I chose something with detail.
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Edits:
Lots of subtle colour balance in RGB/Lab and CMYK modes. Chose a 14:9 style crop to give it more of a cross-processed dramatic feel.
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Post challenge:
Thank you all very much for the great comments, reactions and votes. I'm glad this was liked as much as I enjoyed taking the shots. As I often find with older people – this man was very co-operative, friendly and open-minded. I actually wrote a story behind this image – a mini screenplay – which I'll upload later to show what it made me think about.

Cheers
Jon

PS. sorry, but I simply won't apologise for the title! This is a shot that I just did not want to portray as a standalone photo as it is inextricably linked in my mind to a whole collection of events that surround the moment. Irritating though it may be within DPC, I would like to have displayed it hand-written on masking tape, stuck over a cel, etc.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 239
Avg (all users): 6.6686
Avg (commenters): 8.4211
Avg (participants): 6.7049
Avg (non-participants): 6.6481
Views since voting: 6608
Views during voting: 310
Votes: 169
Comments: 55
Favorites: 57 (view)


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12/08/2008 10:57:10 PM
I LIKE the title!
12/07/2008 11:25:30 PM
I thought the lens flares to be some of the more beautiful detail from your "film".
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12/07/2008 12:40:03 PM
Thanks once again for some heartwarming comments - appreciate it.

Originally posted by bvy:

Beautiful! Congrats on the high placement.

Would you be willing to explain this?: "Chose a 14:9 style crop to give it more of a cross-processed dramatic feel." How does that work exactly?


What I meant was that I cropped it to a 14:9 ratio, similar to the compromise crop ratio used in movies-for-TV conversion, to give a cinematic edge to it. My grammar was not good here and the x-process bit was irrelevant in context of cropping, but was useful in giving it that urban, gritty dramatic vibe, such as in the film 'Kes' or 'Nil by Mouth' perhaps.
[edited for typo in grammar!]

Message edited by author 2008-12-07 18:40:48.
12/07/2008 04:24:56 AM
GREAT...
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12/06/2008 11:58:06 PM
Beautiful! Congrats on the high placement.

Would you be willing to explain this?: "Chose a 14:9 style crop to give it more of a cross-processed dramatic feel." How does that work exactly?
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12/06/2008 07:45:53 PM
....and then the doves attacked the man, pecking his eyeballs and eating him to the bone. After they had gorged themselves, the person that voted this a 1 dropped dead, and the doves pooped all over him/her.

Congrats!
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12/06/2008 04:33:08 PM
A lovely back-lit image that brings to mind thoughts of a distant time and place yet it could be in your local park. A rare thing for DPC, an image that tells many stories, has no oversaturated color….. and it has a ribbon? Is this a change of the guard here?
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12/06/2008 02:11:22 PM
absolutely incredible shot, love the editing, great timing, just incredible capture, definitely adding to faves, very nicely done here, should've been 7+ quite easily, still good score and congrats on the ribbon.
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12/06/2008 03:31:12 AM
Still waiting for the screenplay.... :-) (And I like the lens flare as well.)
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12/05/2008 05:18:24 PM
Beautifully backlit. Congrats!
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12/05/2008 02:48:15 AM
absolutely remarkable.
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12/05/2008 12:20:07 AM
Nice to see this on the front page. I'm glad you couldn't remove the lens flares. I like them.

Message edited by author 2008-12-05 00:20:42.
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12/04/2008 11:12:20 PM
This is so beautiful, how could it ever have won a ribbon?
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12/04/2008 07:57:09 AM
Hooray! It's nice to log on here and see a truly deserving image on the front page.

A (director's) cut above.
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12/03/2008 11:57:44 PM
Incredible! CONGRATS!
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12/03/2008 07:24:46 PM
With a photograph like this - well, you can call it anything you want.
Actually, the title you came up with adds a little more mystery to the image.
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12/03/2008 03:55:06 PM
Congratulations on your Ribbon, beautiful capture.
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12/03/2008 03:44:32 PM
Love everything about this image. Everything. 10+
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12/03/2008 01:18:57 PM
There is such truth and emotion in this shot. I am SO happy it ribboned. I knew it would :-)

