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Copyright: Carol Dorion (CAROL50) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 853 W: 113 N: 2287] (8960)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-30
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Sony DSC-H50
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): World Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-10 10:21
Viewed: 2576
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this photo on a walk around some of the backstreets off the main market square in a small town named Gualaceo in the southern highlands region of Ecuador. There is a market day every week in this town but some interesting moments of the daily life of the indigenous people often happen away from where the actual market activities take place. This is one of those moments.
Made curves adjustments , sharpening , iso 80 , f/4 1/200 ,


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To metamorphose: Merci P Eric !CAROL50 1 01-13 17:04
To Hudda: Hi HuddaCAROL50 1 01-10 20:02
To shelbeesmom: Thank you LindaCAROL50 1 01-10 18:21
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Hi Carol,
Again an impressive street portrait from Ecuador, great sharpness and details, the plae yellow wall works great as background, in contrast to the standing local man. Well captured daily life moment, congratulations! TFS.
Best wishes,

Hi, Carol -
Outstanding candid portrait; the corner of the building divides the frame nicely, and the man's posture and expression are great. I like your choice to leave a lot of space in the frame on the left. Warm colors, sharp details. Good eye to see and capture this image!

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  • Hudda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 17 N: 59] (296)
  • [2009-01-10 11:54]
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ola thats a pretty gud candid picture
the man looks very curious though?
did you find out what was he observing?
well he looks sane chilled out kind of a person:)
very well

Another great one Carol. I really like how your shot includes the corner of the wall, which adds another dimension - another color. It wouldn't have had nearly the same impact without that. Great job.

Great street scene Carol. I like the pose of your model. Excellent composition with great light, colours and sharpness.

Hi Carol,

Another terrific portrait. I like the traditional clothing of the man. He looks like a quiet observer just watching and waiting. It's almost as if you caught him peeking around the corner. I like the yellow tones of the building against his dark clothing. From viewing your photos from Ecuador, do the men and boys wear hats all of the time? It's something we just don't see in the U.S. (baseball caps don't count! LOL) Lisa

Very simple but VERY effective portrait Carol! I love your warm colors here. The space above him actually adds to this shot for me! Very nice sharpness and it makes the viewer wonder what he is thinking!

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  • b021 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 48] (1184)
  • [2009-01-10 17:36]

Hi Carol,
Very nice shot !

Hi Carol,
nice observation about the observer.
stylish pose and grainy,contrasting background.i like this portrait very much.


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  • fedllb (16)
  • [2009-01-11 4:57]

well done!
good composition

simple lines, interesting posture, an observer for sure !

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2009-01-11 12:17]

Ah...excellent street moment, with no pretense or hype:) Terrific simple composition and well-placed subject. I like how the man is standing on the shadowed side of the wall for his quiet watching/waiting...and his clothing and body language convey meaningful details. Well done!


Very good composition and what to say about the colors! And thanks to the leaning, protective corner that allowed for this man to observe and lean at the same time.
María José

Very beautifull streetphotography Carol !
No " but "
only a question :-)
Did you consider to post it in B/W ?
Why ? You would keep all the good from this composition
and focus even more on the " hombre " and what he's
doing ( or not ).
Just my opinion ;-)

See you later Carol

Salut Carol.

Très belle photo. J'aime beaucoup la composition et les couleurs. L'expression du visage de ce villageois est impressionnante; on dirait qu'il n'apprécie pas vraiment ce qu'il voit. À moins qu'il ne soit triste de ne pas y participer ?


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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-01-19 19:14]

Hi Carol...

Absolutely fantastic street shot - portrait..!
Your composition is really well arranged,
nice colors, good contrasts, interesting poser - model...
Best regards,

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