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Passing Strangers
Passing Strangers

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Challenge: Street Photography II (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Pentax
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: Jul 29, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Urban
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2007

I absolutely know I am going to get hammered for this. 4.x here I come. Yes, its out of focus (how bourgeois of you ;>P). But I think that conveys some of the sense of movement in the lives of these people. Who are they? Where are they going? Will they chance upon one another again? And what have they missed by being isolated together? The boy in the window makes this shot for me, as do the lines on the conductor's jacket mirroring the lines in the tram, and the hurried businessman with gym bag slung over his shoulder.

Then again, maybe its just a crappy out of focus picture. You be the judge. This is actually a kind of experiment for me. I don't expect a high score at all -- What I am really wondering is will anyone give this one a 9 or a 10 -- that is, does anyone else get this picture, or is it just me, or perhaps this glass of wine?

Place: 215 out of 215
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08/06/2007 12:10:23 AM
i didnt vote on this challenge, but had i, i would have scored it highly, i immediately got what you were going for before i read your description...one again we are on the same wavelength.....scary
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2007 05:39:16 PM
Blurry, and the reflection is distracting.
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08/04/2007 12:03:57 AM
A faster shutter speed would have prevented the blur and the overexposure.
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08/03/2007 12:32:57 PM
I like the girls face whipping towards lens. psart
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08/02/2007 02:03:24 PM
blur is tricky bugger close but no cigar
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08/02/2007 05:01:40 AM
This is quite poorly exposed, focused and lacks an interesting subject. Sorry to sound so negative (and I may not be the first) but there is honestly not much to keep this from a 1, although you have kept the camera straightish!

Next time you could try panning the camera to capture a subject crisp while all else is moving (the bloke looking at the camera here perhaps). If you use a wide angle lens for this, and are quite close, even subjects on the same moving object will appear blurred apart from a narrow focal point where you track with the camera.

Otherwise just try to look for a quirk in a scene particularly using backgrounds for juxtaposition or other subjects to show contrast of lifestyle, etc.
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07/31/2007 12:06:24 PM
Out of focus and no real subject - sorry don't like it.
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07/31/2007 10:51:33 AM
it's all out of focus
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07/31/2007 09:41:02 AM
I see you. I like the picture of just you, the boy and the red hand. Nice little bit there.
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07/31/2007 06:44:37 AM
Out of focus...
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07/30/2007 12:58:29 PM
Nice capture - Like the movement but the burnt out highlights are a bit much
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07/30/2007 10:46:05 AM
good idea but too blurry. Try panning in the direction of the trolley.
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07/30/2007 12:21:25 AM
Far too blurry
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