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In New York city. Where else?

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:iconadlad1234:
adlad1234 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Best shot Ive seen all day
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:iconaponom:
aponom Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I am very pleased to hear that. How many of them did you see? ;-)
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:iconadlad1234:
adlad1234 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
A bunch:-) But in defense of others I only joined last night.lol.

I bought my first SLR 2 years ago and now just starting to ramp it up and am looking out for a pro DSLR. Thinking about a Canon 6D. I use a Canon T2i to date but want to start taking the art more seriously now. Everything I have done to date has been experimental.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013   Photographer
Featured in my journal:
Similitude Street
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:iconaponom:
aponom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
:manhug:
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Ajzatsana Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Nice shot :D
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:iconaponom:
aponom Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Thanks! :D
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e-l-a-n-i Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Hello dear member of :iconthepeopleavenue:

your beautiful photo has been featured in our latest journal [link]

Congratulations :clap: and thanks for sharing :wave:
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:iconaponom:
aponom Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thank you, Eleni! I appreciate your support! :rose:
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:icone-l-a-n-i:
e-l-a-n-i Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
pleasure! I'm just part of a great team. :)
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:iconearthhart:
EarthHart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I bet those guys having their shoes polished, get at least 100X what the shoe-shines get
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:iconaponom:
aponom Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
I think much more. Just look at their faces ...
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:iconearthhart:
EarthHart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Folks like that should be taxed to the hilt :nod:
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:iconaponom:
aponom Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
They nearly elected the president, who would abolish all their taxes altogether. Thank goodness the Republican party's brainwashing machine faltered this time. But I was pretty scared seeing how many people did actually support them.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I heaved a sigh of relief when the news came through that Obama had won :phew:
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:iconaponom:
aponom Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Me too! :nod:
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Photographer
and this is really a reason to be scared of :nod:
the expression of the first man from the right, the one with the tie, is also scary...
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:iconaponom:
aponom Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I wouldn't want to deal with any of them, to be honest.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
:icontheyardplayground: comment: I love this image :-) Great symmetry that enhances the contrast and difference of status and power. The snob indifference of the clients and the busy poses of the workers are all nice additional details. The b/w looks a bit grayish to me, even if this way no detail got lost. Good work!
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aponom Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Yes, I should have worked better on contrast for this shot. Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it!
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djailledie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:icontheyardplayground: comment: Not every day do we get the chance to comment such a scene in this group. This brings a smile to my face. Everything in the scene itself is perfect: all the "workers" seem to be very busy - and the moment that you chose with the second man from the left leaning and looking to work hard is perfect, while all the "business men" do not pay attention to all those working for them. This might be their world in miniature!
Technically, I think that the flat composition is really relevant for that scene. The image could take a bit more contrast - as the heads of the business men are a bit washed, but that's a minor point.
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
:icontheyardplayground: There's a close connection between Street and surrealism, not always for the good, when it's just some freak accident, but here it's spot-on for me, just because it's the surrealism in the way things as they are. You have to be a photographer or an attentive stranger to notice this scene. :)
There was a comment that this was too flat. Maybe you edited the picture afterwards, but if not, the tones are just fine with me. It's okay to have the desire of 100% blacks, but in the end it's just a fashion. The faces of the customers look flat, but that can be explained by their specific lighting and it's functional too, because it creates depth, and a distance between the shoe guys and their customers.
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aponom Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I did very little adjustment to this photo. I played mostly with the B&W conversion mix, trying to retain as much information as possible, and some cropping to remove distracting foreground. I always try to minimize the post-processing in order to preserve the original photo's atmosphere, I believe this is the way to do for street photography especially. The purest thing would be to shoot the B&W film, I know, but somehow I don't do this very often nowadays. Thank you very much for your comment!
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Nattygrego Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a great photography. I like it for several reasons. first the fine contrast between the first raw of people and the second, their ways of performing in the photo. although the 5 workers are all doing the same thing, they are very distinctive from one another. They the customers are just incredible, each and everyone in his own world. That is a great street shot mate !
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aponom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Thank you for your comment! It stroke me too how big the distance between the workers and their customers, those guys are like from a different world to me. The rulers of the world...
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Izaaaaa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
crazy! their expressions! all so serious and pleased with themselves...
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aponom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Yeah, big shots!Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it!
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senfbeu Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i like it although it's a bit flat. I'd like to see more contrast and some true black tones in there.
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aponom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I was trying to preserve the details in the workers' pants, there is some deep black in there. But you have the point, I should have tried to boost the mid-tone contrast a bit. Thanks for your comment!
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senfbeu Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
always a pleasure, thanks for sharing your work :)
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williamfp Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow - very nice
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aponom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Thanks! ;)
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
:thumbsup:
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aponom Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
:thanks:
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