The photo was taken in Kanchanaburi which is a province along the Myanmar border in the West some 130 kilometers from Bangkok. The attractions of Kanchanaburi are the historic railway bridge built by the Japanese during WW II, scenic Kwae Yai and Kwae Noir Rivers, cave shrines, Buddhist monasteries, hill tribe villages. The boy comes from the tribe called MON which consists of refuges from Burma who live in very basic and pure conditions but still are enjoying life. Though it is not easy. The forefathers of the Mon tribe moved to Ratchaburi during the first Rattanakosin period and lived beside the Mae Klong River . Even now ,they continue to follow their old tradition of paying respect to the household spirits, and the spirits of their ancestors. They are also very serious about their Buddhist religion, believing that they were the first race to bring Buddhism from India.
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carper (96) 2008-11-09 6:21
marvelous portrait Agnieszka,
the eye contact is there and the light in the shot is good, very good photojob here, I like it, have a nice day.
Floydian (30970) 2008-11-09 7:21
Kids are always a nice subject, especially in Asia. They have big dark staring eyes and somethimes it seems they look right through you. Sharpness lies on his eyes, just as it should be. Hand in front is not the best part, but doesn't disturb me that much. Colour balance is also very interesting, a very nice tight composition...
brandstaetter (15915) 2008-11-09 8:28
a top portrait.. I saw some other ones today, taken in the direct sunlight... no way..
The only way to do it is like you did. A great one..
Cheers compliments, Chris
gabrielpat (7163) 2008-11-09 8:44
very nice color and sharpness,very good focus on this eyes.
mamalia (242) 2008-11-09 9:52
beautiful portrait with soft colors. a very nice shot.
faubry (35405) 2008-11-09 10:04
wonderful portrait... superb light on eyes; i like a lot, good quality,GREAT ,
dareco (17134) 2008-11-09 11:37
Another of your very beautiful portraits. I just love the pp work you've done, also the excellent focus and catch lights on his eyes. Very sweet expression. TFS
danos (89935) 2008-11-09 13:28
what a nice portrait of this little boy!His huge eyes and his glance send forth determination.I like the good management of the lighting conditions and the clarity of the scene.Well done.
Bartleby (13552) 2008-11-09 13:41
beautiful close-up portrait. The light and the colors really fit the subject and the look you've captured in this boy's eye is very interesting. Well done!
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-11-09 13:45
this is a beautifull portrait. The sharpness is perfect. The light and the soft colors are beautifull. Excellent picture
patdeph (35748) 2008-11-09 23:15
this a splendid portrait!The little boy is truly lovely,I love his large black eyes with the light inside!I also like the light in his hair!The colours are wonderful with a great harmony between the portrait and the background!The yelllow t-shirt give a very soft contrast!Magnificent!
Graal (99806) 2008-11-10 2:32
bardzo ladny portret dziecka, ktore jako model wyglada bardzo urodziwie. Swietny kadr, ostrosc i jej glebia. Podoba mi sie.
cunejo200 (7281) 2008-11-10 3:38
What a sweet sweet boy this is Agnieszka. An excellent portrait. Love the glow in his eyes and the desaturated look. My compliments...Danilo
ALIRIZA (16423) 2008-11-10 4:39
Really wonderful portrait of this lovely child with very nice colours, good sharpness and his expression on the face. Well done...
All the best for you my dear friend...
Silvio1953 (129414) 2008-11-10 10:11
Ciao Agnieszka, lovey portrait of cute boy with fantastic expression and splendid eyes, very well done, ciao Silvio
brevbrev14 (140) 2008-11-10 11:17
Hi Agnieszka, strong portrait
i love the big black eyes of the boy and the image tone
azaf1 (15929) 2008-11-11 2:09
Good morning Agnieszka!
What a face! This dark eyes are just wonderful and his expression great. I like those little faces, a whole honest world with a sparkle of interest and hope
gildasjan (42204) 2008-11-11 2:35
Un regard expressif pris au bon moment avec un bon ajustement des paramètres image.La nettété est là où il faut.
gunbud (34066) 2008-11-11 6:15
This young man's eyes are full of shy curosity as he peers into your lens.
The image enjoys great clarity and sharpness to go along with that special gleam in the boy's big round eyes.
