It was hot, it was sad, it was heartwarming. All of these explains my short encounter with this little girl this morning.
Hot coz it was midday. When she saw me approaching, she ran towards me asking for 1 dollar. I gave her more.
Sad because she was just a little girl. I saw her dirty clothes, dirty face, uncombed hair. She was toiling in the ricefield.
Heartwarming because despite all these, she was still all smiles. I was complaining about the heat, the dust, the smell. I should learn from her.
She's a flower in the ricefield...
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nbj (2095) 2006-02-12 17:15
Excellent portrait; her hands, her eyes, the colors...it's all perfect.
nopoint (878) 2006-02-12 17:18
It is an beautiful portrait. I enjoy your heart warming story...Kiet
pilpel-adom (3018) 2006-02-12 17:19
Really a great portrait!! A fantastic smile, glistening eyes, wind blown hair and a good green Bokeh to emphasize it all...
PeterDF (419) 2006-02-12 17:33
A remarkable shot of this little girl! She is certainly a little ruffled looking, but her cute little smile overwhelms the circumstances you photographed her in. It reminds me of a photo you might see in National Geographic. Really thought-provoking and moving.
SamB (1948) 2006-02-12 17:34
Hot, sad, and heartwarming indeed--you've captured all three in this shot. Your work is incredible, so I don't feel bad looking for little things in it--it would have been nice if you could have included just a little bit more to the left to keep the end of her hair in the frame--just the tips missing leads my eye out of the frame without any resolution. There also seems to be some blown out highlights in the left arm. OK, I couldn't find anything else that wasn't great. I like the composition, and the spacing between the top of her head and the horizon works well. The DOF works well as well.
Paolo (41222) 2006-02-12 17:35
Hi Manny, as everytime your image is fantastic. the light, the colours, the fantastic portrait, the great smile, the beautiful backgrouns...great, great shot!
Drzoana (1122) 2006-02-12 17:43
Outstanding colors, smile, atmoshpere.
Yes, we can and should learn from these children. They posses more strength and determination than many adults in more civilized/comfortable countries.
windancer (205) 2006-02-12 18:17
Very nice Manny! Is this CNY break for you? Beautiful face and contrasting background.
eleparc (24063) 2006-02-12 18:35
beautiful shot manny! the colors, the tones, the light and the subject all make this portrait very special and impactful! i am glad to see my good friend's talent revealed one more time,-) congrats!! you'll have to teach me things ...
flydragon (0) 2006-02-12 18:47
THIS IS JUST GREAT MANUEL ;o)
u flight high with this picture
lewiz (1297) 2006-02-12 19:21
What a stunning little model you've found here. As ever the tones are truly spectaclar and there's plenty of detail and sharpness.
Shots like this make me think about when she grows up -- will she still be so beautiful? Will she still be so unapprehensive when approached by a photographer?
Thanks for sharing, Lewis.
Nefaryta (2582) 2006-02-12 19:24
Lovely portrait. She is so happy. Good colors and focus
RADEEH (2802) 2006-02-12 21:12
I can't take my eyes from her eyes , its so lively and filled with tons of joy...........
CliffW (2377) 2006-02-12 23:20
I am glad you met her. It's a nice photo of her. We just came back from Cambodia and the always present smiles never ceased to amaze me. You have a great light in her eye here and I'm glad you got a bit of the fields as well.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-02-13 0:16
What a great portrait of your flower in the field.
Beautiful image again,
Svillegas (1169) 2006-02-13 2:17
Beatiful portrait, wonderful and cute expression and position of your model. Wonderful colour saturation, composition and good use of the DOF.
Have a nice day,
coco (30439) 2006-02-13 3:59
Excellent composition and colours in the photo.
Is a very nice portrait.
Thanks for share.
tjanze (5674) 2006-02-13 4:00
Fantastic portrait.Sad story for girl,but good shot for photographer.I like a lot of little dirty details.Bravo!
take (39) 2006-02-13 4:50
Is it a very good expression.
And a beautiful smile.
Cambodia is my favorite country.
Many photographs in the Cambodia are expected.
jiekuan (332) 2006-02-13 4:59
Very nice description here. Good portrait! A good capture on eyes, hair, skin, dirts, rice field, and everything!
dolin (15647) 2006-02-13 7:49
Waouhhh beautiful face with an incredible attitude with full life and a big smile.
I like all this blured green on the back, good dof.
The light on the girl is really nice, especially the part of the hairs.
Very good shot !
johnhopkins (866) 2006-02-13 17:08
I always think of Camobodia as a land of smiling people and you really captured that here Manuel. Just a wonderful portrait.
