I saw this woman in the food market of Gyumri, northwestern Armenia. As usual I intended to sneak a picture without her knowledge, to get a more spontaneous shot, but as she noticed me I felt obliged to ask for her permission. She seemed very happy to pose, but in a way I felt she wasn't really posing, she just gave me a nice smile.
I have cropped the original picture, but you can see it as a workshop. I can't identify what she was selling, but everything was covered in flour - including her right hand - which made it a bit overexposed.
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serp2000 (44726) 2012-08-20 3:24
In the thumbnail she looks like a householder from a poster or postcard of 1950th. Clever cropped photo, an interesting portrait.
tyro (25950) 2012-08-20 3:33
What a happy portrait of this delightful lady - she seems to be really pleased to honour you with a photograph of her.
Like yourself, I really have bo idea what she is selling here - these foodstuffs look like something wrapped in leaves and given a large coating of flour.
Your cropped version here has much more impact and shows the lady's happy smiling face perfectly whereas the workshop picture gives us a fine and wider view. Both are excellent with lovely vibrant colours and lots of detail and I don't think they look overexposed to me - at least not on my monitor.
ourania (47880) 2012-08-20 7:57
this is a lovely candid portrait, the way you've cropped the larger picture is wonderful and most effective. The lady's posture is very comfortable within the frame, she trusted you and cooperated with you superbly. She is relaxed and confident, offering a lovely generous smile. The sharp capture of textures and details gives us much information about her making our contact with her firmer (although we still don't know what the delicacy she is preparing is -I guess it's destined for the frying pan). The portait is illuminated very well and the natural colours are delightful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-08-20 8:30
Great decision to crop - she is the real focus here, not whatever it was she was selling. While overexposure is still a problem on the apron and a bit on the pile below her hand, it's more than made up for by the wonderful bright smile and ruddy complexion of the subject. You've really brought her to life here, Gert - I can get a sense of her personality easily from this simple capture, the goal of any good portrait.
It does look like there are some PP remnants in the shot - blurriness on her left shoulder, for example, along with the right bicep; not sure if this was due to a clone edit or something else.
saxo042 (37902) 2012-08-20 9:56
My first impression of this picture was that it was perfectly cropped. Then I read your note and can just agree with, this is a very well balanced capture. I have no idea what this could have been, was it edible?
Highmountains (2674) 2012-08-20 11:36
It is daily Life. That is what the lady seems to be stating. But there is a certain confidance about this look. She just smiled knowing that you were clicking. The photograph reflects the confidence in 'daily life' and I like the overall attitude to facind unknown persons - with or without a camera.
Thanks for sharing.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-08-20 13:45
this is a charming portrait with superb composition and lovely details, the timing is excellent, great shot, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
emka (100989) 2012-08-20 15:38
Hi Gert, I looked at workshop and like you, I have no idea what she could sell. Why you haven't asked or looked closer? But it is not so important. Beutiful photo and I like this cropped version more. Nice smile of the lady. Her face looks as often exposed to wind and sun. Excellent shot.
bukitgolfb301 (42992) 2012-08-20 18:15
Hello dear Gert, a great traveler!
Ya I admire you have endless stock for some frontier countries for me. This shot is also very precious, I guess. Her smile and expression are so nice, friedly and that is why very fantastic! Thanks for your sharing with finest shot and have a good day!
Takero from very hot Tokyo
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-08-20 18:44
Great facial expression and body language. I like the contrast of the vivid colours.
bayno (18344) 2012-08-20 23:03
I saw the map and realized that the place is far away from the sea and lakes, I think what she sells both frozen fish but I'm not absolutely sure, the crop was a great choice, she gave you a beautiful smile the woman looks like a simple person and so humanity...nice one...
have a good day...
