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50Day43: Free Hugs
50Day43: Free Hugs

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Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: New York City
Date: Aug 12, 2007
ISO: 80
Galleries: Snapshot, Urban
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2007

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Comments: 7
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I went out mid-afternoon, despite the glaring sunlight, to try my hand at getting a photo for the upcoming "Urban Landscape" challenge. I began to think about how much more I enjoy the freedom of taking photos for this side-challenge.

These three attractive young students in Union Square Park were not having much luck today finding takers. "Is it the weather?" asked one of the women.

They were kind enough to pose for a snapshot, after which I changed my mind and got a "group hug" from them.

Their feet are in the frame in the original photo, but I sacrificed them for the square crop.

I felt the subject was suited to a straight-forward threatment, though I did very minor increases of color saturation, clarity, and sharpness.

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08/14/2007 12:51:10 PM
Well that's kinda fun, were they doing it for any reason or just to be nice?
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08/13/2007 01:54:03 PM
lol - love that you got the group hug. THAT would have been the picture to see. I think this is fine without their feet. It allows you to bring the focus in closer to the main subject of your photo. GREAT story!

Out of curiousity - did you ask them WHY they were doing this?
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08/13/2007 01:04:00 PM
What a shame that people don't even want a free hug. Is it because we walk bye with blinders on? Afraid of disease? Think they'll rob us? Cynicism?

I find this thought-provoking and quite the commentary on society. You're becoming quite the master of capturing the soul of NYC, Larry.
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08/13/2007 12:47:04 PM
I remember a video on youtube where a man with a free hugs sign spent the day in some public place. Seems his idea is catching on. Glad you went for the group hug in the end.
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08/12/2007 09:27:42 PM
Reminds me of the time my crowd at the dorm, with the RD's permission, hosted a 24-hour hug-a-thon out front of the building. We offered hugs to students, cafeteria workers, and a totally perplexed but amused and game UPS delivery guy. The whole thing was cooked up by Patch Adams, who was visiting at the time. It was neat, actually... probably explains a lot about me and my hippie tendencies in the forums here ;-)
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08/12/2007 08:49:08 PM
These guys remind me of that Kleenex commercial. "Tell me about it" or whatever the tag line is. They look like they didn't mind not having strangers to hug... or they just KNEW they could convert you. Either way, it's a fun image. And I'm sure you found something stellar for the Urban Landscape challenge.

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08/12/2007 07:53:38 PM
They look so vibrant and sweet. You captured that very well. The colors are wonderful.
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