Portraiture is arguably one of the most challenging branches of people photography and in many cases, being a stranger in a foreign land and not naturally part of the environment and having a camera infront of my face makes me stand out of the crowd. Here in Khiva cold winter afternoon, frequently time and the light were not on my side in unfamiliar or trying conditions.
In a busy market place for my portrait shots, I normally would try to focus on people in their natural personality that is real and unique, spontaneous and artistic in order to record the true spirit represented in a photo that is both captivating and timeless. Life is full of moments that can become precious gems, the moments that will be cherished for years to come and I try to make memories that last a lifetime.
This lady with her shiny gold plated teeth caught my attention amongst the hectic crowd. Gold seems to be a sign of beauty and a measure of wealth may be? But I simply loved her sensational looks, tall, proud and high cheekbones as she continuously made my day and actually transformed the market scene to life. This was a quick burst of image caught using 300mm long lens before she dissappeared in cold thin air.
She has defintely brought a golden smile to the face of winter....
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holmertz (34669) 2012-07-18 8:03
Once again we are closest neighbours.
This is a splendid portrait of a woman radiating joy and a totally relaxed attitude to the stranger with the camera. I understand the joy you also must have felt when capturing this nice face. Congratulations.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-18 8:51
wha a smile....a splendid portrait with attractive composition and surprising details, great timing and POv, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Schnappilic (9682) 2012-07-18 9:16
I like your portrait interesting idea. I know very well this kind of people because in Romania are many gypsy with Golden smile".
eldancer1 (23097) 2012-07-18 10:00
Indeed! A golden smile. Having gold teeth is a very common practice mostly in the Asian countries. There are a few in the U.S. but mostly from those of Asian heritage. She does have a beautiful smile with twinkle in her eyes. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
Graal (94186) 2012-07-18 10:32
amazing portrait, good title, yes, smile is golden. Teeth, too. Fine note and photowork.
Have a nice evening.
jhm (131862) 2012-07-18 10:44
Your portrait is very nice, but for my a little bit to much cropped, but this is personal.
The gold tooth are the real eye catcher.
Sharpness and clarity are perfectly.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice evening,
Fis2 (79806) 2012-07-18 12:26
A very curious face.
Teeth add to the charm ;)
mauro61 (52623) 2012-07-18 13:29
Un taglio stretto che mette in mostra la dentatura dorata e una espressione che, anche se sorridente, inquieta un po',
bravo nel cogierla,
delpeoples (50695) 2012-07-18 17:58
Hello dear Abmdsudi
I love your note which is a perfect accompaniment to this lovely photo. She does indeed have a golden smile and it starts me thinking about the definition of beauty in different cultures. For example, to be fat in some South Pacific cultures, is very desirable, where in modern western culture it is frowned upon. I take what you say about her bone structure and poise. Some people have that certain something - and she definitely has it and you've definitely captured it. Nice work, thanks once again for sharing.
PaulVDV (19395) 2012-07-18 22:39
Excellent portrait of this smiling lady looking at the camera with her head slightly turned.
Also her eyes are smiling.
Excellent sharpness and cropping.
Best regards, Paul
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-07-19 5:40
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Belo sorriso desta mulher com os dentes de ouro , achei fantástico ,muito interessante o efeito visual , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
dkmurphys (44657) 2012-07-19 5:50
Another fascinating portrait that describes the world in those places. Artistic shot, well seen.
sacimar (25971) 2012-07-19 7:46
this is another interesting portrait, I like her face expression, her golden teeth catch my attention also, good details,
ourania (22778) 2012-07-19 10:13
this is a lovely portrait which becomes amazing after reading your notes. I love the way you've captured with your long lens a wonderful face in the moving crowd, her flattered and amused expression and warm whole-hearted smile. Sharpness is excellent making the portrait real and vivid, the tones on the lady's face are superbly natural and the contrast of the blurry colourful background is so becoming. Framing is well studied and perfect for this portrait and expression. So this picture was a gift for you and now for us. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Oceania (4082) 2012-07-19 12:26
A wonderful portrait of the lady with the shiny teeth...a great capture.
siamesa (27701) 2012-07-20 7:27
Bom dia Abmdsudi
Is she a gypsy? I ask because they like to use gold in their teeths.
Very interesting capture and an excellent portrait.
Cricri (97031) 2012-07-20 12:52
Vous savez capturer le bon moment ou l'expression du visage est le plus beau, j'aime son regard tendre et son sourire charmant avec ces dents en or, j'ai beaucoup aimée aussi votre note
SWEETFREEDOM (20804) 2012-07-21 1:17
amazing portrait and nice face expression. good crop colors and sharpness.
Silvio1953 (111120) 2012-07-21 6:05
Ciao Abmdsudi, fantastic portrait with amazing smile, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
emilbo (22112) 2012-07-21 17:42
Beau portrait et joli sourire en or qui commence bien une journée. Une photo qui nous fait sourire et bien pensé le titre. Bien pris avec ton 300mm.
Toutes mes amitiés et bon dimanche,
claudeD (28884) 2012-07-23 6:28
very fine portrait shot with an excellent sharpness always very important for a portrait.I like the golden smile very much. Very good note. Excellent contribution to TE.TFS. With regards from Luxembourg
Didi (53355) 2012-07-30 9:38
Very original portrait of this lady. Good frame quality and I see a natural expression
maloutim (9621) 2012-08-03 11:45
Indeed, this is a stunning portrait. Of course, one sees the row of golden teeth first, which is rather unusual in modern civilisations !
But then you have also captured the expressions of her face wonderfully. I notice the colours of her cardigan too and the white hair of her hat, all of which makes he look special against the blurred background.
I am not surprised she made your day.
gus72 (3719) 2013-08-10 17:23
Hi abmdsudi !!!
this is a fantastic portrait..... I can almost feel the moment.
what surprise me is that you took it using your 300 m.m. lens..... she seems to be looking straight at the camera ..... and I suppose from some distance !!!!
Nice facial expression and subtle colours.
A gem of a photo.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (36344)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-15
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-18 7:54