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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: Shelburne Falls, MA
Date: Mar 8, 2009
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

Had to enter something. Far from good and even farther from 'the best.' Only had, literally, one CF card to choose from. Long story not worth boring you with.



[Mar. 11th, 2009 09:11:51 PM]

Ok, so this was a totally random, candid, spur of the moment shot. My wife and I were in a little cafe in Shelburne Falls, Ma and this guy walks in. I rarely, if ever, take photos of people and even more rare for me is to just take shots in a public place of people I don't know. So we were sitting waiting for our orders and he walks in. When he sat down I just picked up the camera and pointed it in his direction. I clicked 6 shots, this was the only one in focus. I thought of processing the background, but decided against it since in my mind there was nothing I could do about it. He had no idea his picture was being taken or if he did, he did not care.

Anyone notice what is in his pocket? On my monitor I can read it clearly - Sweets. That means 'Swisher Sweets.'

Statistics
Place: 988 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 4.7600
Avg (commenters): 5.6364
Avg (participants): 4.7179
Avg (non-participants): 4.9744
Views since voting: 467
Views during voting: 611
Votes: 475
Comments: 47
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03/17/2009 09:22:31 PM
I really like this shot. The title says right..."just coffee"...but there's something in this shot which is really cool! I wish the background were less "busy" and his face had more focus. Good luck and sorry for my english.
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03/17/2009 05:47:49 PM
Very emotive, an interesting commentary piece.
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03/17/2009 05:20:30 PM
Well composed. I would prefer it without the two front chairs and may be a version in BW.
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03/17/2009 04:45:23 PM
Good portrait, nice job capturing him in his environment.
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03/17/2009 03:44:20 PM
Hehe, good emotion. Extending the depth of field and moving it forward so the background is still out of focus, but his hand, face and coffee mug aren't may be a better touch. 5
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03/17/2009 12:24:27 PM
He looks like he's ready to go home. Unless he is home already, then he looks like he's ready to go to bed.
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03/17/2009 12:20:12 PM
Very pensive looking character. He doesn't look to happy about something. The economic crisis perhaps? Nice colorful shirt.
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03/17/2009 10:58:29 AM
A good candid shot, very clear.
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03/17/2009 02:48:41 AM
Again, this is how I feel right now. 1021 of 1113 images! Good shot. Nice lighting and color.
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03/17/2009 01:47:25 AM
He looks like he could use the coffed too... looks like he is about to fall asleep :)
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03/16/2009 11:03:10 PM
He looks asleep. LOL!

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 10:00:10 PM
reminds me of me every single morning
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03/16/2009 05:35:54 PM
Very good human interest candid. Sharp in the right places.
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03/16/2009 03:45:38 PM
Nice capture of the morning routine, wish the lighting was on the other side to show us his face more
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03/16/2009 12:05:38 PM
he looks not amused
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03/16/2009 04:40:32 AM
Don't assume that because you have an affinity for your subject, the rest of the world will too. Otherwise, a good workmanlike photo.
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03/16/2009 03:41:55 AM
Good candid shot. Isn't that stuff meant to keep you awake?
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03/16/2009 01:18:13 AM
Great capture, excellent color and DOF.
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03/16/2009 12:53:33 AM
Reading the paper while drinking coffee; a lot of us do it. I like the subject and his pose however I wish the background was not as distracting.
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03/15/2009 07:04:31 AM
nice candid but i find the frame a little busy and as such confusing. If you shifted to the left it might have been a better images as the background on the left is a little distracting to me where as the background on the right is a bit simpler. The focus is great though!
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03/15/2009 06:48:43 AM
I quite like this. Nice colours, and a photo that tells a story.
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03/15/2009 05:39:30 AM
hm very nice
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03/15/2009 03:33:47 AM
he does look bored , but too much of a candid.
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03/14/2009 10:16:10 PM
He needs lots of coffe to wake him
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03/14/2009 07:35:59 PM
Looks like it'd better be soon. Think I have that shirt. Love the nodded-off look with coffee to drink.
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03/14/2009 12:25:10 PM
good documentary image
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03/14/2009 09:24:27 AM
Nice bright portrait. Makes me want another cup of coffee!
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03/14/2009 02:33:33 AM
This looks like me in the morning. I need the go-go juice, but can't quite muster up the motivation to drink it.
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03/13/2009 11:05:09 PM
He looks thrilled to be there. Nice colors.
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03/13/2009 10:36:54 PM
reminds me of a character study, this picture has a lot of clues to his personality, not sure whether or not those clues are accurate or not.
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03/13/2009 07:30:07 PM
oh, I feel your pain...clear focus
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03/13/2009 11:14:05 AM
He plopped the spoon into his mug, and gave it a stir.

Another day, another coffee. Another day at work, but for how long? Another morning of the same old routine, but how many more would there be? He wasn't young anymore, and this job had been his rock for so many years. It had seen him through good times and bad. It had seen him through the raising of his children, through his marriage, through 4 houses and 5 dogs and one summer cottage and everything in between and now he was told that the company probably just couldn't afford to keep so many people anymore and although he'd put almost 20 years into the place and had an immaculate attendance record they said that they couldn't guarantee anyone would be spared and what was he going to do if they laid him off there was nowhere else to go and what was he going to tell his wife they couldn't do this to him could they it wasn't right why did this have to happen now what was wrong with this WORLD!?

He stirred his coffee again and sighed, and plunked the spoon down on the napkin by his side and pretended to read the paper.

Just another day.
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03/13/2009 10:08:13 AM
Looks like he needs a very strong coffee :)
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03/13/2009 02:06:29 AM
Wonderfully "every day" with the added twist that it appears the coffee hasn't quite done the trick for him yet.
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03/12/2009 08:37:20 PM
This has an understated, impressive sense of reality-in-waiting that moves me. Well done!
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03/12/2009 06:37:03 PM
great capture of the humanity of the everyday.
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03/12/2009 02:29:06 PM
nice and clear
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03/12/2009 09:56:03 AM
he he. He looks half asleep.
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03/12/2009 09:21:56 AM
nice candid, but i would prefer the bottom to be cropped to the surface of the table. the trasparent shapes are distracting from the image.
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03/12/2009 04:24:22 AM
pensive and a nice capture
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03/11/2009 11:57:15 PM
I would like to see this in b&w..
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03/11/2009 10:01:31 PM
An interesting portrait. The colors all seem a little distracting though. I wonder how it would look converted to B&W
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03/11/2009 07:53:03 PM
He looks either totally bored or tired, either way I love his expression.
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03/11/2009 05:07:22 PM
A little dull for me as a portrait. Kind of snapshotish but the fact that he looks asleep keeps it interesting.
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03/11/2009 08:42:32 AM
Busy background
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03/11/2009 02:49:33 AM
There is so much emotion in this candid shot. Nice and crisp shirt.
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03/11/2009 01:14:05 AM
Interesting shot. Looks like he needs to drink it.
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