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Budapest, Hungary (Keleti Train Station-September 6, 2015) - European Refugee Crisis - Syrian, Afghan, and other refugees gather at the Keleti Train Station . ....
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Budapest, Hungary (Keleti Train Station-September 6, 2015) - European Refugee Crisis - Syrian, Afghan, and other refugees gather at the Keleti Train Station . . . with hopes of free passage to Western Europe.
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ivanyohan
 
ivanyohan January 16, 2016
Nicely captured! Please consider to join this challenge below:
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kenderby January 16, 2016
Thanks for your kind words. This is my favorite photo that I took during the refugee crises here in Budapest. I shot several photos of this woman, and this one most captured her despair. I've entered this photo in your challenge. Thanks for the invitation.
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brianwhitney Feb 18
Despair, yes!! I also notice a strength. Like a lioness willing to do anything to protect her baby.
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dmitrysamsonov July 03, 2016
It's just an amazing shot! The best !! with this look and all background ! My compliments !
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dmitrysamsonov July 03, 2016
Just great!!!! The story, compo here, b&w as wel..l
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kenderby July 03, 2016
Thanks! I appreciate your kind words. For me, the story is more important than the photo . . . and a sad story it is.
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FredBlundell February 21, 2017
Excellent artistry.
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kenderby February 23, 2017
Thanks. Your kind words are appreciated.
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racheljordan March 06, 2017
Great doco image!
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kenderby March 07, 2017
Thanks. Her story is one that I'm sure I'll never fully understand.
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brianwhitney Feb 18
Amazingly strong capture. You can see so much emotion in her face. Well done!!!
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kenderby Feb 19
Thanks for your kind words. It was a humbling experience for me during the refugee crisis.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I’m an amateur "shoot-for-the-fun-of-it" photographer. I take pics of whatever catches my eye, heart, and head. I took this photo in Budapest, Hungary at the Keleti Train Station.
Time
During the height of the European refugee crisis, a buddy and I went to the Keleti Train Station early on September 6, 2015 to distribute care packages to Syrian, Afghan, and other refugees. We also brought along our cameras, hoping to document the morning. During the morning, I spoke with several refugees about their trials, tribulations, small victories, and dreams. It was tough listening to their sad and disturbing stories, and even after listening to them, I can’t imagine what they were going through (and had already gone through) to try to find a new life in Western Europe. It was a truly moving experience for me. The beauty of the morning is that even though many of the refugees had suffered immensely, they were friendly and often smiled while I talked to them. Most of the photos I took were between 8:00 am -11:00 am.
Lighting
I was shooting quickly, so I didn’t pay close attention to the lighting. I let my camera meter the scene and hoped for the best.
Equipment
I shot this photo with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II fitted with a M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens.
Inspiration
I spotted this lady (and her two children) and watched her for about thirty minutes. It was clear that she was alone and that she was struggling with her situation. I discreetly shot several photos (of her and her children), hoping to capture the despair that she clearly was living in. I was sad as I shot the photos because I wondered: What happened to her husband? What happened to her family? What happened to her friends? Even today I wonder . . . what happened to her?
Editing
I shot the photo in RAW, and I did minimal post-processing in Lightroom. I also did minimal post-processing with MacPhun’s Tonality Pro.
In my camera bag
I carry as little possible when I’m out shooting. For a bag, I use a Metrosafe™ 250 GII anti-theft shoulder bag. It is not a camera bag, but it’s padded, unobtrusive, safe, and it holds my stuff fine . . . and it doesn’t look like a camera bag! Currently, I shoot with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, and it goes with me everywhere I go. I always have my M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 prime lens with me. In addition, I’ll carry either my M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO, my M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8 PRO, or my M.Zuiko ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II. I also use a Sun-Sniper "Steel" Shoulder Camera Strap, so that my camera always hangs on my hip and can be quickly grabbed when needed. The lenses I carry with me depends on what I plan to shoot for the day. I also carry two extra batteries, a lens brush, a lens cleaning cloth, and a small bottle of liquid lens cleaner. That’s it!
Feedback
To capture a similar photo (which is an example of street photography), I think it’s important to be familiar with the surroundings, be observant, and be patient. I shoot street photos in shutter priority (usually at a speed of 400 or 500, depending on how much light there is and what lens I am using). In my opinion, the key is to feel the situation, and in the end, if you are lucky, you might come away with one or two good photos. And . . . don’t be afraid to use the delete key on your computer . . . and if none of your shots were good, delete all of them, and then go out and shoot some more . . . and have fun!

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