Kampung Semban, a village of not more than 30 houses and less than 300 population, in the 3000ft jungles of Borneo. Playing football without proper stud shoes but with a big dream like Pele. These kids remind me of Brazilian boys playing football on TV commercial ads, those sponsored by Adidas. The strike to goal by every kick, the pose, the style. I wonder, they watched a lot of television and tapes of football?
This boy went next day 1hr trekk with me to fishing at waterfall [they tell us 8-10 pounder fresh water fish], but here he was practising his football passing skill. He wore the kampong adidas shoes that I also used to trek the jungles, as well as twice to summit of Mt Kinabalu at 4095m. RM5.99 a pair. You tell me, would you buy them? As you will see in later posts, the football pitch is a central focus of the village. The moment we entered the village, the football field is so prominent, because on this afternoon, the villagers all came to celebrate Gawai here in football matches, women final, men final, girls final, boys final. There was a team named H1N1 :) and this village is out of this world, 5 hrs trekking in rainforest jungle at 13km from nearest trading post.
The women's teams? Mostly married women but you have to see this body physical fitness, they can trek the jungle at least 20% less time than mine. One of the boys was chosen to play under-12 National football games this week. I am impressed with the football spirit in this village, it is a dream for many young ones here. This pose tells me he is very good. I watched him play during every break of the contests. This is one of 20 prints that I will send to the village tomorrow for their keeping.
p/s Alfred complained about quality of his kit lens, 50mm standard lens, and sigma 50-500mm lens. Here is my shot of max FL500mm which I have also used for portraits with satisfactory results.
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besnard (57206) 2009-06-07 11:29
Une belle composition par ses couleurs et les mouvements de l'enfant bien saisis. C'est du bon travail.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
jonathan_hart (21276) 2009-06-07 11:37
good timing, the vignetting adds to the mood
leo61 (0) 2009-06-07 11:41
If Ulli Hoeneß from Bavaria Munich will see him,he will buy him immediatelly............
His techique looks very good.
A fine action shot,very sharp,taken with perfect timing.His own shadow looks nice,too.
cfreire (11741) 2009-06-07 11:57
Very, very beautiful action shot! You can feel the kid's expressions well captured. Excellent colors, lights and contrasts. Well done. Regards, Consuelo
danos (102514) 2009-06-07 12:02
the new Pele from Malaysia! Excellent the snapshot with the little child to control the ball with so perfect way.I like also your readiness to 'catch' the action the decisive moment.Well done.
Have a nice week,Danos
COSTANTINO (68924) 2009-06-07 12:08
Nice shot with an excllent capture of that moment..
I like the movement of the little child the correct time..
Very good framing,good balance and details
regards and compliments
PaulVDV (31921) 2009-06-07 12:49
A beautiful shot of the boy in full action.
Excellent sharpness. The shadow on the light brown soil adds to the composition.
What I like about football is that this sport bridges all peoples and cultures like no other one.
Best regards, Paul
marietom (34609) 2009-06-07 13:31
trop génial, ce footballeur. la lumière est magnifique !
bakes888 (18499) 2009-06-07 14:42
Hi Bill. Perhaps a star in the making ;-). Excellent action shot, good sharpness and detail and great pose. Well timed! Thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.
Polonaise (5802) 2009-06-07 15:11
This is an extraordinary photography, Bill.
Greatly executed and perfectly presented.
(it's so technically ( and otherwise) good, it seems to be slightly unrealistic :-)))
SteveH (6405) 2009-06-07 19:59
Hi Bill, good action shot, well timed to give a dynamic image in which we can imagine how the action proceeds. I wonder about the vignetting (PP?) which has left his face a bit dark. I think I would have liked a bit of motion blur too, to enhance the feeling of movement. Is that Alfred's 50-500 or another one - in anycase you seem to get a good image from it. cheers, Steve
berek (50506) 2009-06-07 21:03
nice active portrait my friend. I love shadows and pastel colours here. creative work.
Have a nice week.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2009-06-07 22:34
I love it. The action is well present in this good shot. Well done.
delpeoples (59684) 2009-06-07 22:56
Hey Bill, what a great shot - and a left-footer aswell! This is a beautiful action shot, made even better by the fact that the little fella's playing on sand in what looks like a game of "street" football. Wonderful, it's what I go to this site to see, TFS, Lisa.
