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Taken in an orphanage in Moshi, Tanzania.

Colour version included as well, although I think its better in Mono. Critique welcome.

f1.8, 1/125, ISO 280

P.S. Thanks to Andre for the dodge&burn tips.

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50mm 1.8 Nikon
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The Orphanage
Username:dandeakin dandeakin
Uploaded:28 Nov 2008 - 1:33 PM
Tags:Kenya, Kilamanjaro, Landscape / travel, Lonely, Masai, Orphan, Orphanage, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Sad, Tanzania
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shaks
shaks  11561 forum posts Tokelau1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 1:35 PM

A wonderful and very haunting mono. The mono certainly works best.

Last Modified By shaks at 28 Nov 2008 - 1:36 PM

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BubbaG2000
28 Nov 2008 - 1:41 PM

Haunting is definitely the word I'd use! Well captured.

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Grifoto
Grifoto  5 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2008 - 1:46 PM

Beautiful images. It's a difficult choice, both are extremely good.
I prefer the mono version as I think it has more of an impact

HoPeY

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  51432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 1:59 PM

This invokes a feeling of loneliness and desolation. I agree that for this kind of image the mono version has the most impact. Andy

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 2:02 PM

I love the mono, but the colour for me gives it more life.
John

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cbridget
cbridget  643 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Nov 2008 - 2:07 PM

Mono for me
Great image, feels cold and lonely makes me think of 'A World Without Love' (Peter & Gordon)
B

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Simon-Gimson
28 Nov 2008 - 2:20 PM

this put a chill up my back from the tumb nail when i look at it in large it made me feel sad ,so you must have this right as its make lot `s of us have feel about it ,so it a top shot . v2 for me.



Si

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54169 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 2:34 PM

V1 looks stark and empty of life, whereas V2 hints at sunshine and hope. Not sure which I prefer, but superb shot.
Chris

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 2:58 PM

Like your composition and the tones in this - well captured.
Regards Richard.

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conrad
conrad  910873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 3:00 PM

Great stuff! I prefer the mono.

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POOCHIE
POOCHIE e2 Member 8POOCHIE vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 3:13 PM

Very powerful and thought provoking shot.

Pooch.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2781 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 3:16 PM

Beautiful work.

W

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 3:28 PM

quite disturbing

jeff

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 3:31 PM

a very haunting image..well done

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kay_pink
kay_pink  6
28 Nov 2008 - 4:01 PM

Excellent work, hits a spot

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paulstefan
28 Nov 2008 - 4:40 PM

Top stuff and congrats on the EC
Paul..

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 5:04 PM

biggest congrats on the EC Smile) v2 for me with the hint of colour.lesley

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Wilmot
Wilmot  5338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 5:29 PM

Great shot,v1 for me.
Steve

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motorsportpictures

this looks great, very good shots...
scott

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 6:15 PM

Congrats on the EC it's a powerful image.
Penny

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Silverzone
28 Nov 2008 - 7:32 PM

Superb capture of a powerful scene. Sylvia

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dandeakin
dandeakin  6198 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2008 - 7:58 PM

thanks for the EC and everyones comments, I'm glad people liked it. I also find it a very haunting image, although it certainly wasn't a haunting place. I've previously uploaded several images of the same kids , in the same orphanage, in the sunshine and the difference is huge - many people said how happy they looked. Guess it just shows how the same subject can be captured entirely differently.

Thanks again to everyone for the comments, and to Pete for the EC. Enjoy the weekend.
Dan

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neonknight
28 Nov 2008 - 9:30 PM

the mono shot is so powerful nice one,John

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Iain_Proudfoot
28 Nov 2008 - 9:56 PM

A fine, powerful photograph. Great work.

Yours, Iain.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2008 - 12:34 PM

Powerful image. Ron.

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spaceman
spaceman  105166 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2008 - 2:55 PM

Normally I prefer b/w but the colours are so subtle that I have a slight preference for the colour version.

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Dabow
Dabow  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2008 - 3:57 PM

Works much better in mono, IMO. Very nice indeed.

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User_Removed
30 Nov 2008 - 7:24 AM

excellent image!.. nice work and congrats`!

...the title does make you think in a certain way though!

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User_Removed
1 Dec 2008 - 8:56 PM

I just saw this as a thumb and knew that this should have an EC. Interesting how truthfully a thumbnail can speak.

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Tonyd3
Tonyd3  101009 forum posts United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2008 - 4:04 PM

This is excellent just my kind of image but without the child.

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Lady_Rhinoa
4 Dec 2008 - 2:21 PM

Great shot, very emotional...

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Sahyadri
Sahyadri  661 forum posts India2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2008 - 8:16 PM

got to this in EC gallery. very well deserved EC award.

haunting and absolutely captivating.

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ToothPilot
6 Dec 2008 - 8:12 AM

Very powerful.
Bone chilling.

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kitsch
kitsch e2 Member 8425 forum postskitsch vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2008 - 11:09 PM

think you were right about the mono, what an evocative shot...
wonderful!

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woodlark
woodlark e2 Member 10522 forum postswoodlark vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Dec 2008 - 5:01 PM

Superb shot, i have a slight preference for the colour version as the colours are so unsaturated i still feel it carries the impact. excellent work

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jonathanbp
jonathanbp e2 Member 694 forum postsjonathanbp vcard Indonesia
9 Jan 2009 - 3:20 PM

Very powerful, V1 for me - Jonathan

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sey
sey  6 Israel
22 Jan 2009 - 7:03 AM

Actually, although I am a b/w person, the coloured version here conveys more of the 'dark and dingey' to me. It's sufficiently dark to dramatize the atmosphere while the coloured delapidated background adds to the 'sadness' of this photograph.

Either way it's an excellent moody shot.

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knackeredoldman

great shot in B&W and colour.

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richard20d
13 Mar 2009 - 8:32 PM

This is a touching photograph one of the best ive seen in here, but I would like to know more about the place it needs a story. I like both shots colour and mono well done.

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vickib
vickib  5 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2009 - 6:53 PM

very powerful image, love your portfolio
vicki

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 7:08 PM

Very powerful. #1 has it, for me, though I do like the colours reflected in the walls in #2.

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amirrezaee
9 Dec 2009 - 7:28 PM

Lovely shot . very good

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babajoshua
babajoshua e2 Member 6babajoshua vcard United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 - 10:41 PM

Hi there, I love both shots, but V2 is my favorite. I know Moshi well, my wife's family are from the kilimanjaro area. Was this taken at the Tuleeni Orphans home? If so, it is true what you say, the children give off a ray of sunshine and happiness

babajoshua

steve

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