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The young Monk who never smiled...but photogenic I think.
Another fantastic work,very well done,
I'm going to be harsh with this. Of course he's photogenic. Young Burmese monks in costume are photogenic and basically eye candy and technically not difficult to photograph either. This particular young man looks thoroughly fed up to me, perhaps he never smiled because he simply didn't want to be used as photographic material. He just looks resigned to me and there's no life in those eyes. Pity about the hands. Hands are so, so important, and you've chopped them off half way. The whites of his eyes also look rather unnatural.
Te he... thanks for your comments. But you are wrong, not all young novice monks are 'eye candy', some are much more photogenic than others. As in general life some people are more photogenic than others. Also think his look is more stern than 'fed up'. Also with regards to the hands, three quarter of the hands are showing, you basically know that he is reading, you havent got to show the whole hands to know that theres hands there . Yes hands are important but it is the face that tells the story....remember this... not the deliberate out of focus hands . Also have done nothing to the eyes..all natural..but thanks anyway for your comments.
Hey thanks Carm for UA! Glad you like.
I think we'll have to agree to disagree. In my opinion, having been taught by an experienced professional whom I respect enormously, hands are extremely important. Of course you don't have to show the whole hand to know they are there, but in this shot he is holding some presumably religious study material and I think they do need to be shown, they are part of who he is.
And, sorry, I do think that ninety-nine percent of subjects, particular in the Orient and Far East etc, and dressed in an 'exotic' manner, are generally eye candy and not very challenging, although I admit, can be visually appealing.
Think your funny. But all the best to you!
Kind Regards Simon.
Another cracking portrait shot, and I'd go with you on the comments.
A powerful image. Love the lighting on this.
Like the tones and light in this Simon, I have look at this a while and your focus stays on the face so the hand are not an issue for me.
The eye contact makes this image -well done
A superb series Si, I've really been enjoying each and every one of them!
"technically not difficult to photograph" - depends on who the photographer is I suppose, I myself would not find it so easy I know!
Hope you had a lovely Christmas Si and I also hope to see a lot more of your work in 2012
great shot - bravo
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