Today I wanted to post a Namibian photograph to commemorate 22 years of Namibian independence which we celebrate today. Namibia continues to grow and develop much like the child in this shot, we are blessed with a stable government and a secure society, our less than 3 million people live in a stunningly beautiful country. Is Namibia the land of milk and honey? No, certainly not, but for a young African country we can be proud of our achievements.
The photograph I post today is of a universal theme, mother and child. I apologise for the quality, it was taken in a small mud hut with very low ambient light and no tripod. I prefer not to use flash in situations like this as it deadens the atmosphere. I softened the focus a touch in PP and here I think it suits the subject (or perhaps it is a little too romanticised?) What I do like is the light and that is why I chose to post the image.
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ifege (10225) 2012-03-20 22:43
Hi Rosemary - there are no quality problems with this photo. It is almost as if you'd carefully arranged the lighting. What light there is is perfect for a brilliant portrait as good a portrait that I've seen on TE!
RhodieIke (11740) 2012-03-20 23:01
Morning Rosemary, As you say the light or lack of it, is special in this scene adding softness a super mood and bit of mystery. Love how the light catches her bangles, Splendid and informative note, Well done, Wonderful, Cheers Iain.
Suppiluliuma (3885) 2012-03-20 23:39
First of all, happy Independence Day !
As you very well know, I have become a lover of Namibia since our visit in August 2009. Himbas constituted the most emotional episode of this wonderful trip. I think your shot provides an excellent metaphore for a young republic.
A last note: Namibia was the only country in Africa where we could drive our vehicle ourselves and that was truly a wonderful opportunity to get to know a country.
emka (77500) 2012-03-20 23:42
It is very beautiful shot and this darkness makes it more interesting. beautiful mood here. I like the pensive face of this young mother, the baby feels so comfortable in her arms. Wonderful play of light and shadows.
Namibia is scarsely populated - only three million people.
Best wishes to you and your country.
jjcordier (75684) 2012-03-20 23:58
Happy Independence Day !
Remarquable photo de cette femme et de son enfant. La lumière est fantastique, créant une atmosphère particulière, calme et sereine. J'aime beaucoup.
tyro (20050) 2012-03-21 1:04
You need make no apologies whatsoever for this photograph. To my mind, this picture is perfect.
As you say, it is the lighting which sets this picture apart. The relatively strong sidelight models the subjects perfectly and yet the light is so subtle with lots of details still visible within the darkest shadows. And, of course, the brightest light hits the most important parts - the head of the child against his mother's breast; the mother's face and, of course, her arm holding her child. The brightest feature must be her copper bangles which draw attention to her supporting of her baby.
Beautiful composition and fabulous detail. I love the dark background with its rough features in contrast to the wonderful smoothness of the subjects' skin. Fabulous colours and perfect exposure.
This just has to be added to my favourites!
P.S. Oh, yes, a wonderfully interesting and informative note too.
atifsaeed (379) 2012-03-21 1:53
bayno (18342) 2012-03-21 2:53
continues to amaze me, a special light and a unique moment, no need many words to comment this shot, simply beautiful ...
my best regards ...
Nicou (120504) 2012-03-21 3:26
fantastique vue de cet enfant en train de têter sa mère quelle intimité quel cpatage superbe fantastique scène et image.
bravo et amitié
williewhistler (13761) 2012-03-21 3:46
Hello Rosemary,the composition with the Mother cradling the baby to her breast is just lovely and most of her outline is visible,although unfortunately her hand and some of the childs outline is not.
The overall feeling created for me is one of great tenderness, a testament to your photographic skills.
Congratulations on a special shot for a special day.
My best regards Les.
ChrisJ (96704) 2012-03-21 3:51
A superb daily life scene of mother & child. Good sharpness & excellent shadow detail & lighting contrasts. Maybe I would add a little yellow & perhaps a tiny bit of green? Superb graphism with a good light on the woman's face & the baby's head. Tfs!
Nard (6970) 2012-03-21 5:45
This picture is really magnificent and could be incredibly magnificent. Subjects, framing, contrast, colors, light are very nice and create a specific and adequate mood. It is a great shot, just a little bit dark for my point of view but I'm sure it is possible to fix it simply. Congratulations, I like it.
timecapturer (48086) 2012-03-21 6:46
stunning shot this! Perfectly exposed and composed in a tantalising light that gives us just enough detail but also enhances the beauty. Exquisite image.
Regards - Brian.
dkmurphys (48484) 2012-03-21 7:27
True artwork here. A double portrait in mysterious tones and colors. Well done, have a nice evening.
Sergiom (58770) 2012-03-21 7:59
Une des plus belles photos des dernières années sur TE.Une mère et son enfant c'est toujours gagnant , mais dans cette pénombre aux accents de lumière juste au bon endroit c'est magnifique.
annjackman (19257) 2012-03-21 10:48
This is a great example of where the composition and use of light makes an outstanding composition. I guess the picture is a little soft in places but that is part of the charm. I love the dark shadows and then the brighter bracelets. Of course the child is just so adorable even though the face is not showing. Again, the fact that the face is in shadow adds something to this picture that is hard to explain in words. This is very successful and a portrait to be very proud of.
