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Beautiful people of Kerala #1

Beautiful people of Kerala #1
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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: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-10-10
Categories: Daily Life, Portrait
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Kerala Trip
Theme(s): Century Club (more than 100 points), portraits and self-portraits, My Photos >= 100 points, Beautiful Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-07 14:53
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Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 174
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
TL we are here in India during my vacation in Sept/October this year

We have here a Grandpa and his grand daughter ..
from a place called Muniyar, a small village....
and it takes some 60 kilometers to drive there from Munnar.

Often people add beauty to the places on our earth...
They can make them colorful, and lively.

Muniyar..where I went to see the sandal wood jungle,
and this old man was a one of the guards of the sandal wood trees there.

The people of Kerala are the most simple people and very down to earth.
They like to live in their own world of simplicity and originality.
They are known as "keralites", since they are natives of Kerala.

TL, looking at their faces...
don't you think this couple of persons add beauty to the place!!!


ps: those who are interested to know more on sandal wood, I've uploaded broken tree in WS.
*Every portrait that is painted with feeling
is a portrait of the artist,
not of the sitter. *
*Oscar Wilde*

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Where ever we see persons accepting there status, we see happy faces.
One can be in goods VERY poor .. but content-Happy..
One can have millions in a bank account and never find inner peace !

Your photo not only shows beauty here , and also convays a strong message Vandana,

Welldone, double meaning


Hello Vandana,

Very impressive photo. Excellent seen and done.

I wish you a beautiful weekend,

I can sense their happiness and contentment in their smiles. This is a wonderful double portrait. I like sandalwood type of soap, but clueless me don't know that the essence comes from a tree. Well done, greetings! Danilo

  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-12-07 15:06]
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Excellent portraits, Vandana, and a true note. Somehow I don't really like the toning though, nor the extreme blur you applied to the backdrop - at f/11 nearly impossible to achieve, but it looks weird behind the man's face, especially behind his ears. Well, to me at least. I guess I'd prefer the original, regardless of the backdrop... faces like this tend to hold our attention anyway.
Just my opinion, nothing more... but, as you know, I like to speak my mind.
Anyway, TFS

Very nice work, Vandana
Well composed, nice PP work to enhance the shot overall (did you add blur? It looks like gaussian blur rather than lens bokeh) and even the slight OE on the shoulder of the man is ok here.
His dignity and her smile are both beautifully captured.

great portrait Vandana.. it's full of feelings.. i have read ur note.. and i feel these sensations u have told... wonderful sepia mood.. great eyes.. wonderful look trough ur camera!! lovely.. brava!
ciao Marco

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2007-12-07 15:19]

A beautiful portrait of this grandpa and his grand daughter! Very happy faces. The girls smile is lovely. EXCELLENT! TFS

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  • BMYNBR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 143 W: 2 N: 130] (1410)
  • [2007-12-07 15:19]

Great shot, super sharp and I love the sepia tones.
TFS Dave

Beautiful portait shot - superb expressions captured really well. The b&w works well to accentuate the textures. Great stuff!
Thanks for sharing

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  • stery Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 268 W: 20 N: 71] (2050)
  • [2007-12-07 15:45]

Hy Vandana!
Very impressive and interesting photo!
Great work

Hi Vandana

You make them a happiest people on earth...they smile is so sincere and this make this a nice potrait...congrats

Amri HMS

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-12-07 15:56]

A fabulous family Portrait, Vandana!
Excellent PP work to make them really stand out too

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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2007-12-07 16:03]


lovely portrait, i like the colours and it´s very well framed!!!


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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2007-12-07 16:43]

Hi Vandana,

Wonderful presentation!
I am amazed with such beauty and capture of this beautiful people.
his work here was wonderful, it is very gratifying to see him.
Congratulations for good taste and capture of this beautiful image.


This very beautiful shot , I love the way the couple have posed for u.
They are real proud and Grandpa has held his grand daughter so well.
Very well composed and love the presentation.

