Ndebele women traditionally adorned themselves with a variety of ornaments, each symbolising her status in society. After marriage, dresses became increasingly elaborate and spectacular.
Married women wear neck hoops made of grass (called isigolwani) twisted into a coil and covered in beads, particularly for ceremonial occasions.
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yquem46 (38752) 2009-09-24 9:44
nice portrait of a N'debele with warm colors and perfect not overdone accentuation
The light on her face and the OOF BG afford a very pleasant post
best to you wanda
InasiaJones (31566) 2009-09-24 23:00
I think I still have my 3D eyeglasses from the movie Up! in my face, as your subject is popping up from the screen! Every beads, every curles, every jewels are full of light and shadows offering so much dimension!
The sharpness makes your subject very much alive, unless it's her kind expression.
I like what you have done with the background, as we see enough to recognize the typical house painting and motifs, yet, it's blurred enough for your model to catch all the attention.
Excellent rapport with people and their environment.
Meticulously framed and colours like we are craving for.
bostankorkulugu (42426) 2009-09-24 23:29
lovely smile, vivid colours and a nice bokeh... they all make a good portrait wanda :)...
Cretense (68703) 2009-09-25 3:19
Beautiful portrait of a beautiful lady! Great tight framing and composition, great light management, brilliant colours! Great expresion, you had a great interaction with your "model!
patdeph (35748) 2009-09-25 8:34
superb portrait,where the colors and all the things she is wearing on her head are so beautiful!This is superbly framed too!Magnificent!
leonorkuhn (16235) 2009-09-25 13:14
Splendid portrait! Her smile is captivating. The clothes and props are lovely, very elegant. Great capture, stunning colors and good details.
Have a nice weekend
feather (51130) 2009-09-26 9:40
It is a stunning portrait, which works all the better for being a ¾ pose; much more natural. Your choice of DOF is just right with everything sharp except the background. Well done
rbassin (22739) 2009-09-27 11:40
Ce protrait est bien réalisé, ce visage est magnifique et mis en valeur par les couleurs vives.
Waylim (25502) 2009-09-28 9:50
Absolutely precious portrait shot showing the traditional and culture of the Ndebele. I said precious because generally it is not easy to convince the folks in many Africa countries to have their picture taken, especially women. So it is very refreshing and a joy to see one this good in quality.
What I love here is the beautiful and colorful decoration of her tradition outfits. Her feature and expression though not of classic beauty, but there’s an statue of pride. The smile is tender but timid and defiantly have the elegant posture of a higher status in her culture. Excellent quality, the shallow DoF really makes her pop out of the background. Greetings and my complements, always.
PixelTerror (0) 2009-09-28 11:24
It looks like a lonely planet guide book cover picture, very nice portrait using the appropriate narrow DoF
Have a nice day JY
leo61 (0) 2009-09-28 11:26
A good and colorful portrait and a very friendly smile.Good contrast with the nice blurred contrast in the same colors as her dress.
jmdias (63998) 2009-10-04 12:50
so colorful scene, the portrait is amazing, the beauty of the colors and the beauty of this natural smile are fabulous to see. perfect light, colors, sharpness and framing.
hugs (from this side of the atlantic ocean)
bernardec (2241) 2009-10-10 10:45
et le cou en "argent" est sublime
Bluejeans (64251) 2009-10-30 11:31
Que belo retracto desta mulher cheia de peças coloridas , gostei do colar a volta do pescoço , bom sorriso , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (15142)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-09-16
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM, RAW
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-09-24 4:03