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A Little Fight Against Cold
A Little Fight Against Cold

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 4:00-5:00 a.m. (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: Calcutta, India
Date: Dec 11, 2005
Aperture: F/4
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/640 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Rural
Date Uploaded: Dec 12, 2005

I waked up at last Sunday morning at 4 am specially for this challenge :o)
I had taken my camera and left my house for some street photography. But it was very dark and lonely morning here at calcutta(India). After waiting for hours I got this picture just after sunrise. But it was around 7am local time. Before posting this I have read the “Rules” and “Current Challenge-Forum” thoroughly. But I was very much confused about two things:
1. Challenge Details: Set your alarm, and take a picture between 4:00 and 5:00 AM.
2. Exposure Date: Your photograph must be taken within the submission dates for the challenge.

My photo is fulfilling point No. 2. And from my view it is suitable for the challenge title. After that it is DPC Authority’s decision and my luck in subject of disqualification :o(

Place: 4 out of 115
Avg (all users): 7.1888
Avg (commenters): 8.3023
Avg (participants): 6.8103
Avg (non-participants): 7.2579
Views since voting: 7279
Views during voting: 677
Votes: 376
Comments: 58
Favorites: 18 (view)

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02/07/2006 12:05:18 AM
poerful pic!!!
12/24/2005 02:02:41 PM
nice capture...would like to meet u sometime
12/22/2005 07:01:50 AM
Indeed a very good photo, but clearly not taking during 0400-0500, which was the whole point of the challenge!
12/21/2005 07:24:16 PM
Awesome!!! I would like to see the picture without the grain.
12/21/2005 05:55:45 PM
This is absolutely spectacular!

It just went straight to my favorites folder. Congratulations on 4th place!! It's a shame to have a score like 7.1 and be in 4th place, isn't it? In so many challenges this would have been the clear blue stand out! Fantastic photography!
12/21/2005 11:52:06 AM
This is the single most emotive piece I've ever seen on this site. A wonderful capture. You've caught this child's torment and made me feel it. Damn near National Geographic quality! Should have taken the blue IMHO. As I stated in my voting comment, the only 10 in the challenge.
12/21/2005 09:51:14 AM
Congratulations on your 4th place. This is an extraordinarily emotive image.
12/21/2005 09:28:10 AM
This is sooo good. What colors such spontaneity. Very real too.

Only if you didn't oversharpen...you should have taken the BLUE. A favorite.
12/21/2005 06:35:25 AM
Thank you all for your kind comments on my photo.
12/21/2005 05:54:10 AM
Beautiful emotive shot! The graininess even adds to the atmosphere!
12/21/2005 12:57:30 AM
A lovely and outstanding study with colors that saturate the imagination ever so gently. Congratulations on your top 5 finish.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/20/2005 04:42:12 PM
Powerful, poignant image, great composition, color, and capture of the flames. Just a touch more exposure might help, but that might bring up the background clutter, which really isn't that bad as it fits the environment. Well done.
12/20/2005 04:13:01 PM
OMG! What a powerful image! Awesome exposre, composition and subject matter... I was beginning to get bored voting on this challenge. This is the only 10 I've seen so far. AWESOME WORK!
12/20/2005 01:11:58 PM
Beautifully done picture, I would not change a thing. Sad, makes me want to cry.
12/20/2005 09:06:23 AM
voted 10! wonderful image!
12/20/2005 06:27:32 AM
Poor guy.
12/19/2005 09:05:15 PM
This almost looks like one of the children's charities you see on TV! REMARKABLE!
12/19/2005 07:14:29 PM
Great candid, the expression is wonderful.
12/19/2005 01:03:39 AM
OMG this is soo sad. I love the desat. color appearance and NOISE here. It just works
12/18/2005 08:01:26 PM
A moving and emotional piece. True reality captured in still. This type of image is a good part of what photography is founded on. Striking. 10
12/17/2005 08:44:57 PM
Well Deserve Grade.... this is a photo of sense, touch, and emotion..... im not there but looking at this photograph i can feel what the child is going through... and because of that this image deserve a 10 from me and a recomendation for top 10 and possible top 3
12/17/2005 01:50:33 PM
Evokes emotion, that is for certain.
12/16/2005 08:53:19 PM
Where is this? Love the expression on the kid's face.
12/16/2005 07:30:15 PM
With that high iso, must be a genuine scene.
Great light and compo, Manny?
12/16/2005 02:50:42 PM
Wow, what a stunning picture... this is amazing ... yet incredibly sad. 8.
12/16/2005 12:47:18 PM
Great capture.
12/16/2005 10:41:38 AM
Impressing scene!!!
12/16/2005 08:49:04 AM
A wonderful expression. The child and fire seem great Not sure about the ground (blurred effect??) just past the fire. "8"
12/16/2005 02:17:22 AM
Very good work, it should be in top ten at least, I guess..
12/16/2005 02:01:45 AM
Very skillfully done.Unfortunate juxtaposition of stones against head is hurting a little. I'm wondering if this is Lesley? Anyway, nice job :-)
12/15/2005 11:56:47 PM
great shot! love the contrasts here
12/15/2005 11:44:37 PM
Excellent image. If I'm correct though, I think there's too much NI on this one. Actually, now that I look close, it could be oddly placed noise as well. Either way, it still gets a 9.
12/15/2005 09:27:32 PM
Aw. Poor baby. So cute I just want to hug him!!
12/15/2005 02:06:45 PM
Nice picture! The glance of the boy is disquieting
12/15/2005 11:25:44 AM
Very nice. Ribbon !
12/15/2005 09:58:35 AM
Great picture but so sad...
12/15/2005 05:48:38 AM
this image doesn't work for me, either as a photograph, or for the challenge. as a photograph, it is too polished--there are hardly any textures. compositionally, you are looking down on the subject. also, he is framed in such a way as not to offer any context. imagine how this would have turned out if you had put the camera on the ground and shot up through the fire into his face. as for the challenge, there is no context for me that this is early, early in the morning. the way it's lit (and with no other context), this could be 3 in the afternoon, 6 in the evening, 8 in the morning. all the same, i'm sure those 'librodo' eyes will keep this shot from completely tanking for you.
12/15/2005 05:05:41 AM
Very emotive, GREAT capture!!!! 10
12/15/2005 04:28:17 AM
a very powerful shot this should do well ~8
12/15/2005 03:13:19 AM
Incredibly moving and you've touched my heart. You get a bonus point for that. However it doesn't give me the sense of the 4-5 hour. If I'm wrong I apologize ahead of time. It's just what I 'see'.
12/15/2005 03:02:17 AM
12/14/2005 10:48:09 PM
So far, this is the first picture I haven't been able to look away from (I've been though dozens). I scrolled down to rate it, and had to look again. Was it really between 4:00 A.M. and 5:00 A.M.? Brilliant photograph. I think we have a winner.
12/14/2005 07:55:25 PM
Clearly the bestt photo in this challenge, and, I would say, clearly the winner, if I know anything at all about dpc. Beautiful work.