Cpamoi (10391) 2006-02-14 2:03
Excellent portrait, a big and beautiful smile!
kozerog (1286) 2006-02-14 5:17
Fantastic portrait as actually all you works Manny. Thank you for sharing.
droonsta (423) 2006-02-14 6:25
Excellent portrait, great subject matter, cute and dirty yet beautiful... Great sharpness and colours... maybe a bit of cropping? duno
ngythanh (8578) 2006-02-17 18:54
Great capture and great note, Manuel.
asival (5299) 2006-02-18 10:27
Very nice portrait, looks like she is posing to you
the green background adds soo much
Captain (514) 2006-02-20 4:28
Love this little portrait. Dirty faced kids in Cambodia always love having their pioctures taken. Good work
simply-me (32) 2006-02-21 17:59
outstanding portrait, great model first of all - only children can pose so naturally I guess.
Great complementary colours!
jeffchaill (445) 2006-02-21 18:08
MMMMMMmm! so beautiful,
la composition et la P O V sont vraiment reussis.Magnifiques couleurs. I LIKE SO MUCH.
Polonaise (5802) 2006-02-24 12:19
If portrait - let's make it as great as this one!
Her sparkling eyes say: Everything in the world is just about fantastic.
They taught us a good portrait rules: Make sure You have the contact with the model.
Here, is the perfect sample of such rule of a thumb.
bubujuju (1160) 2006-02-28 8:56
Quel portrait !Tu as su nous montrer son beau sourire, bravo !J'aime les couleurs et la lumière de cette photo.
Jolly (0) 2006-03-01 0:43
Ohboy! when will i learn to take pictures like this Guy? This is a um.. Gem! really.
photofarm (468) 2006-03-18 6:14
One other great shot from your gallery....
Fantastic smile, colors and dof, she's really a flower in the ricefield...
elBud (2237) 2006-03-21 12:09
wonderfull picture Manny, i love the big smile on her face, i love the DOF you have made, great iluminacion, great colors, very good POV.
luisafonso (862) 2006-03-27 5:38
This is a photo with a strong character. Technically, it's very good. The blurred green background against the pale red dress. The sharpness of her hair, the colors on her skin. Strong composition leading the viewer directly to her eyes. Fabulous expression. I would have cropped the grey top... but that's a personal option. Congratulations on a striking portrait.
lasscor (7640) 2006-04-09 15:22
Great portrait composition.
Very beautiful little young girl.
In spite of its difficult work, she breathes the joy in life. We should stop feeling sorry for futilities.
Thanks for your sharing,
clarita (654) 2006-04-17 10:53
wow, this is a great photo!
i love the sharpness/rustic colors.
the comp/expression captured is priceless.
job well done on a fantastic photo.
slayer_fr (4) 2006-04-26 9:33
very cool portrait, but the photoshop post-traitment is too much visible (seems there is a halo around her)
veronika (6052) 2006-04-29 5:58
Hi Manny, these shot made me smile but also sad (for the same reason you wrote in your note..) but anyway, the girls is sooo sweet and seems to be happy..!
I love her wicked face and smile, like if you had caught her when doing something forbidden :))
She reminds me of ME when i was small... :))
I love it!!
robertbartolome (270) 2006-11-07 5:11
I'm not surprised why you're the favorite of over 800 members of TE. I browsed through your photos and they are great! The photos plus the way you compose your notes are amazing!
This particular photo really struck me because of the smile of the little girl. How do you get them to pose for you?
I am particularly new in photography and I would appreciate some tips from you.
prince (158) 2007-02-16 13:55
mannnn....... youve captured a beautiful portrait of life.
children for me is a gift from god, they always full of smile what ever the situation is. thats why we cant take that smile for them
anyway, i have to learn from you
zesopol (258) 2008-11-12 11:49
Very beautiful portrait of a little girl and her expression is amazing!
svjohn (24) 2010-05-12 14:43
Absolutely perfect title. She truly is the flower in this rice field. Perfect composition, love her joy for life as seen in her smile.
soupie01 (789) 2011-03-16 4:08
Stunnung portrait, tone and colour are excellent. Very striking.
david_P (512) 2011-04-25 13:22
What a great photo and a great learn from this little child
Great photo Manuel
- Copyright: Manuel Librodo (manny) (21833)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-02-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): PORTRAITS OF CHILDRENS (2006/07) NGO contribution, My favorite images of you, Cambodia : portraits of childhood, mon hommage à l'Asie, Devimeuxbe's favorites childhood portraits ( I ) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-02-12 16:56
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