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Challenge: Rural Landscapes (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Super II for Nikon
Location: Country Road outside of Bradford, Ontario
Date: Aug 14, 2007
Aperture: f 14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Rural
Date Uploaded: Aug 14, 2007

Something a little bit different. :)
The shot backdrop is a shot I have taken before. The idea came to me while I was tuning out to Bob Dylans' "The Times They Are A Changin" from 1964. The shot depicts a particular track called "Hollis Brown". I love this shot for the rural landscape challenge

Hollis Brown
He lived on the outside of town
Hollis Brown
He lived on the outside of town
With his wife and five children
And his cabin fallin' down

You looked for work and money
And you walked a rugged mile
You looked for work and money
And you walked a rugged mile
Your children are so hungry
That they don't know how to smile

Your baby's eyes look crazy
They're a-tuggin' at your sleeve
Your baby's eyes look crazy
They're a-tuggin' at your sleeve
You walk the floor and wonder why
With every breath you breathe

The rats have got your flour
Bad blood it got your mare
The rats have got your flour
Bad blood it got your mare
If there's anyone that knows
Is there anyone that cares?

You prayed to the Lord above
Oh please send you a friend
You prayed to the Lord above
Oh please send you a friend
Your empty pockets tell yuh
That you ain't a-got no friend

Your babies are crying louder
It's pounding on your brain
Your babies are crying louder
It's pounding on your brain
Your wife's screams are stabbin' you
Like the dirty drivin' rain

Your grass it is turning black
There's no water in your well
Your grass is turning black
There's no water in your well
You spent your last lone dollar
On seven shotgun shells

Way out in the wilderness
A cold coyote calls
Way out in the wilderness
A cold coyote calls
Your eyes fix on the shotgun
That's hangin' on the wall

Your brain is a-bleedin'
And your legs can't seem to stand
Your brain is a-bleedin'
And your legs can't seem to stand
Your eyes fix on the shotgun
That you're holdin' in your hand

There's seven breezes a-blowin'
All around the cabin door
There's seven breezes a-blowin'
All around the cabin door
Seven shots ring out
Like the ocean's pounding roar

There's seven people dead
On a South Dakota farm
There's seven people dead
On a South Dakota farm
Somewhere in the distance
There's seven new people born



Copyright 1963; renewed 1991 Special Rider Music

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07/01/2008 09:21:21 AM
I was rummaging around, seeing what was accepted for the last rural challenge before I go and try to get something last minute and this popped up. Wow! As usual, and I was not surprised to see your name attached. And then I was brought immediately to Christina's World, which is one of my favorite paintings of all time. And this so reminds me of that, the push and pull between melancholy and hope, that I had to comment. You see, looking back on my own self portraits (most are not here) I am trying to recreate Christina's World. And here you have done that, only it is your world. So cool. And thrown in is a little bit of Turkey Pond, if only because it is a man with a purpose... I love everything about this you know. Excellent image.
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09/07/2007 03:16:02 AM
I'm waiting for this to be in billboards all over the South. :D
Seriously, this is fantastic whenever I see it I got to stop by and look at it.
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08/25/2007 06:42:10 AM
Really nice. This stands out as art among mere pictures.
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08/24/2007 11:28:20 PM
Left a laudatory comment ages ago, but failed to post. Definitely the kind of picture that reminds me of why I think of photography as art, why I want to take/make pictures and is so good I don't mind I'm not there yet.
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08/22/2007 08:59:52 PM
ayup... that's good shootin'
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08/22/2007 04:56:25 PM
One of my favorites of the challenge...wonderful photograph!
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08/22/2007 10:29:31 AM
Nice one, mate. Both the tune and the photo. I like the sparse aspect a lot.
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08/22/2007 09:57:13 AM
I just love the simplicity of this beautiful photo. Everything about it is flawless. Perfect!

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08/22/2007 04:36:26 AM
Leave it to you to find a wonderfully sparse monochromatic scene with an actual person in it for a landscape - most excellent!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2007 01:49:12 PM
Awesome composition, great lighting and color. It has a mysterious mood. Wonderful picture.
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08/21/2007 10:30:47 AM
Very nice photo...this looks like fine art lifted right from the 1930's or so. Well done!
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08/20/2007 10:51:35 PM
cool picture! congrats on a great shot! i'm still trying to decide wether or not i like the white sky, but it really makes the little house stand out (in a good way). 8
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08/20/2007 12:34:32 PM
...who lived on the outside of town? Probably my favourite of the challenge - the sparseness of the landscape is spot on for your imagery, with perfect placement of your lone figure. The viewer is encouraged to invent their own narrative around the picture - the sort of photo that can cope with many repeated visits.
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08/20/2007 12:32:52 AM
Thought provoking. This capture poses many questions in my mind...where is he going?, what is going to shoot at?, what is the purpose of the structure in the background?
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08/19/2007 11:05:59 AM
A true landscape tries to avoid having people in the image. However, I really like this alot...it's such a through back. The comp is dead on and the tones very nicely done. 10
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08/18/2007 06:13:07 PM
Great shot...well I hope so anyway! Love it.
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08/17/2007 01:56:48 PM
Hey Joe, where ya going with that gun in your hand?
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08/17/2007 01:47:18 PM
this shot really establishes a strong mood - not your typical landscap cliche. great!
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08/16/2007 07:50:35 PM
hmmm I recognize this road.....I like this version
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08/16/2007 10:31:00 AM
Your photo gives me an historical 1930's kind of feel....or a shotgun wedding. Lol. Nicely done. I like it alot. Good luck in the challenge.
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08/15/2007 11:10:28 PM
Interesting shot. Good processing. Nice use of the negative space.
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08/15/2007 03:12:35 PM
interesting shot, quite artistic and well composed. the greenish toning might not be the best choice.
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08/15/2007 02:55:38 PM
Wow - really great, spare but powerful shot - now I'll be seeing this in my mind's eye every time I hear the song.
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08/15/2007 02:40:31 PM
the feeling of the desperation of the times is palpable.you have done with the lens what Dylan did with his music.....best one yet,
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08/15/2007 01:12:08 PM
excellent story here - whish the placement of the shack was a little more to the left to balance the image out a bit more
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08/15/2007 12:28:15 PM
Love the photo wish it was done in sepia maybe after the challenge you could try it in sepia
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08/15/2007 09:08:40 AM
I like the story. Nice tones. Very nostalgic and the gun adds a nice line and definitely a punch to the mood of it.
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08/15/2007 07:51:46 AM
Perfect,Perfect,Perfect,Perfect,Perfect-10 and a fav
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08/15/2007 07:15:30 AM
I really like this image. Gave it a 9 last night before going to bed. Coming back around to comment I still really like this but I think that the color tones used could have been better. Kind of has a green hue going on in my monitor where I think a maybe more true sepia could have been better. Anyway, love the comp, simple and entertaining. Good luck!
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08/15/2007 12:27:22 AM
I really like this, it has the quality of a painting. Very well done. 10
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