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50 years ago... defiance bred a Leader
2nd Place50 years ago... defiance bred a Leader
Rooster


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Challenge: Conflict (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Olympus C-5050Z
Location: Boogie Down Bronx
Date: Feb 22, 2004
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 24, 2004

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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 202
Avg (all users): 6.6594
Avg (commenters): 7.7333
Avg (participants): 6.6628
Avg (non-participants): 6.6579
Views since voting: 7435
Votes: 276
Comments: 80
Favorites: 23 (view)


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05/03/2006 06:03:57 AM
fantastic photo! inspiring
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02/16/2005 02:20:44 PM
Pretty Black no white
12/23/2004 04:06:55 PM
Very creative and dramatic shot. It makes me feel good to see something like this.
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07/14/2004 12:40:47 AM
A truly great photo--it should be entered in the Words challenge & would win for sure! Much better than any of the current entries
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07/13/2004 02:55:57 AM
This is one of the best representations of racism in an image I ever saw. I seen it before, but I don't know why I didn't put it in my favorites, maybe I whas in hurry. I am here to correct that now.
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06/01/2004 08:39:05 PM
Just discovered this. Talk about powerful! And I don't think the printed sign hurts it at all.
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04/28/2004 10:08:29 AM
What a striking picture! the composition emulates the resistance you talk about.
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03/21/2004 08:29:41 PM
What a moving and very emotional photo. I'm so happy you posted it. Living in the south I can really relate to this child. There's NO reason for discrimination of ANY kind ! Thank you...this photo is fav'd in my list.
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03/09/2004 08:23:04 AM
I love this picture! Great Job!
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03/05/2004 04:33:26 PM
This picture is absolutely wonderful, keep up your great work
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03/04/2004 09:49:38 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Well Done!
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03/04/2004 09:06:37 AM
A very powerful photo, congrats on the ribbon Rooster.
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03/03/2004 10:05:03 PM
Very thought provoking shot!! Great job!!
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03/03/2004 10:01:28 PM
Way to go Rooster! Excellent, thought provoking picture that definetly deserved a ribbon!
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03/03/2004 04:38:41 PM
excellent. congrats rooster :)
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03/03/2004 12:35:17 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! Well thought of shot!

Now we both have a red ribbon!
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03/03/2004 11:53:10 AM
Thanks so much everyone! I had lots of fun dreaming this shot up & actually taking it. My model, Devin, was so great! He did exactly what I asked for without complaining or anything. Much love & thanks to him!
Originally I wanted the sign to be more authentic & I had a painted sign all ready but I couldn't hang it off the wall. Hence the quickie printer job that hurt the shot a bit.
I'm still really taken aback by all the comments & that I actually won a ribbon! Who would of thought!
I think I have been having more fun with my shots lately & am finding creative ways of expressing myself more. Very happy that not only do I think I'm getting better but that it is being affirmed here on this site that I love so much!
This shot was taken in the Crotona part of the Bronx in The Mary Mitchell Family & Youth Center on Mapes Avenue.

Message edited by author 2004-03-03 11:54:30.
03/03/2004 10:39:23 AM
CONGRATS ROOSTER! Congrats on your first ribbon and what a great photo!
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03/03/2004 10:37:22 AM
Congratulations! I was hoping you would take the blue, but red is just as good! Well deserved and a great idea come to life.
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03/03/2004 10:19:39 AM
Congratulations on your red ribbon, well-deserved and with a strong message.
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03/03/2004 09:22:11 AM
Congratualtions!! superb image and thank you for being willing to show it. I gave it a 10
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03/03/2004 09:21:45 AM
Congratulations! Great idea for this challenge.
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03/03/2004 08:27:05 AM
Superbly shot,well worth the ribbon.

Well done, very pleased for you.

