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H O M E : Flinders Street Tunnel 9:50:55 am
2nd PlaceH O M E : Flinders Street Tunnel 9:50:55 am
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Challenge: Tunnels and Caves (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Flinders Street Railway Tunnel, Melbourne
Date: Aug 10, 2009
Aperture: F10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2 second
Galleries: Emotive, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Aug 9, 2009

The Image: A quick train ride to the city. I had an image in this tunnel in mind for a couple of days, but didn't know what I would get when I arrived. I knew I wanted the blur of people, but I wanted something still that would be a focal point, preferably a person.

I arrived, and there was Robert. I set up my tripod and started shooting and this is the final result of about 50 clicks.

I introduced myself and he was really nice, a great man, a living tragedy. I asked him a few questions about his life and bought him a Pie and Hot Chocolate, which he really appreciated. I left him some money as well.

I am sure I will pass his way again and will always make sure he is fed and warm.

The Edit: Cropped, duplicated and did a multiply layer mask. Some colour adjustment layer masks, some USM and Noise reduction layer masks, a HDR layer mask, some dodge and burn...it got a fair massage. I converted to black and white as well, but thought I would go for the colour...

The Prediction: either awesome or a bomb, so I won't predict.


[Aug. 16th, 2009 10:11:53 PM]

A couple of hours to go...watched this finally climb over 7 after starting life in the mid 5's. Was hovering in the 6.95XX for most of the week. I am keeping my hopes up that it might ribbon and that that ribbon just might be a blue.

POST: WOW! A red ribbon! awesome. This image is a special one, and I am really thankful for the votes and comments, but more so, what it does to me personally, and how I will view the world from here on. Thanks everyone, and thanks Robert. I owe you another pie and sauce!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 93
Avg (all users): 7.0588
Avg (commenters): 8.7826
Avg (participants): 6.6176
Avg (non-participants): 7.2059
Views since voting: 6609
Views during voting: 301
Votes: 136
Comments: 84
Favorites: 37 (view)


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08/23/2009 02:24:02 PM
Great image Enzo. Congratulations on the red!
Say a prayer for me and my team...we're are heading to Nicaragua next week for a medical mission. We are so excited!
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08/23/2009 05:06:02 AM
Another brilliant shot Enzo. Congrats on a well deserved ribbon. Trust all is well at the church.
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08/20/2009 10:14:10 AM
Much as I admire your photography Enzo, I admire your humanity even more.

Adrian
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08/20/2009 08:39:14 AM
wow really awesome photo and powerful as well I like this alot!!!
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08/20/2009 08:11:29 AM
Thanks Enzo, really eye opening image. The world needs more people like you.
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08/19/2009 12:49:44 PM
congrats! and thank you for taking the time to lessen any criticism regarding the genre of exploitive photography.
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08/19/2009 05:32:17 AM
Congratulations, this ribbon is well deserved.
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08/19/2009 02:11:37 AM
havent really bothered to vote much lately. glad this pic ribboned, else i might have missed it entirely. great shot here. thought evoking image.
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08/19/2009 12:10:48 AM
Congrats Enzo! good story and character.
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08/18/2009 08:23:40 PM
What was his tragic story? Did you get to find out?

I can think of a few things in life that could possibly bring me to his situation but not many ! Just wondering how he became to be what you saw.
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08/18/2009 06:21:17 PM
Great photo!!! You definately need to buy robert a meal for the red ribbon. I need to start trying some shots similar to this one...
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08/18/2009 02:49:57 PM
Great job bringing this to life. Emotional and skilled. Thanks also for the comments on how you made this.
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08/18/2009 01:32:56 PM
Congratulations on a wonderful image and an even better spirit.
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08/18/2009 07:42:11 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. This is a very poignant mix of the homeless man with nowhere better to be and the blurs of the people scurrying along their busy way.
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08/18/2009 07:04:19 AM
Very cool shot Enzo. Well deserved ribbon mate.
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08/18/2009 06:32:20 AM
This is a phenomenal shot, and like it better after multiple viewings. I like how the effect is used to show how the strap-hangers are so common to him that they just blur on by, hour after hour...great essay.
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08/18/2009 01:27:24 AM
This is very good work Enzo and I do like the comments you have added, it gives the picture more meaning. Quite how any voters can mark this as a three is beyond me. Keep up the good work - Jules
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08/17/2009 11:47:33 PM
amazing photo! with it being on the the front page i keep coming back to look at it again and again so i figured id better mark it as a fav, great job i love it! oh and corgrats~

Message edited by author 2009-08-17 23:47:56.
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08/17/2009 11:00:02 PM
Brilliant and an instant fav.
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08/17/2009 09:59:02 PM
I'm so happy to see this image win a ribbon, and to have been so wrong about the literalists. Congratulations, Enzo, on a fantastic image.
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08/17/2009 05:32:03 PM
double post sorry
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08/17/2009 05:31:23 PM
Hi from teh C Club,

Well not sure what you want me to say about this stunning image. It is excellent.

