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Otavalo fruit vendor

Otavalo fruit vendor
Photo Information
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: 2008-12-13
Categories: Daily Life, Food, Decisive Moment, Portrait
Camera: Sony DSC-H50
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-22 9:20
Viewed: 3048
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of numerous veg and fruit stall owners at the famous Otavalo market,Ecuador . The markey is held everyday but Saturday is the best day to be in town . I arrived in Otavalo the night before in order to be there first hour of the morning indeed it all starts up in the predawn hours before 6am with the animal market ( on the other side of the river one km from the main square in town ), as the day advances fruits , vegetables and crafts ( the market is most famous for )are gradually displayed in the kiosks to service the local buyers and the happy tourists as well .
In PP i cropped to a square format for a portrait-like compo to get closer to the woman and to show her produce , her immediate and colorful set-up .

iSO 100 , F/4.5 , 1/125s , auto white balance , manual mode .
Thank you for looking and reviewing this image , C .

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I love all the colours! I would've made my fstop a bit higher in order to keep the fruit at the back in focus as well.

Beautiful colours, sharp detail and you have caught the vendor in a passing thoughtful mode. I like the slightly blurred background because it keeps the attention on the woman and the foreground. Personal taste thought.

Love this Carol. the bright colors of that country are so nicely on display here. You've placed her well within the shot, and have caught in interesting expression too :) Nice that the row of apples in bags frame the shot at the top. Love it mi amigo!

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-11-22 10:25]

Hi Carol,
A good portrait of this fruit vendor. Although many colors surround this interesting character, the woman is the focal point. Nice different fruit adorned with splendid light.
I like the square frame for this awesome presentation.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hi Carol

Excellent work on this Picture.
the bright colors of that country are Beautiful and fantasttic capture.
well done


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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-11-22 11:28]


A potpourri of colors with the various fruits and vegtables creating repeating patterns surrounding your main subject. The image has a little of a photojournalistic or even a National Geographic feeling telling the story of this Ecuadoian vendor.

Very Nice


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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2012-11-22 11:28]

Hi Carol,
The expression on the lady's face is a real focal point amongst the array of colourful fruit

Hi Carol
fine capture of a market scene. intense colors of fresh fruits. the square formats works nice here and the woman adds interest and is well placed in the composition.

Olá Carol
It is so happy to see these life scenes where colors and genuine mood are present. Incredible haow all the fruits are so sharp...i don´t know which I like best...difficult to choice. She isvery well placed. Love it for all the good alert to my senses.
um abraço

This is a masterpiece and a well documented shot from a traditional woman from Ecuador, Carol!
Great details and perfect POV with amazing expressions of the fruit-seller.
The colors are natural and immense eye-catching too.
Well captured daily life scene!

Kind regards,

Hello Carol
Une ode a la couleur..Quel bel étagère de fruit..
une belle scène de la vie quotidienne en Équateur...pays de couleur comme beaucoup de pays de L'Amérique du Sud
bien fait et bien présenté

Very colourful and catchy, well composed photo Carol..


Bonsoir Carol,
Superbes couleurs et prise de vue de cette vendeuse au marché plein air de Otavalo (Equator),
Un excellent portrait et présentation de 'daily life' scene..dans ce pays d'Amérique du Sud..
Magnifique capture de tous ces fruits..

Hi Carol, theese colors are amazing, the composition is perfect, excellent daily life shot, TFS

Ciao Carol, lovely composition with fantastic colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ola Carol,
Fantastica foto,nao podia ser melhor.

Just had breakfast but those fruits, especially the papaya, are making me hungry again! This is some display of fruits. Great pov and nice catch of the woman. Good lighting and dof with sharp details. Wonderful array of colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2012-12-27 1:38]

What a beautiful and colourful photojournalistic image Carol.

Your composition, focus, and exposure, I can't fault.

Definitely a keeper, TFS.

Compliments of the season to you and yours,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2013-01-09 1:37]

Hi Carol

Good to have framed the fruit vendor positioned slightly off centre to the left. A wonderful mosaic of fresh fruit with eyecatching color & good sharpness. The 4 horizontal layers add interest to the composition. Tfs!

  • leeno Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 41] (725)
  • [2013-11-22 20:52]

Numerous fruit and lots of colour.
Beautiful combination and well presented

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