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Street Santa
Street Santa
Joey Lawrence


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: Nov 20, 2005
Galleries: Urban, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 20, 2005

This is a very nice homeless man I gave some money, talked to about christmas, then took his picture. His dog there is named "Spare-Change." I was visiting toronto with some friends to go to an art college open house. Along with the other homeless people I talked to, they were the nicest people I met in Toronto.

I faked the shallow focus in PS with two seperate lens blurs, one for the very background and one of the semi-background elements like the post. I also worked in a layer mask for the look and did lots of dodging and burning.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 519
Avg (all users): 6.9588
Avg (commenters): 8.6053
Avg (participants): 6.9028
Avg (non-participants): 7.1200
Views since voting: 8604
Views during voting: 532
Votes: 291
Comments: 71
Favorites: 43 (view)


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11/19/2007 11:50:58 PM
Great picture! I remember him... I used to work downtown Toronto and now and then I would give him a toonie.
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07/25/2006 10:00:34 PM
this should have ribboned, after looking through the top 10... sheesh, this is original and beautiful. i'm sick of the water reflection shots!!! aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh! sorry, just had to get that out. i hadn't seen this one before, and i'm glad it was posted in the forums today. you're an inspiration!!
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05/18/2006 04:36:45 PM
You found out your own style and that's very important for a young boy like you:I saw with big interest your whole portfolio. All your pics have a particular personal style from the shot to the ps work in which you're great!
You manage to comunicate, with the choice of colors and the photo composition, your deep feelings.
Bye
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12/25/2005 12:02:56 PM
absolutely fabulous!

*comment right below mine from someone without the 'eye'.. : ))
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12/09/2005 08:33:32 PM
9 out of 513? you gotta be kidding me. this is not that good of a picture. it might be top 100 but not top 10.
12/09/2005 05:52:43 AM
WoW, simply beautiful
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12/09/2005 05:20:54 AM
Damn it how did I not guess?

It was my only 10 in the challenge... You feel really special now don't you?
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12/08/2005 07:44:33 PM
I was already missing you!
Great capture, the expression, composition and post processing make this a superb shot very well to your level.
Congratulations!!
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12/08/2005 07:12:34 PM
Knew it... way to go Joey congrats on the high finish, love this gritty entry
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12/08/2005 02:47:56 PM
Originally posted by Montague:

this should have ribboned, it's an excellent photo. Congrats!


agreed.
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12/08/2005 01:33:06 PM
This is beautifully rendered. You're moving away from the extremes and becoming, in the procees, both more expressive and more effective. Congrats on top 10.
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12/08/2005 12:38:03 PM
You've done it once again. Excellent Shot and treatment.
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12/08/2005 12:20:41 PM
Congrats on a great entry and great finish, Joey.
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12/08/2005 12:13:24 PM
Congrats on another top 10 finish dood! Outstanding shot - in a VERY tough field! WTG!
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12/08/2005 11:38:18 AM
Great shot..!! I like it..! Congrats on your top 10..!!
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12/08/2005 11:25:30 AM
The bitter side of Christmas. Truly a great entry with a strong emotional delivery. Joey, you are amazing! Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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12/08/2005 11:18:55 AM
Hey Joey, congrats on beating me by 0.003. I knew I should have bumped this down. ;) Anyway, an excellent shot and well deserved of the Top 10.
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12/08/2005 10:36:38 AM
Great job here. I love the photo.
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12/08/2005 09:49:38 AM
this was one of my absolute favorites of the challenge. you rock, joey! great job!
Jeannel
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12/08/2005 09:48:13 AM
Well you should be pleasantly surprised today. 9th not 11th!
Should have ribboned in my opinion. Amazing photo/editing as always.

