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Havana.
I applied the graduated filter in Lightroom over most of this image to lighten it up.
Thanks for looking and for your time. Hope you're having a great weekend.
Ann

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5DCMacroAsp.IF HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 May 2012 - 12:00 AM
Focal Length:34mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
ISO:100
Title:Reflecting
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:23 Jun 2012 - 1:10 PM
Tags:Architecture, Cuba, Havana, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people, Street photography
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Voters:Joline · Chant57 · pascalg · morpheus1955 · franken · bobsblues · jdinne · tonyng · mikbee · diplodicus · MalcolmM · SlowSong · Badgerfred · canonfan · NDODS · RonnieAG · CarolG · buxton · marktc · CaroleS · KingBee · Scottishlandscapes · Lillian · WhiteRose1 · speybay · nikshot · stuart1963 · lifesnapper · zapar40 · cabbie · barbarahirst · Silverzone · jonwebber · Michaela_Solway · andylea · 1881 · rayme330 · bricurtis · EMJAYCEE · 213hardy · pamelajean · nicedayout · gingerdelight · Moj_o · EAS · posty57 · fentiger · Alan_Baseley · Cor · ChiliMan · Sue_R · jasonrwl · saltireblue · annettep38 · sweetpea62 · gajewski · fraser · Sezz · helenlinda · mrswoolybill · KBan · woolybill1 · Glostopcat · BURNBLUE ·
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Joline
Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 1:15 PM

Such a sad state of affairs...he has certainly seen all the troubles.

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pascalg
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23 Jun 2012 - 1:21 PM

excellent, colourful image

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morpheus1955
23 Jun 2012 - 1:25 PM

Super candid portrait, great composition and somehow for me he fits into the urban decay that surrounds him, if that makes any sense.............. probably not but i know what i mean Smile

Hugh

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franken
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23 Jun 2012 - 1:26 PM

Wonderful candid Ann.

Ken

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bobsblues
bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 1:28 PM

The reality of life in some a countries well captured shot Ann .
Rob

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jdinne
jdinne  12 England
23 Jun 2012 - 1:36 PM

Excellent capture Ann, he seems to have the worries of the world upon him.

John

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tonyng
tonyng Plus Member 5tonyng vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 1:37 PM

Great work Ann. Great tonal and colour mix too. Smile

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mikbee
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23 Jun 2012 - 1:46 PM

A super shot Ann.
(And that filter might have brightened up my recent upload a bit !!)
Mick.

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diplodicus
23 Jun 2012 - 1:59 PM

I like this 'un because as I examine it, the outline of a story seems to unfold. First there's the sad guy himself, and then as my eye starts to roam it picks up the decay beyond him. Then my gaze lands on the "picnic" by the leg of his chair and it seems to say "he has nowhere else to go and anyway, no reason for going".

Melancholic!

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AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 2:02 PM


Quote: I like this 'un because as I examine it, the outline of a story seems to unfold. First there's the sad guy himself, and then as my eye starts to roam it picks up the decay beyond him. Then my gaze lands on the "picnic" by the leg of his chair and it seems to say "he has nowhere else to go and anyway, no reason for going".

Melancholic!

Thanks Malcolm!! SmileSmile

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23 Jun 2012 - 2:11 PM

Top shot.

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23 Jun 2012 - 2:29 PM

Super,well composed image Ann,
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23 Jun 2012 - 2:35 PM

Well captured Ann
Jim

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NDODS Plus Member 44308 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 2:40 PM

A very beautiful well composed photograph, full of all the right ingredients, and so many more.

Regards Nathan

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23 Jun 2012 - 2:45 PM

A look of utter dejection and heavy worldly cares seem to characterise this elderly chap, Ann, and no wonder given the surroundings in which he's seated. Again, what strikes me as fascinating is that children in such situations always manage laugh and play whereas the adults look totally worn down and unable to overcome the desolation around them.
A very fine candid capture, Ann.
Ronnie.