Kind Regards, Ann
PecoBud (3824) 2012-03-21 14:07
What a well composed photo. Soft lighting and the colors are perfect. The detail is first class Rosemary, and will add this photo as one of my favorites for sure. Beautiful POV!! TFS
Have a great night Rosemary!!
Sonata11 (33225) 2012-03-21 19:42
what a impressively beautiful snapshot of mother and the child. This portrait is marvellous. Perfectly executed flawlessly. This is natural beauty. Perfectly well done. I love it. Awesonme work !!!!
All the best,
Royaldevon (28641) 2012-03-22 0:12
Good Morning Rosemary,
I have to agree with your notes wholeheartedly. The soft focus gives this an atmosphere impossible to obtain with sharpness. It has the quality of a painting.
I find it a most compelling image. Well done.
My warm regards,
dip (23596) 2012-03-22 2:31
wonderful photo where the light makes it to seems so fantastic!
very well captured,
danyy (0) 2012-03-22 6:08
une photo qui à mon sens mériterait beaucoup plus de succès. Elle est audacieuse car les lumières étaient limites, mais cet appareil et toi, avez bien travaillé pour qu'assez de lumières nous parviennent pas cette photo.
Excellent travail de recherche, même dans ce cadrage qui pourrait paraître simple.
jester5 (1994) 2012-03-22 6:58
Romantic subject or not it is a beautiful photograph which will resonate with people all over the world.Beautiful capture Rosemary.
sacimar (25975) 2012-03-22 6:59
this is an excellent image, I like the play of light and shadow, you managed it very well, the scene of the mather and his child is lovely, congratulations,
gildasjan (41556) 2012-03-22 7:04
Une très bonne gestion de la lumière pour le portrait de cette et son enfant.
patdeph (35748) 2012-03-22 11:02
it was a very good choice, the picture is really superb!I don't know if the quality is poor,I can't see any default.I love the low light and the atmosphere it has created.I would like to have done myself such a beautiful picture ans add it in my theme.
diomed (13926) 2012-03-22 12:42
this portrait is spectacular: perfect harmony between lights and shadows, the expression of the mother is very intense,the posture of the child is very sweet. A masterpiece. Congratulations!
carlo62 (31488) 2012-03-22 16:39
una foto come questa non ha la necessità di essere perfetta.
Fotografie, pitture, sculture e opere d'arte in genere devono suscitare emozioni, questa foto ci riesce in modo perfetto, la qualità è in secondo piano.
Avrei voluto farla io, magari anche peggio.
Complimenti per la foto e per la commemorazione, l'augurio è di continuare a migliorarsi sempre.
marina7 (8053) 2012-03-23 11:05
I'm stunned by this one. Not only because the subject is so intimate and you presented it with so much taste but also because of this awesome dark light with shiny accents that makes it so special. Amazing work.
Cricri (105369) 2012-03-23 12:22
Magnifique portrait de la maman et de son enfant, une image pleine de tendresse et d'amour, j'aime l'effet de la lumière qui donne une atmosphère particulière
Bonne fête de l'indépendance
vasilpro (40933) 2012-03-23 13:59
Superb portrait of a mother and her child, beautiful and loving scene, excellent light management and contrast, vivid colors, very good POV and timing, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
angel66 (1006) 2012-03-26 10:01
good celebration! :)
The light in this photo, as you said, it is amazing. It is natural as the composition and natural when a mother feeds her child. Very nice shot. TFS
ebingul (1898) 2012-03-27 8:32
This is an amazing capture of a mother and the child.
I added this fantastic photo into my favourites.
Beautiful facial expression of the mother and great light management.
Congrats,TFS and best regards.
delpeoples (53001) 2012-04-01 3:00
I love the soft focus, I think it adds to the mystery and romance but also give a sense of discretion to this very intimate moment. The light is exquisite. Don't apologise for the lack of sharpness, it does not detract at all, and in fact enhances the photo. A superb shot, probably my favourite in your Gallery. And congratulations to your young country, how well they have done.
baclama (17927) 2012-04-03 6:30
un double portrait tres emouvant....j'aime la discretion et la pudeur qu'il s'en degage....
CLODO (30068) 2012-04-03 10:06
A good choice to present us this picture, and a good reflex not to use your flash to get the intimacy of this couple.
jmdias (54579) 2012-04-18 2:58
it is a masterpiece ! the subject is rare and the quality of this image under terrible conditions of light is perfect, looks like caravaggio play of light and shadows. TFS.
vapours (8264) 2012-04-27 0:00
Really like this photo Rosemary, don't be apologetic for the way the image looks as the darkness gives a strong sense of being in her private life that many people don't see. Really feel like I'm deep inside her hut.
Glint (6165) 2012-05-11 6:28
this is a delight! I love the light, it is soft and has a calming, comforting effect. As if the hut was itself a womb, certainly a place to feel safe.As I sit at my desk now, with various technological hardware around me, the ambience of the hut draws me in.I'd rather be there, in peace and tranquility, at least for a little time.
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (30911)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): TRIPLE WOW !!!, mon hommage à l'Afrique, allaitement dans le monde, Your Favorites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-20 22:17
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