In our Chiang Trai trip, the group requested some native Akha women to pose for us. This is a difficult shot because not only do we have to wake up very early in the morning (4:30 AM) but that I have to expose very well to get the features of the woman. Most of the effect here was achieved through post-processing. I have to make the woman a bit brighter...just enough to expose her dramatically.
Anyway, the Akhas are one of the many minority groups in Chiang Rai. They have a very distinct culture and they have such intricate costumes. Such a delight to photograph though this one is a setup shot.
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Zanni (6108) 2004-12-18 10:45
A beautiful portrait, an amazing background and a great light.
tomaszmarcinek (1507) 2004-12-18 10:50
Amazing! Was there any other light-source (seems so) than the sunlight? What exactly did you change in postporcessing? Tell us because the final effect is stunning!
nwoehnl (122) 2004-12-18 10:53
A real stunner, Manny. The subtle light is great as it plays on the model's face and also accentuates her pretty interesting headwear. The left part with the diagonal branch silhouette and the sun is of course ideal for your compo. Great work.
Wolbo (465) 2004-12-18 10:54
In itself it is a very beautiful photo and an excellent composition but to me it also has an unreal and somewhat artificial look, probably due to the post-processing of the light on woman's face.
clodreno (0) 2004-12-18 10:56
I am sorry Manuel, but this is exactly like the pictures you posted of the Beauties a while ago. OK! nothing to say, it's well done. Technically good. But from you I expect a lot more than that. You are a lot better than that. It's in fact a real photoclub shot.. It perspires it..Please go by yourself, enter the people's world not the tourist one..
I am sure you could do it.
Since as a principle I always give a big smile, you do get it. Just to be able to say what I think..
Galmeida (12559) 2004-12-18 11:11
A wonderful portrait of a oriental beautiful typical people tradition. For me, no photo tecnics problems because you make the impossible, as you explain. I like it and ALL are going to like it, because is a great shot, a beautiful composition, and a nice momment and opportunity to you. Don't forget this. Congratulations and happy new year.
markoci (3927) 2004-12-18 11:13
technically brilliant indeed, composition, sharpness, colors, just perfect. however i also feel like this is too much like a studio shot. don't get me wrong there's nothing wrong with that, it's just not the kind of picture you usually find on te, or even in your gallery.
avigur_11 (22077) 2004-12-18 11:18
Wjhat a wonderful portrait, Manny. The light makes her skin shine with colors of bronze. Amazing DOF, great shot.
Leonie (8809) 2004-12-18 11:18
I don't like the background colour, but I love the Akhas and this woman is very beautiful!
bantonbuju (51771) 2004-12-18 11:25
absolutly beautiful, one of the best i have seen here; great!
PixelTerror (0) 2004-12-18 11:56
Hi Manuel, a very attractive shot, I like the way the rising sun lightens the visage of the woman, also beautifully composed and framed, excellent shot !
verge (1242) 2004-12-18 12:06
Beautiful.. just beautiful manny. too bad there's no clap symbol on this critique. I really like it very much. you manage to get the girl face very clearly the light in her face is just superb and the dark portion is also good its not totally jeopardize the color of the head dress. really good work. i also like the the moon in the background....rgds
RGatward (20060) 2004-12-18 12:06
This is turning into one of (even) your best sets. Why aren't NG beating a path to your door, have you ever tied selling these?
maciekda (19895) 2004-12-18 12:13
oh well, a posed shot and looks like from a clendar, but still very nice, professional quality. but i must agree with Claude here, that you are capable of getting bettter scenes than this one, with more "heart"...
flydragon (0) 2004-12-18 12:51
verry nice picture
and nice light
i was just wondering
is she use lipstick ?
a bit strange she look
more a fashion model that
a akha woman.
A beautifull picture Manuel
alainh (35581) 2004-12-18 13:02
What a beautiful one !
splendid light in the face, and nice composition.
jhm (136550) 2004-12-18 13:03
SPLENDID Manuel, what a great portrait, you are a large portrait photographer, my complements. Excellent colours Manuel.
