Just returned from a 9 days trip in Tanzania, unpacked my luggage and there it is! All i can say: it was an amazing experience and i can't wait for uploading new photos from "the Wild Heart of Africa".
I had the chance of seeing an extensive range of landscapes, people and wildlife ranging from Zanzibar to the Rift Valley, the Swahili and Maasai people to Ngorongoro Crater (the so called Noah's Ark on Earth), Lake Manyara and of course the famous Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. Upcoming days i'll share many interesting photos from my trip.
Some of the most colorful moments were my interactions with the Maasai people, the famous warriors of North Tanzania and Kenya. You can find many books and articles on those people and their traditions.
You take a guided tour to meet these people. They are already everywhere around North Tanzania, living in villages spread on the fertile lands surrounding Ngorongoro and Serengeti Conservation Areas. They usually work as shepherds, protecting the cattle from wilderness.
Though they are still strictly following their traditions, they cannot resist green dollars in any case, saying that "this is for good purpose: supporting the Maasai people and their traditions". This photo costed 10 USD! By the way, the guy in the middle is as fluent in English as anyone on TE :)
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limielski (2571) 2013-08-22 7:01
Wonderful landscape and portraits :-)
I like the contrast between warm colours of the cloths and the colouring of the landscape. I like the air perspective, too. Superb shot
Best regards, Leszek
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-08-22 7:21
Welcome home and welcome back to TE! We've missed you.
This foto has it all -- exotic people in colorful clothes, splendid landscape, and anthropological detail in the homes.
Technically, I see you stayed at the "long" end of the lens for this one -- 20 mm, so if I wasn't looking for the slight exaggeration along the y axis at the edges of the frame that come from such a wonderful wide-angle lens, I would not notice it at all. It is a virtue to exercise restraint with such an awesome tool!
I look forward to seeing Africa through your lens.
macjake (45588) 2013-08-22 8:18
well look who's back!! haha
what ever made you visit Tanzania!!! has this been on your travel list for a long time or was it a spur of the moment type of thing?
I have so many questions...where did you stay? was it an organized trip all the way or just to this village?
and paying for the photo's is a never ending, ongoing debate isn't it. I ran into the same issue in Peru, but not in Chile.
lovely photo with the 3 men, and especially with the landscape and their homes on the right.
really looking forward to seeing more!!!
SnapRJW (23602) 2013-08-22 8:20
Hello Deniz - From your description it sounds as if you had a great trip and I look forward to seeing your shots. This one is a good start. I like the way you have composed the shot with the Maasai occupying the LHS of the frame and allowing the viewer to see the distinctive landscape and context. The colours are wonderful; the brilliant traditional robes contrast against a typical dry and dusty landscape. Nice to see you back. Rosemary
mjw364 (6142) 2013-08-22 8:22
Nice composition with good depth and sharpness too.
subhendu_bagchi (21024) 2013-08-22 9:12
Namaste Deniz, a nice group portrait here. Like these Maasai Shepherds with their traditional dresses. Red & blue of their dresses are contrasting and nicely popping out from background. A nice wide presentation of this view with f-9 with a nice clear background. Excellent composition. Tfs.
bayno (18334) 2013-08-22 9:38
Hello Deniz...so you was in tanzania...have to be wonderful country...very good potrait in traditional clothes...good framing and details...seem a desert landscape...super nice colors too...
have a good evening...
holmertz (31260) 2013-08-22 10:24
This is a very exotic picture with great colours and an enchanting scenery, technically perfect.
I have to tell you this: I was on my way down into the Ngorongoro crater when I felt I should relieve myself before joining the lions down there. So I asked the driver to stop, walked behind the car, faced the bushes and did what I had to do. When I had finished, zipped my trousers and turned around there were three Maasai herdsmen standing one metre behind me, asking if I wanted to buy a spear. Where did they come from? How was it possible I hadn't heard them? That remains a great African mystery.
adidas5nb (2899) 2013-08-22 23:37
fantastic frame and colors and people.i just love the pov.great job.
emka (64142) 2013-08-22 23:38
hello Deniz, I was wondering where you went. Tanzania! I would like to go there too. Excellent photo, with the typical view of Maasai in their traditional cloth and marvelous landscape behind them. Worth spending ten bucks. I do not like to pay for a photo but can understand them. Himba women usually they want money but when I was in Himba village, everything was arranged before with the tour guide and we paid only when we bought something. we could make as many photos as we wanted.
bostankorkulugu (41310) 2013-08-23 5:52
zıpla zıpla, anca yetişirsin!
dönünce cezalandırıcam ona göre...
