Today something different than my recent postings - a bit of happiness...
A girl living in a "poor people village" - that's how my moto driver called this place - in Phnom Penh, near the Russian Embassy. She was with a bunch of kids running around me all the time, she was so happy when I took a picture with her, happiness just radiated from her... wonderful moment.
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clodreno (0) 2004-04-23 5:45
Nice one Maciek.. I love those smiles, it seems only in "third world countires" as they call them you find such a joy in kids. I like the background here.
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-04-23 5:47
Wonderful picture Maciej, the girl expression is great !
The colours and DOF are perfect !
cool_s15 (4050) 2004-04-23 5:52
Wonderful shot here, Maciej.
It really seems that she's the happiest girl here. Very nice tone of color, espacially on her face. The DOF is superb!
mortijo (12828) 2004-04-23 5:54
Colors, DOF and composition are excellent. So good to see that people can still be happy. We have so much to loose, most of us, that we keep being worried and so we don't have time to be happy. Sad.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-04-23 5:56
A beautiful portrait of this girl, Maciek - her radiant smile is infectious. I like how she is seen from the side, but looking into your camera, eyes sparkling. The background is also nice, adding a subtle pattern but not distracting attention from your subject. Well done.
Edwin (188) 2004-04-23 6:14
As usual a technical perfectly executed portrait. With the shoulder on the left and her face turned towards the camera, it was a great choice to place on the right side. A charming and moving portrait, as well as your note actually. Through your descriptive writings of very personal nature there is a lot to learn about you Maciej! ;-)
eleparc (24063) 2004-04-23 6:26
wow wow this is a great portrait! one of your good state of the art DOF! il ike it very much and would love to shoot something like this;-) nice scene of happiness, even in a sad and poor world . a great lesson for us sometimes complaining about little things;-)) bravo again maciek!
olli (2091) 2004-04-23 6:26
Great smile, great composition, great colors, great DOF, great background – great shot.
orme (7213) 2004-04-23 6:35
A fantastic shot, Maciej. You did a really great job to capture this little girl with such enjoy in her face. Good DOF - the blurred background adds motion to the girl. Very well done.
sohrab (7439) 2004-04-23 6:47
this is a brilliant photograph bringing out the innocent joy of a living being unaware of the bitterness in the world.
alphaxeon (73) 2004-04-23 7:04
Nice portrait, the sharpness of the textures on her face and the visible joy was very well captured.
kourosh (2375) 2004-04-23 7:46
this is nice Maciek, my favorite thing about children is that they dont usually pose. if they smile, it is a real smile not just a pose.
i also like her sparkling eyes!
Rhiannon (1728) 2004-04-23 7:57
Wonderful portrait and expression.
Very well composed and perfect background.
Very well done.
manny (21833) 2004-04-23 9:24
I like it! The kind of picture that I would take. The emotion is very raw. And excellent compo and DOF! The magic lens!
Darren (6823) 2004-04-23 9:28
Good shot Maciek. Your ocmposition is different in that her body is facing out of the frame, but she is turned back into it. It works really well I think. Excellent expression you have caught and the background is really nice too. Hard to find fault, but I do wish your DOF was just slightly greater to keep more of her in focus, but this is very minor. Good shot.
strangiato (10) 2004-04-23 10:01
Nice smile Maciek. I like this compo. You have cornered her very nicely, DOF is excellent and the title suits perfectly. This is all about happiness, very well done.
Ginebra (0) 2004-04-23 10:53
Nothing else to add; the background is also pretty good. This goes straight into my favourites!
summer89 (5422) 2004-04-23 11:36
Wonderfull composition, Maciej.
I like this composition, colors, and details. The little girl expresion it's wonderfull.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-04-23 11:38
great picture, yes she does look very happy, btu she reminds me of the little monster from Lord Of the rings 2 and 3.
But I like it, great work
avigur_11 (22033) 2004-04-23 12:06
The background is very well chosen. I like the smiles of teethless childern, I have a daughter in this age. Wonderfl happy shot, Maciek.
RGatward (20052) 2004-04-23 13:39
Too late to say anything more whorthwhile.
bertolucci (13356) 2004-04-23 14:17
Lovely! Such joy and intensity this little girl is radiating. And as Norbert says: it's infectuous. Crispness, colours and DOF (I like the way the hair of the girl is slipping out of focus)are spot on. Superb, Maciej.
marioDS (0) 2004-04-23 18:34
Que cara muita bonita !
PechePassion (483) 2004-04-24 4:00
Magnifique portrait Maciej, la profondeur de champs est excellente pour cette scène
et le cadre tout autant.
Effectivement un magnifique sourire qui embellit à merveille ta galerie.
luis_paulino (904) 2004-04-24 6:48
This smile leaves me happy. Nice photo Maciej. I love it.
ianmcall (1213) 2004-04-24 8:16
Terrific! Great pose, great smile and a really good composition and crop. I like her turned facing back into the frame. Cildren can be so spontaneous and exhuberant; what happens by adulthood? It is definitely a feel good shot.
mogens-j (56) 2004-04-25 15:45
Wonderful portrait Maciej. She definitely looks happy all over her smiling face. You even captured her in right time before the new teeth grows out. composition is just perfect.
lemon_logix (1054) 2004-05-02 7:08
everytime i look at your photos, you inspire me to take people shots. This is so candid and so lovely. Great DOF.
iamxa (3021) 2004-06-18 6:19
Oh !! I can't belive I've lost this one.
It's wonderful, the smile, the pose, the life in her eyes, and the DOF making a diagonal lines to the girl. Fantastica.
everlasting (14195) 2004-08-25 6:01
great composition, DOF and subtle colours. I like the eyes and no teeth. Thanks Maciej
znabel (246) 2004-11-18 3:56
Just wanted to say that this picture really made me smile. Thanks.
ballyna (1689) 2005-04-13 7:12
maybe the loveliest shot I've ever seen.she is happy but also dispersing the happiness around ,even to us whom looking her picture.
colorful,joyful,pretty DOF ,shot by a master.
well done and thanks for sharin'
fooeleen (713) 2005-07-18 3:29
hi, this is a shot that is so full of life...which tells us a lot about what being happy is all about....some can live luxuriously yet has no reason to smile....yet like her, she is contented with less, so that she can be happy with more....thanks for sharing this, she is a gem...and her smile can clear up the stormy weather.
Tiffany (1) 2005-11-13 19:19
Maciej, this is outstanding. full of such emotion - as you said, she certainly IS radiating happiness! lovely DOF and the skin tones are perfect. good clarity as well and I like how she is at the right of the frame. this is just a wonderful image. :) makes me smile just looking at it.
tityop (6225) 2006-01-27 8:40
Elle est trop mignonne cette petite !!!
Quelle magnifique portrait !!
Une photo de haute qualité!
Directement dans mes favorites !!
luisafonso (862) 2006-03-27 5:44
What an expression, full of wonder and joy. Technically perfect portrait, with a strong composition and a strong eye contact. The patterned blurred background is a perfect match to the tones of her skin. The natural light that shines from her face is absolutely fantastic. Thanks for sharing this wonderful moment.
arvndv_in (141) 2006-04-08 7:30
I love the way this 'Why-need-teeth-to-smile' expression's been captured. The blur, matted background adds beauty.
- Copyright: Maciej Dakowicz (maciekda) (19891)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-04-14
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Children of the world, The world through those small eyes [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-04-23 5:42
- Favorites: 11 [view]