Thanks for visiting today.
eleparc (24063) 2004-12-18 13:35
wow!! This shot is excellent Manny! your compo is perfect! the light is amazing and in spite of facing the sun, you have no light problem and can still se the face distinctly! how did you manage that?? I ma impressed!!
not in the philippines yet? when do you leave for X'mas??
papagolf21 (83946) 2004-12-18 14:29
Portrait magnifiquement composé, vous vous dirigez vers l'excellence Manny.
Les mots deviennent inutiles quand la beauté est là sous nos yeux.
Du travail de professionnel Manny.
sengir (4956) 2004-12-18 15:12
pity for the woman ;D, but the effect is indeed worth it - stunning work
scalerman (26900) 2004-12-18 15:44
Was this trip taken with your photo club group? Just a splendid postcard Manny. So good!
kozerog (1286) 2004-12-18 16:03
Super shot, Manny! Just great everything - light, compo, colours!
poulinp (4530) 2004-12-18 16:22
Very well composed and good post-processing job. Typically oriental!
waskahegan (0) 2004-12-18 17:23
isang salita, maganda! at maganda and babae. The sun gives such warm and beautiful tones, magaling ang retrato
cgrindahl (6113) 2004-12-18 17:41
Stunning Manny! You don't say what you did in post processing, but the result is outstanding. The colors, lighting and details at the point of focus are very fine. The softness in the background is sumptuous, especially in contrast with the foreground sharpness. And the composition is classic Manny, wonderfully done with the main element close to the frame, yet with balancing elements on the opposite side. Exotic and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
ChrisJ (95034) 2004-12-18 18:12
A superb portrait, with the added bonus of a sunset and sil;houetted bamboo shoot. Excellent dof & lighting on the womans face.
jpages (1670) 2004-12-18 20:13
Nice warm light on her face, good sharpness in her perfil. I suppose it's difficult to obtain with the sun in front of you. It's a very good portrait with a good composition, but I would have prefered to know that the women was not posing for you. The shot will increase it's beauty if it belongs to a natural moment, without knowing you were doing the photo. Good post-processing, good job.
I have discovered you, I hope to learn a lot with your photos.
Michael_Gan (2776) 2004-12-18 20:26
Well, touristic shot or not, I am really stunned by the result! The light and focus on the woman's face is superb. I am just very glad that you advised us about your postprocessing work. Great work, Manny.
thebecky (688) 2004-12-19 0:30
What a beautiful picture. It's all been said already I just want to add my compliments
carper (96) 2004-12-19 3:28
fantastic, I must say. Very nice cropping, fantstic portrait, good sharp and a fantastic dof, great job
roshangar (1680) 2004-12-19 6:04
such a light on her face!
it lookslike a painting,the background is wonderfull!
naxius (16685) 2004-12-19 11:04
Congratulations Manny for this new portrait. This is completely outstanding. I do not know what to say.
Great photo and great lesson to me!
alimo3 (6854) 2004-12-19 19:08
Wow this is a very good one.
the model is beautiful and the light and colors as well.
composition is perfect.
maphoto (8082) 2004-12-19 20:59
This is absolutly fantastic Manuel, beautiful portrait, everything is perfect, colors. light, softness and this georgous smile :-) Thanks for sharing, well done.
dsidwell (9771) 2004-12-19 21:36
Nice work, here Manny. The addition of the branch and sun really make this one pop!
alford (3961) 2004-12-20 0:48
The way you played with the lighting and its effects is masterfully done, Manny! I'm in awe with everything here - the backgrounds, the clarity and the colors! This photo can be a poster, undoubtedly! very good work! rgds.
KUAN (1502) 2004-12-20 10:51
for me amazing light and warm colours...
michel_r (1118) 2004-12-21 14:34
A postcard Manuel. perfectly executed with wonderful warm colors.
apivaz (1902) 2004-12-21 21:09
Lindas cores e um enquadramento perfeito. Parabéns!
rabani (9645) 2004-12-22 3:50
I'm never at a lost for words. But this time, I can only express the turmoil and helplessness of finding the right word, adjective, whatever, to say what I think of this photo Manny. Let just say, if there is one photo which will influence me, I am looking at it. It will influence my style of potraits. At least please accept my gratitude. Thank you Manny.