PS - Please re-title...
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12/03/2008 10:54:26 AM
This photo is incredible. The lighting rocks and the colors are perfect. I especially love the second bird on the right of the frame. Fabulous! Congrats on the ribbon.
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12/03/2008 07:14:56 AM
Absolutely beautiful. I didn't vote in this challenge, but did have a quick browse earlier in the week, and this image stayed with me. I look forward to reading your story.
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12/03/2008 06:55:01 AM
beautiful work!
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12/03/2008 06:34:04 AM
Very nice detail in this intimate moment. I was attracted to this photo more than any other in the challenge. There must have been a lot of serendipity in capturing this photo - but the eye you have for a good moment was the clincher. I carry around a little bird seed in my camera bag (in a ziploc bag) just in case birds might show up. They can enhance a photo. Wonderful shot...
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12/03/2008 06:09:03 AM
Lovely, lovely image. Congrats!
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12/03/2008 05:26:53 AM
Congrats on a well deserved ribbon. Great to see a heavily (but very well) processed, yet beautiful image on the front page
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12/03/2008 04:00:11 AM
Beautiful!
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12/03/2008 03:05:09 AM
Wow! Cross-process, flare, visible grain, and you still won a ribbon here on DPC. I hope this is an ongoing trend here.

The pic itself:
The backlighting on pigeons and on the hand's hair convey the feeling of a low rise winter sun, accentuated by the cold colors of the cross process. Overall, this convey a peacefull moody feeling, which is quite an achievment considering that it was probably full of pigeons freneticly flying everywhere.
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12/03/2008 02:08:36 AM
677021.jpgPostLuminous Award Nominee!
one of my top picks this challenge, and such a beautiful image
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12/03/2008 01:13:56 AM
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12/03/2008 01:07:27 AM
I dont get the title but I love the image FAVED
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12/03/2008 01:00:06 AM
This is a most beautiful image, Jon. I also love the backlighting of the tiny hairs on the back of the mans hand. Congrats on your ribbon.
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12/03/2008 12:50:18 AM
Outstanding shot! Well deserved top place!!!
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12/03/2008 12:27:08 AM
This is absolutely excellent.. ribbon was well deserved
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12/03/2008 12:24:34 AM
Wow-- one of my favs all time. Congrats!
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12/03/2008 12:03:43 AM
Beautiful. I didn't vote on this challenge, but almost did just because of this single shot. Congrats on the ribbon! Love the gentle, skilled touch with the processing and presentation, too.
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12/03/2008 12:03:00 AM
Congrats on your well-deserved ribbon!!! I had marked this one a fav and feel bad I didn't leave a comment earlier. I find this photo absolutely brilliant and hope to take one this good perhaps in three life times from now! Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2008 10:17:31 PM
Stunning! Love the tones, and the lighting is beautiful. 10
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11/30/2008 09:18:38 PM
I really love this image. However, the title kind of killed it for me for some reason. I love the wings, the old hands, the landing bird, but that title .... 6
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11/29/2008 12:31:30 PM
Too bad the wing on the right indrudes so much. The hand and approaching bird are quite nice.
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11/29/2008 07:48:55 AM
This is my absolute favorite from this challenge. The moment was captured and composed perfectly. Well done.
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11/29/2008 03:38:13 AM
Perfect!
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11/29/2008 12:20:53 AM
Beautiful shot. Great timing as well as everything else.
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11/28/2008 06:32:02 PM
oh, this is SO beautiful! hope it ribbons. wonderful colour and light, great capture at all! 10 points.
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11/28/2008 10:15:01 AM
This is my favorite of the challenge. Excellent shot!
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11/28/2008 03:32:38 AM
the title is pretty lame for such a beautiful and warm picture
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11/27/2008 11:57:50 PM
This has such a lovely feel to it. I love your processing - hope you will share post-challenge.
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11/27/2008 09:08:37 PM
lovely emotional image here. 9
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11/27/2008 05:30:32 PM
This is really, really, really nice!!
(except I don't like your title)
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11/27/2008 12:21:53 AM
holy crap, this is amazing. I absolutely love it. I am literally in love with this photo. What movie?
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11/26/2008 01:05:54 PM
Great photo.
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11/26/2008 08:55:28 AM
Nice capture.
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11/26/2008 07:41:18 AM
This one is my favorite in this challenge, a little atypical for DPC which is a plus, also great tonal range, atmosphere and light. Bravo! 10
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11/26/2008 01:50:30 AM
FANTASTIC. This is a winner.
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11/26/2008 12:37:37 AM
That is lovely and so artful!!
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11/26/2008 12:15:19 AM
nice processing...love this image 9
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