This picture was initially supposed to be of my porter (in the distance), set against the magnificent backdrop of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. At the moment that I snapped my picture, a second porter passed me and glanced back. Having him in the picture was a complete accident (which is why he is out of focus), but I like the effect.
To treck through this national park, tourists are required to have an army escort of 4 soldiers (to protect the tourists from being kidnapped by guerillas from the Congo). Seeing the soldiers with their guns (taking up the head and rear of our group) was a constant reminder of danger potentially lurking in the jungle. We were very quiet for the 18km treck.
Isn't it ironic that gorilla and guerilla are pronounced the same...yet the animals I visited were more civilized than the people who cross the Ugandan border in the hopes of snatching a "Muzungu" with lots of cash...but I digress.
I don't expect this pic to be a popular one on the site, but hey...this isn't about points anyway right? I think that the expression on his face and the lack of contrast add to the moody feeling of the photo, and reminds me of a beautiful, yet intimidating march through the jungle.
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ahmetgedikli (25448) 2005-10-17 16:27
Very nice composition.The man in first plan has a nice expression.
Thank you for sharing.Well done!
itamaratiya (539) 2005-10-17 16:35
It reminds me a picture from National Geographic's best pictures of adventures. The composition is great and the use of B&W is great too.
Very well done,
Curioso (9271) 2005-10-17 16:54
I like the mood of your picture. You feel the heat of the jungle, the harassing walk up the hills in those rain forests. Maybe I'm wrong but that's what I feel :)
I would like to see more contrast to give more intensity, more stress to this nice compo. I try a WS !
How did you happen to take part of such a trip ? Looks a great experience to me.
fireflyz (2097) 2005-10-17 20:57
Thank you for posting this photo and your note. I believe this site is to learn about the world first then photography. I've learned from you sharing your experience. The photo itself is nice too. I like the interesting composition and the mean look of the guy (and he is one of the nice guys :)).
alejandroguzman (4684) 2005-10-18 1:48
Beuatiful picture, very very sensitive and real. Great perspective as the DOF and angle.
Sterne (2975) 2005-10-18 4:58
Beautiful shot, I like the way you have composed this one. For me the contrast is good.
CeccoPhoto (2717) 2006-01-18 12:54
It'is possible that your photo are so full of sentiments???
Very very good SHOT!!!