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Maasai Villagers

Maasai Villagers
Photo Information
Copyright: David Boswell (jamfest) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 576 W: 23 N: 529] (4243)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-10
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): colors of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-11 9:49
Viewed: 2726
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A group of Maasai men outside their village, preparing to dance. The village was located between Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, in a dry desolate area.

The Maasai are nomadic herders, herding goats and cattle. The move from village to village, following water and grass, or at least used to. Now, a significant source of income are tourists who stop at the villages. For $10 a person, they will dance and allow photos. They will invite you into their homes, showing you how they live and answering questions. Their homes are cramped stick, cardboard, and dung huts. They are hot and poorly ventilated. It really makes one appreciate how lucky we have it.

The downside of this experience is the pressure to buy goods afterwards. There is a significant pressure to buy. While goods are very nice, there doesn't seem to much of a price difference when compared to the shops we stopped at. The money is split, with half going to the person who made the items and half going to the chief who then uses it for the good of the tribe, to buy water or food, etc.

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-11-11 9:55]

Hi David,
Nicely presented group portrait. I like your arrangement with the tree in the middle, well just off actually, of the shot behind the dancers.
Good composition, interesting note.

Boa noite David
Love the way you have compose your photo. Fantastic.
My regards

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  • aperis Gold Star Critiquer [C: 81 W: 5 N: 31] (1159)
  • [2008-11-11 10:16]

Hi David,
Fantastic: colours, composition and sharpenes are great.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-11-11 10:42]

hi David,
beautiful composition.I liked colours and tree so much.TFS.Necla.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-11-11 11:05]

Hi David...
Beautiful shot with nice scene...
Beautiful colors...

good POV and framing to show the group
now i hope you got closer views too

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  • zomik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 56 N: 314] (3599)
  • [2008-11-11 13:32]

The beautiful composition, colours, the sharpness. The wonderful work and Maasai :)
best regards

Hi David,
I adore this image! What a beautiful composition and good rendered of this joyful mood! No distractive details in this image and the tree behind the dancers offers us a good idea
of this environment where the grassy plain must be dominant. The Maasai are splendid persons, so elegant. I appreciated to read your informative note, too. I tried to give more light with shadows and highlights function. Please look at my workshop and don't mind.
My compliments! Annie

excelent composition. Beautifull colors.

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  • wieyos Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1094 W: 43 N: 2059] (9118)
  • [2008-11-11 19:44]

interesting subject and very well captured too. a nice POV to include a (sub) desert vegetation.


Hi David,
Very interesting photo. Great captured! I like it a lot.

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-11-12 6:55]

helo David,
this is a well composed picture. I like the vibrant colours and interesting subject matter.

Hello David,
Great capture, fantastic sharpness, depth of field and clarity, beautiful vivid rich colors, good composition and pov and nice light.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-11-14 14:59]

Hello David!
Magnificent, oryginal picture.
Perfect colors and focus.
Fantastic effect and photo.
It pleases me very.

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2008-11-15 22:31]

Excellent POV and composition for this group of Maasai men. I like the sense of camaraderie in their body language and their colorful figures in the open setting. The tree is a bonus feature, adding a natural umbrella of sorts and helping to frame the composition nicely. Well done:)

Hi David,
I'm so impressed with the photos on your trip. Nice POV and very interesting. Well done and TFS these. Julie

Beautiful colourful people. Nice outdoor shooting.

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