I don’t post too many of people shot, at least not close up. I love those types of picture, but I find it hard to take, because I was never sure if the people mind. I wouldn’t be too happy if people just come up and take pictures of me, so I extend the same kind of respect to others.
Our driver was driving us to visit the sand dune in Merzouga, I asked him to stop and take some photos of the landscape. This boy with his desert fox came running to our car, and our driver was talking to him. He doesn’t seem to mind me with the camera pointing at him, so I took some shots. At some point I realized he wanted money. We didn’t much cash with us, so we borrowed some from the driver to give him some and a couple of candy bars.
I was happy with this image it is worth much more than I pay him for. Most of all the nice memories.
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chrisvek (7001) 2013-08-08 18:34
Excellent portrait with so amazing and unique expression on this lady's face.Nice colors and contrasts.Splendid framing and POV.
Have a nice day
daddo (24406) 2013-08-08 18:41
Hi Way. A boy who is trying to help feed his family by earning a few coins. Reminds me of long ago when I was a boy and the first tourists started coming to Dalmatia and how my little friends and I caught sea urchins and after emptying the insides and washing them, we tried to sell these to the tourists. I see on his hand there are claw marks from the reluctant prisoner.It is a great shot with the penetrating gaze of the boy looking at the stranger and the fox's gaze directed towards some hopeful escape route. Regards. Klaudio.
fds (8390) 2013-08-08 20:07
dear way lym fantastic portrait with very beautiful colors and super scharpnees
Sonata11 (33283) 2013-08-08 21:06
very beautiful portrait of this boy with an amazingly beautiful photo job. Awesome !!! I love it.
All the best,
psamaddar (1089) 2013-08-08 21:34
Hello Way...Nice potrait shot of this boy with the fox. The picture is very sharp and clear. Nicely composed. Good management of light, good details..Tfs
Have a nice day ahead.
Indrasish (2871) 2013-08-08 21:38
Excellent shot here.. Like the framing sense.. Superb image quality too and good focus on subject.. You got a very rare moment.. Thanks for sharing this one..
Good morning and wish you all the best..
goodwill (4224) 2013-08-08 22:18
Good Morning Way Lim,
Can the words express the beauty of that mind who captured this class shot?
We often enjoy the clarity, sharpness and pleasant bokeh, but this shot is over and above all.
What lies 'ahead of composition' is this shot, and what is the meaning of a perfect cropping........this shot reveals and is a Master Piece.
Vividness of scratches on his hand and the razor sharp focus has mesmerized me as if I am Alice in a wonderland.
My Regards dear Way Lim,
macjake (57074) 2013-08-08 22:38
What an interesting story. I feel bad for the both of you....what you thought was a genuine sweet moment turned out to be another one of those tourist-local money requests for a photo....thats a shame.
But as for the photo itself its a clear winner. Perhaps one of my favorite shots in yr gallery!!!!! Stunning capture, with exquisite detail and exposure. Bravo
AROBN54 (11473) 2013-08-08 22:52
It's a beautiful portrait, Way.
Gorgeous clear color, mad detail, wonderful light. Everything is so sharp and clear, you can even see the texture of his skin and clothing. I especially like how he is looking from the shadow of his headdress and the catchlights you still got. What an incredible shot. Many thanks and kindest regards,
danos (87475) 2013-08-08 23:00
your photo is an oasis between the uploaded photos of the fist page of the site.Excellent presentation of this portrait with the coexist of the young boy and the desert fox.Superb the quality of the image with the same problems to had and i,with my visit in Morocco some years ago.
jjcordier (76858) 2013-08-08 23:08
Charmant portrait de ce jeune garçon et de son fennec. Très bon cadrage qui met en avant l'animal et le regard un peu timide du garçon. Comme toi, j'ai beaucoup de mal à photographier les personnes dans la rue.
emka (79875) 2013-08-08 23:57
it was worth spending some money to help the boy and you were rewarded by wonderful shot. Nice portrait of the boy in this blue Tuareg scarf but amazing view of this small guy. The boy must hold him very tight so that it can't escape. How big are the ears of this fennec to dissipate heat on the desert. So cute shot!
carlo62 (33793) 2013-08-09 0:34
condivido in pieno ciò che dici, anche io mi pongo sempre il problema e preferisco non fare scatti alle persone che non conosco perchè non so se vogliono essere fotografati e messi su siti per essere visti in tutto il mondo.
