East-Timor is located geographically in Oceania, although it is sometimes assigned to Asia instead. Consists of the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecussi-Ambeno, an exclave of East Timor situated on the northwestern side of the island, surrounded by West Timor.
Since East-Timor became independent, no serious photographic work has been done. At least not an in-depth work, because simply it's not easy. Thus, this image and some more I'll post here are, in a way, unique and are the result of many hours and effort to mingle. Some moments where registered only because, at some point, I started to be seen as one of them and not a mere foreigner.
This kid was pretending he was some kind of "Bruce Lee", which is frequent among east timorese young boys, as they watch a lot of fighting movies, namely from Bolywood and Holywood. The elastics around the wrists are something to be proud of and can be used for a lot of games.
I hope you enjoy!
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fijiphil (1355) 2006-05-15 6:55
That is awesome. The depth protrayed by the out of focus hand in front and the blurred figure in the background, plus the intensity in his eyes, are stunning. I can't wait to see more of your East Timor shots.
Luan (12971) 2006-05-15 7:03
beautiful picture, i find just to bad his inch was hidding a bit his left eyes, but the shapness and the overall quality of your picture are perfect ! I like it very much
Excellent portrait with strong atittude !
Polakowski (1119) 2006-05-15 7:36
Excellent and emotionally portrait.Good work!
izmirli (3989) 2006-05-18 15:48
merhaba dear joel santos
wanderful picture.very nice portrait photo.
well done.best regards.
parbo (11092) 2006-05-28 20:46
His pose is marvelous! Looks like Bruce Lee ;) I love his good, colored sharp face and eyes, but also blurring hands and backgrounds. You photographed very well. Congratulations.
gp_pl (1394) 2006-06-03 3:45
Great portrait! Even though the face is not all your work shows this child genuinely. Nice DOF. Congratulation
iGirl (1223) 2006-06-23 11:09
Hi Joel, great composition, I like the shallow DOF. The hand coming at us really makes the shot. Thanks for sharing!
wildimagination (82) 2006-07-13 16:54
Great image! i love the intensity in the boy's eyes. The lighting is superb and brings out the sking tones, and the sand. this must have been quite an experience, congratulations and I hope to see more like this.
djslim (568) 2006-07-13 19:27
A good POV. Its amazing how children are universally influenced. TFS
Mistral (15402) 2006-07-25 12:31
stunning portrait of this lovely scamp,
I like a lot your composition and his intense sight.
Your gallery is a great present to me!
Lot's of jewels to discover...
Thanks for sharing and compliments for your award!
apologie (209) 2006-08-08 18:15
dvlazar (6644) 2006-08-08 18:35
Briliant shot - an original and interesting pose, with so much clear detail captured - for example the sand and elastics.
Lovely time of day you went out to shoot this.
kerusso (112) 2006-08-30 19:09
AMAZING portrait! I love the stance the little boy is in, it as if he is ready to fight. Well done!
seoulwriter (94) 2006-10-11 19:31
Great job with this photo! The eyes say it all!
cepekdong (3676) 2006-10-12 12:46
this is a fantastic picture with great sharpness and good colours !
qadirsh (85) 2006-10-15 22:15
Shutter speed should have been high. Seems that the outer parts are out of focus. However the idea is good.
Amorinix (196) 2006-10-22 5:19
Pois. Já dei uma vista de olhos ao teu portfolio e à tua página...
Fantástico trabalho. Assim sim. Muitos parabéns!!!
Esta foto para variar está excelente, suponho que com uma focagem manual muito trabalhosa...
Um contraste e uma definição.....
stewils (481) 2006-10-23 1:52
A very striking photo. Great subject, and the DOF's good, not too much.
JEPC (1305) 2006-11-08 22:43
Outro belo e forte trabalho. Gostei da forma como trabalhastes o foco de forma precisa nos olhos do garoto.A luz também é um ponto a destacar.
Talia (242) 2006-11-24 14:33
wow! Impressive that you got him to hold this pose for you. Great colors and compostion! VEry impressive!
jonathan_hart (21276) 2007-04-02 7:10
nice photo, i like that posture and the way the light is coming from the left, good use of DOF, great composition, well done !
MmK (75) 2007-05-07 19:15
this is a great capture of portait, I really like the sense of child, also the his motion seems nice.
Polonaise (5802) 2007-05-12 12:05
Forgive me Joel...I found your excuse for posting your wonderful images in such small sizes as a quite silly one.
You're punishing US, because someone there, on the world web copied your picture..????
You act like funky ballerina...Don't do it buddy...
Your images are of a grandioso scale stuff ...Hit us hard on the same scale.
Water mark is more than enough to protect your photos...
Their size belong to us…The viewers…
The one and ONLY reason you've posted these beauties of yours on TE…
US !!!! ME !!!!!!
Good are your photographs.
And if something's good.. I want more of it…Not less of it.
del7im (40) 2007-05-18 7:36
Grande foto! Simplesmente magnífica em todos os aspectos! :)
balzak (75) 2007-05-29 17:24
Uma das minhas favoritas ! Parabéns.
partha (14020) 2007-05-29 21:38
Look at the eyes, that tells a lot of stories.Perrfect cropping, great shot.
aczapla (20) 2008-01-16 1:31
thaprem (2558) 2008-03-19 5:32
A perfect Rebel in frame...I hope your lens is safe :))
The DOF makes a movie like feel to the frame.
arkane (97) 2008-10-01 22:43
Excelent picture...Sharpening and details..His eyes are hypnotizing...Good job,
b021 (500) 2008-11-29 3:38
The right moment.Nice...
tomauer (316) 2009-05-13 5:13
amazing perspective, i really love the depth. The hand is amazing. The colours. the sand. the lighting. the expression. Sad his thumb was covering part of his expressive eye, but still, a really great shot, and nice to see East Timor respresented here. Very intense and strong, and nicely composed.
Hope to see many more shots of the beautiful nation! I hope things are getting better since the troubles.
BurhanettinMasa (641) 2009-05-13 5:49
Really fantastic shot, superb portrait with a great DOF ... Wish I'll remember him in future Hollywood movies :)
bosskokoss (2272) 2009-11-09 14:45
Hello Joel. Very good portrait. Oryginal composition, ideal capture and very good sharpness. Congratulation on your great job. Regards Piotr.
cerenguven (204) 2009-12-09 4:40
woow...great moment! very strong glance!
- Copyright: Joel Santos (joelsantos) (1413)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-00-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon Eos Rebel 300 D, Canon EF 28-135 IS f/3.5-5.6
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Kids from the World Part II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-15 6:52
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