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Searching For Sustenance
Searching For Sustenance

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Challenge: Searching (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Orillia Ontario Canada
Date: Oct 7, 2007
Aperture: f/5.60
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Black and White, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Oct 7, 2007

This is me and our dog Louis. He was very happy to help me go through the garbage. I had so many ideas for this challenge, the problem was getting the time to shoot and when I finally had the time everybody I had recruted to help me was gone, so I had to switch gears and think of something I could pull off by myself. Then this idea came to me and Louis and I were off to the nearest alley to do the set up.

I gathered all the garbage from home. The bag is full of news paper and some of our recyclying. I picked up some of the dogs toys and one of my son Isaacs' bears as well as the rest of the things I thought I would need to be as real as I could. I brought along some steamed rice, spaghetti in sauce and some apple peels.

I have seen lots of homeless people and have seen some of the stuff they carry with them so I tried to bring some things to add effect. I brought the dog because I thought he would have fun eating from the garbage with me. He took to it like flies on stink. (so to speak)

There was so much more involved in the set up but I should put the edit info before I forget.

Edit:Import into Elements 5.0
Auto levels
Contrast boost to 100
Adjust Brightness down
Darken Exposure
Boost Shadows
Add Black Border
Showed image to My wife for Approvel
Started all over Again
Did the exact same edit again
Got Approvel
Saved for web
Posted in Challenge, that is why you can see it:-}

Hope it does well because Louis and I had fun doing it, but I won't hold my breath.

Place: 26 out of 122
Avg (all users): 6.0588
Avg (commenters): 7.0769
Avg (participants): 5.8261
Avg (non-participants): 6.1778
Views since voting: 1649
Views during voting: 272
Votes: 136
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/29/2008 07:45:39 AM
This is a very powerful image, and so so emotive.....
One has to stop and really see the story it tells..... Well done.....
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01/01/2008 11:27:57 AM
I love the extra detail of the missing dog sign on the wall, nice job on th elighting and BW tones
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11/13/2007 11:03:25 AM
strong work! although I see him as being sick (vomiting?), the image is beautiful & graphic enough the viewer can take it to any level of imagination or opinion...

It defifnitely conveys the loneliness of street life, and I also get the need for companionship..at every level; and the wonderful place animals have in that role with us humans

lovely work
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10/17/2007 08:29:10 PM
You did such a great job with this street cnadid, so emotive.
I like it in black and white, as it adds to the effect emotionally, and the drama.....
Good to see you cracked into the 6's..... well done mate.....
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10/16/2007 09:04:13 PM
very nice black and white, really nice tones, great lighting, and congrats on the new pb and first over 6
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10/15/2007 12:09:10 AM
All dogs love garbage lol. Love the light coming in from the right. Nice score!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/14/2007 12:34:57 PM
??? the angle on the photo leaves me with more questions than answers. I think though I am not sure he is looking in a trash bag there for food. But the angle doesn't allow me to fully see that. In fact this angle almost looks as if he is bringing the dog in close and that is a bit scary because of the title. I must say if you don't want to imply that he is going to eat the dog a different angle might be good. Additionally the missing dog poster confuses me as well. I don't see a reason for it.
10/12/2007 08:46:16 PM
Nice B/W image. The graffiti and dog helped it a lot.
It the poster on the wall in the upper left the same dog tat is in the photo?
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10/12/2007 08:34:06 AM
Interesting shot. I'm a bit disappointed with the title! The most obvious sign of 'searching' here is the 'missing' poster top left combined with the 'found' dog bottom right.
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10/12/2007 12:28:57 AM
cool idea, is that the dog on the wall?
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10/11/2007 11:37:47 PM
the more i look at this the more fantastic the story becomes.
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10/11/2007 02:08:26 PM
Good composition and interesting environment.
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10/11/2007 09:06:38 AM
Nice emotion evoking image
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10/11/2007 07:16:05 AM
this is great,perfect in B&W 9
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10/10/2007 04:52:30 PM
Great shot. I always feel rather uncomfortable taking those types of shots.
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10/09/2007 07:21:43 PM
Nice touch with the missing poster. I'd like to see someones face or atleast the bag that's hiding behind the subject, as it is there's not much to look at other than his side.
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10/08/2007 10:26:24 PM
Pretty grim, but it does make it's point quite clearly. A very stark image.
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10/08/2007 08:20:17 PM
wonderfully emotive - 10
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10/08/2007 11:49:46 AM
Great lighting and tones. One of my favourites.
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10/08/2007 11:27:12 AM
Another one of my favorites in the challenge, great feeling of searching in this photo. The only thing I am slightly confused about is the missing dog poster. It appears to be a fake with a 555 number (can not quite read it) and also the same dog that is in the picture. I would like to think it is another reference to 'searching'
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10/08/2007 05:49:56 AM
lovely image
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