Evergreen tea shrub, back lit by the low early morning sunshine I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some shots with back-lighting. I watched from some distance with great admiration how the young leaves were picked carefully by the nimble hands with rythm, speed and dexterity full of concentration and in this peaceful environment all I could hear was the plucking of leaves in clicks and clacks and the lingering sweet aroma of the leaves.
This is the profile of a diligent Javanese tea picker, one of the many women pickers working on the slopes of Wonosari tea plantation, just a depiction of the strenuous occupation in rural Java, working in all the heat and humidity of the day from sunrise till late afternoon seven days a week !
It's a long back breaking day for this woman......
Maybe this is not your cuppa, but it makes me appreciate the tea I drink
Wonosari tea plantation, Lawang north east of Malang City, East Java covers an area of about 600 hectares on a gentle cool slopes of Mt Arjuna at an altitude of 1300m above sea level. This picturesque plantation offers a stunning panoramic and unforgettable view of its lush unending green carpet, a real feast for ones eyes with its natural charm and serenity. It was established in 1910 by the Dutch colonial N.V. Cultuur Matschapy Lawang, now run and maintained by the local provincial government.
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Fis2 (96875) 2014-05-29 7:02
thank you for the tea :)
I like frame, colors and depth.
Hat add savor of composition.
lousat (90790) 2014-05-29 8:39
This is absolutely beautiful! What a original capture from the tea fields,a great close up and a magic backlight exposed in the best way to show us a great spectacle,great detail and colors too,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
pajaran (60147) 2014-05-29 8:47
Interesantan tekst o polju caja sa opisom, lep trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan berac caja.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepe boje.
U Srbiji se mnogo pije caj.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the field of tea with a description, a nice moment ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown berac tea.
Good work, nice captured moment, beautiful colors.
In Serbia, a lot of drinking tea.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
rychem (35407) 2014-05-29 8:58
Great idea, beautiful photo with this typical hat, we can guess who is this woman, very well done
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-05-29 9:50
Awesome use of backlighting, narrow dof and I like the tight cropping. Also because we don't see the person's face it is a good representation of all those that work in tea farm. Sharp details of the subject. Very well done, tfs.
Noel_Byrne (31012) 2014-05-29 9:52
I could not have found a more opportune time to view this beautiful image, I am sitting in the Wicklow mountains with a nice cup of tea in my hand enjoying the view (holiday weekend in Ireland :) ) so it's great to enjoy the taste and the sight at the same time. This is a classical picture, one that I would gues any major tea company would pay handsomely for. There is an element of true beauty in the natural scene and how the bush is lit, and a big element of appreciation of the art of growing and picking tea. I love these backlit greens. Beautiful shot, and the hat is the finishing touch.
Thanks as always
Ninello52 (7576) 2014-05-29 11:00
Beautiful picture with the woman that seems to emerge from the plantation! Very beautiful shades of green and pretty light too!
Best Regards, Nino.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-05-29 11:03
Back lighting has tremendous appeal Ambdsudi and here the effects are beautifully captured on the foliage. The rim light on the woman's sleeve is attractive too.
I like the shot and your excellent use of DOF.
siudzi (34141) 2014-05-29 11:14
I love daily life scene images like this one! Perfectly captured from a well selected POV to get a marvelous visual effect created by the light. Excellent image!
Graal (102752) 2014-05-29 11:21
pity that face of woman is invisible. Nice report about the work by tea. Fine colors, light and contrast.
Have a nice evening.
cornejo (41879) 2014-05-29 11:23
Abmdsudi Hello, very good view of this interesting and beautiful scene of daily life of the place, very well captured in this great and beautiful photography. Interesting picture with good sharpness, nice light, color and quality. Great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good morning and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Silvio1953 (142251) 2014-05-29 11:56
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely composition with fantastic light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-05-29 12:27
this is superbly done! The framing is very effective for showing us lovely details of the young tea picker with the magical light and great play on the dof making the picture stand out for photographic excellence. The vivid colours and contrast are handled superbly.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
ourania (45124) 2014-05-29 13:08
this is a beautiful and atmospheric scene, you've captured the subtle dynamism of the action very elegantly and effectively. Your picture is natural and artistic at the same time, the framing exalted the diagonals and there's a fine rhythm. I like very much how the working woman looks both mysterious and iconic, the colours and the play of light are very pleasant. I also like how simply and interestingly you described this scene in words as well. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-05-29 13:52
une très belle photo, de bons contrastes, une superbe lumière, beau bokeh et une magnifique lumière.
Une capture très réussie.
GyurMaster (3631) 2014-05-29 14:04
kato (11630) 2014-05-29 16:54
You're capturing wll this scene by a good composition, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which the woman's farmer who wears a hat made of braided straw is picking the young leaves of tea at tea plantation. The light is managed well by good shadow-highlight. Probably, sunrays will be strong and tea's nourishment will be deep very.
Nicou (141280) 2014-05-29 18:34
quelle iamge de ce personnage avec son châpeau pointu et rond dans le champs sueprbe captage et vue l'effet de l'éclairage est merveilleux génial.