This photo is an inspiration. Very inspiring.
Merry Christmas Manny
Janice (4403) 2004-12-23 5:08
Beautiful portrait Manny. I really like it, PP work or not. TFS, Janice
jrj (34841) 2004-12-23 5:26
In your series of well made portraits I think this on is on the top list. Excellent details, great use of light, harmonized colours. What more to say - just very good..
iamxa (3025) 2004-12-23 9:33
Everytime I see your file I rest "maravillado", like stoped ... This one is just genial. You are one of the best portraits maker I never know.
I wish you a merry christmas and specially a very very very happy new year and I hope you get all your desires, specially the spirituals.
See you friend.
bimbol (132) 2005-03-13 15:08
Beautiful!!! I can observe this photo hours! Light and shade effects please me on face of girl.
You are centuries!
caliane (610) 2005-03-15 12:11
superb picture. i like the colors, the sun, the woman, her garment is also beautiful :) it's a good sample of her culture :)
hamster (104) 2005-05-12 4:18
Well... the composition is a key to success of this photo. I like also the light play on the face.
frankisch (51) 2005-05-19 4:46
bonne prise simple et explicite
il n'y a rien qui puisse détourné l'attention
ccooper (840) 2005-07-09 16:08
This is one of the most beautiful photos I have seen on trekearth. Your photography is amazing, inspiring and wonderful.
lasscor (7640) 2006-04-09 15:31
Wonderful artistic composition.
A true invitation with the dream.
slayer_fr (4) 2006-04-26 10:43
very cool portrait !
savask (1891) 2006-09-03 18:29
2 more to reach to 100 points for this exquisite photo , is the least I can do...
PeterDF (419) 2006-10-04 21:37
Another superb shot, Manny...somehow...I had missed this one in all your photos...but it's just as wonderful as all the rest! Very beautiful photo.
LSH (174) 2006-10-20 20:13
Je n'ai aucun autre commentaire à ceux qui figurent sur cette page!
jsec (2122) 2007-02-02 20:44
You are fortunate to live in a World where the camera is welcomed by people on the street. Whilst I am hugely impressed with your trademark portraits, I dont think you would get the same results here in the UK. For every 100 great images you get in Asia, you might be lucky to get one here. I would like to challenge you to prove me wrong.
tinamunk3 (6404) 2007-03-07 15:02
This image is being used here:
caballl (17) 2007-05-31 4:57
superbe jeux d'ombres...ressortant bien la beauté naturel du personnage
Charmey (39) 2007-08-09 1:23
Bravo, composition très originale. Ca vaut le coup d'attendre le coucher de soleil ! Très belles lumières et couleurs.
PerR (1513) 2007-08-09 2:04
It is a couple of years since you posted this photo. It was today shown on the main site. It is just really beautiful (as all other of your portraits are). Just perfect, the composition and excellent exposure gives it all right. I understand there are some PP work done, but doesn't all photos get better if you do?.
happypoppeye (4817) 2007-08-09 12:18
Simply perfect Manny. I wouldn't change a thing. Colors, composition, lighting, sharpness...all look great.
cfreire (11741) 2007-09-04 8:37
Great shot. Colors, shadows and sharpness very well done.
marine-coeur (768) 2008-07-04 4:19
Excellent and Amazing pic,very warm and beautiful colours,
and indeed A SUNRISE BEAUTY AND BRAINY,
Aru_Earthwalker (68) 2011-09-01 1:00
A very charming picture. I like the colours and the composition a lot; all the elements match well with each other. I sense a very exotic, Asian atmosphere from it :)
- Copyright: Manuel Librodo (manny) (21833)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-12-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-200
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): More than 100 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-12-18 10:42
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