My third (and last) photo of the Meusser people from Northern Laos. The hairstyles are traditional, the plastic combs are new. The older women wear wooden combs in their hair. But the younger girls......you find fashion victims the world over :)I am sure my photos do no justice to these very friendly people living in a really beautiful remote part of the world, but it is nice to have them on the map.
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Darren (6823) 2004-08-13 7:46
Hello Elaine. She is a beautiful girl and a great subject for a photo to be certain. I wish it was a little sharper, a wider aperture (smaller f number) and faster shutter time would have helped here, although I realize it is often difficult to adjust with all in one cameras such as yours. Also, when shooting people, I think it is best if you either move her off center when shooting landscape orientation (look at many of Claude Reno's or Maciek D's photos) or shoot portrait orientation if you are to keep them centered. Perhaps some sharpening in post processing would help as well? Still a very pleasing shot overall.
Robert_L (385) 2004-08-13 22:31
Agree with Darren. Also, in order to properly expose the face, the highlights on the collar were blown. Limited dynamic range is a problem inherent in all digital cameras. Not easy to control this problem with a S45. You need to underexpose then work on it in Photoshop. Normally, I don't like this angle. However, in this shot it really focuses ones attention on the hairdo.
kinginexile (2598) 2004-09-05 17:38
As happens many times, the subject was there, but we cannot get all the expressivenes/engagement we wished (in hindsight) out of it. When the subject is more documentary than individual, and the facial expression is not projecting itself out of the frame, best to have props in the background that add to that documentary aspect.