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A Balanced Life

A Balanced Life
Photo Information
Copyright: Allan Barredo (allanbarredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 550 W: 68 N: 640] (6390)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-12-30
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Olympus C-4040Z
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Lake Sebu
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 21:04
Viewed: 3445
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A man paddles on the serene waters of Lake Sebu in southern Philippines. The lake is adundant in tilapia so if you are not lazy to fish you'll never go hungry :).

Its amazing how they expertly balance on the end of their dugout canoe. The lake, which is about 1000m in elevation, is surrounded by rainforest so large trees for dugout canoes are not a problem.

Its a very simple life, hence my simplistic approach and treatment of this photograph.

PP works:
- Curves to wash out the background
- Contrast
- Conversion to B/W using an action simulating Ilford Delta 400 pro B/W

Update: Thanks to all who viewed and left their comments/critiques.

vandana2923, Beger, puffy, Shogun, lucbus, SkyF, evanrizo, harpya, anjhello, moli, AB-, kbeall has marked this note useful
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Hi Allan, Beautiful B&W photo friend. Liked the composition. :) Vandana

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-01-08 22:23]

Hi Allan,
Very beautiful and classical composition. The treatment give great sobriety and elegance to the image. Interesting reflections. Very well done! Annie

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  • mansua Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 613 W: 31 N: 23] (2117)
  • [2007-01-08 22:44]

Excelente fotografía, casi parece que es un dibujo manteniendo su presencia fotográfica.
Excelente trabajo y presentación.
Felicitaciones Allan.

This one goes directly in my favorite. You keep the essence of the picture and it became an "oeuvre d'art".

A question, where did you found that kind of action?



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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-01-08 23:09]

excellent shot Allan,

Great choice of the colours, I like the high key here, excellent work, great reflecion and POV, well done, thanks for sharing


Hayuf!!!! ganda neto dre! the reflection of really adds to it :D well done bro!

Excellent! If ever I have seen Zen in a B&W picture - this is it!! It has great impact and is full of inspiration for me. TFS

A beautiful B/W work Allan.. Congrats.. TFS.

Hi Allan,

WoW..... Very Fantastic B&W, great compo, contras and framing.
really nice image. very well done.


A nice series which is almost abstract in nature yet it captures everyday life of a land far away from mine. The b/w treatment and the cropping make it almost like a pinting. Great job. Regards

wow.. waht a wonderful shot... i love it... TFS

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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2007-01-09 3:56]

Trademark ni AllanB! :D nice one bro and ganda ng reflections. Tfs


Great PP work again, pre! Well done on the composition! Great shot! :D

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  • rater Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 196 W: 52 N: 111] (957)
  • [2007-01-09 7:25]

A simple BW but really nice. Love your PP work here, with only the boat and its reflections being visible.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-01-09 7:33]

Hi Allan,
Great composition and a very nice high contrast presentation.
Excellent work.

very nice comp and mood here allan :)
the high contrast and duo-tone look works very well :)
very nice work :)

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Hello Allen,
Very artistic composition with B/W !
Totally suitable for the photo you captured,
I liked it so much, Allen

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  • Alba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 537 W: 0 N: 206] (2760)
  • [2007-01-09 13:11]

Hi Alan,
Beautiful simple picture with a great composition. I like all that white above and around the boat. Congratulations.

absolument magnifique !

Wooooh great, I like it very much, it looks very effective.Bravo nice work.

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2007-01-10 5:26]

Hello Allan,
I like this composition with man and the boat just filtering out of the white environment. The result is very artistic and beautiful.

Hello Allan,

Wonderful visual in B/W. you made very good use of him here. his good taste is fantastic here.
Excellent picture, reflexes.
Very good.


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  • kateb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 486 W: 147 N: 338] (2991)
  • [2007-01-11 15:50]

The simplicity is really effective here, ideal black and white material, with good strong contrast. Nice photo!

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2007-01-12 9:25]

It is simple beautiful. This capture is so quiet but so powerfull for me. Well done Allan. Congratulation for nice one. For sure is.

hi Allan,
great minimalist approach!

Well done and have a great weekend.
Regards, Daniel

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  • AB- Gold Star Critiquer [C: 90 W: 0 N: 6] (723)
  • [2007-01-16 15:43]
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Beautiful high key BW composition! Really fantastic work!!

Hi Allan;
I liked high contrast in this photo.
Reflections are, on the water, very good. Simple but impressive. It's very good to use B&W.
The position of the composition is very good in frame.
Well done


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