This is a close up portrait of an elderly, a graceful Tadjik lady from a rural village in Taxkorgan with her traditional colorful embroidered hat or 'kolta'. I was on the prowl for photo opportunities around her village and had observed her from a distance for she had the most wonderful facial features. I was lucky enough to have captured this image with full eye contact and exchanged smiles she seemed pleased, little bits of interaction like that make my travel very special and meaningful. She gave me a tremendous gift, her time, humanity, the most amazing eye contact and above all the opportunity to make a very special picture.
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holmertz (51180) 2011-07-05 6:40
I recognize your feelings when meeting a person like this and managing to establish some kind of contact, also the gratefulness one feels towards that person. Your short encounter resulted in a very fine portrait with a good eye contact. The sharpness is perfect and the tight cropping allows us to focus entirely on her gentle smile and bright eyes.
InasiaJones (31566) 2011-07-05 6:42
Good intimate portrait with a framing that I like a lot.
You have included a good portion of her hat and veil to bring a sense of "ethnicity".
One little thing that I would suggest; when lightening the eyes to make them more perceptible, keep it subtle, so the white part isn't abnormally white and the iris overly saturated. In close situation like here, the intervention is highly detectable.
Warm and friendly regards,
daddo (26534) 2011-07-05 6:45
Salam Abmdsudi.You are one of the few members on TE who can take photos of people in which the inner person shines through the subtle tilt of the head, the hint of a smile or the spark in the eye, the glimpse of a costume or head covering. And as usual the light accentuates those aspects that are meaningful and evocative.The clarity here is faultless.I love the fine embroidery of her kolta. I can detect an indomitable spirit in her gaze despite the age and so I should considering her race and history. Salam. Klaudio.
danyy (0) 2011-07-05 6:58
un magnifique portrait vraiment bien cadré, une entteté et une exposition exemplaires. La profondeur de champ est bien appropriée.
My best regards.
RhodieIke (11744) 2011-07-05 7:12
Hi Abmdsudi, Super portrait of this warm loving lady,her eye's say it all, fantastic, Well done, Cheers Iain.
JFS (32459) 2011-07-05 7:16
Excellent portrait of high quality, I like her regard that penetrates you camera. Good work! Thanks!
kato (11630) 2011-07-05 7:16
You're capturing well the portrait of this old man by good macro and excellent tone, so it's impressive and interesting to see that the face is clearly different from standard chinese face. It's close to the European. His face looks gentle and good as the weight at years is felt.
Anyway, I always feel that there are many races in china, and in the region in north/south/east/west, the look is also different in climate and ancestor's roots. I think that the religion and the ancestor's bringing a different race together in one requires a great deal of attention. It is there respect of economical independence, too and which good, the judgment is difficult though it is one selection to make independent countries in the surrounding republic like Russia.
Thank you for having done a workshop by sparing your precious time to "Local railway running the rural".
tchefi (1841) 2011-07-05 9:53
Quel intensité dans le regard! Un portrait magnifique.Un cadrage serré bien choisi et une belle netteté. Bravo!
TopGeo (38216) 2011-07-05 11:11
I believe that contact with the human form and return the smile and expression in pertreto give a higher value! Very good performance and great your idea!
Nard (6972) 2011-07-05 12:14
I like this close up portrait, the framing is very well choosen with just a part of her face on the right. We can feel a lot of things with her eyes, her smile, the tanned skin by the sun, she looks poud and happy. A kind of portrait that tell me and technicaly it is perfect. Congratulation
siamesa (28117) 2011-07-05 23:14
I agree with you . She surely gave you a gift according your note.Lovely portrait and a sensitive capture. The marks of the passage of the time on her face make a real expression of life. TFS
rodgerg (55767) 2011-07-06 0:42
An another excellent portrait in your gallery with, here too, an excellent framing. Good balalnce too with the portrait well off-centred on the right of the image. The details, the expression nad especillay the glance are very well collected.
dkmurphys (57496) 2011-07-06 1:21
Very picturesque portrait, a splendid high quality shot. Great management of light, well catch.
Have a great day.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-07-06 2:31
a beautiful portrait with superb realization, the composition is very well balanced, excellent clarity and timing, a sugestive work, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
dip (23888) 2011-07-06 3:02
nice portrait of the woman,excellent clarity and sharpness,I like the closely framing,well done!
mayjayne (5804) 2011-07-06 3:40
One of the interesting thing in travelling to new places is out meeting and interaction with the local people. Older folks and young children are an interest to me due to their facial expressions. The former is defined by wrinkles and weather beaten facial textures, while the latter is usually filled with youthful glow. But the expressions in their eyes - they tell you so much, as found in your shot here.
We look forward to more pics such as these from you...
bayno (18344) 2011-07-06 3:46
beautiful portrait, I really like the proud look of this woman and her beautiful hat, excellent sharpnes and natural colors. The skin seems to be that of a person who lives in the mountains and eating lots of meat.
bukitgolfb301 (41044) 2011-07-06 4:29
Hi my dear Pak Abmdsudi YTH, how are you?
A wonderful portrait shot again!
So impressive image as usual as your trademark for cloes-up portrait. Good selection of cropping boldly and long focus to strengthen her expression. Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good day!
Takero from desperate muggy Tokyo,
peppe59 (14555) 2011-07-06 5:22
expression of the beautiful woman, great lighting and quality.
Charo (51212) 2011-07-06 7:54
Great portrait of this old woman, which does not observe that his face very Chinese traits, perhaps because of your area that are closer to European features.
