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I Want a Playground..
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-09
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-10 0:24
Viewed: 3564
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Somewhere that doesn't have too many photos here on TL.... Welcome to Tripoli in Libya... I have to say it was somewhat fascinating - propaganda, large pictures everywhere of the 'leader' etc.

We were told about the excellent standard of living, low prices (that's true except for the Diet Coke in the hotel) but this is all at odds with the rubbish and sorry state of the roads and general infrastructure. Here's a photo taken in the 'Medina' or the old walled city in Tripoli. The piles of rubbish are everywhere! So - Utopia or not??

RAW - just a little dodging and burning..

1/250 @f4.5, ISO320 and 120mm focal length

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Hello David,

This is a bit of journalistic photography.
I like the composition with the triangle of rubbish in the f/g and the road leading the eye through the shot but it would have had far less impact without the inclusion of the wide-eyed, little boy. With him in shot, (sharply focussed), the juxtaposition of the elements has a shocking effect.
Good one!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

thanks David for this witness...

not usual here... but reality is this too

dd, île de la Réunion

Hello David,
A poignant daily life shot, enhanced by an excellent timing and a clever composition. Colours look very natural too.
Good DOF as well, though I personally would have liked the pile of rubbish in the foreground to be a little sharper. Did you obtain this effect "in camera" (due to focal length) or by "postprocessing"? Said this, I admit that the focus now perfectly lays on the human element (i.e. the boy and his telling eyes) - the key factor of this scene.
TFS & kind regards,

Hi David
Nice daylife scene of poverty and solid waste disposal on streets
Good documentary subject well taken here, the pose of kid is superb here
Well done

Hi David...strong picture...well composed with nice technique...this one may be good in black and white because of the subject....Try the channel mixer and highlight the Green Channel a little more and bring the Red down..then add some conrast and you may get a strong but depressing shot....

Good luck.


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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 793 W: 26 N: 808] (9649)
  • [2009-09-10 13:28]

Great capture of street life in Tripoli, I think you have got the DoF just right
well done

Hello David

A very informative image. Too bad that people must live in such conditions. TFS


Hmm, great journalistic street shot David. Sad to see that little guy among all the trash. Altho he does not look unhappy ....

Really nice composition - I like how you've placed the boy and the pile of trash, with the narrom street leading off into the distance. Great job.
Enjoy your weekend

Hi David
good journalistic shot.
interesting item.
well observed, captured and posted.
a photo is indeed better than 1000 words.

Hi David

Well composed shot to show daily life.
Good DOF to concentrate on the boy.

Regards Derek

Reminds me of similar scenes in the Phils, Indo, Cambodia etc etc...really quite a poignant shot, documentary and photojournalistic with some powerful emotion attached to it. Strong image, David.

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  • mark25 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 412 W: 7 N: 1012] (5621)
  • [2009-09-13 17:40]

this has national geographic written all over it.

i a sure you will agree if i say that, as photographers, we feel rewarded and learn a lot on the streets, observing people and how they live.

muhammad muhsin

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-09-15 22:21]

Hi David,a good documentary image,one that needs no explanation,it indeed tells the viewer a story. I read somewhere that a country should not be judged by its prosperous people,but by how it treats its poor,I think there is truth in that & unfortunately this type of situation is visible all around the world.

David, great storytelling here! Well thought out and composed.

I'm amaze by your talent of observer and communicator. There is certain things that just can be taught in photography, that goes beyond technics, you got it or you don't,and to my humble opinion, you've got it friend.

How can we miss the message in this shot, as a previous member say, a thru "nationnal geographic" materiel.

Good exposure, contrast and colour balance (nice neutral and skin tones), an appropriate pp work, as always...))) Good job and superb shot.

Beautiful contrast...

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