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With 6277 views 71 favouritings and 3 sales, this is probably by far my most popular image:

I shot it on my first digital camera, a Canon Powershot S80 compact in the main street of Kempsey NSW on a particularly trying road trip for work. It was a lucky shot, I just thought the billboard was a fairly self-reflexive thing to find in a rundown country town, but when this dejected guy limped into the shot it made it into a poignant statement.

Having moved on in the equipment and (hopefully) skills aspects of my photographic practice due mainly to the encouragement I received here in the early days, I often look back at this image and see things I could improve with it.

One of the assignments for a course I am doing is to convert an RGB image to greyscale. I’ve applied noise reduction, and unsharp mask, then tonal and exposure adjustments in the green channel. After converting to greyscale, I’ve despeckled it a bit and clone stamped out any larger specks that stand out more in greyscale. I’ve also cropped it a bit tighter and increased the resolution by decreasing the image size rather than interpolating.

Wow, that was boring.

Anyway, please enjoy the new mono version of Living.

“You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake…”

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  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayabout 6 years ago

    Hey Chris, no surprise this is so popular, it says so much and I love the conversion;)

  • Elysium333
    Elysium333about 6 years ago


  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlaterabout 6 years ago

    excellent work well done

  • MissKristy
    MissKristyabout 6 years ago

    “You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. … You are not special.”

  • “This is your life – and it’s ending one minute at a time…”

    – transmute

  • MissKristy
    MissKristyabout 6 years ago

    “I am Jack’s complete lack of suprise”

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanabout 6 years ago

    “Life is like a box of chocolates … "


    Great capture and presentation Chris

  • LittleHelen
    LittleHelenabout 6 years ago

    …you’re not how much money you’ve got in the bank. You’re not your job. You’re not your family, and you’re not who you tell yourself…. You’re not your name…. You’re not your problems…. You’re not your age…. You are not your hopes.

  • GlennAlderson
    GlennAldersonabout 6 years ago

    LOve it! wonderful capture & find……………well done!

  • andreisky
    andreiskyabout 6 years ago


  • Kaitlin Beckett
    Kaitlin Beckettabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture.

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