Probably because I am a foreigner in South Africa, I am highly impressed by Zulu people.
I grew up with heroic images of these fearless warriors with their cowhide shields and spears, like from the epic movie Zulu, featuring a young and slender Michael Caine (1964). The fact that the film was shot in the same location as where this photo has been taken probably contributes to my perception, feeling that I was indeed in a Zulu territory.
After two visits in the Drakensberg (and hopefully more to come), I realize that this region have much more to offer than supreme hiking trails and mountains; people that are very welcoming and friendly.
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wolf38 (31282) 2012-08-07 0:48
Hello other. Perfect proximity to the object and depth of field at the same time. In addition, fine composition and the best technical quality. Well done. Best regards, Wolfgang.
sevy (15365) 2012-08-07 1:16
Je veux bien te croire quand tu dis que cette région est superbe. Je n'ai pas encore eu l'occasion de la visiter mais le peu que j'en ai vu donne vraiment envi. Dommage que ce soit si loin.
J'aime beaucoup ce type de portrait en grand angle qui montre autant la personne que l'environnement.
J'apprécie aussi la douceur de la lumière filtrée par les nuages, qui participent en même temps à compléter le rendu de l'arrière plan.
Un seul petit regret, que la dame n'ait pas relevé un peu plus le visage pour laisser apparaitre un bout de regard. Mais je suis sûr que d'autres personnes diront tout le contraire. Le vote est ouvert ;-)
Fis2 (87453) 2012-08-07 1:33
I like this daily life shot.
I like frame and colors.
Greetings from Poland
dta (68890) 2012-08-07 1:38
Bonjour Andre ,
Bêcher ce champ de maïs n'est pas un travail facile . On peut espérer que la récolte sera bonne , avec cette trerre fertile et les nuages annonciateurs de pluie .
Un très joli portrait , même si l'angle de vue (ou le grand angle de l'objectif ?) semble quelque peu "tasser" la paysanne . C'est peut être une fausse impression , d'autant plus que je ne suis pas du tout spécialiste des portraits .
SnapRJW (31617) 2012-08-07 2:48
Hello Andre - I read, with interest, your exchange with Yves regarding the position of the woman's head. You make a good argument for your shot selection and many portraits (although I would not necessarily call this a portrait) include narrative aspects from a person's life. There is an interesting article which speaks a little to the subject of environmental portraiture http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/portrait-photography-tips/
which addresses some of what you have discussed.
Your shot conveys a lot of detail about the woman's DL, would seeing her eyes/face make a difference? Well the viewer may have made more of a 'connection' with the woman herself, but this was not you intent.
Discussions aside. The light here is wonderful, I love the way it falls on the hat, pink sleeves and hoe handle. Fine technical work and an interesting debate, I wish we has more such discussions on the site. Warm regards Rosemary
williewhistler (14801) 2012-08-07 2:58
I like your interpretation of the lady at work,it is interesting to see that even at work clearing weed she is colourfully dressed and well positioned before some modern buildings showing the environment perfectly.
Best regards Les.
kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-08-07 4:27
A wonderful POV and great use of the hoe in the foreground. Very interesting subject and I like the tight framing which has still given room for the rather ominous looking sky- the clouds look like we could reach out and touch them.
Thanks for sharing
yquem46 (38746) 2012-08-07 7:16
Belle image de vie quotidienne rurale
Beau ciel chargé et bien composé en mouvement dynamique
manque juste un peu de flou de bougé sur la bêche, lol !
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-08-07 9:25
Andre, your DOF is perfect here, creating a sense of movement in the tool and giving exceptional detail to the woman wielding it. The way you've framed it creates a lovely sense of space here, with the long field leading to the clouded mountains in BG. Wonderful contrast and light in the sky as well. Bravo!
saxo042 (37594) 2012-08-07 12:03
The way she holds her tool creates a very good depth in the picture, like it was three-dimensional. Apart from the excellent way you have composed this photo, you have also included excellent colours. This is indeed a highly interesting and valuable contribution!
kwekwekan (1078) 2012-08-07 17:29
A textbook POV demonstrating how to lead the eye into the main subject: great placement of the hoe bringing the viewer's focus squarely on this hardworking woman. I like the woman's placement as well, with the hat covering her lowered eyes to preserve a sense of anonymity. A pleasant backdrop too, with interesting architecture and a dramatic sky above the mountains.
jjcordier (77508) 2012-08-07 23:14
Je viens de lire avec un très grand plaisir ton échange très intéressant avec Yves qui décrit ta démarche photographique, bien loin de mon comportement de photographe du dimanche! Tu as su parfaitement ici capturer le geste de la femme choisissant le bon angle de prise de vue et la bonne position de la lumière éclairant judicieusement les habits, les mains et le manche de l'outil, le ciel gris en arrière plan complétant harmonieusement la scène.
N'oublie pas de nous prévenir quand ton livre sera sous presse!
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-08-08 5:52
What I like here is the concealed face of the lady. It adds up to the feeling of mystery as it really complements those strong and dark clouds which stirs up a horrific mood. It's like seeing face of death in a scarecrow form, like a scene from those suspense and thriller movies. (maybe beacuse of that plow she's holding) I love the lighting and the ambiance, even though the scene isn't well lit, the colors are quite vibrant and exposed very well. Great portraiture Andre!
Clean, sharp and crisp!
delpeoples (53697) 2012-08-08 18:51
Salut cher André
Like you, I find these people fascinating and of course so courageous and romantic, much like the views of the Scottish Highlander. You photo in a way destroys that sterotype, but when we look closer, it's totally in keeping with it. These wonderful older woman has probably tilled the fields all her life, worked hard, brought up children, kept up traditions and done her best. To me there is nothing more admirable. Of course it's a matter of personal taste, but the hiding of her face adds to that sense of mystery we all have about the Zulu people. To have taken a shot of her looking directly down the barrel of the lens would be completely unrealistic. Where would we see someone hard at toil, concentrating on what they do, take a photo break? I'm sure she in fact did do just that, just to please you - but the reality is this shot, and preferrable to my taste. You also did so well with the overcast conditions, as opposed to your most recent photo, the light was not helping you at all, yet you overcame it effortlessly. I also like the effe3ct the wider angle lens has had on the hoew (awl?) I don't know what it's called, but you know what I mean and it looks three dimensional, almost jutting out of the frame at us. A great photo and one that is very thought-provoking, and also provocative of some very interesting critiques.
Thanks for sharing, belle journeé
Irenetta (22) 2012-11-06 6:14
This photo of a zulu farmer is like your ghost boat, because it is like in 3D. I can feel I touch the instrument and I feel depth a lot it is amazing. The llight is unique and it is just a touch of pink and gold in earth colores. It is incredible beautiful. Thank you. Irene
- Copyright: Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) (31498)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-07
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-07 0:45
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