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CaroleS
CaroleS  5258 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 3:15 PM

I always find it amazing that even in the most run down drab conditions, the colours they are dressed in are always so vibrant (this chap's shoes are pristinely white). Sitting there musing on a chair that is missing at least one leg and is propped on that crate, it is a very poignant image Ann.
Carole

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marktc
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23 Jun 2012 - 3:15 PM

Can't hypothesise about who or what he is thinking of but to me he just looks tired, very tired!

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23 Jun 2012 - 3:22 PM

A wonderful study in despair, is my (hopefully wrong) impression here. Who knows what's going on in his head? Excellent capture.

Regards.

Bob

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23 Jun 2012 - 3:25 PM

...and sometimes I just sits....

Is he a shoeshine waiting for business?

Dougie

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Lillian
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23 Jun 2012 - 3:30 PM

I fully agree with all these comments Ann, and especially Ronnies
How does he feel I wonder? in a safe world of his own maybe?
another outstanding image on 'life'
Lillian

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23 Jun 2012 - 3:35 PM

Melancholic, careworn, poignant, despair, sad..... maybe some or all of these apply, but he looks clean, and his clothes are clean not threadbare. I think he is just world-weary. You have produced an image which conveys great emotion, Ann. Excellent work.


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speybay
speybay  11 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 - 3:35 PM

Great shot, i say its really great shot thanks for posting it.

Ian.

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23 Jun 2012 - 4:18 PM

Smashing comp' Ann, and the colours the guy's wearing really adds to the interest.

John Smile

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zapar40
zapar40  566 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 4:32 PM

after 20 years he still not told his wife the factorys closed down!!. a great scene that tells many stories, stunning reportage capture.
ant.

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jonwebber
jonwebber  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 6:26 PM

Very melancholic. But brightly attired, maybe he is bemoaning his lack of sunglasses.
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Michaela_Solway

So much to look at in this image.. The wash bag really said it all for me.. So much narrative you could apply to this capture.. Wonderful. I will keep re-visiting

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andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 6:49 PM

fantastic detail ann brilliant colours and tones a belter nice one Wink
andy

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1881  3 India
23 Jun 2012 - 6:58 PM

Brilliant work.
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diplodicus
23 Jun 2012 - 7:08 PM

I hadn't seen the wash bag. This photo keeps getting better every time I look at it.

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23 Jun 2012 - 7:15 PM

Superb Ann. It is amazing how clean and new his clothing is - obviously takes pride in his appearance despite the squalor that surrounds him.
Brian.

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23 Jun 2012 - 8:02 PM

To survive in such depressing surroundings deserves a medal. Wonder what he's thinking? An excellent image.
Joan.

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23 Jun 2012 - 8:26 PM

Maybe there are public baths behind those gates and he's waiting for them to openGrin?

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gingerdelight
23 Jun 2012 - 9:24 PM

A powerful, moving study Ann.
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EAS
EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2012 - 4:27 AM

Think it's all been said before me!

Ann

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posty57
posty57  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2012 - 5:31 AM

Beautifully spotted and captured. Down, but not quite out...

Barry

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24 Jun 2012 - 7:23 AM

Super character study.

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ChiliMan
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24 Jun 2012 - 3:51 PM

Beautifully taken and processed, Ann.

I love the colourfulness of his garb against all that dilapidation.

Andrew

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24 Jun 2012 - 6:01 PM

This is another wonderful image Ann - so much atmosphere
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24 Jun 2012 - 6:57 PM

Rather than reflecting, I get the impression of resignation, Ann. Sitting outsside a chained and locked local, sitting on a makeshift one-legged chair and a box with all he owns in his hands and on the ground beside him.
Acceptance for his situation as he relaises he has no hope of anything better.
Worth an award for the story rather than the technical qualities of the image.

Malc

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24 Jun 2012 - 11:29 PM

A sad image... Very well composed.

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25 Jun 2012 - 6:01 PM

It is a sad image,a wonderful image Ann..Lin

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25 Jun 2012 - 6:22 PM

Forgive me for not taking the time to list all the things I love about this shot. I'll just say that it deserves the UA.
-=\Walter

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