I took this photo in a suburban field outside Ha Noi city, where the
instead of sitting in class to build his future via the educational
path, being a buffalo boy.
I don't know between doing school's homework and tending water-buffalo
which task is more challenging and tough. If you place him in my
position, I believe the intelligent boy would pass the scholar demand.
But if you drop me in his shoes to look after the animal, I am thinking
about a giving up.
Whatever the destiny, this boy reflects my childhood and all about a
Thank you for sharing a moment of my memory. All critiques are welcome
This note is contributed by a ngythanh who is interested in this shot.
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sicily198x (2026) 2005-08-11 11:32
Yeah, this is a shot what I've been waiting for. Great moment that you captured. The color tone and detail are all perfect. WELDONE
Của khỉ, ảnh đẹp quá, nhìn fê từ nãy đến giờ. Chỉ sợ bác lại cho 1 cái chân dung nữa lên thì lại buồn vì ko có gì để vote ! GREAT JOB
MiKa2000 (2432) 2005-08-11 11:33
Excellent, il fallait etre la au bon moment ! c est fait...
On n a pas tous les mêmes jeux d enfants !
feather (51128) 2005-08-11 11:33
Excellent photo showing daily life in Vietnam. Clear and sharp subject,with the background nicely blurred to concentrate on the child and buffalo.This was one aspect of daily life that really intrigued me when we were in Vietnam. We saw one child fast asleep spread-eagled on the buffalo's back. Cattle in UK would not allow that.
Porteplume (3381) 2005-08-11 11:36
Excellent work Tuan!
I especially love the captured and "frozen" moment.
The image is crisp and bright, the framing is perfect, thank you for sharing that lovely moment with us...
AnneFrance (921) 2005-08-11 11:51
great shot, nice colours!
really well done
pilpel-adom (3018) 2005-08-11 12:03
GREAT MOMENT! Good capture, Tuan! what a humouros moment you got here..also good shalow DOF! Certainly, made my day. Thank you for sharing!
Yamada (2309) 2005-08-11 12:13
Very beautifull composition. Good job on the colors and the DOF. TFS
fkk (2031) 2005-08-11 12:15
wow güzel bir enstantane gercekten. Kareyi cok güzel yakalamissin tebrikler. Arkaplan ise olay?n daha keskin ve ön plana cikmasina yardim etmis. Bravo...
shopgirl (164) 2005-08-11 12:22
I like the look of determination on the boy's face. The green grass and background is great as well. Good job!
ninadev (5375) 2005-08-11 12:23
Great shot!... The frozen action, but mainly the expression of effort on the boy's face is well captured...
fireflyz (2097) 2005-08-11 12:52
Beautifully done! DOF, and colors are excellent! Thanks Tuan!
ndb1958 (9289) 2005-08-11 12:53
WOW. Hi Tuan, this is great. How nice how the boy tries to come up on the buffalo's back. Great green in the background. Wonderful!
efimoore (2126) 2005-08-11 13:06
Good capture of the moment. Looks like they are having fun :)
The quality of the picture is execlent - clear and sharp.
Rushabh (389) 2005-08-11 13:12
Awesome pic! The photo tells the story. You have captured the essence of the event! Thanks for sharing.
aravind_phd (237) 2005-08-11 13:39
Great Shot man,
Love the Timing here..
lestans (16896) 2005-08-11 15:01
Bellissimo, perfetto. Great shot!! You let me see the boy's effort to go up the buffalo! The pic is full with movement, and extraordinary DOF and green background. Also buffalo face is special: his horns continue his neck, and his eyes are vivid.
sengir (4956) 2005-08-11 16:12
This is great shot, beautiful moment and everything - I think everything good was already told.
But I must admit that one can easily "feel" the fact of using long lenses, this shot in spite of all obvious merits hardly brings emotions in me - for example your shot "Harvest time" (photo205398.htm) - although slightly worse technically - is much more powerfull - I think it comes from the shorter distance between you and your subject
Ina (2687) 2005-08-11 16:18
Very clear and fine picture... I love this young boy hanging there on the side of the buffalo... He looks so very happy and playful...TFs...Ina...
AmiBe (6042) 2005-08-11 17:18
G R E A T P I C T U R E !
I like very much, this little boy is so cute and he's funny, you shot at the right time !
Excellent sharpness and DOF, the green is excellent.
