A slice of life here along the road near Samarkand enroute to Tashkent, a quicky hip shot without looking at the view finder when I came across this young farmer on a donkey cart in a rather old world feel - the indispensable ship of the desert and still a fundamental part of the lives of Uzbek rural lifestyle. As the technology developed at its peek but the poor donkey is still doing the same labour.
I love his direct eye contact and his surprising honest emotions, natural expression and joy veering into the view finder spontaneously as my shutter is released and for one second his face says a lot, and spur-of-the-moment liveliness. This is just daily routine of ordinary people, one of Uzbekistan's inhabitants decend from Koreans who still probably do not know what the word luxury means. Uzbek people are absolutely adorable, despite being poor, they are always happy and nice with visitors and It is refreshing to see those people that don’t have much money always smiling. Uzbeks are actually the 4th happiest people in the world believe it or not !! and are always very happy to talk to visitors. The smiling faces were just the thing to lift my spirits after a long hectic trip on the old Russian bus and I knew instantly that I was going to enjoy Uzbekistan!
There are approximately 200,000 ethnic Koreans community in the country, most are descendants of Korean immigrants who were deported forcibly to the region by the commie Soviet government in the late 1930s.
Picture UnEdited as seen by the lens without V&H lines adjusted, camera preset on auto mode. Cut off on edges and Tilted horizontal line are Expected
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pajaran (52050) 2013-08-18 6:47
Dobar dan, popodne.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o stanovnicima Uzbekistan's , da datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lep osmeh na licu mladog coveka.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Very interesting and good article on Uzbekistan's citizens, that the given data ...
A good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Nice smile on the face of the young man.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
Fis2 (85499) 2013-08-18 7:23
Good frame, colors and light.
eldancer1 (27879) 2013-08-18 7:43
This young looks happy but I don't think this donkey is. I like the low pov and it appears the tight cropping is necessary to eliminate the others. Good details and good lighting. Very well done, tfs.
Didi (56863) 2013-08-18 7:45
Very good backlights on the scene with a good lights management
holmertz (41017) 2013-08-18 8:54
A brilliant hip shot with an authentic atmosphere. You managed to cover the interesting view very well. The smile of the man seated on the donkey is enchanting and although most of his face and body is shaded the exposure is very good.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-08-18 10:19
First of all I like the framing and the light. Splendid atmosphere with interesting people. Congratulations!
bayno (18342) 2013-08-18 10:54
scene that rescued me a smile, a bit for the contagious smiles of the characters, a little bit because I had always heard of this place and its reputation for having a people of great riders, but to see this guy riding a donkey me made me smile, beautiful details and light...excellent reportage...
papagolf21 (86156) 2013-08-18 11:46
J'aime toujours autant votre façon de photographier. Ici, encore, vous avez su saisir avec justesse un moment décisif.
Le sourire du personnage principal est naturel.
Très bonne réalisation;
ourania (30991) 2013-08-18 12:01
I like very much how close you brought us to the scene and these smiling people. The scene is so spontaneous, natural and amusing, the young man offers a bright and sincere smile, not at all apprehensive or self-conscious. Even the donkey seems to have a smiling expression from this angle:) I like what your picture and your note tell us about these people, they surely have something rare to find in our societies nowadays. I also love the sweet and clear morning light as well as the natural colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
mcmtanyel (13431) 2013-08-18 14:29
This is a very cute shot. Considering you did not even look through the viewfinder, the framing is marvelous. I wonder if I can ever make it to Özbekistan, but I sure wouldn't mind meeting some Özbeks.
elenimavrandoni (14249) 2013-08-18 18:50
great light, magnificent expression capture, a very interesting and useful note!
the direct eye contact to the camera is priceless!!!
all the best
kato (11630) 2013-08-18 18:57
You're capturing well this scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which the young farmer is riding on the donkey and smiling. The whole is harmonized well by a good arrangement and excellent light control. When it looks back upon a history target, it seems to have suggested what racial movement occurs in easily by the power relationship of politics and economy in the countries of a land continuation as understanding also with your note.
adidas5nb (5397) 2013-08-18 19:45
thats a fantastic from a country i personally haven't seen from.great low angle and pov.the donkey and the boy on it seem to share a common expression.fantastically done.
saxo042 (37562) 2013-08-18 21:45
The main motive here, the boy and his donkey, are nicely positioned along a diagonol with the donkey'head and ear. The happy smile on the boy's face is also of great value for the picture. The other persons do not add much, but of course they are hard to avoid. A very interesting note.
jjcordier (76344) 2013-08-18 23:30
Tu nous emmènes sur la route avec ces aimables fermiers et nous fais partager le chemin avec eux. Un cadrage très intéressant de cette scène de vie.
jemaflor (84695) 2013-08-19 9:01
Original and interesting result with this angle to take the double portrait, people and donkey, light is well managed as the sharpness, well made.
Urs (14082) 2013-08-19 9:36
It is the POV what makes it tick, from below photographing the rider. Vibrant colour tones with high sharpness, excellent photo job.
Noel_Byrne (24263) 2013-08-19 10:46
As always, your note encapsulates exactly my thoughts on seeing this, the genuine, open and happy expression is wonderful, and the donkey is so beautifully fuzzy! Irish donkeys don't look this soft at all :)
A very nice natural portrait, and enhanced by the angle and upwards point of view.
All the best
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-08-20 2:06
Uzbekistan seems to be so picturesque and fascinating country-especially on your pictures.This one is another great example of that!It shows so nicely feelings of these people and at the same time it makes the atmosphere of it so pleasant.
I really like the POV and low perspective you chose to capture the scene.It works really well with the photographed subject.
Waylim (25350) 2013-08-20 22:21
Very cool shot. I love the perspective of the shot, with the donkey head so big and the boy seem so small, but I love his the sunshine on his smile it brighten up the world. Beautiful people. I love the side light with golden tone.
Cricri (106327) 2013-08-21 5:51
Une nouvelle belle rencontre du garçon souriant et de l'âne bien cadrer en avant plan, bonne lumière et présentation
nikkitta (14852) 2013-08-22 17:14
Nice the way the light comes, creating a good contrast
From far the best is the moving smile of the young boy, not bothered by you but happy
I believe also the poor donkey is watching you
Good to see also the reminds of the the two men also smiling, friendly atmosphere not so easy to create
Thanks for instructive note, not idea about people from Korea living in Russia
Agree with you adorable people
Congrats for the smiles
drt100 (2053) 2013-08-25 18:52
Nice catch with this photo - great daily life. Lets us know there can be a photo opportunity at any time ... This boy so looks natural on the donkey, he has a rather large stick - nice POV, and you are right, a great smile !
Angshu (55667) 2013-08-27 2:19
Such pictures put so much emphasis & dignity on your subject when you shoot froma low POV & make the subject appear 'larger than life'! His smile is radiating sitting atop the donkey. While I would have liked a little wider frame to have the full face of the man on the right & also the full cap of our main subject, I would have been proud of myself if I was able to shoot such a 'hip-shot'
adores (37055) 2013-09-03 18:58
Great, the smiling face looking at your camera and the low pov in diagonal, to include the donkey. Even being a quick shot, you got a good result!
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (43490)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-20
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2013-08-18 5:38