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Never before have I taken an image that to me means so much, one that touches me in a way that no other image has.
Today I set out to use a lens that I never use, and in a way I never shoot - street photography, simply to push my boundries, to do something outside my comfort zone, to learn and challenge myself. It was a cold, bleak rainy day, quiet by city standards on the streets of Bristol. when I came across this scene, I asked permission to take a photograph, and was granted permission following a brief explaination. I offered a warm drink and warm food which were refused and went on my way. I have not been able to stop thinking about this person all day.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:70-300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Feb 2013 - 12:40 PM
Focal Length:149mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1250
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Despair
Username:Angi_Wallace Angi_Wallace
Uploaded:12 Feb 2013 - 3:40 PM
Tags:Photo journalism
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dudler
dudler Critique Team 1091 forum postsdudler vcard England250 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 4:19 PM

A very powerful picture, Angi.

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
12 Feb 2013 - 4:37 PM

so sad great capture. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 797 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 4:55 PM

A very sad image well taken.
Sylvia

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 5:32 PM

Fantastic PJ work and exposure...John

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 6:47 PM

Powerful Angi, but so very sad!
Lillian

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Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:49 PM

A sad reflection of these worrying times Angi. Had that been me there, (Heaven forbid) I would have been glad of a cup of tea in this cold weather. You did at least offer, many wouldn't have.
Ray

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 9:29 PM

Complete despair turning down the offer of food and drink.
It's worse to be left bad yourself but can one individual help?
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Take-a-View
12 Feb 2013 - 9:54 PM

A very poignant image.

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silverbells
12 Feb 2013 - 11:53 PM

This really hits home. Utter despair
Erica

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macdaniel
macdaniel  8 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 9:52 AM

Can you make a great shot of despair? It drips from the image like the streaks - are they blood or tears - on the door she sits against and the street is wet. There is only one niggle to despair you: would have liked to see her a little bit out of the center by cropping a little from the pavement.

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macdaniel
macdaniel  8 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 9:57 AM

Sorry, I just saw the image back in thumbnail and the cropping is prob not necessary; maybe you could soften the image as the thumb show less detail?

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