She is one of the many women tea pickers I met, a brief encounter in the early morning during my photo assignment here. I just love the great concentration in her face and the deligence. A fabulous depiction of rural life in Java, but she simply is not bothered by my presence. I guess she is only concerned to get the job done quickly to meet her daily target, and indeed it is a hard work, six days a week, eight hours a day. Like many others she wares the big straw hat for protection against the rain and intense sun, but she is used to this conditions all day. Heat alone can make us very tired and even lethargic. I would also imagine that doing something so repetitive all day long can become boring, just as assembly line work is in factories.
But interestingly in this silent environment the plucking of leaves in clicks and clacks can be heard and the smell of sweet aroma of the leaves lingers. As you can see, the life of a tea picker is certainly not easy but then that's her life and routine, i guess this has not changed very much due to circumstances probably, since her forefarthers.
If only tea drinkers miles away can imagine a day in her lives, every leaf then becomes so precious, and no one will ever again waste a steeping. Hopefully, the next time you begin to prepare a nice cup of tea you might appreciate the labor that has gone into.
Hard to imagine a world without tea and
Life without tea would be almost unthinkable....
Wonosari tea plantation is located in Lawang about 30km north east of Malang City covering an area of about 600 hectares on a gentle cool slopes of Mt Arjuna at an altitude of 1300m above sea level. This picturesque plantation offers a stunning panoramic and unforgettable view of its lush unending green carpet, a real feast for ones eyes with its natural charm and serenity. It was established in 1910 by the Dutch colonial N.V. Cultuur Matschapy Lawang and now run and maintained by the local provincial government.
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yquem46 (38750) 2012-03-24 4:00
Nice portrait shot from low angle in all the greenery environment
Very serious, even severe attitude
I like the hand (even if we dont see it to its end) pointing to the bottom left corner
very nice light and colors
Have a nice WE
danos (94284) 2012-03-24 4:03
very nice the snapshot with the stern worker to look at you with this way.I like the beautiful environment with the dense greenery to surrounded making the image so effective and unique.
PaulVDV (26692) 2012-03-24 4:17
Wonderful portrait of this woman and daily life-picture on the tea estate.
Splendid view upwards with the green tops of the trees standing out in that blue sky.
Great luminosity and beautiful colours.
Best regards, Paul
golus (2893) 2012-03-24 4:28
A fantastic portrait of a woman worker captured using a highly effective low level POV. The surroundings under dominance of greeneries looks magical, thanks to your perfect light management everything is in fine balance. I also liked the immense depth though it is a portrait work. As a fanatic lover of tea drink I very much appreciate your work and great notes. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes,
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-03-24 4:36
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Lindo retrato desta mulher apanhar folhas de chá , lindos os detalhes da vegetação , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
patdeph (35748) 2012-03-24 5:22
splendid scene in wonderful colors, and in a magnificent place.Your low POV emphasizes the beauty of the trees emerging from the tea plantations, and makes the face of the woman is standing out the sky.And with this light, with these colors and their great harmony, the atmosphere is magical.
Yes, when I drink tea, I often think to this hard work, and this is the same thing when I eat rice.
Anyway, this picture is magnificent.
dta (74789) 2012-03-24 5:29
Hello Abmdsudi ;
Outstanding portraitt of this woman at work . The low POV and her look provide a feeling of superiority and proudness of the working class : well done !
Bartleby (13552) 2012-03-24 6:04
great portrait, visually striking thanks to a balanced composition. I also like the tilt suggesting the effort. Excellent!
bayno (18344) 2012-03-24 7:28
very beautiful this face in the middle of the shadow of his hat, a very special light and beautiful shade of green that contrasts well with the lovely sky, the image rotated a little gives a good effect, beautiful scene and your note is very interesting...
have a good WE...
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-03-24 7:31
A nice low angle shot of this tea picker surrounded by the green tea leaves. The dark blue sky makes a nice background. I like her big hat and the facial expressions. A nice image with sharpness and colors.
saxo042 (37792) 2012-03-24 10:44
A very good POV, the outstretched arm of this tea pickker provides a good diagonal line in the composition. beautifully strong colours and a very good portrait.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-03-24 12:05
very nice candid shot with nice chosen POV...like her concentrate expression during job of collecting tea leaves...
very good DOF controlled with nice light...good color tones & sharpness also...
wonderful shot of daily life.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-03-24 15:08
a fantastic photo with beautiful composition and details, the colours and lights are splendid, great shot, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
bukitgolfb301 (39646) 2012-03-24 16:28
Hello my dear Abmdsidi YTH
Sorry for my usual late reaction to you, as I am so busy weekday.