Cricri (110683) 2008-11-11 10:45
C'est un trés beau portrait d'enfant, j'aime ces grand yeux noir et l'effet de brillance sur ses cheveux que donne la lumiére, un beau contraste avec son t-shirt jaune, un cadrage sérré excellent
kermit350 (9016) 2008-11-11 14:17
Hello Agnieszka, very beautiful subject, but framing seems to me one nothing too tight, I think that to photograph the hand, to see both, in their entirety would be less reducing, if not the effect of insulation of the child by the fuzzy artistic one is ideal, sincerely ...............Bonjour Agnieszka, très beau sujet, mais le cadrage me semble un rien trop serré, je pense que photographier la main, voir les deux, dans leur entièreté serais moins réducteur, sinon l’effet d’isolement de l’enfant par le floue artistique est idéal, bien amicalement
jaywalker (16101) 2008-11-11 14:17
Hi Agnieszka, His eyes are so dark & innocent & I like the soft lighting, a nice shallow DOF & there is a very delicate shine on his hair, a very beautiful portrait & TFS, kind regards Wilson.
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-11-12 2:42
Hi dear Agnieszka,
Amazing portrait of this kid with a lovely expression.
Excellent details and low DOF
Thanks for sharing
rodgerg (55767) 2008-11-12 2:47
Very good close-up portrait full of qualities: framing, expresion and glance well collected, the yellow colors of the T-shirt arise very well, good managment of light ( this light show very well the eyes of the boy). Congratulations.
Have a good day,
fulvio52 (8314) 2008-11-12 4:10
A powerful portrait shrouded in beautiful, moody lighting. Thanks to your excellent framing and light management his big dark eyes truly steal the show. Lots of untold stories in those eyes...
Have a good day, I'll be seeing you.
axiotea (21649) 2008-11-12 10:45
Sawasdee kha Agnieszka
Indeed a lovely portrait with good management of the low light condition and natural colors well rendered.
I 'm not sure about the cropping of his hand in FG, but that's not a big deal ;)
Flavia (10352) 2008-11-13 17:20
Beautiful and perfect! The tecnique is perfect, the focus in the eyes and a shalow bg. The boys expression is nice looking at you with some question in his beautiful eyes. Love the color and texture treatment.
Gerrit (50880) 2008-11-14 15:16
beautiful portrait. The focussing is great and the colors are beaautiful. The framing could be better I think.
If you cut off a part of the hair you could have cut off a bigger part to bring ot the shine on the hair and give more balance,
jorgi (3810) 2008-11-16 2:39
well...if I'm being completely honest...I love it! I see it as perfect as it can be, so I will try to give you my best constructive imput why.
The focus: the focus on his eyes is superb. The use of opened aperture makes boy's face so soft and gentle as childhood is. His eyes are captivating, I could get lost in these dark marbles of sincere curiosity. The eyes that follow you for a long time in your memory.
The colour: brown yellow tones...warm but not to warm. Boy is in harmony to its background. It feels like he is...home.
Frame: simple. White. It gives all the room to the motive. To the boy. To his look. Hand is in a second plan, the crop went unnoticed untill I read the other critiques. Personally it didn't and still doesn't bother me at all. I'm to strongly captivated by his look.
Hopefully that does it. :)
Wish you lovely Sunday,
feather (51130) 2008-11-16 12:04
Wonderful portrait. You have taken the focus from the eyes which are so dark and beautiful and sparkle thanks to the catch-lights. It would have been better without the hand, but I'm sure it would have been impossible to convey that to him. The almost duotone of the image with low saturation works very well.
batalay (36757) 2008-11-16 16:35
At the outset, I want you to know that I am not reciprocating with points. I love this portrait of the little boy, where you have captured his soul. He speaks with his eyes, and just as much with this hand gestures. The colors are subdued and complementary, the resolution is very good— you can see the texture in his shirt, and the glistening of his hair. All the aspects collaborate to make this an exceptional children's portrait. You photography has improved in leaps and bounds.
Warm regards, Agnieszka,
ilvao (2306) 2008-11-19 13:38
It's just wonderful the way you portrait this Mon boy with unusual colors
Congratulations - Olivier
bakes888 (18499) 2008-11-22 22:49
Hi Agnieszka. You have timed this shot to catch the fleeting expression well. The colours look a little desaturated here? This suits the portrait well as vivid colours I feel would distract the attention from the child. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.
anokutan (15097) 2008-11-25 9:36
Great light management.
tinamunk3 (6408) 2009-01-03 22:28
A stunning portrait - just the way I like it with a very tight framing. Love the golden tones and the light in the boys face is so good. Great sharpness on the face.
Very well captured!!!