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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


Met this guy each morning when I went for coffee. It was a bit earlier this morning and he was sleeping in.

His sleeping bag was bright orange. Tried masking it away after converting to B&W, but the result was a bit heavy handed. In in end, I left this all monochromatic.

Suggestions and critiques gladly welcomed.

cheers,
John



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#1 Toronto - Outside of Starbucks







#2 - cropped, top half with +0.3 ev exposure boost

  Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi    50mm    f/22.0    1/4s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Feb 02, 2013 at 12:26 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


Very cool shot - love it in BW


Feb 02, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


Hi,

I like the photo, and in BW.

Makes one think of the situation.

His place on the pavement.

Is the cube basket his?

Is he waiting online for theatre tickets or the new iphone?




Feb 02, 2013 at 01:09 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


Hi Steady - thanks.

Yeah, it was pretty poignant. I'm an old country boy. We had pretty deep poverty around where I grew up, but *homelessness* goes to an entirely different level.

This guy had a little dog that kept him company most of the time. He was off begging the morning I took this. Now I wish I'd gotten a better photo of him and his buddy...

John



Feb 02, 2013 at 01:42 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


The dashing cars on the middle on the middle line create a very telling separation between the life "on the top" and "on the bottom" (of the photo). Everybody is moving and busy and only one guy seems to stop, look across the street and notice the homeless person.

I think I would like to see the exposure of the upper half lifted by a bit - just to underline the contrast of the story the photo is telling. My suggestion would be to crop out the guy on the very right - that would also, in my opinion, place more attention on the guy who stopped for the homeless man. Ideally, for me, the basket would not be in the picture but it would have disrespectful to change anything about that of course.

Remarkable, sad shot ... the man on the ground is somebody's son - a child in the past who would have never thought that he would end up so alone that nobody would give him shelter in the time of need.



Feb 02, 2013 at 02:40 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


fgransee wrote:
The dashing cars on the middle on the middle line create a very telling separation between the life "on the top" and "on the bottom" (of the photo). Everybody is moving and busy and only one guy seems to stop, look across the street and notice the homeless person.

I think I would like to see the exposure of the upper half lifted by a bit - just to underline the contrast of the story the photo is telling. My suggestion would be to crop out the guy on the very right - that would also, in my opinion, place more
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I like your suggestions here...

And I also like your last comment, something to think about.



Feb 02, 2013 at 03:21 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


Sweet! Shows how cruel this world can be.


Feb 02, 2013 at 03:49 PM
 



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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


Toronto has got to be really cold at this time of the year -
the blurred background works with this type of street pic






Feb 02, 2013 at 05:36 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


This is really Cool shot in B&W.


Feb 02, 2013 at 05:45 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


I like it as is, the guy in the upper right is the only one not moving, and he appears to be looking right at the man in the sleeping bag.


Feb 02, 2013 at 08:42 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


Very poignant shot. You've captured it perfectly.


Feb 03, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


Thanks everyone - really appreciate the comments and critiques.

:fgransee: - particular thanks for taking the time to make suggestions. I hadn't really noticed the guy in the uppermost right corner - what I liked was the fella standing near him, the only one that even seemed to be looking in the direction of the homeless man. I'll crop the outmost guy out with the next go-around. The basket was a distractor - in the end I decided to just live with it.

And regarding exposure... I took this nearly two years ago, IIRC, and I've been playing around with it off and on since then. It was a really haunting image. Got six or eight of them, but liked this one the best. Let me try easing up on the exposure and see where this goes...

peace,
John



Feb 03, 2013 at 07:18 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Toronto - outside Starbucks


powerful image...pity his/her life has gotten this bad


Feb 04, 2013 at 04:23 AM





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