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His 'Royal Kindness'

His 'Royal Kindness'
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Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-13
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Holland encounter
Theme(s): 90-99 points, TL LowLands meet - September 2007, My Photos >= 100 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-28 14:28
Viewed: 3335
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Yesterday by mistake I uploaded the wrong photo...after I noticed, I've to take off the photo. Today is the right one.

Where? In Brugge during last TL meet of the lowlands
When? September last
Who ? I realy have no idea.

Our quick JohnTulip encounterd him first, many of you know John.. he goes directly to his target, here this Gentleman and his group.

From a distance I saw them all laughing with John: John made a few shots of this Gent, than they shaked hands and that was it.

5 mins later, when I was ready making photo's of folk fallen in water from capsised Touring canal boats
( yes kidding) I asked John what was that all about, the man photographed.... ?

John than grabbed my arm and ' dragged ' me to this person ( 500 meters pfff) and told this man im Flamish:

This is my StepMother and can she also take some photo's of your wonderfull face please ?''

The man had really trouble to remain serious after the remark me being ' his Mommy' as you can see on his face.

Treklens, look close pleasse! Have you ever seen a more kind face than we see here?

I looooved his nice expression.

Sure, we cam make mistakes by judging people from the outside.

But if this Gent was a horse in a horserace, I would bet all my money on him.. till the last penny!!!

Thank you Treklens


Vandana B

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was,
the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be”

Marcel Pagnol

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To GreenBaron: thanks Hansvandana2923 1 11-30 13:10
To JohnTulip: Congratulationsvandana2923 1 11-29 05:31
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hm, this looks like the guy from yesterday - why was it wrong?..*g* it is still a terrific portrait, with the same kind expression on his face and the same cool santa-beard. hohoho..i can imagine him with a thick red suit. lovely job & best wishes, thor.

Very sweet characteristic looking man.. !
Good blurry background and good choise of frame. Composition is good to

Well done
TFS Greetz Kristy

Hi Vandana,

This is First class portrait . . highlight and shadows are shown clearly . .
I like the composition as well . .
Very well done capturing this man my dear friend . .


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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2007-11-28 16:10]

This is an excellent portrait,Vandana! Love his expression! The sharp details of his face are wonderful.Beautiful blury bg.Great composition.A real professional work was done here! Bravo!

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1253 W: 75 N: 2365] (9460)
  • [2007-11-28 20:07]

Hi Vandana,

Touch of a real professional..
And yes, he has a kind face....

Beautifull shot.
Take care.

Namasthe :)

jean paul

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2007-11-28 21:34]

This is adorable. A sweetheart:)
I love the blurred background and great details on the face
A wonderful picture! VERY GOOD/FUNNY note

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-11-28 21:37]

Hi Vandana,
Excellent portrait! You captured a very good expression! This man have kindness in his eyes. Very good lighting, colors, DOF and sharpness. Bravo! Annie

hi vandana, this is a nice portrait, great clarity and composition, well done, thanks scott

Nice portrait dear friend!Great shot!

this Beard is cool!! nice expression for this old man.. a portrait full of reality!! he looks a wise man.. from the 18th century!! a good capture!
ciao Marco

John's cousin I am sure. :-)
Well composed, good colour and semi soft details..
Intresting face. ( is it not a priest on a day off?)
Excellent one and surprised to hear you are John's Step Mom
'My StepMother is an alian ' :-)

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-11-29 0:47]

What a wonderful portrait of a wonderful model !
Very well done; congrats !


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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2007-11-29 0:58]

Very nice portrait and very nice man!!

Magnífico retrato Vandana.
Un rostro muy expresivo.
Magníficos detalles y nitidez.
Saludos, JL.

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-11-29 1:29]

Hi Vandana
This is a real fair portrait.
Gr Jos

Hi Vandana,
What a noble man,
What a wonderful expression.
What a wonderful shot...
Selahattin E

Hello Vandana,
Excellent portrait quality!
Years of experience are chiselled into that face, and you capture it all so well...
Presentation is well done, with fine balance in composition; attractive colours!
Pablo -

An eye can threaten like a loaded and levelled gun, or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy.... One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Exellent shot and note!! Work of a PRO


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-11-29 2:35]

Hello Johnty's step-mother!!!
Nice looking gentleman, and he is looking at you quite kindly too. Yes, he does have a kind face and I like him
Good portrait Vandana...

Hello Vandana,
Lovely portrait. He has a kind and trustworthy face. Best regards, Danilo

GREAT PORTRAIT ......... !

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2007-11-29 5:07]

Hello Vandana,
Beautiful portrait of this gentleman, professional work. Light, details, sharp and focus are great. Just a little obs:the yellow from the left upp corner is disturbing my eyes.
TFS and congrats!