Very well done !
donluicu (24718) 2005-08-11 17:19
this is a very funny picture..i like the expression of the kid..
the compo and the colors are great too.
ajcsousa (1804) 2005-08-11 17:40
Once again another fantastic photo. Colours, detail and the kid expression are just superb. Well captured :)
pnphan (3957) 2005-08-11 19:10
Khoan khac hay qua Tuan Anh. co dua keo du em be nay khong vay?
pmthanh (676) 2005-08-11 21:21
Ho ho! dep qua.
kikvel (4784) 2005-08-11 21:28
this is by far the best Ive seen today!!!
it is so nice, everything here fits
the happy boy, the colors, the animal
your notes are great too
Telo (307) 2005-08-12 4:39
Another great shot! perfect exposure. you were in the wright place at the wright moment.
Note: I'm glad you have these memories of an happy childood and it's really good to see this happy face. lately I've been seeing too many adult feelings on children's eyes
falves (1405) 2005-08-12 5:14
No more words.
UlfE (14142) 2005-08-12 6:04
Excellent shot. Suberb composition, beatiful colors and light. Very sharp photo.
fabio_ts (13694) 2005-08-12 7:16
WOOOOW!!! A M A Z I N G !!!! great moment, wonderful details, perfect natural colors... what other I can say? A M A Z I N G !!! again!!
jhm (128107) 2005-08-12 8:27
A not easy moment for take, but perfectly picture, the moving of the boy is not to see. The sharpness an clarity its superb good. Well seen!
Have a nice weekend,
ishai (4097) 2005-08-12 11:32
A good “action shot” you have captured here
The colors and surrounding are beautiful the dof is crisp clear
The smile on the boys and the feet in the air are really good
But the most is the look (eyes) of the buffalo like he is in a shoke
Very Good one
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-08-12 12:33
A wonderful moment that you captured here,Tuan!Excellent shot with tight framing,sharpness and dof are splendid,your lens creates a fine bokeh.
Have a nice weekend,
CHInCu_TTHP (34) 2005-08-12 15:08
It was rather late, but please allow me to join in with the others to congratulate you for this great job. Everyone else already said it all ( i.e., composition, DOF, color, capturing moment, ... ). All that I can say: WOW, this is your best after all, Tuan!
Many thanks for sharing with us.
PS. Somehow, I personally feel uneasy with the present of a sharp weed, righ above the buffalo head. IMHO.
ngythanh (8525) 2005-08-12 19:06
Joinning TrekEarth since May 19, 2005, you have posted 33 pictures to tell us how good a technician you are.
This is the first photograph where you self-determine the concept by our friend Cesar whom I respect:
'It takes a heart to take good pictures.
You got to have heart, eye and camera aligned to do it.
It is not how you handle shutter speed, ISO settings, aperture...it is the way you feel and how able you are to seize the moment without even thinking.
If you depend on PP to "get" or "create" a masterpiece, you are an artist! If you do not, you are a "photographer"'.
Thank you for making us proud of you.
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2005-08-13 6:06
Fantastic image - the POV the boys expression the DOF - all perfect :)
fiedziu (1764) 2005-08-13 6:14
great picture, superb DOF, POV and colors
very well done :o)
thanks for sharing
huynt (5079) 2005-08-13 7:48
Hi Tuan Anh
Tuyet qua Tuan Anh oi, cang ngay Anh cang co nhieu anh doc dao ke ca WS. Bravo
TRASH (0) 2005-08-13 10:51
Good morning, Tuan:
I don't think I need to repeat all the beautiful words that friends praised you. You deserve them. Congratulations.
I just want to ask if you could please let me make a big enlargement (50cm x 76cm) for my livingroom? For this size, I may need a larger file to turn in to the photo labs. Please let me know whether you want to sell a copy, or just give a way to an unknown fan. Thanks.
naxius (16685) 2005-08-13 11:33
It remains me a shot that Manny published several months ago..
Great bokeh here!
Very nice colors and light..
It seems difficult for that boy to get up on the back of that animal!
capthaddock (28790) 2005-08-13 12:45
Hi Tuan - this is superb, great catch and perfect timing, a fascinating moment of childhood ambition.
