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Seanachai


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Washington Convention Center
Date: Oct 10, 2003
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Candid, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Mar 4, 2009

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Statistics
Place: 169 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.1935
Avg (commenters): 7.4857
Avg (participants): 6.2519
Avg (non-participants): 5.8529
Views since voting: 788
Views during voting: 671
Votes: 465
Comments: 81
Favorites: 8 (view)


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03/21/2009 05:17:59 AM
Man...there were so many photos...I'm sorry I missed this one... GREAT! The title is perfect. They're communicating with someone, but completely 'disconnected' from those around physically next to them.
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03/18/2009 03:30:22 PM
Love it - B&W works excellent. Into my favs...
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03/18/2009 09:27:35 AM
I completely agree with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' MilesW - this was a 10 and a fave for me and I completely expected it to score much closer to the top.
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03/18/2009 05:26:48 AM
A very disappointing score for what is a brilliant shot :-(
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:52:03 PM
I love it, so prefect for this day an age.
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03/17/2009 10:41:45 PM
tough call - looks staged therefore a terrific capture? hm ... bottom line: it doesnt matter - super job.
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03/17/2009 10:22:44 PM
plain awesome! : )
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03/17/2009 10:12:45 PM
Great shot. Life in America. Yes, we're friendly people, but we can't talk with those right around us - we have to talk to those on the other end of the phone.
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03/17/2009 05:36:10 PM
Interesting commentary piece!
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03/17/2009 04:42:20 PM
This is a fantastic shot - you've perfectly captured a scene that is played out in a thousand conference halls, but with a variety of poses and a separation between subjects that illustrates how people try to get some private space when is a completely public area. Brilliant.
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03/17/2009 03:30:51 PM
IN many ways this is utterly fascinating; I find myself studying each of the "characters" for clues as to their identity/business/state of mind. It bothers me that the prominent wall junction is not squared up a little better, easy enough to do with a little skew tool. But the deal-breaker, for me, is that the image seems seriously oversharpened, and I'm picking up fine halo-type outlining of the figures against the neutral walls. That's holding it back from climbing into the 8's, and it will stay at 7 in my scoring.

Nevertheless, well seen and a pleasure to contemplate.
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03/17/2009 03:05:55 PM
There is pure whimsy in the fact that this looks so real and so staged at the same time. Fascinating photograph!
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03/17/2009 11:54:32 AM
Great!
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03/17/2009 10:28:11 AM
Nice capture. Almost looks posed. Good detail.
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03/17/2009 10:16:13 AM
Haha, This is cool, great composition.
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03/17/2009 04:50:24 AM
i like the setup!! giving u 9.
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03/17/2009 01:10:41 AM
Great shot, and illustration of modern culture.
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03/16/2009 11:24:08 PM
Well composed. Good use of B&W.
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03/16/2009 10:46:27 PM
seems good enough to question if it is set-up...and yet has an offhand feel, so either way it really works...
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03/16/2009 09:00:22 PM
What a great catch.. Very crisp too.
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03/16/2009 06:48:53 PM
how true. Great idea and shot, 9
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03/16/2009 06:39:13 PM
the way of our world now days
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03/16/2009 05:42:52 PM
I like the satire behind your image.
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03/16/2009 04:03:38 AM
cool capture
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03/15/2009 11:08:08 PM
If only the lady was not there !! this would have been very very effective. Post processing is excellent, nice details. 7
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03/15/2009 05:50:51 PM
well spotted such a funny scene, looks like we have a break in the meeting.
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03/15/2009 04:51:52 PM
amazing statement on modern culture.
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03/15/2009 02:11:48 PM
this is very cool. I'm just seeing some sharpening halos on the figures
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03/15/2009 11:54:01 AM
sharpening halos are distracting. Otherwise good bw.
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03/15/2009 10:13:04 AM
This looks candid but then again it looks like a perfectly orchestrated photo too. Good job.
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03/15/2009 08:08:49 AM
I love this. It looks staged but I have a feeling it wasn't.
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03/15/2009 07:10:42 AM
this is great - top quality photo - guess u can sell it to a magazine
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03/15/2009 06:21:44 AM
Wonderful combination of all the people calling their mother on the left.
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03/15/2009 05:19:07 AM
great idea ...
7
brano
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03/15/2009 01:40:49 AM
I remember seeing this a long time ago and liked it, and still do. This is one of those moments where everything falls into place and you were fortunate enough to be there. Just a nitpick, but I see some sharpening halos.
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03/14/2009 11:48:26 PM
Nice! This is the world we live in now...
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03/14/2009 11:08:54 PM
Well the theme is a good one, if not exactly rare (though this is a superior example) but the hidden gem within your hidden gem is that small, stout lady only part seen. Could she be clutching a cell phone too? Checking in with her office ... "Hi, it's me. No, totally bloody boring. No, nothing new at all. Complete waste of time. Any messages?"
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03/14/2009 05:46:17 PM
The only thing that doesn't work for me in this shot is the distortion of the two figures on the left. Great set up, lighting, details.
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03/14/2009 11:13:28 AM
how funny...was it a cell phone convention...really like the tones...and if the lady in the background is using a cell phone...that would be to funny
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03/14/2009 08:20:04 AM
Excellent! Technically and creatively. I like this very much. Very nice black and white work. Super detail and contrast and lovely tones. Great title too.
How did you set this up? Do you know all these people? Just a pity the one odd person out is half hidden behind the central character. I am talking about the little old lady. Would have been perfect if she was fully visible too. 9
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03/13/2009 09:26:59 PM
Nice depiction of the modern human condition. What in the world did we do with out these contraptions. Excellent.
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03/13/2009 08:43:52 PM
LOL! Ain't that the truth.
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03/13/2009 08:19:21 PM
hehehe i imagine its not even a set up. I just wish the woman on the left wasn't there. :)
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03/13/2009 06:26:40 PM
Ah man, this image is absolutely wonderful. The title, the composition, each and every person in this image fits here perfectly. It speaks to the viewer without a drawn out convoluted explanation or searching.
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03/13/2009 06:16:52 PM
Great shot, very cool setup
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03/13/2009 06:08:11 PM
Very surreal-- like a cut and paste job. (though I know it isn't)
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03/13/2009 01:52:40 PM
fantastic 10
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03/13/2009 12:43:28 PM
Can you hear me now? So many people on their phones!
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03/13/2009 12:23:37 PM
lol Very neat capture with everyone on the phone like that. A pretty accurate portrayal of our society today, right down to the title. :) Nice job.
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03/13/2009 08:40:51 AM
Very cool. Love all the interest here. Very contemporary. Would look great on the wall of a phone company! 8
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03/13/2009 05:24:27 AM
wonderful capture of our society; so many little intricacies that work so well here.
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03/13/2009 03:56:09 AM
I don't know why, but this looks really contrived. It probably actually isn't.

