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Austin, TX: Est. homeless population 12,000-20,000
Austin, TX: Est. homeless population 12,000-20,000

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Challenge: Desolation II (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: 5.x
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Austin, TX
Date: Jun 16, 2006
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jun 17, 2006

A homeless fellow in Austin, TX. I gave him some change after taking a photo. He returned me a smile. (Not the best for the desolation image, but he isn't having fun out there in 100+ degrees)
Applied some grunge.
The reason I went with such heavy post-processing was to hide the imperfections of the image. It was not to increase the blur on the background (it was pretty blurry originally anyway) but to hide the softness in his face.

Place: 83 out of 197
Avg (all users): 5.7092
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6136
Avg (non-participants): 5.7870
Views since voting: 3971
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 196
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/25/2006 05:15:37 PM
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06/25/2006 07:02:15 AM
Good choice for the challenge but I'm not personally fond of the post processing, though I realize you probably did it to blur the background.
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06/23/2006 06:28:46 PM
I really like the painted feel to this. Good work.
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06/22/2006 10:12:55 PM
I already voted a while ago, now I'm back for commenting. I gave this picture a 9. I think it conveys the meaning well. I often wish I was rich enough to gather these people up and create a community for them where they could try to get their self respect back and start over. My other thought is "but for the grace of God, that could be me".
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06/20/2006 03:19:30 PM
I like the Post Processing.
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06/20/2006 02:08:04 PM
8 from me!
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06/19/2006 09:48:32 PM
Great pic. I love the guy's gritty expression.
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06/19/2006 06:18:21 PM
I love the painted effect here, or is it pastels? Whatever you did I really like it
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06/19/2006 02:18:55 PM
The colours and background make this image. I like the fuzz effect. Your title is really rather good as well. Nice work, in total. Good luck!
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06/19/2006 01:00:35 PM
really stong image, i like the pp. i see these guys in every corner, that is very sad.
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06/19/2006 06:02:59 AM
moving picture.
i live in TX, and in Lubbock we don't have very many, but everytime I go down to Austin I see them and can't help but feel sorry for them all.

good shot, 8.
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06/19/2006 02:51:10 AM
for some reason, i normally have an automatic knee-jerk reactionary aversion to obviously, overtly political, morally just, message laden photos. which is odd, given the way i am politically. anyway, this, on the other hand, is unique in a number of ways. principally, you haven't just relied on your subject conveying the emotion or message (or getting the votes). your skills as a photographer/artist are evident here, as both pre and post processing is superb. composition is faultless. the post shot treatment works incredibly well, and adds sufficient interest that invites extended viewing. i love the background, the levels of noise, the playing with the dodge / burn tools. this is a great example of PS filters being used to great effect. and your subject himself is subtle to be really effective - the sign, his manner and posture; there is a warmth and a sense of reality here that you don't get from shots of the more unfortunate sections of any population. you feel sympathetic, but hopeful too... it's an excellent capture. last comment; your title. very specific, factual and not remotely condescending or patronising (which is sometimes the case with photos of similar subject matter). all in all a very likeable, moving, stirring image. 10.
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