Cusco is one of those cities where i wish i could go back to. We left the city only because we had already pre-booked time in Lima - BIG Mistake.
Cusco was by far our favorite of the two, and when we look back at it now we wish we could trade our 3 days in Lima, live and learn i suppose. I'm sure you have experienced similar situations along in your travels too.
This little girl on the bike and the boy were fascinated by me, and i have the say the feeling was 100% mutual :)
They kept coming up to me and seemingly wanting to play. Of course i took full advantage and snapped off a few photos to forever re-live and capture the moment.
thanks for looking
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ktanska (26359) 2014-04-05 6:35
Simple life on high altitude location where the entire landscape seems to be reddish brown below blue sky. Fun to see a head on PoV of this little cyclist coming at you. Thinking about the wide angle, I need to ask: How did you avoid the collision?
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-04-05 6:36
maybe sometimes is even better to not have enough of some places as it push us even stronger to visit it again.
This for sure is great capture from Cusco and very inviting one.Smiling and welcoming children,dog running around give the scene very nice feel.
But I love also the whole scenery-this russet ground and strong color contrast to the blue sky.
Have a nice weekend
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-05 6:48
nonostante i disturbi dell'altitudine te e il tuo grandangolo non avete perso l'occasione per una bella fotografia nella quale il POV e il particolare obiettivo assolvono egregiamente il compito di proporre una inquadratura diversa dalle altre.
Di particolare nota i colori sui toni caldi del rosso che interpretano molto bene il paesaggio circostante.
Eccellente la nitidezza e piacevole il soggetto inserito in una composizione molto efficace.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
holmertz (47100) 2014-04-05 7:11
A nice and unassuming picture of the kind I like. You know how much I prefer human conditions to pompous cathedrals. Did you actually play with these kids or just snap pictures? Or maybe that was enough to satisfy them. I like the background too, showing us some of the environment they're living in. In rural places like this I would rather keep a very safe distance to dogs running loose, but it's nice to watch.
batalay (37449) 2014-04-05 7:51
Fantastic shot of the children in Cuzco, as well as for your note. I have elevated Cuzco over Lima for places to see, based on your comment. There appears to be a great deal of clay, or at least iron in the soil. A fill flash here might have been useful to illuminate the faces of the children.
dta (73021) 2014-04-05 7:53
Hello Craig ,
That is both a fine double portrait and a superb composition showing us where the children live . I like their friendly smiles , too .
snunney (92542) 2014-04-05 7:56
A vibrant daily life image featuring these two kids and a dog. Well composed with superb saturated colours and excellent sharpness. A fine souvenir.
tyro (22986) 2014-04-05 8:07
I love your note - how much better it might have been had you known beforehand that Cusco would have been more enjoyable than Lima - but, then, others might have different views on the matter and you were probably best to have the chance to make up your own mind.
And I love these kids too - they look great fun and, once again, your wide "city" lens has exaggerated the perspective, this time making the little girl appear almost dwarfed behind the huge front wheel of her bicycle.
A delightful photograph with lovely composition, the two children interacting well with each other and also with the photographer, lovely light, fine vibrant colours and your usual exquisite detail and sharpness.
P.S. I suppose there's no chance that you had any contact details for these children? How fantastic it would be to be able to send them or their family this picture!
ricardomattos (5757) 2014-04-05 8:34
A very nice scene of these children. Good moments of happyness.
rogerl (1616) 2014-04-05 10:41
Craig, the kids in this photo look very happy and, as you say, very interested in you and your camera. Nice composition as well - all browns below, all blues above. Wonderful sharpness. Thanks.
mesutilgim (90698) 2014-04-05 11:25
How nice to be a child !
Nice capture with an even nicer title. The cloudy saky creates a perfect background to this joyfull scenery.
TFS and have a nice weekend
nikkitta (17066) 2014-04-05 11:44
Quite agree with you, Cuzco and Sacred Valley are the best way to enjoy, know, about people and their habits
I have touching memories of the natives kindness
Nice scene of the girl coming towards you and the crossing dog at the back
Colors of earth and houses are in great contrast with the blue sjy
jjcordier (79289) 2014-04-05 23:21
Tes petits "modèles" locaux semblent avoir apprécié la séance de prise de vue! Très belle et intéressante composition.
Royaldevon (34735) 2014-04-06 0:49
This is how kids should be, curious, outdoors, laughing, moor intent on the excitement of the moment than having their hair neatly in place!
It is quite an experience having them move straight towards the screen!
The light is glorious and the details giving us a clear appreciation of the context.
Have a great Sunday,
Nicou (133434) 2014-04-06 2:01
Très très beau portrait de ces enfants sur le vélo et le copain avec la maison blanche en fond quelle compo et vue quelle iamge sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-06 2:43
a magical shot this. Love your POV and of course the amazing clarity, but it is these two irresistible characters that makes it so special. I love the rawness of this image it captures the moment superbly.
Enjoy a peaceful Sunday - B.
mirosu (15870) 2014-04-06 3:59
Excellent daily life snapshot in superb light, nice colors. I like the straight viewpoint, and also the smiling faces enjoying your photo action. The overall composition with the white house and nice cloudy sky s perfect.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice Sunday.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-06 5:37
Hello Craig - This is special. I do like the way the little girl seems to be riding right at you and your lens makes the front tyre look enormous compared to the child! I guess these two are sister and brother, they look happy and contented and more than a bit interested in you and your camera.