Bonsoir Vandana
It's so beautiful portrait with a tender complicity between this couple, you and your camera.
I like the sepia tone and blur background. Superb sharpness.
Interesting note to sandal wood.
Heartily my friend

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2007-12-07 18:11]

hello Vandana,
this is a beautiful portrait of people who are comfortable in their own skins.However, I am not keen on the pp work as for me it is unnecessary, especially the big frame. The people can stand on their to make this a great shot.

wow, this is so very beautiful! You really caught a great moment here, I can see the joy in their faces, the sepia coloring was a perfect choice Great work. TFS

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  • Jong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 0 N: 273] (3168)
  • [2007-12-07 19:39]

i like the calm and smiling eyes, great light

hey vandana

this a very nice shoot, its very touching, good compo, lovely to see pictures like this once in a while, great light brown tones, very much like the soft blurry edges. very well taken and well treated.

Im missing my grand parents Looking at this picture, since we grew up didn’t get a chance to spend much time with them.

Thank you very much, it bring me sweet memories


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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2007-12-07 23:00]

sepia, color, backgrounds, whatever effect, this is a golden shot Vanny.

Excellent my friend!Bravo!Greetings.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-12-08 0:23]

Hi Vandana

A great dual b&w portrait. I like the shallow dof & superb sharpness. Tfs!

Hi Vandana,

A masterpiece.......
You are great my friend
Selahattin E

Hi Vandana,

This is a lovely portrait . .
Excellent composition with perfect lighting setup . .
Very sharp image and I like the presentation in sepia . .
Very well done my dear friend


Hello Vandana,

Beautifull image.
What is their names?
You make wonders from our land....with people...
Take care.

Namasthe :)

jean paul

Hi Vandana,
This is a superb posrtrait, addoring and as John discibes: luck is in the inner side, but the outside will show it and that's what you captured and presented! The blurred BG makes makes the focus is on the faces, the (almost) desaturation works excellent here. A superb posting my dear, I will add it to my favorites.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-12-08 4:47]

Merhaba myfriend Dear VANDANA....
verynice capture and focus...bravo..selamlar

Hello Vandana!
You do a great work here! I likr the sepia tone in your composition!
This two peoples look very happy!
Best regards!

...later... :)

Hi Vandana, yes people add to the beauty of the earth. Good people that is.
And the posture here is so nice and meaninful. The grandpa protective of her granddaughter.
Nice monochromatic tone.
Good light control.

Very well done and thanks for the great note. I also too a look at the ws and read the note.

Take care, Yan :)

ps: and many thx for the kind words in : "Dedicated to TL Friends!". I am very pleased that you like it.

Wonderful expressions. What a great smile! Good treatment & great detail.

WOW!! Great shot of these beautiful people Vandana! Excellent BW tones, nice framing! I love seeing people from other countries! This is nice!

Vandana you have shared a beautiful portrait of the this young lady and her grandfather. Impressive DOF - you nailed both sets of eyes. The sepia makes the image perfect. Congratulations.


A sandal wood guard. The name of that tree reminds me of expensive perfum, of excotic places. Would those trees be illegally chopped down otherwise - must be expensive.
These people indeed add beauty and you add to their down-to-earth personalities by using this colour.
Beuaitufl work Vandana.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Vandana,
What a beautiful peaeceful and meaningful shot.
Thanks for sharing.
M.D.seyfettin Güner

Hello Vandana.
great portrait and beautifull people.
Regards Frans

hi vandana!
excellent portrait and wonderful pp work, i like it.

Hi Vandana,
I'm going to be honest and speak my mind here:)
I do think the background blur is a bit too much...doesn't at all look natural, especially for f/11 but...this portrait, their expressions is so powerful and real that I tend not to notice the background too much. Does that make sense to you? All this blur does immediately direct my attention to the couple, and then their direct look into the camera grabs my attention and doesn't let go. The couples hard work, honesty, commitment, happiness, contentment...all is portrayed here...big time. Yes, I think less blur would have made a better photo overall but this is clearly all about them, so I think anything could be done to the background and they will still shine through it.
Beautiful details captured and I do like the toning.