Tue (25798) 2005-08-13 19:26
You captured this boy and the buffalo on a very nice moment. The boy really seems to enjoy himself. The DOF of the picture is very good as well. Good work!
john_c (24662) 2005-08-14 13:06
A dynamic and colourful shot, rendered with great clarity and contrast. You have captured the perfect decisive moment here. Well framed and cropped as well. Congratulations, Tuan.
rabdelnoor (3421) 2005-08-15 22:10
Very nice timing on this shot. Great composition. We can see the how the boy is enjoying the ride. Excellent depht and sharpness. Well done.
PSYOPS (0) 2005-08-15 23:24
This should be in a photographic curriculum, Tuan.
I don't believe this is a matter of luck. I won't be surprised if you move quickly to more successes.
nerve (10231) 2005-08-24 7:12
beautiful image, great catch.. love the colours as well.
mrdungx (172) 2005-09-11 10:08
Wow how cute! It took me no time to decide to add this photo to my Favourites. Thanks for sharing!
grafu (2219) 2005-09-12 6:08
perfect moment... kids' face and buffalo's eye are telling the story. wonderful photo
oochappan (22043) 2005-11-27 17:01
my Sunday's strolling around and your most unexpected invitation made me possible to rediscover in a most pleasant experience today seeing your gallery, I spot this one out for my sensibility for action-shots that you show here so clear frozen in a most sober setting of all the greens taking us straight to this country-side feeling, a good DOF to spot this boy and buffalo very nicely sharp out, one of the so many beautifull shots you got thinking at your portraits too !
Thanks for rediscovering you.
Philippe (11836) 2005-11-28 11:07
Hi, Tuan. This is a good photograph with very good DOF and details. I like how you show us this boy trying to get on the buffalo while the animal keeps grazing undisturbed. You can litterally read the effort on the boy's face.
partha (14020) 2006-01-22 3:37
Its an excellant shot.Lot of strength in it.
yella (0) 2006-03-01 3:12
Hi Tuan Le,
great shot, I like the expression in the boys face. For me this would be terrifying, then I'm scared of cows.
ChristineLe (59) 2006-05-01 6:13
Fits perfectly my taste and my favorite.
Thank you, thank you!
euryan (8434) 2006-05-01 22:57
You've captured the moment so well! The timing here is perfect. I love the expression on the boy's face (title fits perfectly). The depth of field is lovely, with nothing but green as a backdrop.
P.S. Your entire gallery is great!
cherryripe (21015) 2006-05-07 9:30
Brilliant capture. The position of the kid and the details are superb. The blurry green background sets them off so well.
bigric (2873) 2006-08-17 2:47
I had a look at your site and you are a people master. I love the way you have captured your country in photos.I can see alot of sadness in your photos and I hope that in your life through your photography puts alittle happyness in your day.tfs Warm regards Richard.
Benedict (7064) 2007-09-02 21:14
i have had the experience at tending water buffalos (carabaos, we call them) and cattles myself. i chose to go to school and moved up. and i do miss the joys (and pains) of such routine that played a key role to where i am now. thanks for bringing back fond memories of my childhood years.
a candid foto, vivid, clear and well lit.
happypoppeye (4817) 2007-09-16 17:16
This is a great catch Tuan. The boy's expression is priceless. Your interpretation of it with your title is spot on. Color and composition are good enough to be a non issue and your timing, catching the boy at just the right moment is excellent. If I had to nitpick, I would say the photo looks a little "crunchy" or oversharpened...but who cares, this is a great catch.
zahoor_salmi (1053) 2008-08-22 11:24
Very beautifull composition. Good job on the colors.
kunitsa (195) 2009-08-01 8:21
Wonderfully captured moment! Really beautifully done colors, sharpness and compo. I just love the sruggle on the boy's face and indifferent look of the buffalo which really accentuates the meaning of your title.
coco (30437) 2009-08-07 10:53
Very good composition and also very nice scene and DOF. This is a good and also a smart work.
Haymotion (2601) 2010-11-18 3:59
Qualité de photo très bonne..
Atmosphère, scène de vie tout a fait touchante..
Chengappa13 (6) 2012-05-02 18:52
Ah what energy! The green BG, a subtler color in the face of extreme energy of the boy makes a contrasting combination. A moment well realized! Cheers
- Copyright: Tuan Le (letuananh) (2539)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-11
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70, 80-200 f2.8 D ED IF
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Beautiful cows..., Peoples in a Cu Da Village., Children and animals, °°Simply Great - Moments in Time°°, Favourites 4 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-11 11:19
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