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The Pitchman (Joseph Ades, Union Square Market)
The Pitchman (Joseph Ades, Union Square Market)
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Environmental Portrait II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: NYC
Date: Mar 14, 2008
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2008

Union Square, NYC
A tough way to make a buck. The quintessential Pitchman...English accent, dapper dress, broad smile...a classic in every sense of the word.

The peeler peddler from another planet.

Hope this does well even if it's not a straight portrait but leans slightly towards the candid side.

A lot of slight selective saturation play (greens, reds and oranges)and about 5 sharpening passes. Sepia filter. Contrast, curves...again, many minor adjustments on top of adjustments to bring the guy forward. Lightroom and PS2.

Video: Joseph Ades

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.7737
Avg (commenters): 7.5926
Avg (participants): 6.6140
Avg (non-participants): 6.8157
Views since voting: 4646
Views during voting: 421
Votes: 274
Comments: 43
Favorites: 3 (view)


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09/15/2009 09:11:26 AM
Wow! What a story to go with your wonderful photo! I really like the Daily News version that 21.gif Pineapple linked.

Good stuff. Thanks.
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08/30/2009 08:14:22 PM
My wife saw Joe's daughter in Brooklyn Borough Hall green market last week selling peelers. She has taken his place... I missed her but will drop by to say a few words... Joe being British and having that Australian connection too (same as me) we clicked..
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06/01/2009 10:31:09 AM
Thank you for this photo and story Steve.
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02/17/2009 06:40:28 PM
RIP Joseph Ades. He was a special man and I am so sorry to see him go. The Telegraph UK. The New York Times. Daily News has the best obituary.

Message edited by author 2009-02-17 18:52:47.
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04/30/2008 10:44:34 PM
Don't I know this guy!!! He is all over. Not too long ago he was peeling downtown for few days.

Good shot and congrats on D300.
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04/10/2008 10:19:44 AM
Wow - this guy is amazing, he has been doing this at Union Square for over 8yrs now! Great shot and love the expression
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03/28/2008 01:33:35 AM
Ha.. so great.. you have the best character shots!!
Dude makes me smile large!!

congrats on your top ten!!!
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03/28/2008 01:25:45 AM
I'd say it did well. :-)
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03/26/2008 09:48:10 PM
That linked article. Was that written by the least investigative journalist ever ?
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03/26/2008 07:37:10 PM
Awesome as always Steve!! Congrats on the top 10
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03/26/2008 01:50:07 PM
Love the expression on his face. It's a fabulous image. Congrats on top 10.
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03/26/2008 01:24:46 PM
Oh, this is BRILLIANT! What a great photo. Congratulations on 6th place!
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03/26/2008 08:25:31 AM
Top 10 for you! I gave this a 7. I love the subject's "confrontation" with the viewer. It's smarmy, yet poignant somehow.
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03/26/2008 07:47:03 AM
You are on a roll man!!! Congrats on a great finish.
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03/26/2008 12:20:03 AM
Oh good, I'm glad this was yours. This was one of the ones that really hit home on the theme. Another one of your great character captures. I love the look on the lady pushing the stroller. Congrats on the top 10!
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03/26/2008 12:14:10 AM
yes, I actually see this guy at least twice a month, so i was really happy to see this on the top 10 this week. Great capture. If i had any nit to pick its that i'd agree with Eyesup that a tiny bit shallower DoF would put more focus on him but great shot nonetheless.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/25/2008 10:02:53 AM
love the capture and the expression. would have liked a bit shallower Dof to make those people behind him less distracting.
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03/25/2008 07:52:32 AM
He has a very compelling and friendly face - very much in his element. Nicely done.
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03/24/2008 04:49:20 PM
The man looks odd in a suit sitting on a street corner with buckets, a vanity fair and a carrot
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03/24/2008 09:25:51 AM
One of the best shot for this challenge. I hope you get a ribbon. The main character is so candid, and so in the street, as well as the lady in the background. Well done.
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03/24/2008 08:43:57 AM
One of my picks for the top ten..... Excellent.....
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03/24/2008 01:13:14 AM
great candid! I love his expression and the expression of the woman behind him! they are so opposing. I feel like this would be so perfect if that other guy wasn't in it or perhaps was on the other side. (but obviously I know you had no control over that!)
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03/22/2008 08:29:43 PM
Terrific. You can feel his charm!
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03/22/2008 12:20:41 PM
I like this one a lot. The only thing I would change, if possible, would be to wait till those other people were out of the frame, as they are rather distracting from the person we are supposed to be looking at.
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03/22/2008 01:24:51 AM
Great candid shot. Too bad about the distracting background, shallower DOF would have helped, as would conversion to B&W.
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03/20/2008 11:42:43 PM
Great color and processing. Totally nice environmental portrait.
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03/20/2008 07:57:20 PM
lol'd when I saw this, an old-time huckster still doing his job! I feel like he's beckoning me over, 7
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03/20/2008 01:17:39 PM
Nice capture of your subject in his environment, doing what comes naturally to him.
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03/20/2008 12:16:19 PM
LOL, priceless expression and hand gestures!
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03/20/2008 08:49:10 AM
perfect for the challenge, so full of life, nice details all around. Had preferred less DOF though. Might be Pawdrix work.
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03/20/2008 08:20:13 AM
priceless spot on 10 for me
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03/20/2008 06:31:29 AM
oh, I like this one. Background is a tad to busy, IMO. Like the colors and the sharpness. His expression is so lovely! Nice shot!
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03/19/2008 10:39:49 PM
Maybe cropping would have helped. The other two people in the phot detracted from it.
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03/19/2008 06:22:09 PM
some great elements. Life as it happens, tells me quite a bit about him, though maybe a higher angle or different lens might have shown me more about what he's doing - what is that orange pile infront of him ? Fewer or more connected people in the background might have made more sense in the frame.

ETA: one of two memorable shots in the challenge after a day, so bumping up (10)
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03/19/2008 05:37:02 PM
I like, good ole NYC, wait until the background clears.
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03/19/2008 04:39:42 PM
Great shot...I like the way you capture this expressive moment with the subject
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03/19/2008 04:28:32 PM
The expression on the guy is great, definitely a good capture. What takes away from this picture, and it's not your fault, is the two people in the background, especially the girl with what looks like a lifeless baby and a confused/angry face...5
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03/19/2008 02:45:47 PM
Your subject is very welcoming. What's he doing? Shredding carrots? Is he selling something? This image really piques my interest. It's framed very nicely, telling something about the woman in the background too. You hit the challenge right on!
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03/19/2008 02:10:29 PM
This is a great shot...i could stare at it for hours! Deff meets the challenge.
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03/19/2008 11:27:59 AM
I know that man. An Englishman in NYC and rather famous too. Those Swiss made peelers really work well. I have two ;-) You made a fine portrait there. Really captured his essence.
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03/19/2008 11:16:41 AM
I love this guy's warm smile and welcoming hands....what a great character you've captured!
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03/19/2008 08:13:20 AM
Love this shot. Great placement of subject and interesting setting.
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03/19/2008 12:36:00 AM
This guys is always around my school outside the Borough Hall stop in Brooklyn! Great action shot on this animated character. Was he really in that vanity fair like he says? Hah, gonna give you a 10 here (i don't normally give 10s..), both for execution, as well as my personal desire to see this shot do well. Gl
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