Hello Vandana.
Fully agree. They even add beauty to TL.
You made a perfect photograph of them .
Congratulation with the result.
Have a lovely sunday.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2007-12-08 11:49]

Well Vandana overhere is one of your best pictures,what a portrait.

very well executed of Sepia tone here vandana, the smile of the subjects really expressed happiness in here, clarity and presentation well and good, thumbs up for you,
regrads from dubai..............andres

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2007-12-08 14:06]

ciao vandana...grandissima composizione...veramente un bel ritratto...bravissima...bella la nota...ottimo pov...grandi dettagli...sei la migliore...

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2007-12-08 14:06]

Hello Vandana,
This is the stronger portrait that i ever seen, the light and the eyes of the old man are touching...very good work, congrats! One of my favourties!

Hi Vernada
Yes, you're right, old people add beauty to their environment (you should see me lol) That is a very nice portrait of native people.I love to meet people when I travel in another country. The photo info ays color but I see it B&W which is very nice and the frame you built aropund them is great. Very good exposition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2007-12-08 15:10]

Hi Vandana, beatiful portrait of beautiful persons! Great details and intense and really good expression. Perfect light too. Compliments!
ciao, Cinzia

A lovely image Vandana and made even better with your choice of colour conversion. Well composed and super detail. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Freaky Pink Friday’

PS a link for you from my state of birth...


Namaste :)

That's really impressive portrait! Very expressive, very emotive.
Beautiful execution, great tones.

Hi Vandana,
Excellent two portraits and great shot.Nice smile and lovely colour tones.well done.TFS.

Hi Vandana...;)
Wonderful shot my friend..>they give a happy smile at your lens..this is candid shot or what?Beautifullll....>Good pp work too..>Very well seen..>



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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 3 N: 199] (1317)
  • [2007-12-09 7:53]

Hello Vandana
What a marvellous B&W job!! An excellent portrait of these beautiful people with such pretty smiles. Splendid use of light and excellent sharpness and details.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Vanny,

Excellent portrait in sepia. Beautifully captured old pair (great blurry bg), true note. Congrats for this masterpiece. I'm happy to give the 100th points to it. :)
Tfs, best wishes, László

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-12-09 11:40]

This is a wonderful and warm feeling portrait. Beautifully taken and love the sepia. TFS

Hello Vandana,
They are beautiful people indeed and this is a great portrait of them; you captured their soul so well. One can feel many nice things by looking at this superb picture. Your notes are much interesting and full of tenderness. Congratulations!

You have captured a true slice of life... what a genuine smile she has, b&w worked very well here too.. excellent job Vandana..


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-12-09 19:52]

Hi Vandana,
What to say after this so much deserved concert of praises! Simply, beautiful, alive and elegant persons... and beautiful, alive and elegant portrait! Bravo! Annie

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2007-12-09 22:28]

Hi Van

superb portrait shot, very good mood captured. TFS, cheers


Hi Vandana
Nice PP work, impressive. The color makes a very good effect. TFS

Wow Vandana, this is a great portrait of those people.
The other TLmembers already gave you all the credits. So I only add: beautiful!

Hi Vanny
very nice persons with wonderful sepia colors
beautiful image...
well done.. :)

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-12-10 0:58]

Really wonderful double portrait; congrats !


Impressive picture Vandana What can I say a masterpiece.

Grtz Pim

Hi Vandana!
very good work - I like colour and nice faces of this people.