Gordon
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03/03/2004 03:45:26 AM
Where in the Bronx was this photo taken? Parkchester? Fordham? Castle Hill? Great shot.
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03/03/2004 03:32:30 AM
Very well done Rooster. Like all good photos it tells the story without requiring a label. And I like that you shot it in black and white.
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03/03/2004 03:13:04 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. I didn't get to vote on all the images because of computer problems. Excellent angle. The expression on his face is perfect. It really gives you a sense of him on the lookout and taking a quick drink. This is a very powerful image.
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03/03/2004 01:02:51 AM
Simply. . . Congrats! The comments cover it all.
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03/03/2004 12:43:26 AM
Congrats, this is a well done emotive shot!
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03/03/2004 12:10:20 AM
Congrats ! What a great photo, you did an awesome job.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2004 10:02:49 PM
Fantastic shot........you really did a great job of making it feel like 50 years ago ...very moving 10
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03/02/2004 12:41:59 AM
Great shot, nice idea and take on the challenge.
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03/01/2004 06:27:20 PM
nice tackle on the theme. 8
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02/29/2004 11:34:07 PM
Very nice composition. This picture should do very well. Good job.
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02/29/2004 05:03:55 PM
September 1st, 1955, the freedom movement came alive/ because of Sister Rose, you know/ We don't ride at the back of the bus no more....
- the Neville Brothers
02/28/2004 03:33:37 PM
I like the setup of this. The fear/apprehension in his eyes really makes the shot. very nice.
Did you print off the sign and then put it up? looks like normal paper. 8
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02/28/2004 02:52:59 PM
One of my top four from this challenge. Easily the most powerful, realistic depiction of classic conflict out of all 200+ photos. Well composed, very dramatic and full of feeling. Photographically, I wish the whole image was perhaps exposed another 1/3 of a stop to bring out more detial in the boy's face, but that's very minor in this powerful image. Well done!
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02/28/2004 01:44:09 PM
Good concept. And bravo to the spirit represented by the young man! I think the image could use more contrast--it would make it more "in your face." The low contrast keeps it at a distance. Overall--well done!
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02/28/2004 09:54:15 AM
Excellent idea, excellent message. I would like to see more light on the young man's face, though.
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02/28/2004 03:09:03 AM
Powerful image. could be exposed better
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02/27/2004 11:50:13 PM
Powerful representation
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02/27/2004 10:16:59 PM
good image and fits the challenge well done
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02/27/2004 10:10:00 PM
Great shot. Bold concept.
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02/27/2004 06:08:55 PM
Good to see this kind of work on DPC. This should win a ribbon for sure. Beautiful photograph. 10
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02/27/2004 03:48:35 PM
Very emotional; there is a lot to like and admire in this shot. For me, the tones are too similar; I'd like to see more contrast. But I like this very much.
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02/27/2004 03:03:38 PM
Very good idea and composition, I like it alot.6
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02/27/2004 12:34:10 PM
thos photo speaks for itself.... without even needing a title
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02/27/2004 12:16:02 PM
Fantastic! When I first looked at his picture, i thought: "Hey, it´s a little bit under-exposed". But, after that, I realized that it is probably intentional - the under-exposition in the kid made the kid´s skin darker, and enhanced the "whites only" conflict. I hope this one gets the blue ribbon, it´s the best of all.
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02/27/2004 10:35:33 AM
Nice shot, everything is here except a good contrast range.
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02/27/2004 08:07:38 AM
Nicely done, love the lighting.
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02/27/2004 02:11:24 AM
Great show of what conflict was, and still is. Well done.
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02/26/2004 11:01:33 PM
great composition, great idea, a higher contrast and wee better DoF needed
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02/26/2004 09:43:37 PM
I'm not sure how to think or feel about this. Is that good or bad?

It will be interesting to see what you were going for. Racially motivated statements are tough for folks to stomach.

