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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Parque de Paz, Managua, Nicaragua
Date: Dec 28, 2008
Aperture: F/2.2
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/2500 sec.
Galleries: Emotive, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2009

This is one ugly photo. Ugly and real.

While I was in Nicaragua in December, I visited Parque de Paz (Peace Park), where after the Civil War had ended, the soliders encased their guns in concrete as a sign of peace.

This place is now deserted, frequented only by street children and prostitutes. The woman in this picture is most likely a prostitute who had overdosed on huffing glue.

While in Nicaragua, we saw some of the most beautiful scenes we had ever seen; we also some of the ugliest. This is one of them.

I'm certainly not shooting for a high score with this one, but some photos just need to be shown. If I get some 9's and 10's, and some 1's and 2's, then I know that this photo has impacted it's viewers. And isn't that what photography is supposed to do?

Place: 324 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.5022
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 5.5181
Avg (non-participants): 5.4561
Views since voting: 743
Views during voting: 389
Votes: 223
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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01/23/2009 04:18:48 AM
Haunting. I will remember this one.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 07:32:55 PM
i like the composition, but it's a bit grainy
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01/22/2009 03:36:35 PM
Very interesting composition, makes me a little dizzy :)
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01/18/2009 12:58:17 PM
a very powerful picture
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01/17/2009 02:46:53 PM
The trail of pink down the stairs is most interesting.
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01/17/2009 12:30:24 PM
not sure if I am looking up or down...my vote it down...
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01/17/2009 10:52:14 AM
i think if her foot had not been desat then it would have popped, nice leading colour to the body
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01/17/2009 01:17:49 AM
Very cool shot with lots of emotion. The only thing that really throws this one off is the appearance her feet were desaturated. Good luck in the challenge.
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01/16/2009 05:03:36 PM
Pure b/w would have been better...
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01/16/2009 01:42:43 PM
yikes - very scary stuff - the off angle perspective, the partially desaturated image - very edgy and well done
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01/16/2009 12:01:01 PM
Sort of an Escher-esque effect. Can't tell if the steps are going up or down - and I like that. Good, dramatic shot.
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