I'm never quite convinced about the efficacy of eye contact in what purports to be a documentary photograph in so many ways. I prefer my photographers as observers, rather than as participants - I don't want to know how you affect the world, but how you see the world - the eye contact immediately and irrevocably suggests 'pose for camera' - and whilst there is perhaps some justification for the collusion of a subject, especially in such a situation, it also (and more importantly) feels like it cannot truly be an 'honest' image, given the awareness of the subject of his photographer.

There are two instant effects of that direct gaze, I think: the first is the accusatory mode - 'you! viewer! look at me in my situations! I demand sympathy!' - and a second, which is the simpler process of the viewer's knowledge of the known presence of the photographer. Neither, it seems to me, is conducive to deeper understanding. It has the same peril as does the portrait - fundamentally, a self-absorbed presentation; in that it becomes as much about the photographer as about the subject. This is not always the case - Don McCullin's Vietnam War soldier, the famous girl off the NG cover spring to mind - but I think in those cases the direct gaze works only becuase the subjects are so evidently so far beyond caring about the camera, the photographer, the viewer and perhaps even their immediate world that that gaze never strikes one as an awareness, more as an absence that is in itself fascinating.

That gaze, here, prompts feelings of ambiguity about the image - is he really sitting like this? Or is he sitting like this for the purposes of the photographer? Whatever the answer, one of the primary participants in the moment is the photographer. And I find more faithfulness in my photographers as pure observers. I think of Tony Ray-Jones, of Kertesz, of Marc Riboud.

All this is simply to explain why i think the photograph doesn't grab me as it might. And I am of course taking the evident technical finesse absolutely for granted - but when was the ever interesting? (answer: about a year ago, in my case, alas ...)
12/14/2005 07:27:17 PM
Wow, what a heart grabber. Great shot, very well done.
12/14/2005 06:46:07 PM
The noise really adds to this photo.
12/14/2005 05:59:26 PM
Yours is one of those photo-journalist shots that has such an impact where no words (or title) are necessary. A bit of noise on his face, arms and foot, but a very powerful image in my opinion. 9
12/14/2005 09:39:46 AM
Awww, that makes me sad. Wonderful photo.
12/14/2005 09:23:25 AM
Looks like it belongs in Time or Life magazine...
12/14/2005 09:12:40 AM
This looks like a Librodo pic. Incredible capature. 10
12/14/2005 08:45:16 AM
maybe not directly on the topic - but great picture
12/14/2005 08:44:44 AM
Beautiful concept. I really feel for this child. Its a bit grainy but that really adds to the plight of this picture. Nicely done.
12/14/2005 06:16:01 AM
Beautiful colours. great depiction of the story here. well done. 9.
12/14/2005 05:53:46 AM
This looks like something that Lesley Goodman would do. But it looks a bit over-sharpened to me. Otherwise a great capture and the look on his face says it all.
12/14/2005 05:00:13 AM
This shot troubles me. I'll have to get back to it, meantime, 7
12/14/2005 03:47:23 AM
Hmmm, is that a ribbon he's wearing? ;-) I predict a winner here, very well done.
12/14/2005 01:33:41 AM
Magic, magic image, and it says it all, you have captured his heart and soul, well done...... I hope this is in the top ten, and I rate it as one of my favorites so hope it gets a ribbon. Well done........
12/14/2005 01:09:03 AM
quite an emotive image. Although it does appear that it is more likely 4pm than am due to the lighting, i will give you the benefit of the doubt.
12/14/2005 12:25:18 AM
will ribbon...no doubt

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