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October 6, 2012
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FinePix JV100
Shutter Speed
1/223 second
Focal Length
20 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 21, 2012, 1:51:07 AM
Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer 6.1.7600.16385
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Glimpse of the City by Shasta-Rose Glimpse of the City by Shasta-Rose
A rare construction project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia appears to look more like tearing the street down than building it up. The exposed dirt of the sidestreet, left to the mid-afternoon early monsoon rains, becomes extraordinarily muddy. One has to pick her path to avoid stepping into puddles. Along the side of the road, the typical individual-owned street stands selling random processed goods like potato chips and pop, go about their business.
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1CrazyVegetarian Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
This is lovely! Photography is an amazing tool for giving us a glimpse into the lives of others~

You managed to convey a really interesting tone here too, and I feel like there's this sort of dicotomy between a nostalgic and simpler style of life, but also a hint of desperation in the cracks and puddles in the street. Universal human feelings anywhere, though, I guess! Really nice job...:)

Also, why were you there? Visiting relatives or just enjoying the experience? It's so neat that you get a chance to travel. I've never been out of the United States, unfortunately... :(
Shasta-Rose Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the llama and taking your time to comment on this! I really appreciate your wonderful, deep-thoughted comment about this photograph.

I went there for many reasons... the quickest of which is to say it was study abroad. But I didn't just study abroad there, and it was experiences like teaching and exploring the country and making friends and talking to everyone that made the trip for me. I'd never been a huge traveler prior to this experience, but I'll never regret going. If you want to go out of the United States, I encourage you to look into your options! I didn't think it was financially possible for me (or logistically possible, I have lots of food allergies), but in the end I was blessed to go.
luckydesigns Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting photo! I like the title you've chosen for it, it suits the photo very well!

It's a very busy photo, which works for your benefit in this case, I think. Since you're not focusing on one thing in particular, it's nice to have a lot of detail that will keep the viewer's attention. I feel like, with this photo, you noticed one thing and then your eye is drawn to the next, and the next, etc etc. Wonderful work there :nod:

I noticed that the photo is a bit blurry, however, and that limits the extent of detail we can see. Was this a handheld shot? If possible, try leaning against something or supporting yourself so you can be sure to get the sharpest photo possible :aww:
Or, try using a tripod or monopod if you have one available.

I'm also not such a huge fan of the shadow on the right side of the photo.. the rest has pretty good lighting, considering the circumstances! The shadow just really takes away from the detail and is kind of distracting, in my opinion. :/

However, there are a lot of things that make this photo great, too! I love the story it tells and how it really gives us an insight to these people's lives. Great angle and perspective as well! Keep up the great work :heart:

Shasta-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your thorough comment! I really appreciate it and it's incredibly helpful. I'll play around with your suggestions for sure. And you're totally right it was a handheld shot... I need to work on that. XP
luckydesigns Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem :aww:
hefeigal Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice shot, I really like the different colors and the angle is very interesting!

I would definitely suggest, however, that you take a few steps back, and pivot to the left and take the picture from there. I think it would really emphasize the perspective from which the piece was taken. :)
I also think you should adjust the focus, but try and make the area farthest from the camera blurry to give the piece a sense of depth.
Other than that, well done! I really like the lighting, it works very well with this capture! :D
Shasta-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! Very interesting ideas, and quite helpful. Glad you like it.
hefeigal Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, glad I could help!
Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012   General Artist
An interesting shot here. :nod:
I think the view is pretty unique.
However, not everything is in focus.
I might might experiment with the cropping too. :nod:

Anyways, lovely work! #ProjectComment
Shasta-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your comment! Really appreciate it!

You're right, it's a bit blurry. :P
I hadn't thought about cropping before... personally what would you like to focus in on? Crop out left and top? Or what?
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