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Hesitant Smiles

Hesitant Smiles
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Copyright: Allan Barredo (allanbarredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 550 W: 68 N: 640] (6390)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-30
Categories: Decisive Moment, Portrait
Camera: Olympus C-4040Z
Exposure: f/1.8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Lake Sebu
Theme(s): My Favorite Smiles of Children of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-07 21:58
Viewed: 3841
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My second portrait of the Tboli's...

The first one was Appeasing The Ancestors (contains more detailed background on the Tboli tribe).

These Tboli girls are wearing their traditional dresses. We were fortunate to chance upon them on a market day (Saturday) so a lot of them are wearing very colorful dresses. The Tbolis are very fond of beads and small brass bells. They use them as earings, necklaces, belts, etc.

It was an impromptu shoot. My kids, who tagged along (as always :D), said "smile" and I took two shots. Then off they went...

( I set my aperture to F1.8 to get the shallowest of DOF but I guess the background was just too near to be blurred enough. Didnt really want to fiddle with it in PS :) )

Workshops, comments and critiques are very much welcome.

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  • Krima Gold Star Critiquer [C: 85 W: 7 N: 2] (1769)
  • [2007-01-07 22:07]
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Nice composition ,still...try to make the girls laugh next time ;-)

I love how they are dressed up in bright colors with the subdued backround. Wonderful composition. I love the black frame around it, it tops it off!Wonderful job!

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  • Konie Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 29 N: 298] (3006)
  • [2007-01-07 23:42]
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Nice photo Allan. It showcases well the colorful costumes of the Tbolis. Ang ganda ng design. TFS.


Hello Allen,
I liked you capture this photo with so rich in colour, superb sharpness and clarity!
The dresses are so in details
very well done indeed.

Hello Allan,
It is interesting to see their colourful dress!
Pretty girls and I think they are proud of their fine dresses...
Well framed and captured with great details, a good documentary!
Pablo -

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  • dada Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 46 N: 382] (6560)
  • [2007-01-08 7:00]

beautiful colours and... intresting half-smiles:)


Cute little girsl with these colorful costumes. They were not to confident in front of the camera . Nevertheless, their expressions are still charming. Love to see them with their hands together.
I added it to my theme: Favorite smiles of children of the world.

brilliant colours,
lovely capture and expressions!

Well done
Regards, Daniel

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  • sleger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 55 N: 177] (3549)
  • [2007-01-23 21:21]

Hi Allan

I like the expression you captured on those two girls faces. Their clothing is very colorful which makes the picture attractive. The picture is nice and sharp.

Regards, Sylvain

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