Congrats and Enjoy!
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12/08/2005 09:16:37 AM
Man, I thought this could be yours but I wasn't sure! IMO, this should have ribboned, it's an excellent photo. Congrats!
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12/08/2005 09:12:14 AM
Congrats again, dude. Nice work
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12/08/2005 09:06:26 AM
I just new this one had the JL signature - great photo Joey, congrats on 9th love the dogs name!
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12/08/2005 08:34:02 AM
I love this Joey! Congrats on your 9th place finish!
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12/08/2005 08:07:36 AM
This was a great entry Joey! Splendid! :)
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12/08/2005 07:48:21 AM
Had a feeling this might be yours. One of my favorites in a group of great shots. Congratulations.
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12/08/2005 07:43:36 AM
Awesome job, Joey, congrats on the top ten in Free Study, not an easy feat! I like the lighting, no fill flash? The richness of colours is a great contrast with the destitute, street theme.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 11:48:47 PM
I love the colors in this shot !! 9
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12/07/2005 09:41:51 PM
Love street Santa and his dog. You captured a good expressiont. Interesting face.
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12/07/2005 08:45:49 PM
Neat, the partial desat works very well on this great street shot. All that fur and hair texture, and the grungy tones of the city. Terrific.
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12/07/2005 09:05:31 AM
took me a while to figure out the dog, but this is very cool!
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12/07/2005 03:08:25 AM
Awesome shot. Amazing clarity and detail. Very nice. High interest factor. I really like the tones and feel of the image. Great dof. Good strong composition. Just an outstanding job here. Very nice :-)
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12/06/2005 07:35:49 PM
A beautiful example of street photography. The treatment on the shot is lovely with gerat utilization of dodging and burning. This is a superb photograph.
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12/06/2005 01:56:40 PM
Absolutely gorgeous!
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12/05/2005 11:06:51 PM
I love people shots and this is one of my favorites. Great lighting and contrast. Top 4.
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12/05/2005 08:29:31 PM
I don't go a bundle on the processing - puts it more into the field of painting than photography, for me. Of course, the detail and all that stuff is everso well done, and the knackered quality of the geezer's clothes, and his little prison tattoo add a contrast to his ;'cheerful' santa hat. I think I don't like the gaze into camera - inevitably, that becomes a performance thing - and the shot becomes a simple portrait. Perhaps I work too much with performance, but perhaps an idea of the photographer not being part of the story - and you undoubtedly are, when your subject fixes his gaze on you - is old hat, and belongs to a documentary idea that the world has left behind; nevertheless, that engagement pushed an absence of authenticity into this shot: he knows you're shooting, and so what he is at this moment is perhaps less real.

My first reaction was that I wanted to know more of his environment - and then, of course, from the posters on the lamppost, and the newspaper box (?), it is clear enough. People, I think, don't exist in isolation - a difficulty I have with more portraits. People are part of their environment, and both contribute to it and belong to it; and without it, however battered and entrancig their face, I find them rather meaningless, perhaps. I'm not sure, as I write, that that's anything to be proud of.

