Shooting location: On Route 13 mountain road - somewhere between Muang Sing and Luang Namphta in Northern Laos.
Why so serious? Let's put a smile on the face!
She has nothing precious except her heartfelt grin that brightens my morning. A good genuine one big happy smile, full of life from a humble Ahka farmer with her famous identity; the distinctive eye-catching red head-dress and the traditional shoulder board head sling.
A simple street portrait, not particularly technically competent just a quick grab but was lucky enough to have my camera ready I thought worthy of recording. However I was not as shocked as she was when I showed her picture on the back of my camera, she laughed for ages and ages!!! Ahh the beauty of digital to help us communicate across languages.....
Not everyone's cup of tea perhaps..
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Noel_Byrne (20810) 2014-01-04 6:25
Her smile is beautiful, and more than the smile on her mouth, I can see the smile in her eyes showing a true connection between you and this lady! A beautiful portrait, and no wonder she was so happy to see it on your camera, its a beautiful work. The light is spectacular as it lights from one side like this.
Thanks as always
Fis2 (81968) 2014-01-04 7:32
Next interesting portyrait.
I like frame and curious light.
Good colors and sharpness.
eldancer1 (25206) 2014-01-04 7:34
That smile is as genuine as they come! Great timing and capture with good lighting and sharp details. Very well done, tfs.
SnapRJW (29298) 2014-01-04 7:36
Hello dear Abmdsudi - Apart from your lovely note which tells us the story behind the shot, I think you underestimate the quality of this portrait! I like the way the light falls on the ladies open and friendly face; it is like a spotlight which highlights her beautiful smile and gently falls away leaving the face itself as the main feature. Excellent, you seem to have a real talent for this type of 'off-the-cuff' portraiture. Super! Warmest regards Rosemary
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-01-04 7:42
beauituful portrait,which makes us smile and cheer up.
Excellently composed and timed with really unique facial expression making the composition so strong and meaningful.
Also the light is dalightful and definitely contribute to the success of the composition.
Have a nice weekend
holmertz (37127) 2014-01-04 7:43
A quick grab in the street, which also turns out as technically decent, is always my cup of tea. I always prefer a warm smile to a cold building.
npecanhuk (60960) 2014-01-04 7:54
Sharpness, exposure and colors are excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
pajaran (48477) 2014-01-04 8:38
Interesantan i dobar tekst, sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazna zena sa osmehom, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting and good text with a description ...
Good time recording and contrast, nice demonstration of women with a smile, beautiful colors.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-04 8:50
Nice broad and bright smile on this old lady. I like it. It is amazing how people in our part of the world have such wonderful smiles to share in spite of hardships and trouble. That is the spirit I must say. Nice daily life shot, I like frontal eye contact with your camera. Great detailing across the face. In your note you have mentioned a real advantage of digital photography, I liked it a lot. Thanks for sharing.
Cricri (101397) 2014-01-04 8:58
Un sourire communicateur, très agréable a regarder, belles couleurs sui entoure son visage baignée par une belle lumière, un très joli portrait que vous lui avez montrée et qui la rempli de joie..
claudeD (30483) 2014-01-04 9:24
that's really an amzing portrait shot showing the wife smiling all over here face. Very fine colors and perfect sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
dkmurphys (46292) 2014-01-04 9:26
One of the most beautiful and sincere smiles you can get from a stranger. Lovely catch, well done.
Have a great weekend.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-04 9:39
What a wonderful portrait! So lively, so charming.
Light is, as usual, perfect to underline the features of her face. Very compact framing with super colors.
A stunning shot presented in your 'simple' way.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-04 10:54
very smiley indeed and very cheerful. I love the framing which focuses just on the face and lovely colors.
Great light and very well managed.
adidas5nb (4498) 2014-01-04 18:48
wow..what an amazing portray.just great to see people happy.love the details on offer in the frame with a brilliant side light.great horizontal frame to include and hint the load she is carrying.
jjcordier (73312) 2014-01-04 22:57
La bonne humeur de ton "modèle" est communicative! Bonne photo de cet instant de complicité.
kato (11630) 2014-01-04 23:00
You're capturing well this porteait by a good macro and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the woman's farmer who wears the traditional dress and red shoulder board head sling. It's also impressive in her smile.