A shot with charm and good location details.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-04-06 6:51
A really playful shot here, Craig - you can really sense their excitement, and the position of the bike itself - straight at you - creates a nice sense of interaction for the viewer, I think. And of course, behind them, a stray dog - I'm amazed by the sheer number of stray dogs in South America! They were everywhere in Chile, Uruguay and Argentina during my visit there.
Thanks for the colorful and fun shot!
dale54 (6852) 2014-04-06 11:46
craig hello..amazing capture..color contrast of earth and sky does it for me..plus you got the kid's to smile! love it..tfs. dale
willperrett (8989) 2014-04-06 13:34
Like it! The wide angle gives a sense of space, and shows plenty of the immediate environment, which isn't "pretty", but I'm sure characteristic. Indeed you've managed to present Cusco as almost empty: two kids and a stray dog. Yet the smiles clearly suggest that they're happy in this large playground.
npecanhuk (72044) 2014-04-06 13:40
Lovely daily life photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, slim black borders and, above all, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
They seem to be enjoying both moments (playing together and having their picture taken)!
TFS - congrats,
ChrisJ (107149) 2014-04-06 15:27
Love the warm vs cold color contrasts here and the superb sharpness in this nice daily life shot of kids being kids. The dog top right adds a fine secondary focal point. Excellent density levels that have given punchy light contrasts and saturated colors. A good exposure on the highlights. Tfs!
jcpix (13846) 2014-04-06 19:35
Haha, the first thing that comes to mind now when I see your pictures featuring people is "Gert's influence." :) He must be starting to feel like a proud mentor, right?
I must admit, this kind of shot does hold more of an emotional connection...especially when it involves kids. You almost can't help but smile...which is saying a lot, because I generally don't like them! lol
It may be a still image, but it feels as if it's in motion...the wide angle works great to get that up close appeal. More than anything though, it really is those smiles that welcome any viewer to this picture. And as a "dog guy" myself, a nice bonus to have that one in the background. A great memory to have, just a day in the life! Cool shot. Enjoy the rest of the evening. Take it easy.
Cheers from the desert,
I'm sure you all worked up a thirst after playing around for a bit, hope you had a Fanta or two. :)
rychem (30339) 2014-04-06 22:21
Excellent reportage photo, i think it is an emotional photo and i can understand you thet you wont to go again to Cus o
ikeharel (65205) 2014-04-08 7:54
The stray dog made a nice added element on this scene, besides the kids in this (god-forsaken) town.
And I can explain: Cusco known among SA travellers as the most dangerous town in Peru, not advisable to be alone there, and especially lady-tourists.
Anyway, smiling kids are nice everywhere in our little planet, and you managed superb photo showing them.
delpeoples (56014) 2014-04-08 14:11
What a great title and that feeling is echoed so well in the photo. These two are such cuties, how could you resist? As you said, this trip was where your people shots have really come to the fore, and I'm sure you will remember these lively kids far longer than you will remember the impressive land and cityscapes you saw. After all, at the end of the day, it's the people that make your trip, don't you think? I really like the effect the wide angle lens has had here, slightly distorting the little fella's bicycle wheel. The desolation of the BG tells a story too. Despite such simplicity (and perhaps poverty - I hope not) in their lives, these kids openly greet you with all the joy and innocence that kids all around the world used to be able to show. That beauty has unfortunately been lost in the western world of Kids being told not to talk to strangers and burying their heads in Nintendo games instead of engaging with real people. A good or bad thing, I don't know for sure.
What you mentioned in your note about booking places and then wanting to stay longer in others, is so much part and parcel of travelling. It's why we rarely book. The plus side is that if we love a place, we stay longer. The negative is that sometime (and this had happened only once or twice) we haven't found accommodation in the place we want. But usually it works for us.
Well, thanks for sharing this beautiful photo, have a great day, night, whatever it is on your side of the Orb
subhendu_bagchi (25991) 2014-04-09 2:41
hello, this is really a nice capture from urban street. I like your chosen POV. Great colour tone and nice light. I like the smile of her, in cycle. Excellent d/l shot. Tfs.
ourania (38952) 2014-04-12 7:28
this is a very special picture, you are presenting a remote and little known place and have captured the eager and friendly expressions of the children and their interaction with you superbly. I like very much the dynamism you have created in this solid and simple setting, which is remarkably deep and sharp. The colours are natural and most appealing. I also like the sky and the sense of vastness beyond the buildings. The energy of the moment is conveyed most effectively. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
boa (6895) 2014-04-13 12:40
you´re lucky to have been visiting Cusco/Peru. A very interesting country that i also want to visit in the forthcoming years. Beautiful photograph of these two kids, the lights and colors are both excellent. The surrounding environments are fabulous, well done mate.
Gigidusud (18723) 2014-04-13 13:38
Beautiful daily life scene well captured. I like the laughter of children and the shadow of the little girl and the bike on the red earth. Well done!
Angshu (56740) 2014-04-15 1:15
The wide angle view is surely why this shot is so attractive in the first place...The tyre of the cycle seems to be wide indeed. The smiling faces of the children brighten up the scene. Its also interesting and nice how the red soil contrasts with the blue sky. Fine work!
adores (42267) 2014-04-29 16:39
Seems the big bike is not a problem for the girl:)! One of those places I'm sure I would enjoy a lot and one of those moments that stay forever. I like the scene very much, with the houses and dog in background and the children so happy with your presence!
Miguel82 (27024) 2014-06-26 11:51
This is a fantastic shot Craig, bravo, moreover I really like your title, easy to obtain, there are rules and no surprises. Great front face pov, smiling children with a touch of shyness, regards
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (63172)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-12
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-05 6:02