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Himba Woman

Himba Woman
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Copyright: Edwin OWO (OWO) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 70 N: 330] (2387)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-23
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200 1:2.8 L IS + EF 1.4x II, Sigma EX Multi-Coated UV 77mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): FACES, "The Old Faces", 50-59 points- Part 7, 5 or more favorites, Le regard, FACES:, Namibia 2005 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-29 12:31
Viewed: 9343
Favorites: 10 [view]
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another Himba portrait, albeit an old Himba woman this time. Her inquisitive look caught my eye and thereafter my camera.
Sadly there was no interaction between me and the adult Himba people, not that I didn't try. The guide was not willing to translate. The only interaction was between the children and me...what fun that was!

Shot in RAW, adjustment of temperature and contrast. Sharpened. All in PSE3. No cropping.

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Wow, I love the expression on this old and worn face. Hand in position. And still keeping an eye on things. Love the warm and earthy tones. Great shot!

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  • padre Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1419 W: 90 N: 263] (4035)
  • [2005-12-29 12:41]
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Excellent portrait with lovely tones Edwin. I'm surprised you used the 1.4ext unless you were pretty far away. Well done. B

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2005-12-29 12:51]

Hi Edwin,
This old women is very beautiful, fuull of experience and I really like her way of looking at the camera with this great expression. You have capture it very well. TFS

very good photo, very good. jerzy

Hi Edwin, thanks so much for sharing this picture with us. It is of an amazing quality. Amazing beauty.


This is superb! I love everything about Africa, so I am 'stealing' this into my fav!!

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  • Saiz Gold Star Critiquer [C: 909 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-12-29 14:12]
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Très belle photographie, Edwin.
Cette femme, hors de notre temps, nous donne une bonne leçon d'humilité …

What can we say when an OUTSTANDING shot like this is here? Just sit back and ejoy it. Well seen and composed. Most important fact: ACHIVED DOF!

Well seen. Excellent control of light. Perfectly cropped with her hand forming part of a natural frame. Full of texture and mood. Great work!


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  • tet Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 39 N: 196] (3627)
  • [2005-12-29 22:09]

Hi Edwin,

I really like this one.

Good job!


Magnifique portrait. Couleurs bien choisies et très bon cadrage. Bravo. Amitié, Patty.

great portrait! So serenity in her expression...

Great shot Edwin.Perfect for me...

Hi Edwin,

it is hard to get in contact with these old Himbas. I lived for a longer time in Namibia, but except the children you can´t get any response. Like the Bushmen they are not interested in white people. Even the language they are not willing to learn.
Considering the past and the history I understand the doubts of these Himba tribe. They have been defrauded by several colonial power and actually by their own black government which wants to "steal" the land in the name of development by building a big dam into the Kunene region. The entire ancestral area of the Himbas will be flooded, their nomad villages, their graveyards, their places of worship the grazing areas of their cattle.



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  • tsumeb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 54 N: 279] (2204)
  • [2005-12-31 18:16]

Excellent photo with a wonderful color palette. Perfect DOF.

Why am I doing a workshop on one of yours when you can produce work like this unaided?
Undisputed top quality in all respects.
I will have to return later with a reward for you - all out.

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  • Gand Gold Star Critiquer [C: 355 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-01 8:18]
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Absolut fantastic work Edwin.
Im totally impressed.
Im not see such a good work on TL for week's.

no words for this one, i'm impressed. fav for sure!

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  • Wolbo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 15] (92)
  • [2006-01-03 7:23]
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Very nice picture, good crop and great look of this old Himba woman

Man, this is one of the nicest portraits I have seen on TL this year. The skin is just beautiful, the expression is just so eloquent, the colors are great, the background is perfect. Crop and compo flawless. That is, as far as I can judge... The type of photo that brings a preson so close to me that all of a sudden I experience kinship and not something exotic. The best thing that can happen. Goes to favs.

PS: Moved it to my "Portraits to learn From" theme. Learning point: An unwilling (uncooperative, uninterested, etc.) model can be still represented in a meaningful and dignified way.

Brilliant portrait. Very well composed, and very natural. Well done!

The textures are wonderful. The expression in the eyes works really well. A good composition

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  • ciore Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 3 N: 118] (2478)
  • [2006-01-10 10:09]

sometimes i'm happy that other photographers have great camera.
like in this time,Edvin
right click in a right time
Than kyou for sharing....

Hello Edwin,
I've just come to "discover" your portofolio here ... I'm amazed by your outstanding selection of portraits here!!! My compliments!

This one here is just superb in any way, the composition, the details, the colours ....
I also like the way she looks at his strange man operating with that strange machine in front of her ... tells a story by itself.

Great work!
Thanks for sharing

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  • Gelor Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 0] (39)
  • [2006-01-25 4:29]

Bonjour Edwin,
Superbe portrait pour lequel j'apprécie particulièrement l'attitude et la netteté. Quel regard inquisiteur ! Beau travail. Gérard

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  • epona (94)
  • [2006-03-21 16:57]

hello Owo
i love pictures of the experienced world Aboriginal people. They are usually the ones who let themselves be fotographed. In this one, i dont see her allowing you to do that. Yes it is a beautiful picture, the tones are all hers and you have presented her in a wonderful light. Perhaps on a good day, even she will like this picture.

Perfect, pure perfection.

Perfect details.
Perfect bland background to increase the detail to the model.
Perfect crop and frame.

Just utterly beautiful... amazing work.


Hi Edwin
Wondeful portrait. Good shooting. Good view. Old face. Old eyes. Old.... Good composition. Well done.
Thanks for sharring.


uau, it's chocolate, it's have you been experienced and the Salomons mines in one piece of age beauty. Can't leave my hat on,

no comment...

Fantastic portrait!!!

This is a masterpiece. The expression of the woman sais all of her soul, of her human nature, the same in every place, in every time.

Bravo pur ces magnifiques portraits dans votre collection !

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2007-12-10 17:45]

Hi Edwin. A remarkable portrait of this older woman from this distant part of Africa. Very good clarity and colours. TFS. Murray.

This is superb portrait ! love the expression on this old and worn face.

Hi Edwin...nicely captured portrait of an interesting woman. Great sharpness and composition.


Beautiful Portrait. Nice tones.

It's a beautiful portrait Edwin! Well done!
Greetings Vivianne

one word: amazing!
goes into my favs


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