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The sound of music
1st PlaceThe sound of music
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Challenge: Musicians (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Date: Sep 5, 2013
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/100s
Date Uploaded: Sep 9, 2013

Another blue ribbon in a row? Are you kidding me? I'm sooooo happy!!
Truth to be said, I really didn't expect this pic to score so high. I actually wasn't sure if I would submit it at all, as the nun on the left is a little bit cut out of the frame, which I wasn't happy over. But then I thought that it's the moment that count's, specially with street photography, where there is no chance to get the same scene twice for another take. At the end I liked the atmosphere of the picture after I processed it in Silver Efex Pro and decided to submit it.
Ironically enough, the whole shooting took maybe couple of minutes, I was on my way home one late evening with my family, when I so this accordionist on the main square in my home city. Without having too much hope, I thought anyway that it might be an interesting take for this challenge and decided to take some shots, where this one happened to ribbon. So many times before, though, I didn't manage to score so high even when I spent much, much more time both shooting and processing various pictures (and which I liked a lot). Ah, such is life, full of surprises!
Even more ironical is the following: after I won ribbon in my previous challenge, the first one after 3,5 years of competing here, my wife asked me what my next DPC goal is. I answered that I don't have any particular goals, I just want to make some good shots and improve in my photography. When she insisted, then I said that now, once I had a blue ribbon in my hands, my next goal will have to be a score above 7. Never in my life would I think that that will come true in the very next challenge!

Thank you very much for your votes and very kind and honest comments!

P.S. About the photo itself: I tried to frame the accordionist against the jackpot lady in the background, and it looked kind of cool, but there wasn't a wow factor in it. At the same time there were passing many people and the background was very cluttered. Then just all of a sudden I saw 2 nuns entering the frame and I thought that this cannot be true; how often does this happen?! I started shooting like crazy, hoping to get the clean background and sharp picture with right focus. When I checked my cameras display, it directly seemed as my wishes were fullfilled!

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Place: 1 out of 42
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Views since voting: 2155
Views during voting: 212
Votes: 106
Comments: 24
Favorites: 6 (view)


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09/21/2013 10:16:30 AM
3 level jackpot indeed!
09/19/2013 09:21:03 AM
Congrats on the well deserved ribbon!
09/18/2013 07:59:22 PM
Yes! Many Congrats, Goran!
09/18/2013 10:09:20 AM
a touch of genius . . .
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09/18/2013 04:04:03 AM
Congrats on the blue - an awesome shot in every way and a fabulous story!
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09/18/2013 03:37:59 AM
Congrats seeing and catching the moment. Deserved Blue.
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09/18/2013 03:37:23 AM
Congratulations,what a great moment.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/17/2013 11:54:00 PM
Ha. Divine.
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09/17/2013 10:56:39 PM
watch the nun on the left 10
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09/17/2013 07:55:25 PM
Excellent street shot.
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09/16/2013 09:48:25 PM
Excellent happenstance!!! The Good, The Evil, and the Musician
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09/16/2013 05:21:33 PM
So many worlds colliding here. Great title.
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09/16/2013 03:55:57 PM
My Favrt.
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09/16/2013 03:40:43 PM
In my top 3 - brilliant!!
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09/16/2013 07:27:02 AM
A wonderful clash of morals. Love your title too.
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09/16/2013 02:05:21 AM
He wanted to play, only Nun were interested. ;-) Great capture. I'd give it a counterfeit PH Blue, but Don has a cease & desist order. :)
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09/15/2013 10:10:59 AM
I think this is my favourite - also love the title and the black and white :D Well caught.
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09/11/2013 08:53:37 PM
my eyes goes to the jackpot... don't know why, maybe cause it's brighter?
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09/11/2013 08:33:11 PM
Interesting assortment of characters among the musician, nuns, and poster woman. The nuns are surely praying, "oh, please, Lord, make him stop playing that godawful instrument."
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09/11/2013 05:09:47 PM
very nice scene - the background adds some extra humour
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09/11/2013 11:01:02 AM
oh what a shot!
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09/11/2013 10:37:41 AM
Lovely stuff. Sure this is not set up. 8.
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09/11/2013 10:01:21 AM
This is great on so many levels! WoW! Hope it does well! Good luck!
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09/11/2013 09:33:19 AM
hehe, the story here is brilliant and a antitheses. Well seen
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