Bravo et amitié
jjcordier (79297) 2014-05-29 22:27
Très belle composition présentant de très belle façon cette cueilleuse de thé. Jolie gestion de la lumière en contre-jour.
emka (96651) 2014-05-29 23:42
Hello Abmdsudi, A bit different conical hat than in Vietnam, but always very attractive. It must be hard work on the tea field, so exotic for us Westerners. Beautiful shot.
WArm regrads MAlgo
shreya2000 (2487) 2014-05-29 23:57
A master photography.
Excellent picture showing plucking of tree leaves. The composition is superb. The blurred back ground is the demand of the picture. Very well done.
PS : I am very thankful to you for your most valuable comments on my pics. Please keep it up.
mirosu (16129) 2014-05-30 0:23
Excellent close-up photo with very nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions. The selective focus makes it special.
Very well done.
chawax (20756) 2014-05-30 2:28
Good portrait of this woman. The focus is very well done, the blurred foreground and the bokeh in the background add some depth. The light on the woman is very nice too.
Have a nice day,
Cricri (118933) 2014-05-30 5:09
Belle lumière du matin qui donne de la brillance et des teintes lumineuses aux feuilles de thé, la scène de la dame prise de dos; le fond flouté, une image parfaitement bien réaliser
PiotrF (16926) 2014-05-30 14:22
Nice view of working women. Wonderful scene, lovely details, nice captured moment, beautiful colors.
delpeoples (57730) 2014-05-31 0:38
I was just looking over my photos of the Cameron Highlands and your beautiful image here reminds me of that wonderful place. I love the effect of shooting into the sun, how it has highlighted the tips of the leaves. The green are wonderfully vivid and the masked lady facing away from you has created an impressive effect too.
Wanda1 (15142) 2014-05-31 5:52
There is a beautiful light here that seems to enhance the green of the tea so wonderfully, and I like how it outlines the tea picker too. Good use of depth of field and nice off centre composition to form a pleasing image.
jhm (152344) 2014-06-01 3:18
I am no really tea a drinker more, I can enjoy of a good cup of coffee
Nice portrait picture with lady and hat.
Sharpness and clarity be superb, also colours and subject makes these picture attractive, nice daily life picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
omid266 (6746) 2014-06-01 19:07
Dear my friend,
very nice shot from farmer woman picking up the crop in early morning , very nice shown with fine details,
Also in my town in the early morning go farmera to pick up the Saffron , a very preciuos and costly variation of eating and medicine plant in the world,
All the BEST and Thanks!
claudeD (38448) 2014-06-02 7:02
perfect picture very well composed and with an excellent light managment. I also like the title you have choosen here which matches perfectly with your shot. Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-02 14:15
A nice daily life scene from Indonesia and a very well composed shot. I like this one because of the tight framing and the placement of your subject in the off-centered position which seems to be almost floating on that sea of green leaves. Her hat is an important element of the composition. Excellent depth of field and superbly framed.
shevchenko (20516) 2014-06-02 19:55
Good discovery and good frame to show a pickers that start working in the early morning, clear to show the typical dress up of a worker at the tea plantation, good color and lighting effect, interesting composition, distinct photo, good shoot.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-06-05 21:26
Wonderful shot, I like everything in your pic : the position of the woman, the DOF management, the great light over tea leaves. Especially the light. It provides beautiful vivid green nuances.
Excellent job !
annjackman (21895) 2014-06-07 2:56
This is very beautiful image. The shallow DOF lets the eye rest on the tea picker. The light is lovely and the green shades are magnificent. I like the simplicity of just seeing the back of the tea pickers's head. It is a very well framed image and one that I shall remember.
Kind Regards, Ann
Didi (60588) 2014-06-08 7:52
Great composition with interesting backlights
Good selective setting DOF on the main subject
mkamionka (36276) 2014-06-08 14:09
thanks for sharing it. It is always interesting to see how some plants look in the real life. I have never seen rice or tea which are so popular in western cuisine.
Beautiful impression here, with the light making a fantastic effect. The silhouette of the worker was perfectly placed and lit here.
A real master piece!
mcmtanyel (22216) 2014-06-11 19:04
Well-managed light from this challenging angle, excellent zoom and selective focus. Nice composition, I appreciate this photo although photos of people are not my cup of tea.
PS. The Nubian goats were not captive, they were free to roam on the reservation. The herd that had invaded the visitors' center was a female herd.
npecanhuk (75170) 2014-06-11 19:19
Very beautiful picture with excellent colors, exposure and composition!
TFS - congrats,
macjake (67534) 2014-06-15 8:29
really enjoyed your note, you described the scene so well, its as if i'm right there behind the woman myself.
and of course photography is all about the lighting, and this one has it in spades. you couldn't have asked for anything better.
love this quiet and memorable moment you have captured.
I'm sure she would enjoy the photo too.
adores (45243) 2014-06-28 16:44
Just beautiful, the composition, the focus and the magical light! A very good shot indeed!
aliabazari (16168) 2014-08-21 19:27
Hi abmdsudi dear
Beauty shot of a woman being picked tea. Good sharpness and colors as always. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing this nice picture
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (53705)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-09
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW, 77mm Cokin Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-05-29 6:25