This might well be the most interesting shot in this challenge, however - I'm just expressing the thoughts that spring to mind from it - and anything that prompts thoughts like that has to be a good photograph. I just want more documentary (which we get little enough of here), and less 'study' - of which we get far too much, though rarely with this kind of love.
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12/05/2005 07:08:00 PM
Great photo on many different levels. The weathered man nad dog speak volumes. Nice colors, composition, and DOF..... 9
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12/05/2005 01:40:11 PM
Oh my god I thought the Dog was santas beard at first. I had to get my head closer to see what was going on or if it was my eyes. This could have been a top notch image in Black and white with some dodge and burn you would have set the focus element towards the santa. In color there is just too much other things going on behind him and around him. (6)
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12/05/2005 12:13:16 PM
There is something about the colors in this photo that makes me go back to it over and over again. Although a tad dark, I find it fascinatingly appealing. Bump again. (can't bump any more - reached the top)
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12/05/2005 07:36:29 AM
strong image and a super shot of santa
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12/04/2005 09:41:25 PM
What a great shot!
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12/04/2005 08:24:37 PM
ha..very cool..really like this shot..
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12/04/2005 07:05:29 PM
Wonderful characters like this make the street of a city so interesting. Wonderful find and very nice photographic work. Well done!!
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12/04/2005 01:51:04 PM
LOL, I love the dog on his lap. It looks as if some significant post-processing was done on this (highlights on man's face, etc.), and I think you did it well. Good luck.
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12/04/2005 12:32:42 PM
Great urban portraiture. May not get to many kids to sit on his lap. -8-
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12/04/2005 12:02:30 PM
Wow, very nice picture, Love the feel of the moment you've caught.
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12/03/2005 11:59:03 PM
hehehe....cool
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12/03/2005 07:10:06 PM
I love the gritty and colorful look. I'd give this one a ribbon for sure.
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12/03/2005 02:50:26 PM
wow!
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12/03/2005 06:50:49 AM
Love the contrasts with the muted background colors. Amazing capture. 9
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12/03/2005 01:06:48 AM
I like this photo. Well done!
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12/02/2005 10:42:02 PM
I had to give this one a 10. He looks so real. Colors are muted yet the red and white stand out so well.
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12/02/2005 06:25:23 PM
My Vote for blue. Your subject is perfect and your treatment is equally perfect. Tremendous.
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12/02/2005 05:18:00 AM
The DOF os awesome, the lighting and sharpness are great.
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12/02/2005 05:08:27 AM
Good study image,like the lighting...
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12/02/2005 03:04:26 AM
very crisp image
Unusual but really well taken
I like this very much and this should do very well Good luck with this
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12/01/2005 11:32:42 PM
Best in the Challenge so far. You have really captured the greasy feel of old downtown. The dog in his lap is what wins this for me. Not because I love dogs, but because it adds unexpected interest. The light on the mans face is also very compelling. His mouth being slightly opened is excellent.

10.
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12/01/2005 10:44:53 PM
Absolutely stunning! If your not already a professional photographer become one, quickly. 10+++
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12/01/2005 07:29:58 PM
This is a very powerful photograph. It's nice when something like this can invoke emotion. There's not a whole lot of issue one can find with a great candid pic like this.
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12/01/2005 07:18:24 PM
I think this is closer to the truth kids...If I worked year round on the project I had to complete by Christmas...I'd be looking a little puffy under the eyes too. Don't forget little Rudolf there! PSSSSSST...Rudolf the Reindeer is a myth...Rudolf is actually a dog!! Rudolf manages Santa's Naughty and Nice list...it's true...Mrs. Claus started what is now known as the 'The Red Gate Rumors' at the North Pole. A story about a reindeer that saved Christmas with his glowing red nose. How ridiculous!! Great Capture!!
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12/01/2005 05:09:50 PM
WOW!!!!
Only marked 37% so far but this stands out way above the rest.
I love this shot so much.
It is perfect on so many levels.
Well done.
Good luck.
10

Kev
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12/01/2005 11:15:09 AM
DAMN! There are some good shots in this challenge! This is outstanding! Perfect tack sharp focus and I love the deep dark tones. Beautiful character portrait. 10
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12/01/2005 10:41:22 AM
Not many would find this interesting - but I think that this is an excellent capture of street photography. The main subject shows age and weariness in his face and eyes. This homeless santa does not entertain children on his lap - instead his faithful companion sits upon his lap offering comfort and companionship. The lighting and hues are also good that your eyes are captured by all the textures and rich hues in an otherwise stereotypically imagined scene of dreary dinginess. Great capture!!!
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12/01/2005 10:00:14 AM
great tones
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12/01/2005 08:50:03 AM
wonderful!! That is all I can say.
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12/01/2005 06:13:24 AM
After this contrast work picture is more like graphic .. ice
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12/01/2005 04:07:12 AM
This is my favorite image in the challenge. Everything about it is perfect. Adding to favorites. 10
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12/01/2005 02:20:40 AM
Very interested in the details of post-processing used here (step by step)! You should do a tutorial.
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12/01/2005 01:40:03 AM
Wow the contrast is so deep. I did not realize it was a dog a first.
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12/01/2005 01:10:36 AM
The depth of that man's face is haunting. I like the deep tones of red and blue. His beard seems to meld with the dog's coat. Excellent urban shot.
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12/01/2005 12:37:40 AM
cute title, pleeeese can i have this print!
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