Taken in remote Taxkorgan, a small border town in Southern Xinjiang. Just a landscape of humanity of an elderly who belongs to the Kyrgyz ethnic that never escaped the long lens during my morning photo walk about. I have all the times on my side as the subject appears so ever willing thus giving me a complete control over my intended target even in a fairly crowded market area.
The fun is that, it is done in a casual relax manner without making him too self conscious and I love the deep facial perspective showing a whole lifetime in a face.
It really makes me think about ageing process and what it means...
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papagolf21 (106811) 2014-01-21 2:59
Bonjour, cher Abmdsudi,
C'est l'histoire de sa vie qui est racontée à travers son visage. Tout est dit;
Très belle composition.
Bel hommage rendu.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-21 3:08
A fantastic portrait from a little known place and a rare race. Nice title as well. Thanks to your excellent detailing I can see the contours depicting the highs and lows of a lifetime. I also like that the old man is kind of relaxed and a bit amused to your lens. Very well done to shoot this splendid closeup shot. Thanks for sharing.
yquem46 (38752) 2014-01-21 3:57
A good and strong close up portrait of this old man
I like the title quite appropriate
have a nice day, best regards
Graal (103038) 2014-01-21 4:13
amazing glance of old man. Good portrait. I like the composition and DOF. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
holmertz (57389) 2014-01-21 4:42
This is a wonderful portrait in your recognizable style. You made a perfect eye-contact with the old man who looks straight into the camera with a confident and slightly curious look. The tight cropping brings us very close to him. The fine light contributes greatly to the success of this photo.
lousat (95902) 2014-01-21 5:34
A great portrait,there is your hidden signature into this pic,the style is unmistakable..ehehe...magnificent close up this incredible detail and perfect colors too,a very professional pic!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Sergiom (86039) 2014-01-21 5:48
J'aime beaucoup ton titre. C'est vrai que le temps a laissé ses traces profondes sur ce visage. Le portrait est magnifique et j'apprécie beaucoup qu'il ne soit pas centré dans l'image.
Fis2 (103954) 2014-01-21 6:22
A very curious face.
I like colors and sharpness. TFS.
dkmurphys (62855) 2014-01-21 6:45
Once again you show us how to take a portrait in the daily life dynamic. The right click at the right moment. Well done!
Wanda1 (15142) 2014-01-21 7:23
A good title as we can consider all the lines and marks and features on a persons face as being a sort of map to their life, just as they say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Nice close up here, and I like your use of the horizontal format, and your off centre composition.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-01-21 7:37
I think you should publish a book of your portraits! They are very good not only the technical qualities but also the varied expression of the people in the photo. I like the man's expression, nicely captured with a hint of a smile. Nice placement in the frame and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
rychem (40681) 2014-01-21 8:31
A very interesting portrait of an older man, excellent light and details, a face showing the wisdom and character
williewhistler (16412) 2014-01-21 8:45
it would have been easy to over accentuate the features of this mans weather beaten face,you have however with the aid of a shallow DOF treated him sympathetically allowing us to enjoy the charm of his direct gaze without distraction.
The tight crop and careful positioning in the frame are important elements for me.
Silvio1953 (150289) 2014-01-21 9:48
Ciao Abdsudi, fascinating portrait of fantastic old man, intense expression, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
pajaran (64410) 2014-01-21 9:54
Interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazan stari gospodin.
Starost je stigla, ostala su samo secanja.
An interesting and good text ...
Good footage and contrast nicely demonstrated the old gentleman.
Age has arrived, there are only memories.
All the best.
ourania (49861) 2014-01-21 12:00
a very strong and captivating portrait. Amazing how you have used the long distance and your zoom lens. You have focused on his textured face and cropped the portrait very effectively, the gentleman stands out with striking depth and sharpness and we can study his expressive face like a map. The long distance and his effort to concentrate on you have rendered his steady gaze penetrating. His skin tones are impressively natural, the surrounding neutral tones set them off superbly. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best. have a great day,
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-01-21 13:54
siamesa (28123) 2014-01-21 14:12
Boa noite Abmdsudi
Spectacular capture of the lines of his faceand of the expression of his eyes. Perfect portrait. Very well done.