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  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2007-12-10 11:15]

Great Vandana, wonderful tones you have captured & shown of this proud grandfather & grandaughter!! Love it :} Don

lovely captured of granfather/grandaughter potrait shot.. what a smile :) Keralites? i see.. i certainly didn't know that when i watched the Kerala's documentary last time.

nice work and great note, Vandana :)

tfs and regards, terry

Hola Vandana,

Wowwwww !!!! increíble fotografía, es una maravilla. Las texturas las sobras y el monotono que has realizado te han quedado de pelicula. Bravo !!!!!



FANTASTIC IMAGE ................. BOBAN.

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-12-11 7:10]

Hi Vandana
This is a excellent double portrait.
Very good in bl/w.
Gr Jos

merhaba dear vandana
excellent double portrait picture.wonderful composition and light.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Hi Vandana,
Beautiful portrait and impressive picture, well presented and framed, Beautiful smile and happy personnage,very well done.

ohhhh quel magnifique portrait
quelle belle réussite
si je pouvais je te donnerais le double de points
mille bravo

fantastic treatment Vandana, great work!!! TFS

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2007-12-13 6:37]

Hi Vandana...
Very Interesting portrait and impressive photo, beautifully captured....
Nice in sepia, very good PP work... Well done...
Greetings, George

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  • Biero Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 259 W: 41 N: 244] (3381)
  • [2007-12-13 10:23]

Bravo Vandana, je suis impressionné, superbe résultat avec plein de détails, j'aime aussi l'expression des sujets.
Très beau travail de composition.

Hi dear Lady Vandana;"Hello people of Kerala",good quality a shot....

Nice work Vandana !
Well done. Best regards, Daniel

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 53 N: 58] (3371)
  • [2007-12-17 12:26]

hello Vandan

you have created a special atmosphere in this portrait
Duotone works perfectly here
you have got a picture with great visual atraction

well done


Hi Vandana
Truly a wonderful portrait, love the subjects. The tone of the image and the blurry bg are perfect. Very well done. Bravo!


Great job with this pic, Vandana! I love the wide smile of the girl, and the glint of ease in the mans eyes. Nice sharpness and good job on the bg.
Well presented. WOW!
*** Ursula ***

Hi Vandana,
This portrait is really amazing! I love the colors you've selected and the DOF is spectacularly perfect. Wonderful detail.

Hi Vandana,

Amazing portrait, very creative PP work, nice sepia tones, very sharp and excellent detail and DOF.

Hello Vandana :)

Sorry but i was very busy. What a wonderful portrait ! Fantastic sharpness and contrasts, good choice of B&W. These 2 persons are so great, so nice expressions on their faces .... Excellent !

Hi Vandana.....your work give justice to their beauty.....
Absolutly wonderful subjets.....
Each faces give the "true" of their age.....One smile,and the other is thinking....

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2008-02-09 14:33]

Hi Vandana.
Simply the best.
Everyting was said already.
My BIG compliments.
Janek Kloss

Excelente retraro. Felicidades. Enhorabuena. Yes, I think this couple add beuty to the world. Thank for share.

Hi Vandana, I followed the link from your other photo of the Keralite man and now I marvel at this beauty : fantastic double portrait, the old man looks very elegant with his shawl on the shoulders !
(to answer to your question : this time, I was only in Andhra Pradesh, mostly to visit 3 schools in tribal area + a few days in Mahabalipuram near Chennai airport on arrival and before departure, ... but it was not my first travel to India - I was in Munnar in 1003, so your photo speaks to me a lot !)

Fascinating shot. No comment.. >so real so nice

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2008-04-16 14:33]

Hello Vandana,
superb double portrait. Really impressive photo.

Hello dear Vandana,

It's more than a beautiful portrait.
It's art, beautiful art.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Vandana, beautiful photograph.Congratulations.
I think,the the pace you are saying is Marayur or Marayoor around 40 kms.from Munnar where sandalwood trees are protected by the state government of Kerala. From the look I think these couple belongs to a Tamil family. Marayur is the boarder of Tamilnad and Kerala.

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