This portrait was taken in Bena village located on the slope of Ineri volcano in central Flores island. An ethnic Ngada, she is a sweet old lady and pretty worn out but it does feel good getting in touch with these people, she is just like the rest of us. This is not a pretty face by any means but she has provided me with main elements that I love best in portraiture, her expressions and the wrinkles of her facial landscape that we see everyday. Her features shine from the frontal natural soft morning light matching the dark background.
I just simply couldn't let the photographic opportunity pass me by....
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chrisvek (5515) 2013-02-27 7:24
Amazing portrait with excellent colors and so interesting expression of this woman.Great lightning and POV.Wll done!
Have a nice day
jemaflor (69035) 2013-02-27 8:25
A portrait well managed, perfect light and sharpness, interesting glance and brightness for these eyes.
Fis2 (73146) 2013-02-27 8:46
A very interesting face!
Great details, interesting light and color.
ourania (12469) 2013-02-27 9:45
"sweet old lady" were the first words that came to my mind upon viewing this portrait. I like very much the way you have focused on her face and the dark backdrop that makes the excellent sharpness and depth provided by your settings more effective and eloquent. I love how straighforward, proud, sweet and tranquil she is in front of the lens. She looks familiar, I've seen "facial landscapes", hairstyles and temperaments like hers on many "sweet old ladies" in Greece. A beautiful picture, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
adramad (27556) 2013-02-27 9:57
Extraordinary portrait of this old lady, a fantastic foreground, showing us in great detail this face that conveys sympathy, superb sharpness that shows every detail of that face .... wrinkles, spots .... all skin imperfections that acquires over the years. Gorgeous that black background that highlights and 3D figure.
Very good sharpness and brightness.
Enjoy a good afternoon.
JFS (32189) 2013-02-27 10:20
Beautiful portrait, i like her kind regard, her face tells many things, very interesting.
krzychu30 (8935) 2013-02-27 10:20
very strong and expressive portrait.I think the black background only intensify these feelings.Also the way you composed and framed the scene contribute to the success of your composition.And overall quality,like sharpness,clarity or light superbly exponate the facial expression of this old lady.Remarkable work!
Romano46 (4996) 2013-02-27 10:42
non posso che complimentarmi con te per questo eccellente ritratto, perfetto sia dal punto di vista tecnico, che emozionante dal lato umano.
Tecnicamente non posso che elogiare la perfezione della ripresa caratterizzata da una nitidezza eccellente che pone in risalto ogni più piccolo dettaglio, ma l'espressione che hai saputo cogliere sul viso di questa donna merita un elogio per la tua indiscutibile bravura nel ritratti.
Le persone che riprendi riescono a trasmettere infinite sensazioni alla loro vista e nei loro occhi puoi leggere la loro vita.
Ciao e buona serata
holmertz (26982) 2013-02-27 10:45
Maybe not a pretty face by conventional definitions, but there is no doubt beauty in these eyes and the many wrinkles of her skin. She has experienced a lot and most likely lived a hard but honest life and your portrait shows her a lot of respect. The light and sharpness are impressive and I love the dark background. Nothing distracts us from watching the old woman's face.
Noel_Byrne (7450) 2013-02-27 11:29
A picture tells a thousand words, and this face does just that. You can see in the lines and ceases, and the deep loo in her eyes that this woman has lived a life, the ups and downs, trials and tribulations are all carved and engrained for us to see. I can understand why you could not pass this opportunity, its a beautiful portrait and presented perfectly.
All the best
pajaran (36282) 2013-02-27 12:19
Interesantno lice gospodje ...
Dobar snimak, lepo pokazano lice.
Lice koje je mnogo istrpelo.
Mrs. interesting person ...
Good shot, nice face shown.
A person who has endured a lot.
All the best.
Schnappilic (7931) 2013-02-27 13:00
I like your portrait with a sad expression. I like how you catch different facial expressions.
macjake (39235) 2013-02-27 14:24
as i'm looking at this woman, i am somehow totally captivated!
I can't take my eyes off of her, as if she is some sort of super super model :)
so much to enjoy, especially with the off centred chin.
its a 10 out of 10 for me!!
lovely light and subject
carlo62 (12666) 2013-02-27 14:55
un ritratto originale e splendidamente genuino.
Complimenti per la qualità fotgrafica.
Graal (88982) 2013-02-27 23:34
amazing portrait, like in Sabyasachi style. Fine details of skin. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
Silvio1953 (98259) 2013-02-28 6:13
Ciao Abmdsudi, great portrait of old woman with fantastic espression, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (86535) 2013-02-28 9:14
Belle lumière sur son visage ridée par le temps, ces yeux fixe et brillant, ces cheveux gris, un très beau portrait
SnapRJW (18792) 2013-02-28 22:34
Hello Abmdsudi - You find the most wonderful faces for your portraits, this one is beautifully managed with every pore and wrinkle clearly defined. I wonder why we have such an aversion to wrinkled faces doing all we can to remain without blemish? This woman has a quiet beauty that comes from her experiences of life and her attitude towards them. Excellent light across her dear face and your trademark dark BG and off centre composition. Lovely work! Warm regards Rosemary
mirosu (5533) 2013-03-01 23:21
An excellent portrait. Smart choice of tight crop to accentuate the old womman with splendid sharpness, great color contrast, excellent light and very good POV choice.
p.s. many thanks for all your excellent comments. I appreciate it very much. Wish you a great weekend.
delpeoples (45018) 2013-03-03 3:20
HI dear Abmdsudi
No wonder you couldn;t let this past. What a classic photo of such an amazing person. Looks at those eyes and the wrinkles on her face. Ahhh the stories she could tell! And you are so brave getting up close and personal like that. Full marks to you in terms of your rapport with the subject, the definition, the colour and the light.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely Sunday
yquem46 (32323) 2013-03-05 12:33
Another extremely strong portrait, full frame, Abmdsudi !!
very colorful, razor sharp and so expressive
best regards, have a nice evening
jusninasirun (17142) 2013-03-07 7:00
All those wrinkles must have come from may years of smile. Glazing eyes and grey hair with unique facial expression add all the characters for a fine portrait. The morning light was well capitalized in this superb portrait. Top drawer work and well done my friend.
tatadalou (3273) 2013-03-13 15:01
I do like this expressive face ! The light on her skin and the dark background emphasize her facial features. It's nicely done.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (26311)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-03-17
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/4.8, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-27 6:54