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9 Comments | Report
tpremo
 
tpremo August 22, 2016
You can almost feel the despair through this photo.
ElaineZD
ElaineZD August 25, 2016
Sadly life does have many pitfalls.
dougplume PRO+
 
dougplume September 12, 2016
A sad sight but a fascinating social statement
ElaineZD
ElaineZD September 14, 2016
Sad but true! Thanks for your comment and for visiting my gallery! It was a pleasure to visit your gallery as well! Happy shooting! :)
frenchiepooh
 
frenchiepooh October 14, 2016
touching the heart this shot ;(
ElaineZD
ElaineZD October 16, 2016
I am glad that you were touched by this photo, I agree it is quite sad.
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dougplume October 28, 2016
With our so-called modern civilised society we should be seeing far less of this sort of thing not more !
ElaineZD
ElaineZD October 29, 2016
Yes that may be true, but sometimes people just have to help themselves and take responsibilty for their own lives.
emeraldlane
 
emeraldlane November 07, 2016
Beautiful, this touches the soul.
ElaineZD
ElaineZD November 15, 2016
Thanks again, it is one of my more moving shots.
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MERCEDESS November 14, 2016
good shot-but sometimes you cannot help yourself anymore because the life energy is gone-!
ElaineZD
ElaineZD November 15, 2016
Life is never easy for any of us, but thankfully most of us rise above the struggles and challenges. It is sad when there are those who find it harder to find happiness and turn to a bottle or substance abuse to dull the pain.
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cohooper May 11, 2017
You can really see the way life is as he struggles with everyday life
ElaineZD
ElaineZD May 18, 2017
It is sad that not everyone has coping mechanisms in life, some people just simply drown their sorrows. Pitiful!
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JM18Photography May 24, 2018
Congratulations!
ElaineZD
ElaineZD May 25, 2018
Thank you so much! Have a great day!
MikeBoyle
 
MikeBoyle May 24, 2018
Congratulations on your winning photo. NICE...VERY NICE
ElaineZD
ElaineZD May 25, 2018
Thank you Mike for the generous comments, it is very encouraging! Happy shooting! :)
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this picture while exploring Toronto with my family July 24, 2017.
Time
I took this photo mid afternoon.
Lighting
The lighting was all natural for this photo.
Equipment
To take this photo I used my Canon EOS REBEL T3i and my 55 mm lens.
Inspiration
As I was enjoying both my family and the sites of Toronto we came across this man with his empty pack of smokes and half full bottle of booze, it brought into focus another vision of this grand city. A sad commentary for such a great city!
Editing
Yes, I did some tweaking in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. First I always like to straighten and crop my photos. Typically if I have taken a decent shot with the camera, I will usually adjust the highlights, shadows, whites, blacks and clarity if need be. I also tend to tweak the vibrancy and saturation, and then I adjust the sharpening and noise reduction. With this shot I went a step further and processed it in black and white, to add to the reality of the shot.
In my camera bag
I typically carry 3 cameras in my bag. A Canon EOS REBEL T3i, Canon EOS REBEL T2i and my Waterproof Canon Powershot D20 cameras. I also have 3 lens I carry, an 18 mm, a 55 mm, and 250 mm lens. I also have my Canon Speedlite 430EX II. I always carry a minimum of 4 fully charged batteries for either the cameras or for the flash and I also have a battery charger with me just in case. I carry a polarizing filter, a little water spray bottle, lens cleaners and a remote for the cameras. It would be nice to travel a little lighter, but I do want to try and be prepared, just in case that photo opportunity does present itself. Mind you, I do realize I need to start bringing my tripod out with me more.
Feedback
My advice is to always have a camera on hand, you just never know when a Kodak moment will present itself. Always try to be observant and respectful of your surroundings and nature. Soak in all the natural and manmade beauty that surrounds us. If you just stop and really take a look, you will see that there is beauty all around us. If I find something I am inspired to shoot, I try playing with the settings and angles of the shot. I can take several shots of a single scene, with an adjustment here and there, or shoot from another perspective. As an amateur photographer I am constantly trying to develop my eye and skills. Another thing that I have learned along the way is that no matter how good a photographer you are or aren't, you can always tweak a picture with post photo-editing programs. But there is a fine line between tweaking and over doing the adjustments. But then again, it is all a matter of personal taste and your personal creative expression. Most of all I just recommend that you just have fun with your camera and your surroundings!

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