Disabled_A (0) 2009-06-07 23:24
Hi again, Bill,
Rushing at full speed for the ball... excellent capture! not a moment earlier, not a moment later! :)
The rich red colour adds energy and a bit of fire to the image. I also like the composition ;)
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-06-07 23:38
Great composition from an excellent POV. I like a lot the moment and the shadows. Beautiful colours, well framed and done
Have a nice week
karthikcs (271) 2009-06-07 23:44
This is a lovely action shot. I liked the lighting and shadows. Nice exposure
BennyV (20247) 2009-06-07 23:45
A great and colourful mover! And bless you for sending the prints, that's always a great thing to do.
If you don't mind, I'd like to add this to my "beautiful game" theme, which is all about football as a global game.
Thanks for sharing.
snunney (105543) 2009-06-08 1:32
A fine portrait of this young footballer. An image full of dynamism and a sense of joy. The action is caught just at the right moment with the added bonus of the shadow. Very good sharpness.
Flavia (10352) 2009-06-08 7:08
Amazing beautiful! The way the loght hit on the boy is just so nice and his red shorts matching this glowing red ball is really cool. His shadow reflected on the sand is also a plus here. Congratulations this is a perfect action shot, full of life and perfectly rendered.
rodgerg (55767) 2009-06-08 10:28
An excellent portrait with the attitude, the concentration and the expression of this young palyer very well collected. The shade of the young boy is too welle collected. Good photowork.
Cricri (124884) 2009-06-08 10:52
Voila le nouveau Pelé de Malaisie :-)
Belle prise du momentavec un joli mouvement du garçon, très jolies couleurs et lumière ou se dessine sa petite silhouette sur le sol, belle note aussi
Good evening for you
jemaflor (102261) 2009-06-08 11:43
Well taken, good action and nice light for this sportiv scene, good result.
CLODO (35616) 2009-06-08 13:12
nice sport picture, sharp, with a good timing to get the boy and his shadow and the ball, with hues all in accordance (yellow and orange )
bukitgolfb301 (44813) 2009-06-08 14:10
Hello my dear Bill
Nice framework and perfect shutter chance as usual.
Congratulation on your great shot !
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
ChrisJ (117201) 2009-06-08 18:36
Soccer is also very popular in Korea, & I'd have no trouble at all, finding a similar scene. Good decisive moment here, with excellent sharpness & framing. Tfs!
shevchenko (20548) 2009-06-08 20:48
Good shoot to the playing child with captured his shadow too, fantastic lighting effect, interesting note for study their daily life, thanks for sharing.
wolf38 (31296) 2009-06-09 6:17
Hello Bill. A soccer in full action. Here you show a dynamic motion study. You photgraph in the ideal moment. In the sense of the word: a good shot. Best regards, Wolfgang.
jmdias (67965) 2009-06-09 7:40
excellent view, the moment was caught in the exact point. I liked the light and the colors. That darker area around the boy became fabulous . well done
saigon (6443) 2009-06-09 8:45
tres belle action de ce jeune footballeur!
je le verrai tres bien dans la meilleur equipe du monde c'est a dire BARCELONA!
TopGeo (38216) 2009-06-09 23:27
Very, very beautiful action shot! Composition with an extraordinary scene,I like a game of street football of the small children that often we see but don't dare to photograph because personal data you become prohibitory henceforth?Excellent colors, lights and contrasts. Well done. Regards,
skippy007 (12510) 2009-06-10 2:09
Hello Bill, There is no other way to this village but trek for 5 hours, correct? what about bike? out of the question I suppose. I'm only thinking like this because I would love to travel to these placed with you but 5hrs not sure. Anyway a good action shot & by his style & hard work combined with commitment who knows maybe the opportunity will come his way. Nothing wrong with your lens, excellent clarity & colour. Loved your note, you have admiration for these people that is clearly conveyed in your notes. Well done.
jusninasirun (17162) 2009-06-10 7:10
The vignette created in this shot making it look like lomography. I like the clarity, details and the warm color in the frame. The timing of the capture can't be more perfect than this.
A star to be and the field without grass reminded me that I'll have to mow the field for my kampong kids tomorrow.
TFS and best regards,
Kielia (24077) 2009-06-10 12:17
exciting action shot, this was a decisive moment indeed! Excellent POV on this little boy! And your note is also very interesting and full of empathy, I enjoyed very much reading it. TFS!
I have just learned that you will leave this site. I feel very sorry about this decision and I do hope that you might reconsider this decision!
I wish you all the best and I will be glad seeing you here again soon.
parbo (11092) 2009-06-10 18:50
Excellent timing for capturing his splendid fly on air. His shadow, the light especially shining red ball are proves the quality of your capture. Congratulations.
