I went back to my Luang Prabang files and singled this picture out from a whole bunch of un-posted ones. The story?
It was almost 5:00 PM, Sunday. There was a sound system booming in background, announcing a cultural show to be staged somewhere. Then came these two girls giving out leaflets for the show. They mingled in the crowd and a picture-opportunist that I am, I followed them 'til I get a decent angle with undistracting background. They smiled at me and went on with their business.
Maybe they are participants in the show, dancers perhaps. But what was interesting was the colors of their costume: the colors of their national flag. Not only were they pretty but also patriotic.
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arnabchat (7233) 2005-02-01 8:28
strong & lively colors, great sharpness and DOF and smiling face, what else do you require in a beautiful picture?
Galmeida (12559) 2005-02-01 8:33
Coincidence, I did my critique now to your last "Smoking photo", and like a speed train this new one. Another excelent duo portrait, with good colors, contrast and composition.
Thanks for sharing your great work with us.
hugolef (4909) 2005-02-01 8:42
Hi Manny, I had better women than smoker ...
Good POV and DOF, the colors are well contrasted. Nice portrait of two beautiful women, that are enhaunced by warm color ... and your look !
cessy (13647) 2005-02-01 8:51
lovely, very nice expressions and beautiful colors. excellent Manuel
markoci (3927) 2005-02-01 9:00
excellent composition, superb quality (great colours, dof and sharpness are amazing!) and lovely subjects! another wonderful portrait from lp, really looking forward to my visit there in the spring.
Albrecht (11279) 2005-02-01 9:19
Very good shot: those colours and DOF make it special. Top!
Philappy (157) 2005-02-01 9:20
The right shot at the right moment ! it's remind another duo portrait from Thailand. beautiful colors, nice smile, perfect framing.
PSYOPS (0) 2005-02-01 9:33
With this kind of picture, I don't know if we need to stick with slide film?
Xalkida (11744) 2005-02-01 10:32
Excellent portraits, great sharpness and colors! Fantastic shot, I like the lighting too!
Graal (94140) 2005-02-01 10:35
Next great portrait. Ver nice colours,sharp and composition. Well done.
jhm (131794) 2005-02-01 11:56
Again a perfectly portrait Manuel, the two girls are wonderful excellent DOF, with a very and lovely looking , and splendid of composition.
Thanks for posting.
robiuk (10807) 2005-02-01 12:11
Lovely 'twin' image and effect of good DOF here, Manuel!
I like your tight cropping as well.
Colours are smashing!
Praetzer (1662) 2005-02-01 12:33
Hi Many. Corect use of DOF; Nice colors.
I would have removed some spikes on the skin of the woman in front (just to make it perfect).
fooeleen (713) 2005-02-01 13:15
sharp colors and great DOF. she has a great smile...beautiful portrait.
RGatward (20052) 2005-02-01 13:33
.. or maybe just wearing what they were told for the job. Worth following them. Interesting idea to focus on the closer one, and leaving the other just slightly soft.
Galeota (10338) 2005-02-01 14:04
Hy Manny, although I don't leave a word very often, I look frequently in your gallery to see what you''ve been posting. You seem to be one of those pphotographers finding their natural way with a telephoto lens, and you've definitely been producing some really nice shots with your 70-200. Always an excellent contrast of colours, and a very good overall quality in your images. Thank you for sharing.
nwoehnl (122) 2005-02-01 15:40
A nice double portrait of the beauties, Manny. Good work with the focusing to have the lady in the foreground in ideal sharpness, and the other one in a softer way. Their colorful costumes are very beautiful as well. Nice one, I like it.
Zepi (22848) 2005-02-01 18:14
Encore un magnifique portrait Manny!
J'adore sur celui-ci cette mise au point parfaite et cette PDC toujours aussi juste!
Merveilleux piqué,magnifiques teintes et modèles splendides!
Merci pour le partage!
Amicalement - Sébastien
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-02-01 19:22
A fine capture of a friendly expression.
Really sharp and crisp,beautiful Bokeh.
Well done Manny!
alford (3961) 2005-02-02 0:00
Another very crisp and colorful portrait shot, Manny! The blue and red colors really stand-out! Beautiful expressions on the girls' faces! rgds.
naxius (16685) 2005-02-02 4:21
You have such opportunit for making great portraits! You are always at the good area and at the good time. Congrats!
Great colors and light.
Great smile too.
Very nice models ;o
ChrisJ (93406) 2005-02-02 5:24
A superb dual portrait with fantastic sharpness, great sidelighting & very good selective focus / dof. Excellent colour & saturation. The smile is a big bonus. Good shot!
carper (96) 2005-02-02 5:27
Very good photo Manuel,
Fantastic red and fantasstic blue, very good composition, good pof and an exelent dof, very good job I like it.
wilche (415) 2005-02-02 6:58
Very good comp. Like girl in the back is a bit blurred. Good colors and it is sharp... Good job.
jrj (34841) 2005-02-02 8:35
Great protrait Manny and excellent dof. Strong colours and rich details. Very attractive compo.
scalerman (26900) 2005-02-03 2:14
Interesting story Manny, but soooo sharp! Vivid color too.
sn00zie (2384) 2005-02-08 7:50
another beautiful and colorful picture MAnuel..
billabongx (1585) 2005-02-23 8:03
Hi manuel, another one of your excellent portrait. A nice use of DOF and framing. I like the colors too. your photos is really an inspiration. keep posting.
jrzufferey (7301) 2005-04-01 15:27
Superbe portrait, la technique d'avoir deux personnages, le deuxième en retrait un peu flou pour mettre enévidence le premier me semble un très bon choix. Bravo c'est très beau amicalement/jr