InasiaJones (31566) 2014-01-21 14:47
"Facial Lanscape" is quite relevant fir this intimate portrait, where sinuous wrinkles run like rivers. Good eye contact with an excellent subject full of character. We don't feel that there is a crowd surrounding your subject, as he is extremely focused and that your aperture provide a sense of isolation. Soft and filtered light suits your portrait perfectly.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-21 22:45
It is a 'landscape' indeed... or a face-scape. Lines, texture and colors of the face have been immaculately recorded with very well measured light. The eye contact and expression of the subject made the portrait so intimate.
All your portraits underline one lesson - build a 'relationship' with the subject before the click. Thank you sir, I am trying to learn.
With best regards,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-21 22:56
Son visage est le reflet de sa vie qui n'a pas dû être facile tous les jours mais ses yeux rieurs et son sourire montrent sa beauté d'âme. Très beau portrait.
emka (104216) 2014-01-21 23:55
hello abmdsudi , Wonderful portrait of this old man, I like his smiling face. Aging process, I personally do not like seeing it on MY face :).
WArm regrads malgo
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-01-22 0:15
good title for the shot-his face looks really like alandscape to be discovered by us.
Well captured and close-up!The quality of the shot is also crucial here as you captured here so well his face,his facial expression and what´s equally important all his wrinkles.
mirosu (16273) 2014-01-22 4:15
Excellent portrait. Smart choice of horizontal frame & tight crop to accentuate the old man's face with splendid sharpness. Excellent photo with great color contrast, good light and very good POV choice. Marvelous eyes. Excellent result.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-01-22 4:21
great portrait! It is amazing how elderly people can be much more interesting to photograph - the experience and memories are almost sculptured on their faces. Perfect DOf with blurred background makes this old man's face stand out. The colors are very well given and add to the striking final result.
Thanks for sharing
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-22 7:28
I think the way you manage to select a face in the crowd and use your long lens to compose and present such a finely detailed portrait is remarkable. Your focus is spot on Abmdsudi and your technique is something I must try. Excellent. Warm regards Rosemary
Cricri (123740) 2014-01-22 10:04
Un visage ridé par le temps, bon cadrage serré et une netteté impeccable qui montre les moindres détails de sa peau, belle lumière et bon DOF
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-22 12:16
il solito eccellente ritratto che si commenta da solo per la sua perfetta messa a fuoco e la composizione impeccabile.
Non posso che complimentarmi per l'ennesima volta.
Ciao e buona serata
PaulVDV (31177) 2014-01-22 12:49
Yes, ageing will definitely change our looks. And also the view that we have on the world and on life.
A very good portrait with perfect sharpness of this elderly man.
Did you have a common language?
I've also been in Taxkorgan and I remember I was surprised to see there local kids with blond hair.
Best regards, Paul
claudeD (40856) 2014-01-23 9:08
you are really a master of perfect portrait pictures. This one is another proof. Excellent composition and perfect sharpness which is always very important for a good portrait.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
josepmarin (58359) 2014-01-23 9:42
a wonderful portrait here, indeed!
I can admire this very sharp and very clear image of the face of this old man, where we see all the details and the lines of the years on his skin.
You offers us this good portrait as a beautiful professional pic.
No more words, simply a superb shot.
jemaflor (101321) 2014-01-25 3:01
Perfect portrait very well managed, frame and sharpness are top, bravo ! Interesting glance for this old man.
delpeoples (59434) 2014-01-26 5:52
You really do have a talent for making your subjects feel at ease when you photograph them. Despite the many wonderful lines on this man's face, none of them are frowning at you. I love the title, indeed his face is a beautiful landscape and historical document. I also like the smile in his eyes and the tight framing you so often employ to such great effect. Superb colours and lighting aswell. Congratulations.
BennyV (19703) 2014-01-26 9:55
Wonderful close portrait. I love the lines in the man's face, the worn look, those red rims around the eys...
And such perfect focus on the face! A brilliant picture, this one! Congratulations.
jacquest (19045) 2014-01-27 10:07
Good title and a very well done off-centered portrait with good colors and excellent details. His face leaves to the imagination the stories he has to tell.
Didi (60590) 2014-01-29 8:49
Very good sharp portrait, the old man has a natural humble expression
aliabazari (16252) 2014-09-22 22:45
Portrait of very beautiful display of Kyrgyz men. The powerful look. Excellent sharpness and exposure. Very good as always. Thanks
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (57168)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-18
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: NIKON D200, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 100 RAW
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-21 2:47