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Mayan Women at Work

Mayan Women at Work
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Copyright: Trudy Wiebe (teamill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1499 W: 271 N: 1908] (10985)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-19
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5600
Exposure: f/6.1
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2009/09/18 "People at Work", colors of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-18 7:21
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken in the market which takes place in the city of Antigua. The Mayan people come into the city from the outlying villages by "chicken bus" every day to sell their wares. They sit on the ground and chat with each other to pass the time.

I liked this scene .. you can see other women in the background, and get more of a feel for what it was like there. I squatted to get this shot from their level. Love the heaping basket of bright red tomatoes on the right!! The thing I don't like, is the overexposed white plastic bags in the centre of the shot.

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Oh I do like this a lot Trudy. The vendor with hands on her hip appears happy and/or aware of your presence. Superb colors from the fresh produce and the women's native or local dresses. Good exposure management. I have so many analog pics from Antigua, one of these days I'll scan them. Wishing you a good w/e.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-09-18 7:35]

Hi Trudy,
Excellent this picture.
Interesting and beautiful the scene of daily life.
Especially for us Europeans is something new.
Have a beautiful day,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-09-18 7:39]

Hi Trudy

A superb daily life scene with superb colour, sharpness & saturation. The wide angled framing suits perfectly. These market women look shrewd. Tfs & have a great weekend!

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-09-18 7:48]

Hi Trudy,
What a sharp candid shot of this street female vendor.
Wonderful lighting with very vivd colors.
A nice joyous expression on the woman's face, giving a sense of good business!
A very neat presentation enclosed in a white elegant frame.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Ciao Trudy

Ah. this market will be greatly missed
my last trip!
Super image resolution and beautiful color!
Lovely detailed picture, of soft color,
nice presentation.
Very well done,

Have a nice weekend,


Hi Trudy,

A truly great everyday scene of these woman at work the fruit and veg look great. The colours are very good the details are very sharp the pov excellent and so is the dof only thing is as you say the oe on the plastic bags. TFS


Hi Trudy,

Great capture of the daily life scene! The colors are so rich and nice in the picture and so are the expression of the two women. The women with hands on her hip, gives great charm to the shot. The sharpness and POV are perfect as far as the technical quality of the picture is concerned.
Well done!

thanks and regards,

Hi Trudy,
it's a great snapshot with nice warm colors, moment and light.
i really love the scene. it's similar in may country too.
great daily life activity picture..!


Hello Trudi,

The lady on the right, with her hands on her hips, totally dominates the scene, What a character she seems! I love the knowing look she is giving her friend.
Wonderful details of the market and the atmosphere.
I'm glad you told us about squatting to take the shot, it put the whole experience at a different level, literally!

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Hi Trudy,
a well composed contribution to the Friday theme. I love the red fruits and the colours of them. Very well done
Best wishes

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  • WTS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 52 N: 275] (1434)
  • [2009-09-18 13:23]

Trudy wonderful photo for the theme, and I would not have know that was plastic bag ...
Colors show really well and expressions caught. Like the pov as the baskets of food have you following them into the photo.


Hi, Trudy -
Great colorful candid scene - you really get the feel of the atmosphere from this shot. I love the expression of the squatting woman near the center. Their clothes are wonderfully colorful. The baskets of fruits and vegetables look great, and the white bag is small enough so that the OE doesn't affect the shot. Nice work.

Très bonne photo, colorée, bien composée et très "vivante"

  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1191)
  • [2009-09-19 0:14]

photo colorée et femmes souriantes, but yes at work;
un très bon rendu de l'ambiance des marché d'Amérique Centrale

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2009-09-19 9:14]

Hi Trudy,
Very lively market scene. May be a wider crop would have add more stuff of interest.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-09-19 11:22]

Love the expression of the vendor on the right.
Great colorful scene


nice daily life photo...
great composition with perfect light...
tfs this great work

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-09-20 11:17]

Hi Trudy,
Beautiful shot of daily life, I agree with you on the bag but that's how it is, exelent framing and perspective, the colours are fabulous. TFS

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  • Margy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 103 W: 6 N: 221] (2520)
  • [2009-09-20 14:01]

Hi trudy,

Very nice colorful daily life photo.
Nice to see the expression of the right woman.
I must say it looks like every thing thumbels down a bit to the left!
Regards, Marga

Hi Trudy,
Excellent POV. of this Mayan Women at Work,
nice presentation and composition with great colors and sharpness. good colors and details,
very well done.

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-09-21 8:26]

HI Trudy
Looking jovial these ladies do stand out with all the colors of the fruits and veggies.
Well composed this daily life shot is almost alive and you feel like you want to join in the fun.

Hi Trudy,
Excellent contribution to the theme! Those bright colours makes it a cheerful picture and those Mayan woman have a nice pose. Perfect sharpness, brightness and contrast well framed, although a bit smaller would give more "picture" :-)
Fine posting Trudy!

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-09-21 16:40]

Hi Teudy,
I like this busy scene , you have caught the mood well. I love the expression ofnthe two ladies faces. I don't think you have OE on the plastic bags. Nice sharp details & I like the natural colors you have captured. Well seen & captured.



Hello Trudy, i knew you had more to present us from Guatemala , you are a box of surprises my friend, he he ,,, first i like the panoramic format here it gives a better visual impact for the viewers as i don't believe the top of the fence will bring anything useful to this scene , my preference too , your squatting to get the shot at eye level was also a good idea as people-photographers in a hurry almost invariably aim and shoot down at the seated vendors and at a wide angle to take it all in this has a tendency to distort , i like how the woman on the right , hands on her hips, seems to be totally oblivious of your presence and her mimicry is her genuine expression of happiness and friendliness towards her neighbor , there appears to be good contact between those two friends , relatives or just simply competing for customers, that i don't know but you captured the essence of a most interesting moment of a day at the market here Trudy , hum about the white bag , well have you thought of colouring it , quite easy to do in PP .
Aren't these markets colourful amiga ? , Yessssss !


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2009-09-21 19:16]

Bonsoir Trudy,

Nice capture. Excellent details all over. Nice composition, good exposure et good sharpness. Plus you capture very natural expression. Great work and TFS.


Been meaning to critique this for a few days Trudy but have been really busy!

Nice colour and the scene holds lots of interest. The pano crop works well with the position of the 2 women. As for the OE plastic bags - well, I imagine a touch of colouring in pp may be possible with this. Just give the bags a touch of colour.. I would have been tempted to use the dodge tool in the darker areas of coloured clothing too just to give a hint more brightness.

Interesting street scene well captured.


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-09-30 12:03]

The kind of daily life scene on the market wich is timeless ,thank god this will remain for ever.
Thanks for the impression Trudy.


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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2009-10-21 1:07]

hello trudy,
a daily life scene so full of life and colour and character.I espewcially like the bashfully smiling woman with arms akimbo.

Hello trudy - Beautiful colors, DOF, and contrast. Good composition, too. I like that unnecessary elements were cropped vertically. Good decisive moment, too.

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