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A Parent's Nightmare
A Parent's Nightmare

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Dreams and Nightmares (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: Oct 4, 2003
Aperture: f9
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/350
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 5, 2003

Stumbled onto this kid panhandling at a street corner around 11 am on a bright and crisp Saturday morning.

Original image cropped and transformed from RGB to grayscale. Darkened using Levels and noise removed with Neat Image then sharpened a bit.

Place: 26 out of 112
Avg (all users): 5.8456
Avg (commenters): 6.6364
Avg (participants): 5.6216
Avg (non-participants): 6.0667
Views since voting: 1304
Votes: 149
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/13/2003 10:09:17 PM
Thanks to all for the votes and the comments.

First, I would like to say that this shot was not staged. As I state in my Photographer's Comments, I stumbled onto this kid while looking for my "Urban" submission. I thought this shot would be interesting since his panhandling cup was out of the ordinary being tied to the end of a stick.

I thought it was neat, although I felt sad that he had to do this to get by. I feel sorry for all these young adults that have to live in the streets, either on the short or long term, because they feel thay do not have anywhere to go. A true nightmare for those who live like this day-in, day-out...
10/13/2003 01:45:00 AM
So. It wasn't a prop? Hope he got lots of money that day. Boy. I feel bad. Poor kid. Did you ask him why he did his cup up that way? I would think it could be swiped too easily, sticking out there like that.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/11/2003 03:22:06 PM
very emotive. sad truth some of us must face. good composition and contrast. I also like the way the young mans features are obscured. 7
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10/11/2003 04:11:42 AM
Gread sharpness, dof, and good composition. The idea behind the shot is something I can really identify with. Well done.
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10/09/2003 11:12:38 PM
Yes it could be. The overall shot is well done, good light, contrast and showing the indifference of society at times.
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10/09/2003 12:04:52 AM
yes it is....
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10/08/2003 10:42:44 PM
Beggin' with a beaners cup....Gotta pay for that 4 buck coffee somehow (wink)
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10/08/2003 12:48:13 PM
I wish I could read the sign here. It looks like it might say "please help me get home" and that would make a powerful photo. I really lke the composition. The man walking away is good. I think in this case it is ok that only half of him shows. The cup on the stick is strange. I wonder what his idea behind that was. This is a good shot :)
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10/07/2003 10:50:36 PM
The dark hidden face really works to show how invisible runaways become in society. Did you do that on purpose? I like how the men are walking away from him. It is really sharp too.
I don't like the stick with the cup on it. I don't live in a big city, so I wouldn't know about the prop(money cup?), but it just doesn't look right.
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10/07/2003 10:49:36 PM
Well done. I think this is my own nightmare, not just my parents'! 8. B/W is a good choice.
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10/06/2003 02:10:35 PM
Nice journalistic shot. Tones and clarity are well done. Composition works well.
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10/06/2003 07:31:33 AM
This is such a sad sight (that is if it is not a set-up and you used a model, only saying that because his bag looks quite new). Luckily we don't see much of this around here. But you are right, a real nightmare.
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10/06/2003 12:49:50 AM
nice level at which you took this...good clarity
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