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Copyright: BK koh (wenqing) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1494 W: 102 N: 2012] (11873)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D-70, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D AF ED
Exposure: f/4
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): reflections of life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-12 10:09
Viewed: 1651
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
another old photo
this was taken in Chinatown, the old lady here collects scrap paper to sell...just about enough for a meal or 2 each day...

slight desaturation to get the faded effect in colors
slight crop

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hello my friend!
wonderful but very sad photo, excellent composiiton and DOF.
i like it this pp work.

Wonderful image of this poor woman. I like how sharp it is because it really makes her and the scraps of cardboard pop out (and this emphasizes her relying on these scraps to survive). The desaturation reminds the viewer of the grim subject matter. Good simple frame too for this woman. Thanks for sharing!

Hello Koh!

Great capturing of old woman character, well done!

Malik & Mary.

a really sad scene and I think the tones adds a lot too...

I like this a lot mate, cheers, Art

moody shot, perfect compo and choice of 'lighted' colours!

A touching photo, and beautifully rendered. It makes sense to take down the chroma. Her life is drab and colorless, I suppose, completely wrapped up in the gathering of gray paper and drab cardboard. (though I hope I am wrong and that she finds some hope somehwere) (Does she have her knee pulled up to her chin with her hand? I can't quite figure out that part of the photo in front of her face.) Thanks for sharing. -Hugh

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  • gnc Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 730 W: 10 N: 104] (1449)
  • [2006-12-12 12:36]

Woman's expression is very well caught. Wait, I can see this guy back in the blur leaning over one of the parked cars. Partial desaturation makes it more moody. Very well done!


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  • Jorge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 128 W: 6 N: 26] (417)
  • [2006-12-12 12:44]

Very good image Bk!
I really like your POV, great expressions were captured and with the background creates a very good composition.

Hi Koh,
Another great composition from you!
The effect on the old photo and the note written is really a real fact of life even we are touched by it!
thanks for sharing

Great capture! Old age is not the prettiest part of life.

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2006-12-12 14:07]

An expression has been beautifully captured in this picture. Desaturation is enhancing the mood in relation with the subject. Fine details are captured. Well done my friend.

Thanks for sharing this nice image.

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2006-12-12 16:18]

Hi K! :)
What a street shot.. Wonderful blured background.. make one think hard during the holiday season!!


You have the great lens, great lighting and great model.If you crop up tightened a bit would be better.Thanks for sharing.

excellent capture Bk! :D maybe you can get closer so you can capture the experienced face of the woman :D

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  • ose Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 442 W: 0 N: 18] (5420)
  • [2006-12-13 1:17]

Nice portrait shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2006-12-14 4:46]

Hi BK,

I seen her before in one of your collection, again, my heart go to her... I can't imagine how can her children let her do this... :( It is very sad for me, I just feel like I want to give her a hug, hold her hand and tell her what a great old lady she is and bring her for a good meal. It is heart broken....

Back to your photos... it is a wonderful shot, a shot that tell story, a shot that have captured so much emotion that bring tears to my eyes....


Excellent portrait and it really shows the wear and tear on this poor lady! Wonderful tones and sharpness!

Too sad, but ... it's reallity of millions and millions of people every day !

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  • karn Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 8] (620)
  • [2007-02-17 3:46]

Her expression make me feel sad but your picture is wonderful BK.

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