Have a healthy and good New Year for you and your family!
willperrett (5960) 2014-01-05 3:46
I've been taking a break from this site, but clearly you haven't! There's lots here that I've missed, but I'll content myself with this latest posting. Great feelgood portrait: and I'm glad your subject liked it as much as I do. You say it's not particularly technically competent: what do you want?? The slight under-exposure is just right to my eyes, with the dark background cutting out any potential distractions. Happy New Year.
yquem46 (38380) 2014-01-05 4:08
An expressive close up portrait of this smiling lady
Nice light and colors
A razor sharp image
best regards, have a nice sunday
Romano46 (16578) 2014-01-05 4:10
altro splendido ritratto che si commenta da sè, per la spontaneità del soggetto, la cura della ripresa ed il suo efficace valore documentaristico.
Ciao e buona domenica
jhm (135238) 2014-01-05 4:25
Happy that people have, a nice smile.
We see nice the wrinkles of life on the face of these lady.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Composition and presentation are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
marabu61 (7403) 2014-01-05 4:33
A very captivating smile indeed, her whole face is radiating so much joy of life that it is truly heartwarming. For a quick snapshot this is a remarkably great portrait with the light falling beautifully on her face, giving it a great structure trough the sunlit and shadowy areas. Superb shot.
have a great sunday
mirosu (12544) 2014-01-05 4:46
One week without internet, but many new photos.
Beautiful smile and portrait. Like how you use the light here i e. light is where it should be. Strong colors on clothes but the skin seems perfect. Superb portrait photo. Well done.
rychem (19523) 2014-01-05 8:47
Attractive photo of this smiling woman, joy of life, you have captured positive emotions
wolf38 (30320) 2014-01-05 9:00
Hello abmdsudi. What a beautiful photo of this friendly woman. Perfectly captured with the camera - and well presented.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
williewhistler (12469) 2014-01-05 10:54
the shadow areas form a nice vignette for the well lit ladies cheerful smile,she is obviously well at ease with the photographer,a credit to your communication skills.
The colours and clarity are delightful,it`s a most appealing portrait.
Kind regards Les.
adramad (35375) 2014-01-05 15:38
Great time captured in this wonderful portrait, wide smile woman seems to convey his good humor, his tone pink headscarf, is a point of attraction in the composition, which otherwise has all the ingredients of a masterful job.
A very nice colorful natural tones.
A bright and very sharp image.
Well done and a good introduction to your note as ever.
I wish you a good weekend.
Best Regards ..
delpeoples (52497) 2014-01-06 2:39
Happy New Year my dear friend, I hope all your dreams come true. This lady is wonderful, how lucky you are to have met her. The smile is worth a million dollars and I loved reading of how the both of you bonded over the camera. A wonderfully close up shot, thanks for sharing and congratulations.
ourania (26456) 2014-01-06 7:23
I like very much this spontaneous portrait and the interaction between you and the lady. The photo must have been the highlight of both your days and the intensity and appreciation of your communication is very apparent in this brilliant picture. The light across the lady's smiling face enhances her outgoing and sincere expression, the warm tones and her glance shine through. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
jemaflor (80752) 2014-01-06 11:01
A nice smile well captured at tyhe good moment, perfect sharpness and light management, beautiful colors, tfs.
Silvio1953 (115945) 2014-01-06 12:45
Ciao Abmdsudi, great portrait of old woman with fantastic smile, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (13294) 2014-01-07 11:59
An smile quite spontaneus that shows the good relation established between the two, nice that she also laughed watching the capture, being kind and being interested in people has, sometimes, this award
Like the colors of the head dress that along thne smile illuminated the capture
Well done, like spontaneus portraits
josepmarin (57507) 2014-01-08 3:31
her smile is contagious! You have caught skilfully the vital joy of this woman, in a very sharp image where we can see clearly all the details of her face, under a great play of light and subtle shades.
It's a wonderful portrait, perfectly executed, as usual.
Well done, my friend.
adores (34408) 2014-01-17 2:08
Another great portrait! Her genuine smile is fantastic. Light, colours and focus are very good also. I believe she's carrying a burden on her shoulders but still she keeps smiling! Good work!
COSTANTINO (51376) 2014-02-05 23:05
excellent capture of this wonderful portrait
showing the happy expression of the womans face
a simple street portrait not particularly
technically but great work showing
the delicate details very wellcomposed
have a nice evening
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (39634)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-23
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW, Tokina 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-04 6:22