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Souls of Myanmar

Souls of Myanmar
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Copyright: Fred NEF (Freddie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1285 W: 104 N: 1157] (6359)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Event, Decisive Moment, Friends/Family, Experimental, Mood, Portrait
Camera: Canon PowerShot A640
Exposure: f/4
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Umbrellas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-13 5:26
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Souls of Myanmar
It's heartbreaking to see and experience, even for a brief period of my stay here, a Nation of beautiful people with fewer hopes in their midst.

I hope the people I've met are still alive, especially those children that mobbed me and exchanged their currency for my dollar.

I hope they survived the recent tragedy that struck this country.

Run by Junta, a corrupt and inhuman military rule that has been killing the soul of this nation. I've seen in the news the lifeless bodies of people floating in brackish waters, without the government's help in sight. While in one footage, a lavish wedding party with affluent and pompous jewels adorning the bride of the one in power.

Imagine your nation.

Model: Canon PowerShot A640
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3
Exposure Time: 1/403
F-Stop: f/4.0
Focal Length: 7300/1000 mm
Metering Mode: Pattern

An inspiration from the movie, Shindler's List, I desaturated the image with a bit of gamma manipulation and cinematic noise and vignette, I returned the color of one kid's face to make her stand out in the small crowd.
I have 2 pics of the same subjects but I chose this because they seem like looking up instead of looking down, as in the other picture. I particularly like the countenance of the girl in the middle front, holding the umbrella.

Quotes of the Day:
"The youth is the hope of our Nation." Jose Rizal

"It is being made into a man-made catastrophe by the negligence, the neglect and the inhuman treatment of the Burmese people by a regime that is failing to act and to allow the international community to do what it wants to do." -Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister

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hi fred

thanks for sharing and your comment. clear message..
regards frans

Marvelous shot here Freddie! Full of emotion, so sad. I hate to hear of disasters in other countries! I feel so powerless over it all. Thanks for the pic, reminds me of how grateful I am!

One of the more powerfull photo I saw on TL, our little perfect flower and landscape pictures seem to be out of reason suddenly.



Hi Freddie,

a very touching tribute to the victims of Narjis in Myanmar indeed. yes, i do hope too that the poeple that you've met are still alive.

i like the note, esp. the quote by Jose Rizal, a true and outstanding statesman i admire most.

Thanks, pal.


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-05-13 7:53]

HI Fred
It is a very sad event, and not being to get aid from other nations because of the rulings, has got to be the most inhuman
gesture since WW2.
You have a great capture and I particularly like how you left the child's face to stand out amonst them all. Hoping your wish comes true.

Hi, Fred!

Interesting and original idea and excellent realisation. Nice lights and tones. Superb!


Hie Freddie,

You really went to Burma during the aftermath of the Cyclone Nargis? I really hope things will change soon and someone overthrow the corrupted junta soon.


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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-05-14 12:17]
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hello Freddie,
a sensitive note accompanies a picture that is fitting for the topic. That you took your inspiration for the PP work from Schindler's List demonstrates intelligence on your part. i share your sadness.

Wonderful image & message.

very touching comment
the b&w filter gives the picture a nice, melancholy mood. it's sad to think what goes on in other countries, and yet I sit here with all the luxuries America holds.

I think you could brighten the whole thing up a bit and that would make it better.

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-05-17 7:26]

Hi Fred,

I love this photo! Very nicely composed with wonderfully done pp work.


Hi Freddie
Thanks for sharing. This photo struck a cord since we are also experiencing similar events in ours as well as the neighbouring Zimbabwe. Such a sad world...


" If you don't know me by now, you'll ... "
( it's a song - don't let me sing it )
so, I must speak my mind ...

It's a catching shot, full of emotion
and a good composition.
But ( now it comes - do you here the drums ? )
I'm sorry to say ( no I'm not, just an expression )
IMO ( so I'm always " save " )
it's UE and the range between black and white is far to narrow, so you lost detail.
The coloured face of the child ...
indeed it stands out but, in this photo,
not the best idea.

So great shot, not so good PP-work for me.

See you later

Very journalistic approach with nice story.
Francis Nollan

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