This is may favorite great wonderful shot!
This makes me rrmind me Puncak tea-plant!
Horiozontal cropped framework via panfocus appraoch is so nice and comfortable. Marvelous color with good daylight!
Sharp and clear presentation is as usual.
Thanks for your sharinig with finest posting and have a good Sunday!
Takero in warm Tokyo
siamesa (28115) 2012-03-24 17:04
Boa noite Abmdsudi
A photo with soul. Marvelous capture and a superb work. Congratulations and TFS.
notrap (6069) 2012-03-24 23:54
very fine note, I enjoyed like a cup of tea. Does she wear gloves? I cannot imagine that plucking the leaves is possible with gloves?
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice sunday
lousat (87186) 2012-03-25 0:31
How is great the idea of this point of view to creat this imposing perspective! Magnificent portrait from the tea fields,remember me my Srilankan trip many years ago,great colors,sharpness and composition,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Graal (101730) 2012-03-25 1:34
good portrait of woman by work. I like the view in BG also. Well informations and done photo.
Have a nice day.
danyy (0) 2012-03-25 1:39
une photo absolument parfaite et qui mérite son succès et bien entendu, par le sujet, sa place sur TE.
Les verts très vifs tout en restant naturels, ce ciel bleu, cela sent la polarisation.
La cadrage en plus est parfait.
siolaw (38292) 2012-03-25 2:14
You caught a good moment with a sunny face, not always easy with those hats! Colours and light are excellent and the scene a perfect TE posting. The hand is cut a bit short but not really a problem!
CLODO (33422) 2012-03-25 2:34
Good use of the wide angle to take this person at work. The ray of light coming on her face is welcome, her position in the frame is excellent with the arm ending in the left bottom corner, and the surroundings show in which way she is spending her working days.
Fis2 (93853) 2012-03-25 4:10
Wonderful place, curious portrait.
Good frame and colors.
josepmarin (58325) 2012-03-25 4:30
the slight low-angle shot creates a good contrast of this woman tea picker, with the greenery and with the blue of the sky.
The portrait of the woman is magnificent, the light and the shades are perfectly managed, and the quality of the image and of the colors is very high.
It is a beautiful composition.
SWEETFREEDOM (24388) 2012-03-25 5:08
very good portrait fo this working woman, great colors light and sharpness us usual.
sevy (15367) 2012-03-25 6:56
In your note you described a lot of thing which are interesting for me as great fan of tea. Some tea could be precious and it is enough to look at some leaves, how they are prepared to understand why.
Great portrait as well with the bottom to top point of view and the fact you were closed at wide angle. More than a simple close-up portrait, it evidences a piece of life and the environment.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-03-25 7:45
Great shoot,of daily life.Very nice portrait of the Tea picker.Nice lightning and tones.Great POV.And please can i have of tea?Wonderful result Abmdsudi.
Have a nice week,
ciakgiak (30427) 2012-03-25 11:28
Questo è uno splendido ritratto ambientato, perchè oltre alla bella ed intensa espressione della donna c'è il mondo in cui lei si muove e lavora, oltre a bellissimi colori e ad una qualità eccellente. Grazie anche per le note molto complete.
Un caro saluto.
kato (11630) 2012-03-25 12:40
You're capturing well this pastoral/rural scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle that she is picking the green tea. Surely, this work is hard and she seems to be tired by severe expression a little. It's impressive in the traditional hat for protection against the rain and sunlight, too. However, the tea and surrounding green are kind to eyes and the tea is felt the smell of sweet aroma as you note at here.
eldancer1 (35519) 2012-03-25 12:53
Very nice documentation of the daily life of people. It's amazing that even in the 21st century poor people still struggle to make a living. I like your pov and good capture of the woman's expression. Good lighting and sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
SteveH (6247) 2012-03-25 19:12
Hi Abmdsudi, great shot. Often these hats cast a strong shadow but you've overcome this well using the low light. I like the tilt too - adds a degree on dynanism to the shot. Cheers, Steve
npecanhuk (73492) 2012-03-25 19:16
That's a wonderful picture!
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, management of light and colors!
TFS - congrats,
gita (243) 2012-03-25 23:21
Very interesting POV, nice greenery against the blue sky.like the documentation of tea estate workers and their tough working conditions. I see her dedication in her face concentrating mainly on tea picking not bothering about being photographed. Thanks for sharing.
regards, gita. Good day!
Robert1969 (7160) 2012-03-26 0:32
Beautifil point of view. The lower
position ensures that only the trees
and the sky are behind her head and
that makes the picture (with the
great composition) extra nice calmness
it creates also a nice depth in the
picture and makes the picture tougher.