I like the concept though.
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03/13/2009 12:16:34 AM
Nicely done, point well made. Nice in b/w.
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03/12/2009 08:49:57 PM
Well captured.
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03/12/2009 08:26:31 PM
This is a real Sleeper...
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03/12/2009 05:47:59 PM
too true, you've captured the world today, love the b&w treatment
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03/12/2009 05:15:01 PM
this would be a wonderful stock photo.
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03/12/2009 05:07:56 PM
where'd that li'l ol' lady come from?

I'm looking at this for the second time still trying to work out if it's posed. I didn't see the lady the first time around - she might have registered as a vase or something.
good luck
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03/12/2009 02:28:41 PM
This is amazing. I'm wondering if you had to pose everyone or if it's a candid. Either way it's an intriguing image.
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03/12/2009 02:06:57 PM
I remember this photo quite good, it's still in my favs. Truly a gem.
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03/12/2009 12:29:12 PM
Another of my top favorites - was this staged/posed at all? Doesn't make a difference in my score or opinion, just seems such a 'perfect' moment to capture!
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03/12/2009 12:01:42 PM
Nice capture. 9
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03/12/2009 05:52:06 AM
Odd, but oh so true!
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03/12/2009 05:42:41 AM
Well done. Works well in B&W.
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03/12/2009 12:01:31 AM
nice compo and triangular perspective - effective use of b/w -
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03/11/2009 08:44:03 PM
Hilarious. Great eye.
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03/11/2009 06:48:45 PM
What a statement you've made about our society! I love your image.
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03/11/2009 06:48:29 PM
Fast paced world. With everyone on the phone I had to look twice. I thought they were all the same person at first glance. This should be in a "how business get's done" type ad.
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03/11/2009 06:18:22 PM
great idea
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03/11/2009 05:48:34 PM
I remember this one. Nice job with the concept.
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03/11/2009 04:35:20 PM
great title, wish we could see the old lady tho 6
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03/11/2009 12:38:08 PM
great shot
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03/11/2009 12:13:30 PM
This makes me beg the questions..." My God, what have we done? " Great catch.
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03/11/2009 10:58:05 AM
What a great 'statement' photo that reflects upon the state of human beings in this century. Amazing how with so many technological advances that we have a tiny fully portable communications device that we can be so disconnected from our surroundings and other people. Love this capture of so many people talking on their cell phones 'connecting' with people distant at a remote location while each and every one of them are seperated by distance from each other and not noticing or looking at anyone in the room. Ironic - they are connected but disconnected and that is such a poignant statement in this composition that comes in so loud and clear. You have a great eye to spot this or if posed you realized your idea beautifully and with much gravitas. I also like the B&W for a color version I feel would mute the message by distracting the viewer with colors. I also want to complement you on the wonderful dynamic B&W tones I see here. Well done all around.
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03/11/2009 09:56:47 AM
Ha! Great concept!
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03/11/2009 09:05:34 AM
Not sure why this works but it does. 7.
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03/11/2009 08:41:11 AM
love this set up and its detail is great
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03/11/2009 07:39:06 AM
Great clarity. I feel like I'm there.........now, where did I put my phone?
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03/11/2009 04:00:11 AM
Great title. Interesting shot. I'd have thought you set it up execpt for the lady half hidden.
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03/11/2009 01:10:04 AM
This made me smile and wonder if anyone was talking to anyone else in the frame. I like the way the staircase leads my eye into the frame. A well executed photo.
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03/11/2009 12:53:05 AM
I love it, almost everybody on the phone or dialing. The lady on the left is poorly positioned. The guy in front looks distorted. Is this very wide angle?
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