The only nitpick I have is the yellow arrow, when I saw it, I my eye wouldn't stop looking at it. Your horizon is a tiny bit tilted but I think you wanted it that way,

A perfect piece of Photojournalism. Well done
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08/17/2009 05:18:56 PM
This is an awesome and very emotive image...fantastic work...congrats on your ribbon.
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08/17/2009 02:24:26 PM
What a strong image Enzo. Technically perfect too. Huge congrats on the red!!!!
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08/17/2009 01:35:10 PM
What a wonderful image and touching story to go with! Well deserved ribbon!!!
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08/17/2009 01:31:48 PM
Well deserved ribbon, Enzo. Love the image and the story. Congrats ((Hugs)).
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08/17/2009 11:21:20 AM
Big congrats Enzo !!! Very well deserved. I'll see you in Nov. mate.
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08/17/2009 11:18:20 AM
Very interesting and beautiful photo. It shows how something or someone (e.g. a homeless person) can be invisible to masses of people passing by, yet so distinctly visible to the artist and camera. Congratulation on the ribbon.
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08/17/2009 10:37:33 AM
Congrates on your RED Enzo. WTO...
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08/17/2009 10:13:47 AM
Thanks for the story, Enzo.

And for this very moving image. Good stuff. Congrats!
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08/17/2009 10:04:42 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. And on your very special image it is great!!!
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08/17/2009 09:37:24 AM
Conmgrats on the Ribbon!! Very cool capture.. looks just like NYC subway! Great idea, very well presented!!
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08/17/2009 09:29:42 AM
Very big congrats. I've never been able to get that kind of clarity on a living subject while at the same time doing a longer exposure.
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08/17/2009 09:24:33 AM
Good interpretation. Congrats!
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08/17/2009 08:45:22 AM
This one got a 9 from me, along with roz' winning entry. Fabulous, Enzo. Unexpected and so well done.
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08/17/2009 07:48:08 AM
AWESOME result my friend..... Always wonderful to see someone capture the true feeling of the life of someone else fortunate than yourself.....You have done this remarkably.
Perfect in everyway.....THANK YOU..... love shezs
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08/17/2009 07:42:33 AM
Oh, man! This is AWESOME! I am in love with this edgy, haunting work of art. Congratulations on 2nd place!
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08/17/2009 07:06:48 AM
Congrats Enzo on a wonderful image. I walk through this underpass a few days a week and often see Robert and give him money too. I'm intrigued by the drawings he does in the margins of the pavement and the words he writes, although I don't really understand a lot of them. Must admit I'm always just making it to work in a rush!

However I never saw this place as a picture, I guess on a daily basis we often do walk around blind to our surroundings.

So far you've taken a photo of the building I work in and ribboned! and now my journey to work and ribboned! I've never seen these daily images quite so beautifully as you!
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08/17/2009 07:04:56 AM
Nice one Enzo! Congrats on your red!
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08/17/2009 06:54:43 AM
Congratulations! An amazing image that you should be very proud of.
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08/17/2009 03:39:44 AM
just fantastic Enzo congrats mate well deserved
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08/17/2009 03:25:23 AM
Well done, an excellent image :)
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08/17/2009 03:22:11 AM
Great sense of loneliness and stillness while including all the motion. Very well done, Enzo, congrats on the red!
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08/17/2009 02:56:59 AM
Congrats Enzo! Best in the challenge IMO.
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08/17/2009 02:12:37 AM
Verdict: Awesome! :) Congrats!
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08/17/2009 01:23:51 AM
This is a brilliant image, and a concept carried thru to a great ending. Congrats on the red, and on just being so thoughtful.
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08/17/2009 01:06:01 AM
Very glad you engaged the gentleman and offered some companionship for the moment and some assistance. All too often I think we "take advantage" of situations like this without following through - you and Sandy and generally the kind of folks who DO stop to help, so good on ya, mate! And congrats on the ribbon.
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08/17/2009 01:00:20 AM
WOW ENZO . this is incredible .. the fantastic detail and clarity on the guy sitting down and the ppl like ghosts walking past ..
on so many levels this is just amazing .. it tells a story in such a powerful way .. so many stories actually ..
congrats on the red .. :)
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08/17/2009 12:42:37 AM
Wonderful Enzo! Congrats.
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08/17/2009 12:36:52 AM
I added to my favorites, this is a stunning image. Congrats for the ribbon, i think it should be blue because you did a great job catching this moment.
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08/17/2009 12:33:44 AM
Congrats!!
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08/17/2009 12:33:01 AM
Oh Enzo!!!! Congrats on your ribbon...I voted this one a 10 and I am so happy to see it's well-deserved place on the front page.
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08/17/2009 12:24:02 AM
Congratulations! Excellent image & very well deserving!
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08/17/2009 12:22:55 AM
Enzo, what an incredible emotive shot. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon!
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08/17/2009 12:16:50 AM
Great work, Congrats!
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08/17/2009 12:13:55 AM
Congratulations on the Red! A very moving and emotive image, beautifully processed. Loved that he has'Angels' close by.
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08/17/2009 12:08:33 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Brilliant shot! Had a good laugh at the yellow arrow too :-D
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08/17/2009 12:06:58 AM
Moving image. Congratulations!
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08/17/2009 12:04:55 AM
Enzo, you're a special person. Beautiful picture, very emotive, and a beautiful story, very sad. A godo photo shoudl always stir an emotion, this certainly does!
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08/17/2009 12:02:32 AM
Awesome shot...congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/16/2009 02:08:49 PM
Looks like the processing and emotion of Enzo. Lighting is emotive. I can't stop laughing at the yellow arrow, well placed surprise! The blurred face looking at, then away from, the homeless fella really sells the image for me. Hope this makes the top 5.
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08/16/2009 05:12:53 AM
amazing. Best photo i have seen!

