Merry Christmas TE !
Although i didn't expect to meet a Santa in a country of Sub-Saharan Africa, he was active here and there in Bamako.
Bamako is the capital and largest city of Mali, where is located on the Niger River in the southwestern part of the country.
P.P. i worked hard to reduce halation of the backlight.
here is the source image, only resized.
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PJE (20758) 2010-12-20 22:30
Hello Hisashi. Good work on the lighting recovery here. When I opened up this photo my first response was from the man on the left saying to blown up Santa..." Hey Man Who are You? " I think its an excellent photo.
jimmj63 (2315) 2010-12-20 23:44
very well done
patdeph (35748) 2010-12-21 1:52
I am also surprised to see a Santa in this country,it's strange because we are used to associate him with the snow,and here,I can only see sun and heat!Very funny!
holmertz (54969) 2010-12-21 3:18
Seeing the original version I'd say ypu have done very well in PP. This is a slightly absurd and unexpected picture from Mali, which is quite overwhelmingly Muslim. I once spent Christmas in Niamey, Niger, but I don't recall any Santa Claus from there.
wgreis (8267) 2010-12-21 6:08
the season is peculiar to the old man with a white beard and red clothes. It is curious to see the man with traditional costumes of their culture by observing the object of decoration.
Congratulations and hugs.
peppe59 (14555) 2010-12-21 6:55
image in topic! beautiful the expression of the man. good Christmas
BennyV (18109) 2010-12-21 9:20
The Coca-Cola man in Mali...times sure have globalized. Can't say I like it much and I have the feeling that the man on the left has his doubts too!
Technically this isn't your best picture (crop? PP'd lightness on the man?) but it is a shot that says a lot about these crazy times we live in, and as such it makes a great documentary picture. A fine observation!
worldcitizen (8858) 2010-12-21 9:52
It is definitely interesting to see a big Santa in Mali. I wonder where he came from, and why somebody has put him there! You did a very good job adjusting the lighting. The colors and contrast are very nice now.
danos (99828) 2010-12-23 0:19
really strange to meat someone a Santa Claus in a country of Sub-Saharan Africa,with the harsh light management to be good in contrary of the source image.Well done.
Nicou (145190) 2010-12-23 0:55
Et bien il est bien habillé ce père noël pour ces pays chaud, superbe compo et image, très originale, l'homme à l'air vraiment intéressé et supéfait, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
bukitgolfb301 (42940) 2010-12-23 2:54
Hi dear Hisashi-san
Wonderful shot with humor for this Christmas week indeed! Marvelous two main objects combination.
Nice framwork and reasonable composition as usual. So sharp in the detail and very tasteful presentation. Thanks for your sharing with fine work, have a good day and best regards,
Takero from a little warm Tokyo
ktanska (28152) 2010-12-23 4:09
Surprising combination makes me smile. Now that's something you wouldn't expect in the heart of Africa.
Quite timely upload too. Merry Christmas!
rodgerg (55767) 2010-12-23 6:09
Merry Christmas Hisashi and congratulations for this very original shot. Santa in Mali! Where is the snow ? .)
Excellent ballance in the composition with the opposition between Santa and the man. Image too rich in various details of life very well collected.
Cricri (121253) 2010-12-23 8:19
Une présentation original et amusante du père Noël au pays du soleil, j'aime la façon amusante que l'homme le regarde
siolaw (38292) 2010-12-23 20:51
An unusual scene with that man looking at father Xmas in quite a funny way. Difficult light but excellent mood!
Greetings and merry Christmas!
Charo (51212) 2010-12-24 9:02
Very nice this inflatable Santa Claus, who is famous in the world.
A unique atmosphere of these parties in this African country.
Fis2 (100704) 2010-12-25 6:57
Excellent reportorial shot.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.
delpeoples (58804) 2010-12-25 16:29
Hello dear Hisashi
This is so funny. Santa is everywhere! :)
I like how you have framed the Santa so close to this man. A beautiful scene and I hope you had a very Merry Christmas.
adramad (46970) 2010-12-25 17:52
Christmas Cards Uniquely, the colorful Santa Claus in this highly unusual for our latitudes is all a different picture and that is contemplated with pleasure.
I also hope you enjoyed this holiday and wish you a Happy New Year.
josepmarin (58359) 2010-12-26 13:13
An unusual place to locate Santa Claus, in this African city with an atmosphere very different from the polar plains.
It is an interesting scene that you have taken skillfully to create a Christmas postcard.
A good work in the post-processing.
My best wishes to you and your family for the New Year.
paura (47186) 2010-12-27 16:36
Fine details and nice framing to show us th interesting urban Christmas scene. Very well done.
sacavem (18620) 2010-12-29 2:06
Christmas,I love! Colors... and this holiday season:)
Fine detail and beautiful Santa Claus.
Regards and Happy New Year to you and your family.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2010-12-29 14:13
Hahahaha, excellent contrast!!! I also like how the man is looking at Santa Klaus!!!
PS: My best wishes for the year to come!
wolf38 (31296) 2010-12-30 0:12
Hi Hisashi. What is original for a photo. Well seen, composed and presented. I must smile. Regards, Wolfgang.
mauarg (1758) 2010-12-30 2:53
Really interesting to see Santa in the middle of Africa. TFS !
Happy New Year.
emilbo (22616) 2010-12-30 8:48
Vraiment le Père Noël est partout, je l'aime mieux en vrai mais je suis sure qu'il fait quand même la joie des enfants. Je ne savais pas que le Père Noël était populaire la-bas même sans neige. Intéressante prise de vue.
Tous mes meilleurs voeux pour la Nouvelle Année,
vasilpro (41619) 2010-12-30 13:34
Beautiful scene, excellent choice for seasons greetings,TFS!
Happy New Year,
jhm (155276) 2010-12-31 4:21
A picture that suitable perfect by the time of Chrismas and New Year.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well composition, nice of colors, pleasant presentation.
Nice done, TFS.
Happy New Year,
- Copyright: Hisashi Yuya (hispic) (9652)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-12-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Event
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, RAW @ ISO 200
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-20 19:33