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the art of tea

the art of tea
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Copyright: Teresat Teresat (Teresat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2012-09-30
Categories: Daily Life, Mood, Portrait
Camera: Panasonic FZ18
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2013/02/01 'Tea or Coffee' [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-01 16:42
Viewed: 3351
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I choose tea,...tonight.

This is a Berbere lady who took more than 20 minutes to prepare this tea. I believe it was mint tea but I am not sure any more. That was "grey" day but the colors, of berbere house where this scene took place, make all the scene pleasant...but I prefer the b/W version. This is not a casual portrait...the lady have posed for all the presents waiting for her tea( we were 8 persons) . She has made this big smile to the camera ... it was nice and at same time strange....but that is another story.


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Hi Teresat...what a sweet face on this lady! Very nice black and white shot with excellent range of tones. Nice work.


Hi Teresat,
Very nice caught of view to present the time to take a tea,
Nice POV. and smile portrait of this Berbere lady,
good contrast and light and well presented for the theme.
Nicely taken and done,

lovely contribution to the theme,amazing color tones,sharp details and lovely smile.tfs

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10644)
  • [2013-02-01 20:42]

Wow..a lady serving GHAWA or TEA, well exposed nice lighting and beautifully captured, the taste touches my tong bits. Excellent and TFS.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-02-02 1:49]

Hello Teresa.

She comes across as a most friendly person, one of those people who have an individual smile for everyoe, no matter what. I like how you have caught her, crouched and ready to serve. Wonderful light apon her face and dress, am smiling back at her now as i type.

Great addition Teresa.

stv ;o))


Un bel instant immortalisé tout en douceur par ce n&b, qui, à mon sens est un bon choix.
Joli portrait bien cadré avec de bons détails, j'aime beaucoup le rendu de la lumière.
Beau partage pour le thème.

Hi Teresa,
Neat composure and good choice of black & white.Friendly and open smile during the tea break.Excellent documentary, well presented.

Hello Teresat,
Her face says that she is a very kind hearted person, if i am not wrong.
very nice pleasant colour. B/W conversion is absolutely correct for this mood.
Thank you for this portrait and the story.
with my best wishes,

Awesome capture of this lovely lady with a beautiful smile and great contribution to Friday's theme as well as a good documentation of the daily life. Great pov and dof with nice details and contrast. Well done, tfs.

Ciao Teresa, great addiction to friday theme, beautiful portrait of lovely woman with fantastic smile, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Isso é poesia visual.
Esplendida foto, de uma nitidez perfeita, com belas tonalidades e muito bons detalhes.
Bom domingo.

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  • BLR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 90 W: 1 N: 143] (601)
  • [2013-02-02 23:00]
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She looks absolutely delightful! :)

I really like her warm smile... I bet the tea was great. Good photography, portrait photography in particular is always unique to me, because a good photo means that the photographer was not only able to compose a good image, but has an interaction with the subject that allows the photographer to capture something worthwhile... something special. You have done just this.

Great lighting, and I like your colour treatment here again... great share Teresa.


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2013-02-04 10:37]
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Hi Teresa,
We did this same tour when we were in Murrakech in 2011. The tea served with honey and bread was delicious. You have captured very nicely the mood and the personality of the lady. Good subject for B&W format.

I like the mod you have captured in this daily-life portrait shot, Teresa!

Great color tones which add depth and charm into the picture.
Well captured clarity and contrasts with natural expressions given by your model.
Nice work!

Um abracos,

Althiugh B&W the lady really stands out afainst the bg. The clarity, sharpness and contrast are all ecellent. Nice job

Hi,that is one of the best contributions to the theme !You caught the local atmosphere splendidly.Best wishes,Otto.

Hi Teresa, she may have been posing but from the way her whole face is beaming I think she enjoys what she does. Fiona

Ola Teresa (tu vois que je parle bien le portugais maintenant)
L'art du thé ou un autre woman's secrets...?
C'est bien pour le friday theme mais c'est encore mieux pour le Teres theme.Ce sourire ne dit pas tout, il est de circonstance comme la pose, je suis sûr qu'elle a bien attendau que tout le monde ait pris sa photo: pour faire plaisir? pour honorer son pays? pour sa propre postérité? L'arrière plan sombre la met parfaitement en valeur ainsi que tout ce qui fait la scène.C'est bien une scène, nous sommes presque au théâtre
um abraço

Very well captured daily, very happy and representative moment ... ecertado b/n. Greetings Teresat...

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2013-02-13 5:13]


quelle compo et image de cette dame en train de faire son thé quelle position quelle sourire et attitude sublime.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Teresat, a lovely portrait of the smiling lady as she offers you tea.
The b/w was a good choice; sometimes in shots such as this, I think that colour can distract!
You managed the light very well, even catching the light in her eyes.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi my friend!
excellent black and white work.great views and an invitation to tea.
um abraço

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2013-02-23 4:14]

Hi Teresat

Nice use of a shallow dof with good sharpness on the happy woman. Excellent tonal range & lighting contrasts. Superb graphism especially within her dress. The faint yellow area at right adds interest. Tfs!

Hi, Teresa. Nice portrait of this smiling lady preparing the tea. Berbers love their tea. The photo is sharp and the composition is well suited for this daily life scene. Cheers

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  • TRB Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 4] (80)
  • [2014-01-20 12:07]

The composition is very nice.
choice of colors and sharpness are superb.


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  • Clanyi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 7 N: 100] (7129)
  • [2014-04-24 13:56]

Hi Teresat! Beautiful portrait. Nice tones. Regards Csabi

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