I hope you flicked the guy some coins.

10
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08/16/2009 02:34:37 AM
Very interesting capture in time, color and composition
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08/15/2009 11:20:23 PM
The blur of the people rushing past adds to the impression of this homeless man. He sits against the wall, with the world ignoring him as they go on about their own business.
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08/15/2009 10:01:15 PM
Very well done.
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08/15/2009 07:52:02 PM
this is an interesting part of tunnel life. it really isolates the subject. with ok depth, nice composition
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08/15/2009 06:41:27 PM
Nice job getting the motion around this man, it really tells a story. Came back to bump it up, 10
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08/14/2009 05:29:51 PM
This is a very powerful picture imo. Good job...
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08/14/2009 11:15:23 AM
Fantastic shot. Very emotive.
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08/14/2009 07:26:06 AM
Sensitive photo, beautifully captured, motion contrasts the people with places to go with the man with nowhere to go.
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08/13/2009 04:40:41 PM
Great composition, nice dynamic. Only thing that's somewhat
distracting is the bright yellow-/greenish arrow in the left.
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08/13/2009 07:27:14 AM
I think this is one of the finest motion & street portrait shots I've ever seen. Such mood!.....9....I love how crisp this image is!
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08/12/2009 07:40:41 PM
Very cool effect with the homeless man still and the others in motion. Very good color too. My top rated image in the challenge.
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08/12/2009 04:05:49 PM
feels like Manhattan..the faceless homeless and the crowd scurrying by..nice photo montage with the blur...
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08/11/2009 10:33:31 PM
What an fantastically powerful image. The lighting is superb. I fear the literalists will mark you down, but clearly the best entry and I'd give it the Blue.
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08/11/2009 06:55:51 PM
I like the people that are just walking by not really taking notice. and its got nice contrast
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08/11/2009 03:39:35 PM
vwey nice capture, in my top 3 for sure
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08/11/2009 12:01:41 AM
Fantastic! Love this shot and how you exposed for it. Nicely processed, too.
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08/10/2009 04:58:42 PM
I gave two each of 10's and 9's then five 8's the rest were 7 or under. You got an 8. Initially I rated the highest scores to the natural not manmade shots but this one rose above many of those. It meets the challenge, it's technically spot on and it tells a story to boot. Well done! One small bothersome spot is the yellow arrow in that guys crotch. Maybe desaturating that spot would have helped minimize that.
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08/10/2009 09:33:25 AM
excellent! i love it!
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08/10/2009 08:40:02 AM
Love this. As life passes this guy buy, he sits. Great symbolism for our disregard for the down and out. I like the blur. 9
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08/10/2009 03:09:16 AM
very crisp, the somewhat muted color makes me think of 21.gif Hotpasta
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08/10/2009 01:28:10 AM
Clearly a 21.gif hotpasta photo... and my tip for the blue in this challenge. I love the story this image tells, with the juxtaposition between the communters and the homeless. You've processed this brilliantly... colours and composition are perfect.
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08/10/2009 01:04:44 AM
Powerful image....it speaks volumes. 10
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