This is a portrait of 'Hui' market vendor, her facial features drew attention and I believe that there's so much inherent beauty in the elderly that we actually don't look at all the time. All the wrinkles probably shows her life experience and hardest work who had lived the most, an interesting mosaic about life and a small place to tell a human story.
In this picture setting was set to widest possible aperture to keep the background soft uncluttered, and his was the result I aimed for from a quick bursts of shots.
Taken in the old quarter of Songpan, an attractive relaxed ancient walled town at 2900m elevation, located in Aba County, North Western Sichuan. Founded in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) as a military garrison town and strategically it guards the neck of a valley built up against a stony ridge to the west and surrounded on the remaining three sides by 10 metre high stone walls. There are four major ethnics who live in harmony within the walls; The Tibetan Khampas, Hui Muslims, Qiangs and Hans.
In this shot although her eyes are not the most loveliest but she made me especially very pleased...
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pajaran (59151) 2014-02-02 8:51
Interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar snimak, lepo pokazana stara gospodja, lepe boje.
Lice i oci gospodje mnogo govire, ostao je dubok trag proslih dana.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good text ...
Good shot, nice old lady demonstrated, beautiful colors.
Face and eyes of Mrs. lot govire, remained deep traces of past days.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
yquem46 (38750) 2014-02-02 10:10
A nice portrait of this old woman, off centered
Vey expressive and natural
Best regards, have a nice sunday evening
Corry (4508) 2014-02-02 10:15
Portrait très bien réalisé de cette vieille dame sur un arrière plan flou. Les traits du visage sont très nets avec une belle expression. Bien fait.
willperrett (10191) 2014-02-02 10:27
Can't quite decide how to interpret that look: but I think she's not too pleased to be the subject of your camera's attention! Like most of us, she's a little vain and wanted time to give you her best pose. But this quick candid is so much more interesting. What a story that face could tell. You've done it again!
ourania (43696) 2014-02-02 10:52
a simple composition and a fine, spontaneous capture with great impact. The lady's eyes are very vivid, her glance is straightforward and attractive, I think that it contains many thoughts and emotions and our communication with her is rewarding. I like the inclusion of her hand, her mouth is expressive too. The warmth of the lady's skin tones and her interest in your lens are delightful. It's great how you made this spontaneous reaction travel out of the walls of her town and reach other people around the world. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
Fis2 (95583) 2014-02-02 10:57
A very curious face!
Another surprising portrait.
Excellent colors, sharpness and depth.
Silvio1953 (140033) 2014-02-02 11:27
Ciao Abmdsudi, great portrait of old woman, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Schnappilic (9690) 2014-02-02 11:55
Congratulations for portrait. A good light for this king of subjects. I like the expression. Well done!
PaulVDV (27900) 2014-02-02 12:41
So this woman is Hui muslim and she didn't turn around when you took the picture.
You're really brilliant in portraits and you're right that there's so much beauty in elderly people.
The way this lady is holding her hand at her head is balancing the headscarf hanging down at the other side.
Excellent composition and sharpness.
Best regards, Paul
mirosu (16041) 2014-02-02 20:11
Gorgeous portrait. Smart choice of tight crop to present the old woman face in excellent light, with splendid sharpness and great color contrast. Very good POV choice. Really a brilliant photo.
Very well done.
Wish you a very nice week ahead.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-02-02 22:17
Indeed this lady with her very worn face has a very long life history if she was to tell.
Great close up her with good natural colours and you have created a thinking mood atmosphere, love it.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-02-02 23:02
Le regard est fatigué mais encore curieux et les traits creusés "racontent" sa vie certainement pas toujours facile. Beau portrait de cette femme, techniquement parfaitement réussi.
saxo042 (37794) 2014-02-03 1:38
A very fine portrait of this old woman. You have well captured her character with a very fine sharpness. A good background too and an interesting note.
COSTANTINO (63804) 2014-02-03 6:22
great wor with this fine portrait
excellent work indeed showing all the
wrinkles of her face and her life experience
in my poor opinion she worked very hard
during her life
one shot is one thousand words
but this face describes a difficult life
have a nice evening
adramad (44390) 2014-02-03 8:20
As always your portraits of people, are masterful, by the ease with which they are designed, for the quality of it, it always shows every detail and textures on the faces.
This elderly woman seems to reflect the many experiences and lived the hard life that has crossed your multiple skin wrinkles.
Lighting and sharpness, both are perfect.
Well done. I love the image.
Have a nice day.
Noel_Byrne (30209) 2014-02-03 9:20
I know I have said this before, but a face really can tel a story, and this ladies face is an encyclopedia. the result of this shot is beautiful. You note the soft focus backdrop, which is a perfect canvass on which to display this image. The colors are natural and the composition is, as always, perfect.
Thanks as always
rychem (34101) 2014-02-03 9:24
A very realistic portrait of this hardly working woman, fantastic details and ideał light
holmertz (50790) 2014-02-04 4:41
What a lovely portrait. You captured the woman at a perfect moment, just as she turned her face towards you. I like the way she holds her hand to her face, which is nicely framed by her head-cloth. The grey blurred wall provides a perfect background with a nicely matching colour. The incredible sharpness and excellent light reveals more details in the wrinkled face than she may not have wanted us to see.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-02-04 7:38
All those lines are not due to old age but all the wisdoms accumulated in her lifetime. Awesome portrait of this lady. Good composition with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-02-04 8:20
Hello Abmdsudi - You are such a prolific poster I have a job keeping up with your posts, this one is really special I think. Your trademark off-centre composition and a very effective choice for your DOF the woman's face pops out from the backdrop very well. Beautiful tones and soft light are perfect for this well-worn face. As always a memorable portrait. Warm regards rosemary
Cricri (117425) 2014-02-04 9:41
Charmante petite vielle dame, un visage ridé par le temps, j'aime ces petits yeux, le visage tourné vers vous, sa main contre sa joue, et puis sa coiffe d'un genre de châle, bon DOF et cadrage
kato (11630) 2014-02-04 11:00
You're capturing well this portrait by a good composition, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the elderly woman with the look of her life experience and the wrinkles. As for it, I know that the locus of life looks like honestly projected on the expression of a face. So, it seems to one question of whether value is found out in what at life.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-02-04 14:39
Her look is so sweet. Thanks a lot for sharing with us. Excellent cropping and DOF.
Graal (102482) 2014-02-04 23:23
another nice portrait. Good composition. I see curiosity on face of model. Good shot.
Have a nice day.
Didi (60586) 2014-02-05 7:03
Very good selective DOF setting on the old lady
who has an interesting natural attitude
Kaisa71 (228) 2014-02-11 12:47
A very touching photo of this old woman. She undoubtedly has lived her life with ups and downs, joy and sorrow. I´m sure she would has much to tell about the past and her face looks weather-beaten. Good sharpness and soft background that gives more feeling on this shot. Thanks for sharing.
adores (44911) 2014-03-01 15:59
She sems surprised with your camera:)!It's a very good portrait. I like her expression and the wrinled face and hands, surely a witness of her hard life. Very well framed and with good focus.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (52529)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-04
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-02 8:08