The light management is also great.
dkmurphys (55907) 2012-03-26 1:37
A document picture that reminds us how work is in a cup of tea. Great colors and a fine idea.
Well taken, have a good week.
holmertz (48944) 2012-03-26 8:46
This is a great semi-close up from a low POV that allows us to see the woman's face clearly. Her intense look indicates the rush and the hard work. Your low angle also makes her totally embedded among the tea bushes and the trees create a fine background. A lot of the vividness of this photo is due to the fine light and the carefully saturated colours.
claudeD (37304) 2012-03-26 10:54
Wonderful picture from Java showing a very interesting portrait shot of that woman in the middle of the tea fields.Excellent pov and perfect colors You did an excellent fotojob here.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Cricri (115557) 2012-03-26 11:00
Très belle cette image, la scéne et portrait de la dame dans les feuilles de thé, j'aime la lumière sur son visage, le contraste du bleu et du vert, très belle image
adramad (43147) 2012-03-26 11:48
Wow .... wonderful scene captured flawlessly, superb portrait of a woman picking tea, magnificent as the sun lights up her face, which makes the figure highlight on that wonderful background, with a view of trees and a beautiful blue background in the sky. I love the work that has great clarity, color is also ideal. Well done.
Have a good week.
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-03-27 19:02
Salam my friend.
The title makes me hum for the song with the chosen title. I like the angle and chosen pov keeping the depth wide for grand view on a beautiful day. I like the way you have metered the exposure with good details of this lady plucking the leaves. Beautiful image and have a very good morning to you.
mesutilgim (92384) 2012-03-27 21:59
A perfect capture which shows us how hard the life is. But nobody thinks on this scene, when nipping a glass of tea !
Very good portrait capture with good layout.
Many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
shevchenko (19444) 2012-03-28 3:18
Nice view at a sunny morning, lively daily life shot with captured a women that working at the farm land, very hardworking people that start working in early morning, interesting composition, thanks for sharing.
korbee (6617) 2012-03-28 14:20
Horas Pak ab,
This is a perfect example of working-class people,this photo could right into an article from National Geographic about Indonesia,god am I glad to go there this summer :+}},
delpeoples (56726) 2012-04-01 2:55
Hello dear Abmdsudi
This is not jst a great photo, it's a superb historical document of the working life of the women in this area. How nice of this lady to allow you into her private domain and share with you part of her life. The light has been managed exceptionally well, the colours are good and strong with an excellent sharpness. Fantastic work, congratulations.
jmdias (61342) 2012-04-02 3:06
fabulous portrait, the colors and the light are perfect and the framing is amazing. I liked all thjose details we can see and the typical hat and details of this tea plantation. yesterday I visited the mate plantations in southern part of my state, mate is cut in branches while the tea is harvest by leaves. nice job.
Angshu (56748) 2012-04-03 1:52
The low angle makes this shot for me. A nice innovative angle which gives the lady a lot of importance & grace. The hand which creates a diagonal from the corner also adds effectiveness to the shot. The tree garden & the blue sky creates a fine BG. Fine work!
m (0) 2012-04-11 11:11
the portrait is superb, the polarized colors make its impact even stronger. This is certainly a very hard way to make a living and your note says it best. Thanks for your most interesting images from this stunning country.
bona (13711) 2012-04-11 19:04
nice capture of this woman at work. I like all this green around and her hat. Nicely done.
ourania (41246) 2012-11-21 14:02
you certainly had studied your theme well and found the most effective way to present the plantation, its colours and atmosphere as well as daily working life there. Your superbly selected upward point of view gives us a first hand experience of the scene. I love the dynamism of the tilt and of the lady's hand reaching out on the diagonal. Her expression, affected by the bright sun and her concentration, is so interesting and eloquent giving us an insight into her way of life. The natural scenery and its rich colours are very attractive and the lady's luminous face stands out in a great way among the alternating green and blue tones. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
subhendu_bagchi (26085) 2014-03-17 20:05
namaste, here I found this one from your archive, interesting. Well composed with such greeneries and blue sky at top. Love the moment. So nice capture. Really enjoyable. Tfs.
aliabazari (16093) 2015-01-13 21:52
Hi dear abmdsudi
Another of your beautiful portraits. Light and composition, well done. Thanks for sharing
ikeharel (67227) 2015-04-24 6:50
Fantastic portrait of the Tea-collector lady, Abmdsudi.
face expression show hard work concetration, under blazing sun and maybe very humid conditions.
She looks as "swimming" within the green tea-leaves...
Have a nice weekend,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (50504)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-09
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: NIKON D200, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-24 3:50