Questo ritratto è molto bello, valeva la pena di scattare, tra l'altro, il ragazzo è semi nascosto e si riconosce poco, se non uno sguardo diretto e deciso.
Il tessuto blu e la volpe rendono la foto straordinarimente bella, un colpo fantastico.
lousat (77804) 2013-08-09 2:13
Hi Way,i been there me too 3 years ago,and this is a great memory to me,magnificent portrait of this Merzouga boy whit the desert fox,the pic is really beautiful,the eyes of boy and the details makes the difference,i like it!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (49286) 2013-08-09 3:19
a striking study this. Everything is just perfect with the boy looking at the camera but the fox is away somewhere else. Cropped to make the effect all the more compelling and of course superb quality. Love it!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
rigoletto (34269) 2013-08-09 5:07
i could pay some ten boxes for such a moment.
i never hesitate to pay money for photographing locals, all in all both of us would be happy in the end. yet, sorry for the fox, i guess the boy will keep him for ever, as he seems to be a good money trap. all i can wish that he takes well care of him.
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2013-08-09 8:17
wow what a portrait it is! Love your close composition. Direct gaze of this boy, nicely holding this fox. Great sharpness and light. A very very attractive one, worth seeing... Tfs.
rbassin (18485) 2013-08-09 8:19
cette photo est splendide, bravo pour ce portrait en gros plan.
Couleur et lumière sont très bien.
Cricri (107274) 2013-08-09 8:35
Difficile pour moi aussi de prendre les personnes en photo, j'ai l'impression de rentré dans leurs intimité
Au Laos une petite fille a bien voulue que je la prenne , je lui ai donnée quelques monnaies
Ce portrait est vraiment magnifique, j'aime le regard du garçon, un peu comme celui du renard, tout mignon tout les deux, super bon cadrage, lumière
cjmm (4479) 2013-08-09 9:40
I like very much this portrait: shallow DoF, nice bokeh, composition, right exposure, the expression on the boys' eyes and the way in which he is holding the fox.
Regarding your note, I understand your point. I also like very much people photography, but I know that getting close is growingly complicated, and in many countries even out of the question.
EstudioChispa (1988) 2013-08-09 9:43
Tremendous combination of the two faces, Way!
holmertz (41737) 2013-08-09 10:02
I guess you should have known he didn't come running just for fun. When i see this I also have some thoughts about keeping wild animals for pets. I don't find it a very nice idea. On the other hand that fox helps to feed the family, and a photo like this could be worth some money. You had a very good eye-contact with the boy, the photo is beautifully composed and cropped and the light and colours are great. I hope the boy didn't catch any nasty disease from the fox.
cornejo (32168) 2013-08-09 10:37
Hi Way, excellent portrait of this guy and his pretty pet, perfectly captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
ktanska (24914) 2013-08-09 11:50
Quite a wonderful portrait. That fox looks adorable. I know nothing about desert foxes, so I have no idea of whether it was a reluctant model or a tame pet.
That blue scarf is just perfect together with surrounding tones.
I could guess he was after some change. But never mind, this one was worth it. And as long as there aren't dozens of such entrepreneurs around, it isn't that annoying either.
rginer (877) 2013-08-10 5:02
Excellent portrait, wonderful. Me too, I feel quite insecure if I wish to take pictures of persons. I have the feeling I enter into their privacy. Awesome look of the boy and the fox.
adidas5nb (5413) 2013-08-10 18:03
this is absolutely top notch photography.amazing colors and light,with fantastic energy and intensity.love the framing.
abmdsudi (43718) 2013-08-11 9:55
You have brought all the elements, authenticity and spontaneity so expertly together of the proud looking young boy and his pet with the sharp eyes do all the talking to your lens which looks so magnetic, the most striking element and strength of this shot. A shot certainly provides us with a huge slice of reality and humanity with so much charm, exposure is expertly managed as the shades provide a nice even light which so suitable for portraiture and you have taken advantage of this situation so well. The colour combination jumps out at me for it brightens up the shot so awesomely. It's wonderful portrait, useful narratives and your high quality shot as always. Congrats
Angshu (55914) 2013-08-12 21:27
A fantastic portrait...quite superb!!