Noel_Byrne (13314) 2013-08-23 6:54
This is beautiful, such a natural portrait and a perfect composition to show these people in the wide expansive natural environment. The colors added onto that make this a real eye catching shot. Perfectly done, thanks for sharing.
All the best
saxo042 (33912) 2013-08-23 8:58
A very interesting view with a very good composition. The three men add very strong colours and they are well placed. The background houses act as balance and the landscape view is stunning.
williewhistler (9845) 2013-08-24 3:57
your masterful composition has allowed us to not only enjoy the benefits of the triple portrait of the Masai in their traditional colourful robes but also view the environment in which they lead their lives.
A super shot,full of charm and interest.
marabu61 (5863) 2013-08-24 13:02
Tanzania woah, what an inspiring experience that must have been.
These Masai in their brightly colored clothes stand out beautifully against the supple landscape in its subdued and pastel brown. To have included the huts of the village behind puts them nicely in context with their home.
Looking forward to see more of that amazing country.
have a great weekend
willperrett (4075) 2013-08-25 6:10
Great environmental portrait. These Maasai warrior farmers seem very happy to pose for you. And you have placed them well in the frame to allow us to see also the long view over the village and the impressive mountains beyond. Good work.
jhm (127955) 2013-08-27 3:52
I take these picture for two different reasons.
The people are nice placed to the left side.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Also a nice panorama view about these area.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
tober (8795) 2013-08-27 5:42
Çok müthiş malzemelerle dönmüşsünüz gibi bir his var içimde. Bu fotoğraf da 10 dolara bence değer. Arka plandaki geniş yamaç ve düzlükler ve tipik Afrika evleri Maasailere güzel bir fon oluşturmuş.
Ben de iki sene Afrika'da kaldım ama o zamanlar ne dijital makineler vardı, ne de benim fotoğrafa merakım. Bu tür fotoğrafları görünce "Ah keşke..." diyorum.
Angshu (52890) 2013-08-27 6:30
So you're back!
I see Sigma 10-20mm for both posts...what happened to the 400mm?
This one's a nice environmental portrait...wouldn't mind a bit sharpening though. But their dresses are colourful!
10 US for a picture! Well, well...
KristinsCamera (1895) 2013-08-27 21:37
Aha, so that's where you've been!
Only you, Deniz, would come back with photographs of Maasai shepherds in your trademark vibrant colors ;)
This is a stunning shot, beautifully composed, and a refreshing change from the usual fare from the "Wild Heart of Africa." Two green smiles for this.
mcmtanyel (5219) 2013-09-01 6:18
Klasik bir hatıra fotoğrafı. Poz verenler manzarayı kapatmamış, aksine manzaraya renk katmışlar. Tebrikler, iyi harcanmış bir on dolar.
fabbs99 (11102) 2013-09-03 23:43
Great shot with nice warm colors
Very well done
amazon (12110) 2013-09-05 14:21
ne kadar hoplayabiliyorlar,
ikeharel (43975) 2013-09-06 1:17
Good morning Deniz,
Perfect choice of perspective, as you post the three men off-center, and allow to see the vast landscape beyond, and the small huts on side's.
Dressed in colorful traditional costumes, added a great contrast on the fine image.
Waylim (23310) 2013-09-10 18:42
Congratulations! having been there myself. I know that feeling and excitement. When I got home, I couldn't wait to look at all the photos that bring back lots of memories of this amazing and beautiful land and its amazingly interesting culture and people. As you shown here, the landscape, the people their way of life. This is a really good shot, an it is not easy, people are not very keen on being photographed here. Excellent POV and composition to put the people on the side and still show much of the village and landscape. The image could use a little sharpening.
jabber (254) 2013-10-10 8:40
at first, thank you for your kind
so much colorful and beautiful clothes to being shepherd.
very good composition with better back ground.
brianmcc (5786) 2013-10-31 12:54
this is a stunning portrait of these three tribesmen. you have composed the picture perfectly with a great glimpse into the environment in which they live behind them. lovely colours and light. excellent.
Juzo (4284) 2013-11-07 3:11
You are at your best when you find interesting people and combine your excellent sense of space and composition. The landscape and the people that live within it, quite a beautiful shot.
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (32754)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-22 6:57