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He stops to smell my roses
He stops to smell my roses

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Challenge: The People Next Door (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: home
Date: Apr 18, 2016
Galleries: Portraiture, Street
Date Uploaded: Apr 19, 2016

[Apr. 27th, 2016 05:08:24 AM]

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Eniko thanks for the nice comment. Since you asked I will tell you the story behind the man. It's quite funny actually because this man often walks past my house, sometimes twice a day, quite slowly as he seems very very old, it's awesome that he gets out and about though. I've often thought I'd like to take a photo of him, as he has one of those classic faces with all the creases and expression, you know what I mean. ..so when this challenge came up I thought wow I know just the man I'm going to take a
photo of. ..
now I need to rewind a little, approximately around one week before I took this photo of this Gentlemen (who will remain nameless, well you see I actually forgot to ask him his name, and I wasn't even sure if I could understand him anyway as he speaks very little English) anyway he was walking past my house smelling
my roses and then looking at a particular plant which has beautiful fuschia coloured flowers, (sorry I don't know the name of that also as a friend of mine gave it to me as a cutting) so I snapped a bit off for him to take home, and then he gestured with his hand something like putting it in the ground, I said to him "no you can't
just plant in the ground you need a seed" I bent down picked up a flower which had a big bulging black seed protruding from the top of it and gave it to him. He gave me a big smile and I was happy and he was happy, and then he waved and said goodbye. That
was probably actually the only time I had a decent conversation with him in all the years I've seen him walk by. I wondered how many other people stop to talk to him. Everybody is always so busy with their lives and never actually stop to smell the roses like this guy actually did.

Fast forward one more week. I think it was the second or third day after this challenge was announced, I saw him walk by again, as I
had already planned this photo shoot in advance without him
knowing of course, I had my camera ready on my dining table rushed out as quick as I could, of course I didn't have to rush that
fast because this guy obviously doesn't walk very fast. I proceeded to point the camera at him and ask him if I could take a photo of him. He said 'yes', how exciting, so I took around five photos and
picked the best one, and here it is. Now I have a new friend.

Place: 4 out of 23
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Avg (commenters): 8.0000
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Views since voting: 1119
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Votes: 59
Comments: 10
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04/29/2016 08:18:17 PM
Great portrait, Anita, and a lovely story.
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04/29/2016 08:07:04 PM
What a great story to go with a wonderful image, Anita! Thanks!

And... congratulations!
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04/29/2016 01:45:29 PM
Great image and story. Congrats on the HM.
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04/29/2016 10:23:30 AM
Oh, I savor the moment! Not often will this happen LOL, congrats on the hm
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04/29/2016 08:53:13 AM
Great story. Seems like a lovely guy. :)
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04/29/2016 07:43:31 AM
This was a challenge favorite <3 It seems like you really caught his personality.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/28/2016 11:51:37 PM
What a personality!
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04/27/2016 03:07:39 AM
The title adds so much to this shot - it has made me stop and wonder about your neighbor. Good luck!
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04/25/2016 10:32:38 PM
Natural portrait. voted earlier
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04/22/2016 09:46:50 AM
Winner. Nice processing. His face tells a lifetime story. 10 from me and by far the best image in this challenge.
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