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A second image from Prague to go with golden boots. This is a street beggar taken in Prague at the beginning of April. Different to other European cities I have been to the Beggars here generally perch on all fours with the head down and cap in extended arms.

I dropped a coin into his hat in thanks for the pictures I was about to take - on the last of threeframes I took he looked up at me. What is not apparent in the B&W conversion is his nose was bleeding heavily. The dark splashes on the floor the only visible element of his condition!

Converted in CS3 with a contrast layer added. A little bit of dodging and burning too.

Thank you for looking and please comment.

Camera:EOS 5D
Lens:16-35mm II
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Down and Out in Prague
Username:Coast Coast
Uploaded:17 Apr 2009 - 8:40 PM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2009 - 8:42 PM

very strong and effective work
excellently produced
paree

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jimmypaton
17 Apr 2009 - 8:44 PM

fantastic shot i do feel sorry for the poor guy
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mynameisbrittany

This picture is unbelievable. I love it.
I am genuinely speechless, It's got such a story behind it..


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gonedigital62
17 Apr 2009 - 8:46 PM

A real gritty, & hard image that's well suited to monochrome
Well done Paul

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BreadandShutter

wow stunning image very strong !

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freyjas_dad
17 Apr 2009 - 9:11 PM

Good gritty image, you cant help but empathise with him, a real thought provoker

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ConorW
ConorW  9 Ireland
17 Apr 2009 - 9:23 PM

Well done, very expressive

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LucyJClarke
17 Apr 2009 - 9:25 PM

Amazing shot, nicely captured well done!
Lucy.

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Grifoto
Grifoto  5 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 - 9:29 PM

Every picture tells a story ! Great work.

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81102 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2009 - 10:44 PM

tales , excelent image

Dave

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richard20d
17 Apr 2009 - 10:52 PM

Cracking pic well done although it makes you wonder where is he now.......!!!

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Joeblowfromoz
17 Apr 2009 - 11:11 PM

A really emotive and wonderful journalistic image. The black and white conversion is just wonderful - All too sad, but a reality of life today..Jo

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2009 - 11:41 PM

Superb image

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alansdottir
18 Apr 2009 - 12:05 AM

Not much steals the words from my brain - but this has. Carol

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2009 - 12:20 AM

Oh my this is sad...what goes on that we don't usually see. Breaks your heart....Great capture .....Sandy

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2009 - 8:57 PM

appropriately harsh and gritty
Diana

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RysiekJan
RysiekJan e2 Member 8149 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
19 Apr 2009 - 10:44 AM

A hard hitting image that makes people think.

Rgds

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jondf
jondf  82475 forum posts
13 Aug 2009 - 12:30 PM

Struth! Didn't realise Oliver Reed was still around Grin
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Platchet  7 Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2009 - 11:28 PM

Brillant work, takes guts to shoot this stuff!
Gary

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stoplooklisten
6 Sep 2009 - 10:32 PM

excelent photo, very well taken. A striking portrait and realy moving. Dave.

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gonzalito
gonzalito e2 Member 4gonzalito vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2013 - 11:33 PM

was he really that desperate? Poor him!
Excellent shot!

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