I was wandering around the grounds of a temple in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, looking for different angles from which to shoot the temple, when I spotted this young girl sitting on a wall passing the time of day. I thought the colour of her clothes and skin blended nicely with the colour of the wall, so I beckoned to her to see if she would mind me taking a photograph of her. Initially she didn't seem the slightest bit interested in having her photograph taken, so I ignored her for a while and just kept taking shots of the temple.
When I was about to leave I walked around again to where she was sitting on the wall and made a funny face as if to say that I was sad I hadn't been able to take her photograph. This prompted her to suddenly laugh and I was able to shoot a couple of frames including this one which captured her spontaneous reaction very well.
No PP except sharpening. I believe the photograph is straight - it may not appear that way because the walls and columns of the temple were not very straight.
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Furachan (0) 2005-06-22 4:42
Well it's really lovely now, David. Let me congratulate you on the "re-sharpened" version. Really nice colors (that ochre tone I saw before in one of Bertrand's shots from Phnom Penh). She's laughing, smiling right at you and then a little behind a buddha figure, indifferent to it all. Cool! Francis
hamster (104) 2005-06-22 5:05
Hi David, very nice happy portrait.
oochappan (22043) 2005-06-27 21:30
Indeed what an improvement of sharpness worthwhile for this very nice shot of that sweet smile of the girl with a perfect yellow background.
kinginexile (2598) 2005-07-01 14:26
It's a marvelous shot, David. I like that the color of the wall, so strong, is only superseded by the glorious laughter she offers you. Nice story, quite a little tease!
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-07-04 3:36
I have just seen your galery and i see many convergence whith mine. I like how you present the daily life and the atmosphere.
NIce picture this one with this beautifull smile and the warm colors.
(sorry for my bad english)(green later)
jrzufferey (7301) 2005-07-04 16:13
Hi David, Magnifique image de ce jeune homme souriant,sur fond ocre. Jolie ta composition à côté de la divinité. Amicalement/jr
saigon (6443) 2005-07-23 13:29
bon contraste et couleurs!
add you for favorits!
Didi (56257) 2005-11-01 9:08
En regardant toutes vos photos, je suis arrivé à cerner votre style.
La vie quotidienne.
Je note des images très intéressantes comme celle-ci qui a été photographiée au bon moment.
L'attitude de la jeune fille est naturelle et détendue.
Les couleurs sont très appréciables.
While looking at all your photographs, I managed to determine your style. Everyday life.
I note very interesting images like this one which was photographed at a good decisive. The attitude of the girl is natural and slackened. The colors are very appreciable.
david (3992) 2006-04-29 13:50
i like what you've done here david ... the retouching of this image works well. the colour is awesome here and it's a great subject. nice girl and genuine smile are worth a lot. great shot.
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-12-28
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED, Cozo UV
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/350 seconds
- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
- Theme(s): Blogger slideshow [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-22 4:32