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For Rent:  Desperate
For Rent: Desperate

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Candid (Classic Editing)
Camera: Pentax EI-100
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: Sep 1, 2002
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Urban, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2002

A desperate young woman tries to sleep off Sunday morning on Alexander Street, Vancouver. Her neighbours chased me off after this single shot.

Cropped to 640x480
Unsharp mask 4.62 - 83 - 5
adjustment layer: contrast +35

Place: 15 out of 172
Avg (all users): 6.3310
Avg (commenters): 7.6333
Avg (participants): 6.2595
Avg (non-participants): 6.3910
Views since voting: 1669
Votes: 287
Comments: 33
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/08/2002 08:05:00 PM
Fascinating composition. It's a little too bright for the feeling that it evokes, though.
09/08/2002 07:21:00 PM
great shot but i worry its too easy to shoot people when they are down on their luck long debate!
09/08/2002 12:51:00 PM
09/08/2002 12:21:00 PM
this is a great photo - leopard pants n all - is she out of a residence or job?
09/06/2002 01:11:00 PM
I like the brightnes and contrast of this picture. It gives it a "tense" feeling, if that makes any sense at all. Good shot. karmat
09/06/2002 11:14:00 AM
The colors and exposure lend to the harsh reality of the moment. However, the "For Rent" sign is out of step with the homeless person - the two I find are conflicting. Would have been better if the sign read something like "No Vacancy" or "Building Condemned". Does this make sense?
09/06/2002 10:50:00 AM
Great mood! There's such a sense of hopelessness here, it's very intense. The sign, the bars on the window, the textures of the street, and the parking meter all meld with the woman's posture to create a very familiar and poignant feeling for me. One of my 10s - lisae
09/05/2002 08:47:00 AM
this is great. good compo. definitely tells a strong story.
09/04/2002 11:46:00 PM
I really like this photograph. It shows her plight. The sign in the window, the bars across the doorway... all powerful elements. Nicely done.
09/04/2002 06:00:00 PM
Very emotional image. Memorable.
09/04/2002 05:04:00 PM
This is a good photo. With this subject I would say the overexposure works and doesn't really detract from the image. Good framing and placement of the woman within the frame (the parking meter fits right in there). I hope more people notice this too, but the Lucky Charms box is the perfect accent to this photo and the perfect thing to have next to her (for the photo's purposes). The Lucky Charms box seems to be there to mock her "unluckiness". Great job.
Score: 9
09/04/2002 01:18:00 PM
hey guy really sad pic!!
09/04/2002 11:55:00 AM
Wow! I really like this image. Is this girl in trouble? Or just on here way somewhere and had to sit down and fix her shoe? She looks well dressed but she's sitting on an old-fashioned suitcase. The neighborhood looks desolate. Just can't tell. This would have been so tempting to do in b & w but you did the right thing.
09/04/2002 11:50:00 AM
a sad commentary of a life wasted..well done.
09/04/2002 02:11:00 AM
Great shot.
09/04/2002 01:23:00 AM
mood captured - wasted
sincerity of expressions - can't see pace, but posture/hair says it all here
09/03/2002 10:44:00 PM
a tad on the overexposed side.
09/03/2002 05:18:00 PM
Wow- there's a story here. 7 Kaz
09/03/2002 02:13:00 PM
Top 5 for me this week. I can feel the desolation. Composition, color is really excellent. Good luck in the challenge.
09/03/2002 09:07:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background9,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing8,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 9,
Total Averaged Rating9. Autool
09/03/2002 04:10:00 AM
Powerful image. 9 Journey
09/03/2002 03:59:00 AM
Powerful... Solid 10
09/03/2002 02:21:00 AM
the contrast seem a bit too much, but for some reason i like it and the over apeal of the photo.
09/02/2002 09:39:00 PM
good shot----8
09/02/2002 09:09:00 PM
overexposed, but adds to the starkness of photo.
09/02/2002 05:46:00 PM
excellent candid... the parking meter and the for rent sign, along with the bars on the windows give a nice sense of 'urban blight' possibly in this photo... i like it :) = 9 - jmsetzler
09/02/2002 04:13:00 PM
Definitely works for me, I feel like there is a story there. I like the composition, and the shot definitely has the feel of capturing an unguarded moment. lhall-9
09/02/2002 12:48:00 PM
love it! the colors are gorgeous, the girl leaning over really does this pic. great shot 8--shutterfly
09/02/2002 12:35:00 PM
lol!! excellent. 10
09/02/2002 12:16:00 PM
Wow good impact..good statement and good composition!! It's over exposed but nice work all the same. Score 7 Justine
09/02/2002 11:01:00 AM
nice image lacking in quality did you try to make it a black and white I still like it 8
09/02/2002 10:03:00 AM
Great shot, I have been reading you comments last week I think so .... I guess this one is not the 'first one'. i like the picture , but you are going to have 'biased' comments becasue people reading the forum whould know the background .... I think it should not have been talked in the forums before.
I am a little bothered bby the 'background' on the far right of the picture, but not it does not distract too much.
BUT I like the picture a lot. 7 currently, might be back later for a 8. Good luck
09/02/2002 12:26:00 AM
Yeesh... is she asleep or dead...!? Nice capture.

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