Cretense (68703) 2009-06-11 3:23
Excellent "action" and "sports" photography, great perfect of this young football player, the ball is almost bigger than he is! Perfect tight framing, great composition, perfect timing, excellent light managment! Congratulations!
Docarmo (9767) 2009-06-13 19:21
A decisive moment, indeed... I would not like to be the goalkeeper to receive such a "tirambaço" (as we say in Brazil ;-) He is going with elegance and power!
You transmitted very well this moment.
dip (23890) 2009-06-14 1:12
excellent image and very interesting note,
thanks for sharing,
pierrefonds (70477) 2009-06-14 5:07
You have captured well the paasion of the kid playing football(soccer). The portrait is showing the action of the boy aiming to kick the ball. The intensity of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
Bruno40 (6658) 2009-06-14 5:43
I played football today.. I do not last 90 minutes anymore, but still having fun.
I love this one, good action photo, well frozen, good technique of the kid indeed.
dvlazar (6662) 2009-06-14 6:36
Great action pose, and nice vignetting. Seems to frame the moment perfectly.
pablominto (53746) 2009-06-14 6:40
This is a fine action capture!
One of many million boys around the globe dreaming of a grown-up life as professional football millionaire...
However most of the dreams are broken, but as long as a few make it it keeps the hope alive..!
serp2000 (45536) 2009-06-14 23:14
Fine dynamic shot! Is he a local champion?
Nice colours. Interesting note and good name of a team! ;))
asajernigan (21427) 2009-06-16 5:18
This is a nice daily life shot. The fast shutter speed froze the action perfectly. The lighting and colors are great with nice sharpness and detail.
cobra112 (15589) 2009-06-16 9:56
Cioa Bill. Very dynamic moment and amazing warm light. Fantastic colours and contrast.
xavshot (69835) 2009-06-16 12:16
j'aime beaucoup la lumière dans cette image et l'impression de mouvement du garçon. Tu as déclenché au bon moment.
macondo (19804) 2009-06-17 4:29
Great shot of the boy in action, making great use of the colours, and with a pleasing vignette effect to focus our attention. Good level of contrast and great lighting. I like the universal theme of this, too. Great work.
erdna (5711) 2009-06-18 7:15
Perfect timing on this excellent shot! The vignetting touch adds impact to the subject.
Bluejeans (64251) 2009-06-18 10:09
Que beleza de foto com este rapaz a jogar a bola o seu movimento ficou fantástico , gostei muito da luz e das cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
stego (24132) 2009-06-21 9:18
I am not a fan of football, which is something that makes me an eccentric person in my own country where the news of the new girlfriend of Cristiano Ronaldo is more important than everything else. Even so, this little boy surely looks promising and you captured superbly his amazing "choreography", freezing his motion in the air, just about to kick the ball. I like your "cheat" of darkening the outer areas of the image, simulating a focus of light on the young player.
PS: I am very sad that you stopped posting, but I understand your reasons. I hope you find a likeable space to keep up with your online photo activity and, if you don't, you have no problems of any kind in returning.
PPS: I really don't know where to find you. Are you in Facebook or Flickr?
Charo (51212) 2009-06-22 16:37
Very well captured the moment of enjoying his little soccer ball. Excellent framing and fine details and colors. An image with great dynamism. Bravo!
kevinos (7517) 2009-08-09 9:17
You have great frozen action, Bil,l and a great sense of movement and excitement. Regards Kevin
ymrk (15085) 2009-08-15 2:53
bill,what a so gorgeous ball !You'd timing greatly and to be honest i'd missed for your gallery.
At that reason,,i've just seen for your new profile photo..Who is s/he? :)
Take care,best cheers!
fotka (4717) 2009-12-06 11:38
You froze on this picture excellent action of the future soccer player. It is nicely framed with a good light, sharpness and interesting note.
The soccer is a little bit like photography. We can understand and enjoy with out words.
Bill, I was happy to hear from you and even more happy that you are back on TE.
Thanks for Xmas wishes and I also like to wish you Merry Xmas and a lot of good shots in 2010.
Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Bill Laucp (trekks) (14348)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-06-01
- Categories: Festivals, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D700, Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG APO RF HSM, 4Gb Sandisk ultra II, 86mm UV
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/4000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: 2009Gawai trip to Kpg Semban
- Theme(s): The Beautiful Game, CLODO's preferred [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-06-07 11:26