She was far away in her own little world who was probably tired, lost in thoughts or day dreaming perhaps and that’s why I couldn't resist regardless of how little I saw it. A simple 'street portrait' not particularly competent just a quick grab and nothing staged about it. I was so captivated very much by this charming market vendor with her distinctive catchy headdress worn by the ethnic Toraja women, a sense of important cultural identification passed down from generations after generations which in turn leads to pride and sharing of tradition, and this identity clearly separates them from other ethnic groups.
The Torajas traditionally rice farmers, are native inhabitants of Toraja Highland in remote cool mountainous region in the north of South Sulawesi Province. They are predominantly Protestant mixed with the animistic beliefs of their ancestors and throughout their life. There are many rituals related to birth, life, marriage and death........
Fully focus on her facial features with aperture set at max opening to compensate the low light condition
A crowded traditonal market in Bolu, Rantepao, Toraja Highland
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Fis2 (83972) 2014-07-05 11:31
Next interesting portrait.
I like frame, light and colors.
holmertz (39513) 2014-07-05 11:48
I love quick grabs with "nothing staged" about them. Nothing could beat such photos for spontaneity and naturalness. This woman is actually unknowingly posing for you in a perfect way. You have also put the focus perfectly on her face. Her magnificent headdress has a strange, slightly plastic appearance which I find unusual and a bit amusing. The red piece of cloth againt the dark background makes her face appear even more beautiful.
daddo (23633) 2014-07-05 17:20
Salam Abmdsudi.Stunning grab from afar of this intriguing woman and her gaze towards her own point of interest which will remain forever a mystery to us. Is she judging someone,disapproving of something or just tired as you say. Her headdress is a stunner, probably made through local cottage industry as it reminds me of batik. Superb light as usual.Long live the minorities of the world. Best wishes. Klaudio.
shreya2000 (1043) 2014-07-05 22:20
Very clear image. You camera is very sharp. Questionable expressions of the woman's face. Nice portrait captured by you. Good colours.
Thanks for sharing.
jjcordier (75148) 2014-07-05 23:17
Un portrait très expressif de cette femme au regard nostalgique. Ton "choix" de grande ouverture donne une profondeur de champ intéressante mais j'ai l'impression que l'appareil a fait la mise au point plus sur l'épaule que sur le visage?
COSTANTINO (53687) 2014-07-05 23:33
Good mornin my dear friend
wmazing and attractibe portrait
with delicate details and particularly
this red piece of cloth covering
her head nice pov
impressive capture showing dynamically
the expression of her face
Is she lost into her thoughts?
nice sensitive and delicate shot
SWEETFREEDOM (22284) 2014-07-06 0:19
great portrait, i like the gaze of this lady, the contrast of colors and background blur.
Nicou (119469) 2014-07-06 0:37
quel portrait et vue superbe image quel beau visage et captage quel foulard rouge et ce regard superbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
CLODO (29914) 2014-07-06 1:26
A good note to describe how sometimes, we feel someting for an unknown person in a glimpse, that's the joys of street photography!
The red scarf around her head and the black blurred background are there to enhance this fugitive vision of a worried woman taken in a market. I like the way she is looking back and her face seems to say she is sad.
A pure jewel!
dkmurphys (48088) 2014-07-06 2:21
Another fascinating portrait captured in a simple moment of daily life routine. I like the colors and the presentation also. Great work!
mirosu (13190) 2014-07-06 2:37
Beautiful portrait. Smart close-up choice to accentuate the woman face with splendid sharpness, nice colors, excellent light and very good POV choice. Nice eyes. Excellent result.
Very well done.
p.s. Sorry for delayed comments, but I do not have internet access every day.
rychem (21677) 2014-07-06 8:15
You are master of portraits, your portraits are photos to think, we can see the "soul" of the people, very well done
photographer_sg (3533) 2014-07-06 9:14
another excellent portrait of great naturalness and spontaneity. The colourful head dress of the lady against the dark background greatly enhances the visual appeal of the picture apart from the poignant expression on her face and you have displayed everything with excellent framing and exposure. Thanks for sharing this beautiful photograph.
Have a nice evening.
Cricri (104433) 2014-07-06 9:45
Un autre excellent portrait, le foulard rouge qui fait ressortir l'expression de son joli visage, a la fois douce et triste!!!! bon fond noir, belle réalisation
pajaran (50476) 2014-07-06 10:30
Interesantan tekst, lep pogled na zenu sa maramom ...
Dobar snimak, lep portret.
Dobar rad, lepe boje.
An interesting text, a nice view of a woman with a scarf ...
Good shot, nice portrait.
Good work, beautiful colors.
All the best.
Silvio1953 (119605) 2014-07-06 12:18
Ciao Abmdsudi, great portrait ow beautiful woman, with intense expression, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ourania (29387) 2014-07-06 12:51
you managed all the challenges -the distance, the low, light, her movement- in an admirable way and captured a magnificent candid portrait that looks natural and artistic at the same time. I like very much how the lady is set off by the mysterious dark backdrop, how dynamic her posture looks the way you placed her in the frame, how the red head dress exalts her expression and, with its shape and contrasting colour, sets a fascinating atmosphere. A very attractive, timeless portrait, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
Oceania (4732) 2014-07-07 7:01
Your portrait pictures are always outstanding. This one is no exception. You captured her facial expression very well. the colorful scarf made the picture vivid. It's a wonderful picture to be enjoyed.
nikkitta (14330) 2014-07-07 13:00
Well taken portrait of a woman that seems worried or tired obviously not happy at all
Like the color given by the headdress contrasting with the blurred BG
Informative note about the torajas
Well done as always, regards and tfs
jemaflor (82988) 2014-07-07 23:16
A portrait well managed with this face and these colors, perfect with this dark BG,tfs.
claudeD (31749) 2014-07-08 0:47
wonderful portrait picture with excellent sharpness and clarity. Another amazing portrait from the "master" of portrait pictures.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
adramad (36949) 2014-07-08 9:02
The great portrait of this woman, yet seems to have a rictus of sadness on her face, her bright red scarf, great highlights on the black background of the image, highlighting your figure ideally.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors.
Well seen and done better. I like it
Have a good day.
danos (85165) 2014-07-09 8:28
nice the 'prtrait' of the woman as her glance 'traveled' far away from the traditonal market in Bolu.I like the unique presentation,the light and the color manangement as the beauty of the scene.
delpeoples (52905) 2014-07-11 6:54
As always, a superb portrait with light that is so exquisite, especially on the parts of her face around her eyes and nose. Wonderful colours, superb depth of field which blurs the person walking across your field of vision in the FG. I like how you composed it, and she looks so pensive and elegant. Well done.
aliabazari (14209) 2014-07-12 0:09
Portrait of a very well recorded. Beautiful eyes. Exposure well performed.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (41984)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-07
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: NIKON D200, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-05 11:17