Excellent light and detail.
adramad (44846) 2011-07-06 8:17
indeed a very special picture, with that intense look that you have wonderfully captured and transmitted across an intense ... sometimes nice .... maybe some wrinkles that speak of an outdoor life and working hard.
I love how you placed the image a little shifted to the right, the great clarity that lets you see the embroidery work of his "Kolta," her skin textures, the lighting is perfect and intimate. Great job my friend.
Have a nice day
P / D. Thank you for your candid comments to my photos, which are always sincere and thoughtful as a function of the image. The notes to the photos, are a complementary work, but one is gratified when serving for the enjoyment of others, as is the case.
BennyV (16551) 2011-07-06 11:27
Another interesting portrait from the far west of China. Distinctly Tadjik, yet another of those fascinating peoples living there. Very direct and confrontational pov, yet there is kindness suggested. A fine job, well delivered. Thanks.
PS: Great note too. This is the essence of travelling for me too, those "little bits of interaction"...that's what it's all about!
sacimar (26205) 2011-07-06 12:16
this is a good portrait, the elderly woman has an interesting face expression, I guess she must have a lot experiences to tell, good details and composition, well done,
Silvio1953 (140815) 2011-07-06 12:34
Ciao Abmdsudi, fantastic portrait of old womman with splendid intense expression, great exposure and excelent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
bema (26425) 2011-07-06 12:40
just a perfect portrait, no more terms nesscesssary to add..
have a nice week, see you around, regards Bernd
patdeph (35748) 2011-07-06 12:57
this is a superb portrait,I love this very close and decentered framing,showing her soft glance and her smile.You have included enough hat and veil to show the beauty of the embroidery,as the texture of her skin.Magnificent!
yquem46 (38750) 2011-07-06 13:07
good evening Abmdsudi
Another excellent close up portrait of this old lady looking so natural and friendly
jemaflor (96037) 2011-07-07 13:19
Well taken, great result, perfect focus on the glance, a good idea with the frame and the place of the face on the right side, well with the white and the colourful "hat".
Waylim (25502) 2011-07-07 18:05
Very compelling portrait, it is hard to deny. the tight crop really bring us up close and personal with the subject. There is so much details on this face, each wrinkles is accounted for. The direct eye contact makes it very engaging. Another excellent portrait from the lesser known part of China.
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-07-08 5:50
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Que magnifico retrato desta mulher idosa , gostei muito dos detalhes, fantástica a expressão dela , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
danos (96760) 2011-07-08 8:32
the portrait of this graceful Tadjik lady is superb with the placement in the frame to be perfect.I like her local embroidered hat, with the figures and the colours to looks so nice.I like the light and the colour management, as the clarity of the image. Informative your note as well.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-07-08 9:22
I like very much the way you realized this portrait. The well got glance expresses the peace and the sympathy. The light, the colors, the neatness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
siolaw (38292) 2011-07-08 10:21
Fine close range portrait of this typical lady.
She has a friendly and communicative feeling and the off center framing works perfect.
rossofuoco (7395) 2011-07-08 13:51
Bel ritratto di una nitidezza strabiliante.
jhm (151446) 2011-07-09 0:54
You use an cropping perhaps little to much, but modern photographers choose this type.
Splendid colors and lively too.
Excellent composition, nice presentation. TFS.
A nice weekend,
eldancer1 (36343) 2011-07-09 9:22
Very nice portrait of this lady with a beautiful smile. Her face look worn out but she look happy and contented. Great dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
delpeoples (57278) 2011-07-09 17:42
Salam dear Abmdsudi
Simply wonderful. I can only imagine the interesting and wonderful life this intriguing lady has lead. Superb tight framing, colours and depth of field. Your interraction with this lovely lady is patent. Thanks for sharing and I wish you an enjoyable weekend.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-07-11 10:33
A very nice close up shot of this woman with so many details of her face well captured. Her smile looks more cynical. Nice one.
josepmarin (58357) 2011-07-17 12:13
this one is your 200th photo published on TE. Congratulations!
It is a good portrait, caught spontaneously, intimately and excellently realized.
The look of this lady is impressive, and you have caught her skillfully, obtaining a really magnificent photo.
A great work.
Angshu (56750) 2011-07-17 22:19
A superb portrait! The framing is excellent, just enough, nothing more...a bit of her ethnic hat, part f her veil. Fine focus on her eyes which echoes the slight smile on her face. The texture of her skin & the wrinkles brings out a lot of character. Excellent work my friend!
jafadabret (56501) 2011-07-18 23:44
Ce portrait est très réussi avec la mise en valeur du regard qui dévoile une personnalité très forte.
Du très grand art !
BluSimo (9392) 2011-07-20 21:40
it is an intense, magnificent portrait. the eyes and the texture of the face are real, perfect. i like the out of focus' contrast on the white hat: its effect is that one to make feel this face near to us.
claudeD (38122) 2011-07-21 11:14
another very good portrait shot of your interesting gallery.I like the perfect sharpness of your picture here very much.Very good fotojob.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Atousa (7131) 2011-07-27 6:13
Her eyes n the wrinkles are talking to the viewer; it is really a lovely portrait.. she can be one of the hard working rural ladies in my country too; very similar.. even the shapes on her Kolta is familiar to me.. great quality of the shot as usual.. a fine work.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
Fis2 (96043) 2011-08-17 13:23
I like composition and light.
svefay (810) 2011-12-16 11:49
very nice portrait...
good shot, she looks very nice...
jmdias (63412) 2011-12-24 0:44
it looks like we are seeing a personage from old russia or ukraine. very interesting portrait, well done, with a perfect soft light and sharpness, the old lady is well positioned and her soft smile if very nice. TFS.