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to continue my "smiles" series with a shy smile this time, but also a smug smile, the kid was eating a cereal bar that was supposed to be MY snack during the 8-hour day of hiking. I traded the snack for a photo, of course.

don't let the bright colours fool you, the life for this kid is nowhere near cheerful. just look at his face, the wounds on the cheeks are result of cold burn due to the extreme temperatures of high altitudes...

a brief explanation about the composition - I was trying to implement something I read a while ago. when it comes to portraits in horizontal format, the classical composition is to place the main subject along the lines of the thirds, same as in landscapes or any other category. when person is placed much closer to the edge of the frame, like here, it is supposed to suggest insecurity, timidity, shyness. there's a famous picture of Woody Allen where he stands very, very close to the edge of the frame, the image is very strong, and captures perfectly the personality of the artist as we know him. on the other hand, placing the person right in the center conveys the sense of them being the center of the world, of dominating it.

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RAW, SIO 100, spot metering.

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