Nicou (145294) 2012-08-21 0:45
Charmante et image et compo quel portrait de cette dame elle est sdueprbe fantastiqeu vue et cpatage un travailleuse qui a du sourrire.
bravo et maitié
dkmurphys (60837) 2012-08-21 0:50
Simple face in a fine shot. I like this image, very natural daily life scene. Good shot!
mohammad_H (10038) 2012-08-21 2:04
چهره رنج کشیده .و شکسته .و خوشحال زن.شور و نشاط و تلاش او برای کار کردن.واین جای تحسین دارد.من دست او را میبوسم.و به این بوسه افتخار میکنم
روز خوب و سرشار از نگاههای هنری زیبا
Face of suffering., And broken., And happy woman. Vitality and her attempts to work. Vine is an achievement., I kiss her hand., And I am proud to Kiss
Good day, full of beautiful art views
wolf38 (31296) 2012-08-21 3:18
Hello Gert. A photo from real life. The friendly face of the woman I really like. Everything else is secondary. Well seen and realized.
Best regards, Wolfgang.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-08-21 7:16
Wonderful portrait with very cute expressions and awesome colors.Also great lightning and superb POV.Well done!TFS
Have a nice evening
pajaran (62590) 2012-08-21 12:18
Lep pogled na gospodju koja sprema hranu.
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast lepe boje.
Dobar tekst, lepa fotografija u radionici.
Nadam se da je hrana ukusna.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Nice view of the lady who prepare food.
Good image sharpness and contrast of beautiful colors.
Good article, beautiful images in the workshop.
I hope the food is delicious.
Good evening and all the best.
UlfE (14641) 2012-08-21 12:35
Väldigt fint porträtt av denna försäljerska. Helt underbart leende och vad bra att du fick med hennes varor på bilden. Jag gillar också hennes hand på varorna. Jag märker inte särskilt mycket att hennes vita förkläde skulle vara överexponerat, men hudtonen är kanske litet väl röd för att se helt naturlig ut. Jag tror att du skulle kunna ha prövat att minska kontrasten litet för minska eventuell överexponering av förklädet och få en mer naturlig hudton. Tack för titten och ha en bra kväll!
abmdsudi (55706) 2012-08-21 14:34
This is a great cheerful portrait of fine quality, a lovely and compelling shot with her timmid and honest smile makes me feel good. An eye-catching shot with my view hovers from blue, white, her face and the eye catch light. The soft background color complements well to the ambient and enables us to focus on her facial feature. Really admire your sense of photography! Wonderful and attractive portrait. Congrats, TFS
Graal (103034) 2012-08-22 0:09
nice portrait of woman. Pleasant natural smile. Good comment in note and photowork.
Have a nice day.
fabbs99 (17167) 2012-08-22 22:35
Excellent portrait and good anecdote about the beautiful aging lady.
mjdundee (4663) 2012-08-24 4:33
Impressive portrait of this hard working woman. Look at her hands and arms.Well seen and done. TFS
Kielia (24077) 2012-08-27 8:54
this is something quite different in you gallery!
I think this is a very beautiful portrait - the expression on her face is showing a lot of self confidence. I also like the way she is looking at you. A great capture and a nice note!
Waylim (25502) 2012-09-06 22:39
I like both version, the main one show her with close up details, while the WS show the overall of the market and her products. I like her friendly smile with red cheeks. Once again a classic.
kato (11630) 2013-03-06 22:00
You're capturing well this portrait by a natural pose and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the saleslady in the food market with nice smile. From her expression, brawniness is felt into tenderness. And, it's also impressive in apron that she is wearing. Even so, it is comfortable to see the expression of a smile also in a case of when.
Tigerlily (3379) 2015-08-14 0:23
Hello again Gert,
Nice portrait of this sells woman. I agree with you that she didn't think much about posing, a friendly smile landed on your film..
I had a look of your original. I quite like it, it shows more about what she sells, even though I have no idea what they are...I guess that the reason that you cropped it because you wanted us to see more of her smile, and the plastic bags drew a bit attention..I took the liberty to have a play of your photo, hope that you don't mind. It will be upload on WS.
Have a good day, Gert. Back soon.