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Language without Limits
3rd PlaceLanguage without Limits
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Language (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Hong Kong
Date: Mar 20, 2009
Aperture: F/6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Black and White, Street
Date Uploaded: Mar 24, 2009

I wasn't expecting a ribbon but being this is my first I'm happy to except it without question. Thanks to everyone for all the wonderful comments. There was no special setup, no adjustment to light outside of metering the camera, the man made the image for me, I was in the right place at the right time to come along and capture his art. I tried to stay as inconspicuous as possible but with several thousand other people walking down this concourse it was tough. I backed up then fired off 4 exposures as I was walking toward him. The man was never aware of my presence, his focus was on his art and whether someone dropped a coin in his bowl. I did walk back and dropped a 5 dollar in his bowl. I will look him up the next time I'm in Hong Kong.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 116
Avg (all users): 6.4085
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7179
Avg (non-participants): 6.5632
Views since voting: 4358
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 213
Comments: 28
Favorites: 7 (view)


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04/04/2009 02:53:39 PM
What a powerful image! I burst into tears. It makes you thankful for what you have.
Thanks for sharing this photo. Many congrats for your yellow ribbon.
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04/04/2009 02:49:38 PM
I really love your title.. I think it compliments the image very nicely.
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04/04/2009 07:36:20 AM
wow. I am blown away.

I have studied chinese calligraphy to a fairly high level and I believe I can say quite competently that his calligraphy is excellent. I have spent hundreds of hours writing and practicing with a brush and with my hand I cannot write nearly as well as he does.

The rest of the pic though is just mindblowing.

Wow.
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04/01/2009 12:58:09 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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04/01/2009 12:14:34 PM
Very emotional shot, certainly makes you stop and think. Big congratulations on your first ribbon, Jace.
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04/01/2009 04:32:28 AM
ohhhhhh so pain full .......No words
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04/01/2009 01:43:55 AM
This shot conveys a very strong message and is well deserving of the ribbon, well done
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04/01/2009 12:36:04 AM
Congrats on the ribbon (7)
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04/01/2009 12:24:58 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. This picture must have quite the story to it.
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04/01/2009 12:13:47 AM
A huge congratulations on the Yellow! I gave this a 7 during voting. Check out your average score from commenters.. An 8!

Awesome job! Awesome photo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2009 10:06:48 PM
Definitely tells a story. This really embodies language in an unexpected way.
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03/30/2009 03:23:12 PM
That's pretty phenomenal! talk about perseverance, well done!
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03/30/2009 01:28:46 PM
Very inspiring. I liked how you did not over-emphasize the scars (the disability) but accentuated his ability.
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03/29/2009 09:45:35 PM
This is incredibly intense. Difficult to look at yet a bit inspiring seeing the will to survive.
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03/29/2009 06:13:19 PM
This image speaks tons..
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03/29/2009 05:33:25 AM
Very well spotted for the theme!
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03/26/2009 05:18:50 PM
What a powerful image. Not voting, but compelled to comment.
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03/26/2009 01:57:10 PM
I have felt such great emotion from this shot:-(
It makes you realise just how lucky most of us are!!
It also makes you stop and think about those that are not as fortunate as ourselves,and how they manage to get on with their lives from day to day.
This sure is a shot about language that we can all learn from:-)
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03/26/2009 12:49:42 PM
Woa! This is certanly a strong message! I wish there wasn't that bag behind him but you got it right with the B&W!
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03/26/2009 12:00:09 AM
Wonderful choice.
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03/25/2009 09:08:11 PM
Inspiring person..............

Not really sure on your cropping of this photo. It feels really constrained at the top. I feel it needed more room above his headm and to the left as well.......
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03/25/2009 06:43:16 PM
powerful picture, -9
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03/25/2009 10:39:29 AM
I know this isn't posed but i wish i could see more face and maybe a little sharper and contrasted, but powerful image
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03/25/2009 06:57:31 AM
this is moving!
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03/25/2009 05:58:08 AM
Beautiful script. I would buy one, this man's strength is humbling...
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03/25/2009 05:09:23 AM
This s a very striking image and one I would not be suprised to see in National Geographic. Great work
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03/25/2009 12:45:20 AM
Cool shot ... Amazing how he can do that ... Good luck
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03/25/2009 12:43:50 AM
That's pretty amazing. The black bag behind him is a little distracting.
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