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A tree for the homeless
A tree for the homeless

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Challenge: Horizon Line (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: Dec 4, 2010
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Dec 3, 2010

This tree sits on a hill to the side of interstate 30 just outside downtown Fort Worth.

The story is that an elderly woman who had been homeless at one time herself decided the homeless needed a Christmas tree. She chose this sad looking mimosa to decorate, and every holiday season it would "bloom". She was unable to make the climb up the hill after a few years, and others continued the tradition she started. She passed away in 2006 and there is now a bench next to the tree in her remembrance.

Anticipated critiques:
-Some visible haloing in the sky near the tree is sure to take a hit or two.
-Expect some comparison to my wife's shot of the same tree, which I feel may be a better composition.
-Someone will likely mention the freeway to the left as a distracting element. I chose to leave it in, as I feel it sets some context for the scene and helps tell the story that is here.

[Dec. 6th, 2010 03:03:55 PM]

I really screwed up on the sky.

[Dec. 6th, 2010 03:26:22 PM]

This was a mistake.

Post-challenge notes:
One of those shots that I somehow convinced myself was better than it really is. It deserved the mediocre average that it got. File this under "What was I thinking?"

Place: 82 out of 94
Avg (all users): 5.1103
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0536
Avg (non-participants): 5.1500
Views since voting: 532
Views during voting: 268
Votes: 136
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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12/14/2010 08:53:19 PM
Originally posted by cowtownmom:

Love that she thinks MINE is better.

I'm pleased that you enjoyed your gloat.
12/14/2010 08:13:50 PM
Official Homless Christmas Tree site
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12/14/2010 07:58:20 PM
Love that she thinks MINE is better. Mostly had a good time finding the tree off the freeway. The hill that this poor tree sits on is pretty steep so didn't have such a fun time climbing up to it but it was fun to find.
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12/14/2010 01:44:51 AM
I like the sign, but cowtownwoman's is so much the better photo. So there.
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12/13/2010 02:06:00 AM
I liked it - I really like the cityscape in the distance. Makes this quirky and unusual. But yes, there is some serious haloing around the tree, center, and some probably did not see your horizon as a main element to the photograph. Not a mistake to enter, though, as you shared a really cool story with it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/12/2010 10:59:13 PM
The composition pulls the eye away from the horizon and draws attention to the sign. A few steps back and to the right might have improved the shot. 7 for focus, DOF and color.
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12/12/2010 09:25:58 PM
Very nice
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12/10/2010 01:38:02 AM
Very nice idea!
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12/07/2010 10:45:27 PM
Cool use of foreground and background elements.
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12/06/2010 07:54:43 PM
Certainly different and colorful. I hope you will post a bit of a background to this image in the photographers comments. I look forward to reading them.
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12/06/2010 07:19:04 PM
Interesting photo, well captured and presented but hard to imagine the horizon is the dominant element in the photo.
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12/06/2010 11:53:10 AM
Strange and incongruous. Love the colors, the sense of isolation from the mainstream, which can be seen in the distance. But that ghosting...
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12/06/2010 10:24:58 AM
lol, you guys bus your homeless out to the country side? Nice skyline shot.
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12/06/2010 09:14:44 AM
Oh I love this, with the city in the background.
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