  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-29 5:25]

For sure the Flamish Santa Claus.
No need to prepair his face. Really a fantastic portrait, Vandana.
Best regards, Jan

Ooo is he single??? Very handsome man! A wonderful shot of this guy! Nice beard! I really like it! He would be proud!

hi vandana!
excellent portrait, wonderful sharpness and great DOF, i like it.

Hi Vanny,

Really great shot, wonderful portrait.

I was surprised You didn't notice the gentleman immediately. He's his majesty of the Hungarian king, wearing Santa Claus beard! Didn't You see the crown in his pocket?

Tfs and congrats for this masterpiece, cheerz, László

Hi Vandana,
Excellent macro and beautiful characteristic look.Great shot and details.Well done.TFS.

Hallo vandana..
Nice Picture and..expresiv..:-)

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-11-29 10:12]

merhaba myfriend Dear VANDANA...
Verynice portrait and shot..superb colors and detail...bravo..selamlar

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2007-11-29 13:09]

This is really a fantastic portrait of a very charming looking man, Vandana.All is perfect.
Regards Rose

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2007-11-29 13:10]

Hi Vandana what a wonderful portrait here,great job!!

Lovely facial details Vandana. Just enough eye contact, the hint of a smile and good colour. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Estuary Reflections V’

I think you can switch to portraits, because you do a great job - you seem to be able to capture a personality and of course a good detailed picture.
You had José also portrayed in just the right way.
I think your assesment of this gentleman would be right.
Thanks so much for sharing both picture and story with us - worth a bit of pfffpfff to catch this man!

Hello Vandana,

Excellent portrait, nice colors and good lightining and contrast.

:) later

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-11-30 1:59]

Outstanding composition, wonderful moment, superb capture -- very well done indeed

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2007-11-30 2:10]

Hi Vandana,
beautiful portrait.He is handsome and noble man.TFS.:)later.Necla.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-11-30 2:22]

Hi Vandana

Good portrait of this distinguished looking gent. Excellent dof & sharpness & well framed & composed. Tfs!

Excellent and impressive portrait. A remarkable character, with its gentle eyes and his nice white beard.

Hi Vandana,
After commenting the first posting of this image I realized why you removed it; the BG. You did a terrific PP-job and now the focus is fully on the the impressive face (with all the details) of this nice Belgium Santa and a nephew of John or at least friend for a day! :-)
Superb posting my dear Vandana!

:) Later...

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  • Hitbit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 417 W: 159 N: 451] (5918)
  • [2007-11-30 10:23]

Maybe you found Santa in plain clothes in Belgium Vandana. ;-) Nice portrait great sharpness and a good expression, wel done.

Grtz Pim

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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2007-11-30 11:31]


Wonderful portrait! He have a funny looking!! isn´t he the saintclouse???? Becouse it looks like... !


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  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2007-12-01 2:21]

Hi my friend,

Beautiful potrait shot. Lovely details excellent potraiture. He does looks like santa clause, maybe that is the reason why he has a very warm and pleasant personality..


Hi dear Lady Vandana;good quality a portrait shot,and nice beard....

Nice portrait and good skin tones color..>
Very well composed and nice pp work..>
Well done..>



No Vandana, put your money on a younger horse !!
But indeed, this man has a beautiful face .... he looks really like me! ;-)
Very good portrait and funny note !

merhaba dear vandana
magnificent portrait picture and wonderful class man.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2007-12-03 14:59]

Hello Vandana.
Great portrait and well presented.
It`s a big pleasure to see your stunning pictures after long time.
My compliments.
Janek Kloss

Very good portrait. I like the nice soft light. I would tone down the yellow in the top left.

Hi Vandana,
Magnificient shot of magnificient person...
Wonderful portrait. I love it.
Thanks for sharing.
M.D.seyfettin Güner

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  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2007-12-10 11:08]

A very good portrait Vandana!! Well presented! :} Don

hello Vandana
two points for 100 pt!!!!!!
good portrait!!

best sERGIO

Hi Vandana,
interesting capture and detail of facial expression.
I like the bokeh effect produced by your narrow focus.
Best regards, Daniel

Hi Vandana, this guy is very attractive.....
His look seems to be "TRUE"...
Probably the brother of Santa Claus...hehehehehe
Very good shot...

Well Vandana, I never had the chance to meet this fine gentleman although I'm from Belgium and I do have family living in Brugge ! A fine portrait and a gentle, soft expression...
Compliments !
Best regards,

Hello Vandana! Amazing face! Amazing eyes. Wonderful pose. Good POV. Perfect capture. Very original portrait. Good luck!

I try to look all through your gallery, but I am always stopped by photos I can't pass by. He does have a wonderfully kind face and the most twinkling eyes. Perfectly composed, wonderful color and detail and excellent bokeh. I really like his neat hair and well groomed beard, too. Lovely shot! Many thanks and most kind regards,

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