Photographically. -- The foreground is strong, but the sign taped to the wall should be in focus as well. The DOF should be deep for this statement. This is a powerful statement, but no one that many are comfortable addressing. Good luck -- High marks.
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02/26/2004 09:13:27 PM
Very nice - one gets a sense that the child knows he's drinking 'forbidden water.' Excellent picture.
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02/26/2004 08:38:07 PM
Great setup--the childs sideways glace really makes the photo for me. It really looks like he's keeping an watch out for someone coming. If he had just been looking down into the fountain, it wouldn't have been nearly as powerful. Nicely done. 8
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02/26/2004 08:33:45 PM
this is a good composition....nice black and white....
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02/26/2004 08:32:50 PM
interesting how you placed him against the wall..very nice shot
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02/26/2004 07:44:12 PM
There you go now that is a conflict photo thank you very much...This is a sensitive subject and you captured it well...nicely done
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02/26/2004 07:14:08 PM
Greetings and kudos on an excellent photograph. I really love the way this young man's eyes are turned looking out of the frame. I assume he's watching for someone to scold him for drinking from the fountain. I think you have captured the essence of 'conflict'. Congrats on a beautiful photo.
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02/26/2004 02:32:27 AM
nice idea..... fitting in my opinion, although not directly, and well, just a tad fuzzy to me.
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02/26/2004 01:30:58 AM
This is pretty powerful.
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02/25/2004 11:40:16 PM
This is absolutely great. I hope people take the time to understand this message. I was going to do something with the same message, but couldn't get subjects for it.

Composition is done very well.
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02/25/2004 07:53:34 PM
By definition, this must be a re-enactment which takes away all of its power.
02/25/2004 07:01:44 PM
Excellent social commentary. Minor nits: on my monitor at least, the exposure on the boy is too dark; I wish the sign looked more real and less like a quick laser printout tacked to the wall (it looks too fake, which I assume and hope it was!) , and I think the DOF should have included the sign.
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02/25/2004 06:32:12 PM
this is the most touching idea in this match. I would like to have seen better contrast in the photo
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02/25/2004 06:16:29 PM
great idea and image
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02/25/2004 05:50:27 PM
Great shot Hope you win!
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02/25/2004 04:25:28 PM
The image is presumptuous too fabricated to cause a conflict plus the lighting is not very good. The Lighting on the face since he is black there should be some more light and some more contrast to the image its very flat.
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02/25/2004 03:43:36 PM
simple yet powerful image.
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02/25/2004 03:12:28 PM
Very powerful photo. The very bright reflection on the fountain is a bit distracting, and the focus on the sign is slightly soft, but the message is strong. The look on the boy's face is excellent, and the white sign with the institutional looking bricks and overall darkness makes a good contrast. Nice job.
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02/25/2004 01:59:01 PM
the kid's face is too dark - need some fill or a bounce card.
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02/25/2004 01:50:15 PM
50 years ago, they didn't have laser printers. Good subject though.
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02/25/2004 12:57:47 PM
I really love this photo. I think you did a good job of capturing an older feel to the photo - the black and white looks like the kind used in the 60s. Also, I like that you used an older style fountain. Great attention to details. This is my favorite for this challenge.
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02/25/2004 11:18:22 AM
neat photo, I wish the sign was more than just a sheet of paper.
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02/25/2004 08:37:54 AM
Powerful, lighting could be better on face.
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02/25/2004 05:59:59 AM
good composition, good subject. Try upping exposure 1/3 a stop.
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02/25/2004 04:54:11 AM
Very strong, great idea, good model, his eyes on the look out. My #2 pick over all.
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02/25/2004 01:37:44 AM
Great shot, great message 10
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02/25/2004 01:16:48 AM
A technically sound picture with a message. Great work.
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02/25/2004 12:51:19 AM
Good portrayal of conflict. I like the composition, just falls short on the focus, just a bit soft. 8 from me I hope this does well.
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02/25/2004 12:11:18 AM
this is a very strong photo and I feel it represents conflict extreamly well. well done..... a 10 from me
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