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  #57 Shopping!
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Street shopping       ©2009 dodrizzt
Panasonic DMC-FZ50       2nd place, 131 points
1/25s, f3.7, ISO 100, 420mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Selective blur & sepia tone, gentle play with Dragan effect for grunge look, little painting with light, resize, a touch of USM       Extra Info: You can find this image in almost every big city of my country... inmigrant people looking for a better life usually end selling all kind of things at the street, most of times for gangs or mafia groups that pay them a misery, ready to pack quickly their offerings if police comes nearby... a colourful but very sad image.
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May 12, 2009
    Una, Lo, Wrosenthal: thanks a lot for your nice comments, very appreciated, I'm always happy when receive a comment, positive or not :-)
Jade O.: same to you, thanks for your nice comment, I really appreciate the effort you put on all your comments, even spending time going back to take a second, third or fourth look and even editing your comments, always with some very useful critic in. You and Raf are the Top commenters lately, I wish I had more free time to do the same :-)
Ah, about my PP, yes, you nailed it, I added a duplicate layer, change tone and blurred, then selectively deleted to bring back the original pic, and then applied Dragan effect and painted with light. Due to that is the effect of a "two-pic-mix"...

May 12, 2009
    Wow!! thanks a lot for all your comments and votes, didn't expected finishing so well, I'm happy :-)
Boar76: thanks for your nice comments, I'm glad your pic won as it was my favourite :-) I also think I understand your previous comment about the blur, yes, there are some parts where the effect is a bit "gross"... I was in a hurry, lots of work and very little time left for my pic :-( I primise I'll do better :-)
Raf: don't worry by no means, and I think you know A LOT of photography, I always find something useful reading your comments :-) I understand what you said, yes, the effect is a bit "radical" and seems a two-pics mix... I really tried to isolate the main subject from the background, as it was very busy and a total colour mix that eclipsated the main idea. Probably I went too far :-)

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May 12, 2009
    Congratulations. Shows how little I know....he.he.he

Jade O.
May 12, 2009
    Congratulations on your #2 finish. Another fine entry!

May 12, 2009
    My number 1!MITICOOO!!!!
P.S. You are one of the best photographer in this site!

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May 10, 2009
    It is as if the background would not belong to the seller with his goods. The bags are so sharp and colorful. Quite a contrast to the legs of the crowd. In my TT.

May 10, 2009
    Beautiful photo - like a world within a worl

May 9, 2009
    This gets my vote for the somber mood and poignancy. I like the use of color contrast with the monochrome background.

May 8, 2009
    Like the idea and the underlying shot. Do not even mind how you have tried to isolate the subject (blur and colour). But in the end it ends up not coming together and looking like two separate shots. I don't think it is two shots but the PP has made me think that and has got in the way of what you are trying to show. A nice try, but just does not work for me.
Edited on May 8, 2009

Jade O.
May 8, 2009
    At first I was not sure about the selective colouring but the more I look at this the better it appears as a photographic image. I'm interested in viewing the PP though it looks like you have added a blur or overlay in the background.
Edited on May 9, 2009

May 8, 2009
    Grat shot!
...Interesting composition and use of colors bu you could blur better! :-)
Edited on May 8, 2009
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