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The Jolly Monk

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Just before taking this portrait photo of Sang The Monk, he was cleaning the temples floor with a broom. All of a sudden he started kidding with my little girl Nana, who was playing at the temples entrance.
Its a photo I really like, despite its many faults (the people in the bg, the windows, the crop below), particularly because of the interaction between the monk and my daughter the monk with his unexpected jolly behaviour, and Nana - as children often do when shy - frantically studying her own feet until the adult disappears.

I wish you all a nice weekend

exposure time : 1/500 sec
aperture : F/4
photo taken at 09h00 am
Location : Non Seung, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Title:The Jolly Monk
Username:MediumSizeUnavailable MediumSizeUnavailable
Uploaded:3 Feb 2006 - 4:30 AM
Tags:Child, Children, Girl, Kid, Kids, Korat, Monk, Nakhorn ratchasima, Non seung, Portraits / people, Siam, Temple, Thailand
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Kim Walton
Kim Walton e2 Member 11144 forum postsKim Walton vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2006 - 4:36 AM

Excellant shot.Works well in B&W.
Nice discription as well ,a derved click.

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riprap007
riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2006 - 4:44 AM

good capture of the expressions

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skydivemike
3 Feb 2006 - 4:45 AM

Outstanding shot and very Thai. I have great respect for the Thai way of life as I spent a year working in Hat Yai.This image captures the core values of Old and young.We in the west could do with some of it!!!!!!

Mike

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1316064 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2006 - 4:50 AM

Another excellent pic Koen, a few bright spots from the suns rays but I find it adds a little to this picture. Love it.
Paul

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ODub
ODub  866 forum posts
3 Feb 2006 - 4:52 AM

Just great

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fauxtography
3 Feb 2006 - 4:54 AM

A great image.. i think a lot of the "faults" are what gives this photo a sense of place.

it might help to do a bit more dodging and burning to lift the monk from the walls, but i love it as an image.

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paulcr
paulcr  101536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2006 - 4:55 AM

This would be one of my favourites of yours Koen. Lovely shot Paul

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bliba
bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2006 - 5:25 AM

THERE is nothing to say this photography is AWESOME!!!

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donzer
donzer  1025 forum posts
3 Feb 2006 - 5:41 AM

it is a good capture but I find the person walking just behind the monk a bit distracting. The image could be so much more powerful if that wasn't there

Donna

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ljesmith
ljesmith  101092 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 - 5:42 AM

What a great charachter shot.

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Thanks a lot everyone.
Agree with you Donna. Allthough I did manage to take a few photos (only this one capturing the situation well though), I only had very little time to think about composition and bg. Guess I should have moved a bit to the left, but I tend to get very nervous when photographing, which doesn't improve my thinking. Another problem was that I was still wearing my shoes, and to get a better angle I would have had to enter the temple, for which I had to take my shoes of... opportunity gone by then.
Thanks for commenting

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terry_cavner
3 Feb 2006 - 6:33 AM

Superb

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vismaya
vismaya  9 Ireland
3 Feb 2006 - 6:52 AM

Nice capture- like the expressions!

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Blue_Water
3 Feb 2006 - 7:29 AM

knew full well this was yours as soon as I clapped eyes on the thumb.. excellent..

Phil

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RayK
RayK  9
3 Feb 2006 - 8:00 AM

A charming image,which tells
a complete scenario.

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MediumSizeUnavailable

Amazing... only now I see that line on the wall, running to the monks head. Can't believe I overlooked that. screams for cloning out :o(

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user_absconded
3 Feb 2006 - 9:49 AM

I immediately saw the monk and the little girl - the important bit - only after reading your description did I then look at the "faults". To me, they don't really matter that much. Smile

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1316064 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2006 - 11:06 AM

Hi Koen just Had a play with your pic and uploaded a modified version.
Paul

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Mari
Mari  111825 forum posts Wales
3 Feb 2006 - 2:09 PM

Wonderful image, Koen

Mari Smile

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funkeldink
funkeldink e2 Member 111592 forum postsfunkeldink vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2006 - 3:48 PM

awesome work ....respect

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2006 - 4:58 PM

Like this better than the other sweeping shot (the monk and his temple. I don't find the people in the bg or the windows distracting at all in this one. And fantastic expressions!
Tommy

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sugarbird
sugarbird  10223 forum posts South Africa
3 Feb 2006 - 6:06 PM

Excellent, love the monk's expression..and the feather duster goodie =)

Jill

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MediumSizeUnavailable

Thanks Jill, Tommy, Fred, Mari, Paul.
Paul, that mod looks mighty fine. Thanks for removing that line (made him look like a puppet on a string), but also the removal of the sunspots seems to work better.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10979 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2981 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2006 - 6:24 PM

Excellent, - what a great expression and sense of movement.

W

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3 Feb 2006 - 6:52 PM

super!

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cnm_123
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3 Feb 2006 - 8:31 PM

Really nice capture Koen.

Chandra.

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david deveson
4 Feb 2006 - 12:01 AM

Great moment, great capture...the smile is wonderful
David

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John_Humphreys
John_Humphreys e2 Member 969 forum postsJohn_Humphreys vcard Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2006 - 2:34 AM

Koen - the "flaws" that you mention don't take from the shot at all. You've captured the essence of the moment and it comes across really well in the picture. These types of shot aren't done in a studio and they have to be taken quickly so you're bound to get some "undesirable" compositional of other "flaws". But look at a book of TIME-LIFE images from some of the best photographers of this genre and you'll see that their photos have these "flaws" also. All of that said, you should clone the wire from the monk's head before you file it away. John

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Thanks John :o)

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tigs
tigs  10145 forum posts Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2006 - 2:56 AM

A beautiful image that tells a story. I very much agree with John's comments above re. the flaws and removing the wire... Excellent capture.

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Steelpins
Steelpins  978 forum posts England
4 Feb 2006 - 7:46 AM

Another terrific shot from your excellent portfolio, Koen. This one is full of beauty and vibrancy.

Steve

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1316064 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2006 - 8:05 AM

Hi Koen glad you liked the mod. As I said earlier I liked the picture as it was, but me, been me, just had to play. I agree with john, In the heat of the moment you just have to catch that shot. With today's technology its really amazing what can be achieved afterwards. The chap walking behind the monk to me is not distracting at all, as all my attention seems to be drawn to the expression on the monks face. And what an expression. When I modified the picture, splitting it into three elements/layers I had in my mind those very high quality silver prints you sometimes see in art galleries, can`t remember what they call them. What I did was to work a little on each element separately, Nana, the monk and the background. I could have darkened the background but instead lightened the monk a little. Think it helped in balancing the picture in my eye, giving it a kind of soft glow.

Paul

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davidbailie e2 Member 11451 forum postsdavidbailie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2006 - 6:48 AM

Agree with others that the shot stands up well and is not affected by the other elements you describe - excellent!

Dave

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Bogwoppett
Bogwoppett e2 Member 9Bogwoppett vcard United Kingdom
10 Feb 2006 - 12:58 PM

a great moment captured!!
i just love the relationship conveyed in this pic.

cheers
steve

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28 Dec 2006 - 10:07 PM

This is absolutely wonderful, to me the best of both your earlier quasi still-life social portraiture and your more recent dynamic street action work. This has action, but it also the enormous love of ordinary life that your work breaths. Best regards, Bert

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