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Challenge: Irony (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Location: Gatineau
Date: Sep 27, 2003
Galleries: Photojournalism, Political
Date Uploaded: Sep 27, 2003

I took this shot as I was coming back from taking bird shots for the Flight challenge. I heard cans hitting the groud and there was a man in the dumpster picking out all the cans for money! That really socked me.

Not the best looking picture since I didn't wanna be seen so I only took one and was on my way. I would've loved to have more ground to capture all the cans on the groud but....

I went with a washed out feel to create even more imperfection. I'm not sure how the "stock" DCPers will react to thatas it has a more artsy feel to it. And I'm sure I'll get lots of "the man is blurry" crap. :-) Yes he is blurry, he was moving. :-)

Place: 32 out of 131
Avg (all users): 5.4531
Avg (commenters): 5.3077
Avg (participants): 4.9437
Avg (non-participants): 5.6609
Views since voting: 2502
Votes: 245
Comments: 15
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10/28/2003 10:10:02 PM
exelent idea, highly ironic..
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2003 07:41:04 PM
This could use some color enhancement. The colors aren't vibrant, they seem washed out. In fact, the leaves in the background almost look gray. Were you trying to desaturate the pic and leave only red and skin color? A bit of unsharp mask would've helped this too.

Nice shot, though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/05/2003 02:43:37 PM
Actually, in terms of the standard of living at the bottom, we've been surpassed by a few countries - but that's part of the irony. Nice statement.
10/04/2003 03:58:12 AM
Seems appropriate to me. He's not scrounging for food, obviously, he's salvaging aluminum cans. A rich country should still not be wasteful. However, I do see your point and I don't think I should deduct any just because it might not seem all that ironic to me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/03/2003 12:39:18 PM
Good capture, colors are ok.
10/03/2003 03:48:12 AM
sad but true but thanks to him those cans will be recycled.
10/02/2003 09:12:08 PM
Sad. But true.
10/01/2003 07:40:23 PM
Wasteful idiots throwing recyclables away! I hope you gave him a dollar.
10/01/2003 06:07:15 PM
base 1: 1/1; challenge: 1/3; technical: 1/3; aesthetics: 1/3; total: 4
10/01/2003 04:10:33 PM
You took this in Luxembourg ?
10/01/2003 02:41:30 PM
There is not enough resolution. But I like the content of the image.
10/01/2003 11:46:00 AM
Maybe he lost his wife's 10 carat diamond ring.
10/01/2003 10:14:18 AM
Your title certainly adds poignancy to the shot. your message and image is great, but technical attributes are weak (poor focus, exposure). It is a decent photojournalism shot,though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/01/2003 09:25:36 AM
Good capture of the challenge. The picture seems out of focus and a bit grainy
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/01/2003 07:42:50 AM
tee hee .... slightly out of focus

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