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Today you...tomorrow me. by mrcool256 Today you...tomorrow me. by mrcool256
Today's Christmas/New Years truth/lesson...

Life can be unpredictable, be nice to people, don't make the mistake of assuming they got to where they are through tremendous fault of their own.

...homeless gentleman I met on Venice Beach with his dog 'Shaky'.
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Critique by Magpie-and-Pinky Dec 26, 2010, 3:55:36 PM
this is my first critique..so bear with me.

the vision is about how he is homeless, which makes is pure and gentle, very very kind of you.
originality is very good, because I haven't seen such emotional portraiture in so long..
the technique is amazing...great focus, lovely colours, they make the subject jump out at you..its beautiful how you made the tone suit the subject.
impact...very great..everyone seems to be very moved by his expression, which the tone brings out even more..

well just overall great job!
I can't think of anything to make it better.

so yeah, great image, with so much power..very good.
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Violetphantasy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Thank you for all your support!
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AZ-3D Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
good lesson...none of us is immune from difficult circumstances. It's a powerful image.
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WinonaPhotographie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student Photographer
Cette photo est très poignante, le regard de ce pauvre homme et son chien... :( bravo pour la photo et merci de leur rendre hommage!
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Mindfreak-my Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
OOOOOH!!!!I have fallen in love with this photo!!!!!!!TT
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SarlyneART Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsobeautifulplz:Actually, your description "homeless gentleman" moves me as much as the photo itself. There are a lot of emotions and stories captured in the man's face and I think you captured them amazingly!

DD worth, I think :heart:
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chrishuppert Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the midtones. Great composition!
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CharlotteAsphyxia Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Hello there.
Oh gosh this is perfect, although really sad.
May I use it in my website? :)
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Livacu Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
great shot!
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tinymeow77 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
so much time has passed them by !!!! excellent shot of a sad reality...
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Balou12 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
omg I get tears in my eyes :-( Next time I go by a homeless I buy some foot to him :-(
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cerulean88 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
This is really powerful. I do agree with you with being nice to people, people always look down on others just because they are more well-off and thinks that those who are poor deserves what they have. Thanks for this wonderful shot :)
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shoboshky Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Wow this photo is beautiful, and so dear, it brought a tear to my eye , very sweet!
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dgtl-rmstr Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great! i love it!
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SpellboundMisfits Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student Photographer
don't know why i feel soooooooooo sad seeing this ):
but this is such a beautiful photos :heart:
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Yelnatz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student General Artist
I love this.

His face shows so much pain and yet there is still a light in his eyes which is very powerful.
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onewithdarkness Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Yeah, i'd have to agree with working on backgrounds. The composition and subject is still exquisite though, fantastic job!
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josephacheng Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I totally agree with your comment.
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:iconjacac:
JACAC Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
v e r y . w e l l . d o n e . m y . f r i e n d
l o t s . o f . f e e l i n g
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Vanganen Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
It makes me cry how true it is.
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PhilippeGaravel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011   Photographer
Emotive portrait my friend :bow:
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:iconjambhavan:
jambhavan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
such a lovely portrait!! the features are very sharp! it reminds me of Yosuf Karsh.
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zeeekay Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student Interface Designer
very very great photo just check out the detail on face...
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:iconnageki:
Nageki Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
wonderful shot
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FicktionPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
His hands look like they've seen some action. Thanks for sharing, Shawn!
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SUDOR Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Interesting portrait !
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JohnLeFou Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Be a bit more mindful of your background. It isn't blurred or busy enough to be neutral, and it is too blurry and plain to be an interesting addition. It looks vaguely like there is an umbrella coming out of his head. It is a good subject, reasonable post process, good technical execution, but mind your background. It may sound a bit harsh, but if everyone just types "awesome!" we can't improve much. You heard all the good stuff from everyone else :P
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mrcool256 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
I love constructive criticism...I'm still very much an amateur, so comments like this are a big help, I really appreciate it. :)
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wiebkefesch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I live in Downtown Atlanta, which has some of the most flagrant and dire homelessness you'll find in any American city, and I've never thought any of these guys (or the women who are also homeless, or their kids) did anything so terrible. There's a fine line between having a roof and losing that roof and I don't think most would choose the latter.
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Anelyda Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wooow...this is more than an image...love it!
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Archetype7 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
That looks fantastic.
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oldcarpenter49 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
>>>>> Critique from an old competition(s) judge <<<<<<<

Everything about the old man and his dog is fabulous , his face , his expression
even the dog is looking at you . Sharpness and exposure are right on .
BUT !! you have 2 problems with this image , one small & one large .

The small one -- you've cut off his hands - this is a no no in portrait work
as an "old school" rule , either keep them all in the composition or all out .

The large one -- ALL- of the background behind him ! , it's a nightmare of
distractions , from overexposed whites to completely blown out whites and
their shapes .

The solution : go back and find this man again , offer him a reasonable amount
of money to work with you for 1/2 an hour ( enough cash to buy some food
for himself & his little friend - this works -i've done it )
and as you are the photographer --choose a good background to pose him in
front of , like a clean building wall or something like that , with good lighting
to your benefit . Then you will have an overall terrific image .

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WON-DER-FUL *_____*
Amazing
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TomFindahl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
First of all, I have to say I totally agree with you life philosophy!

You've managed to show the character of the person you've photographed, I can see a kind, generous and emotional gentleman with the "best part" of his life behind him, and he knows it too.
I think this portrait would be a killer in B&W.

Well done!
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DennisChunga Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
wonderful portrait Shawn!! nicely done
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what a cute little dog poor thing
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DurkeDurk Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Awesome, beautiful, powerful!! Great shot. :)
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bitsofcolors Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great message.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a gorgeous potrait. Very touching. Just... Wow.
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AataRax-ya Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That is just unbelievable....i have goosebumps.
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willpheonix Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
That is a face with beautiful textures. Great portrait, thanks for posting it.
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Tharwaithiel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The look in his eyes almost made me cry.
That's such a strong photograph, i am incredibly impressed.

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meppol Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
:heart: :heart: :heart:
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Anestis9985 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
greate shot great message!
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SandraSfeirova Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! This is such a great photograph, the eyes, the emotions, the dog, everything
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angelfalls714 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is amazing. very nice!
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Excellent!!!!
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Gersith Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
nice
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1001G Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
you waited for just he right moment to take this awesome and sad at the same time shot
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LetsMakeAWish Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
This makes me wanna cry):
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edgeoftomorrow01 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is absolutely beautiful and how it had great emotion comin through his face. its just so powerful and simply amazing :clap:
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