The boys piercing look is what makes this haunting...light was strong with strong contrasts as well with shadow on his face, but masterfully handled.
I see strong focus on the fox & not on the boy...wonder how this pic would have looked if it was the other way round...focus on the boy's eyes...
Didi (57256) 2013-08-15 9:14
Touched by this nice scene, very good sharp portrait
There is plenty of your pictures in PF should be posted here
fabbs99 (16477) 2013-08-15 23:43
Lovely portrait of the boy with the desert fox.Fine composition, lovely true colours, good light and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.Very well done,TFS.
jhm (140054) 2013-08-17 9:41
One of your best pictures on TE with these lovely dessert fox.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Lovely composition, excellent captured, together the wonderful face of these boy.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
yquem46 (38746) 2013-08-17 9:51
back to you Way
Just a splendid shot, I'm definitely jealous of this one
There you were in Merzouga, amazing !
Goes to my 100-200 favorites as well as the other one BTW
olive224 (2719) 2013-08-19 6:33
Nice portrait with this beautiful fox ;)
I like the green and blue tones against the brown BG
Very well done ;)
mkamionka (30694) 2013-08-19 7:40
I feel the same way about taking pictures of people so I tend not to do that at all. This one is so beautiful! The animal adds another nice touch to the portrait. Amazing quality with perfect sharpness and well blurred background,
Gigidusud (16299) 2013-08-21 9:10
Splendid portrait of this Young boy and his desert fox.
A beautiful image that conveys great emotion, a nice memory of this scene. A great success, I love it!
adores (37563) 2013-08-28 16:35
This is a great one! The serious expression of the little boy, the head of the desert fox (we don't see them often on photos)... It's a very good portrait. I like his eyes in the shadow, it adds some mystery.
You don't post many portraits, but this is a very good one for sure.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-09-11 10:45
un ritratto eccellente caratterizzato da ottimi colori e da una eccellente nitidezza.
Ma cio che colpisce è anche l'espressione del soggettodallo sguardo molto intenso, mentre la mano racconto un destino di grande fatica e di duro lavoro.
Complimenti: uno scatto meraviglioso oltre che perfetto.
Ciao e buona serata
maloutim (9637) 2013-09-11 16:38
What a lovely photo of this "blue boy" with his fennec ! He has certainly found the right pet to take good photographs ! I seem to detect some scratches on the back of his hand, so maybe the animal isn't as tame as it looks.
Anyway, I agree with you that the money you gave him for the shot was really worth it. He has got such a deep, serous look in his eye !
Thanks for sharing.
tatadalou (6341) 2013-09-24 14:27
Great light, framing and sharpness, as usual in your pictures ! This young boy has an amazingly beautiful look.
ChrisJ (99260) 2013-09-28 5:34
Not an easy shot to get in terms of negotiating a monetary fee or technical considerations such as lighting and shallow dof. You've succeeded on all levels here. I like the textural details on the hand of the boy and the reflected highlights in the eyes of the fox. Excellent sharpness and shadow detail. Tfs!
COSTANTINO (56223) 2013-10-10 13:20
I visited your gallery today and I liked
this shot I liked the expression of the
boy and the expression of this little fox
one shot is one thousand words
fotka (3565) 2013-11-15 6:21
It is a wonderful portrait of young boy with desert fox.
An excellent composition as well colors, light, sharpness and interesting note.
Well done, TFS
Have a nice weekend
pajaran (52602) 2014-01-13 23:07
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar snimak, lepo pokazan decak sa lisicom, lepe boje.
Tezak je zivot dece, treba im pomoci da prezive.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the place and time ...
Good shot, nice boy shown with a fox, beautiful colors.
It's a tough life for children, they need help to survive.
A nice moment.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
Kaisa71 (228) 2014-03-02 13:48
I also am pretty careful of photographing people even though people are my favourite subject. But when they allow me to take a photo of themselves or I can do that in secret I am over the moon. This photo is a real masterpiece, well framed as there only is a boy and a fox who both are beautiful and sharpness is good, background is nicely blur. Good work.