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Primary school, Ghana.

The teacher saw me taking photographs of the village, actually invited me in and I was offered food!

Can you imagine that happening in the UK?

Mono and colour versions.

Camera:canon 1ds mk III
Lens:Canon 24-105 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Class of '09
Username:stevie stevie
Uploaded:20 Nov 2009 - 12:55 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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Gary_Macleod
20 Nov 2009 - 12:59 PM

both brilliant shots and each one has such a different mood to it.

outside a school with a camera here!! you'd be invited in...to the cop shop maybe

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richard20d
20 Nov 2009 - 1:28 PM

This is what photography is all about........Life as we see it. The overall image is perfect, but iI prefer the B/W version purely because it gives the image a greater feel. Maybe a tad to tightly cropped bottom and right but thats not the end of the world. I hope this gets the votes it deserves and makes it into the best of the weeks images. Pin sharp, great Dof and all the kids staring at the camera, Brilliant. I hope you send the school a copy they will be pleased. Regards Richard

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LesF
LesF  7175 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 1:32 PM

Terrific shot really tells a story

LesF

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Imagephotographics

Superb image - excellent photography !
Love both versions - Chris

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shaks
shaks  11561 forum posts Tokelau1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 1:51 PM

Truly striking.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 1:53 PM

Lovely in mono or colour. Fabulous expressions captured.......Sandy

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MAGS58
MAGS58  6 Canada
20 Nov 2009 - 1:58 PM

Stunning Image I really like the B&W seems to tell me more . Very well done indeed . Thumbs up on this one .

John

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 2:16 PM

I so agree with Richard's comment.
Superb capture....Def the mono V1 for me...


ATB Smile


~Alley~


P.S ...and no that would not happen here....and food as well!

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rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 3:47 PM

Very African, Steve . Ron.

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MikefromEbbw
20 Nov 2009 - 4:45 PM

I have to agree with all the above comments.This is a truly stunning capture with great use of a shallow DOF.The childrens eyes say it all and it is definitley the mono version for me.

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stevie
stevie e2 Member 101197 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 4:55 PM

Thanks Mike

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 6:09 PM

Kids are kids the world over, nd they look so neat and tidy, beautiful eyes and a superb mono image, the colour is good too, but somehow the mono just sparkles. Unusual indeed to be asked into a school nowadays, all photographers are viewed with suspicion because of a few bad eggs.

Great work again here Stevie.

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Nigel_95
Nigel_95 e2 Member 8259 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 6:33 PM

Both versions are excellent. Congratulations on Mike's award.

Nigel

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Geraint
Geraint  7715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 6:42 PM

This is superb. The b&w conversion is beautiful. Those expressions are so captivating. Stunning photograph.
Geraint

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Ian-Munro
Ian-Munro  6200 forum posts Wales15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 7:47 PM

Glad this is awarded because so often images like this don't get anywhere. tops!

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stevie
stevie e2 Member 101197 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 7:48 PM

Thanks all, thanks Pete for EC - it was quite a day visiting the children in the school, I was very moved ( to say the least) by their hospitality as I'm sure you can imagine.

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peg
peg  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 8:24 PM

It's great, but do you know what? I'd love to see it without the frame.

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Silverzone e2 Member 6Silverzone vcard England
20 Nov 2009 - 8:31 PM

What a great image and very appropriate for Children in Need. Sylvia

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 8:44 PM

A big congrats on your EC....and G.E.A....well deserved.

Smile Smile


~Alley~

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DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 9:54 PM

Astonishing ..... best shot I've seen on EPZ in a long while. And it does'nt need colour.

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Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 10:00 PM

Both really beautiful. Beautiful work.

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wamp
wamp  7276 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 10:09 PM

Very understated, yet very evocative, I'd be very proud if this was one of mine! Smile

Cheers, Sean

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Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2009 - 10:57 PM

Just delightful. Well done Smile

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2009 - 12:51 PM

Fabulous pictures and Congratulations on the EC and GEC
The mono is adorable but by a whisker I love the colour.
Mavis

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2009 - 1:06 PM

Like the eyes in this one Steve - great capture and well done on all the awards.
Regards Richard.

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Terrytori
Terrytori  4 Canada1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2009 - 1:47 PM

I love shots that go straight to the gut.
This is such a shot.
Both are wonderful . I do however prefer the mono.
Congrats on the well deserved awards.

with appreciation

terry

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backbeat e2 Member 8134 forum postsbackbeat vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2009 - 3:38 PM

one of the best photographs i have seen on here....fabulous

phil

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Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2009 - 3:47 PM


Quote: The teacher saw me taking photographs of the village, actually invited me in and I was offered food!
Can you imagine that happening in the UK?

Yes, you will be invited in and they will lock you up in the classroom and call the police if it is in the UK.
I really do find your travel photography excellent, Stevie. Well done.

Last Modified By Coleslaw at 21 Nov 2009 - 3:47 PM

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stevie e2 Member 101197 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2009 - 6:56 PM

Thanks Cole, really appreciate that.
Steve

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cassiecat  539 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2009 - 8:00 PM

v2 for me, excellent, congrats on the well deserved alwards.lesley

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jonathanfriel
22 Nov 2009 - 12:24 PM

If you started taking pictures around a school in London you'd probably be arrested.

V1 for me. Very nice image. Your whole portfolio is good in fact.

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt e2 Member 9739 forum postsIanFlindt vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2009 - 4:34 PM

Definitely black and white for me, Steve. The attentive gazes of each and every child are simple mesmerising. Many congrats on a first class portrait and justified clutch of awards.

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wyatturp  8 England
22 Nov 2009 - 6:56 PM

Your work is super . the man with the camera in tune

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2009 - 7:54 AM

A superb mono Steve, they're all making eye contact with you, like V2 also - my congrat's for your awards Smile

Sarah *

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andrejD  4 Germany1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2009 - 8:53 AM

As wonderful as it can be!

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LesF
LesF  7175 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2009 - 11:39 AM

Congratulations Stevie on POTW and on the other clutch of awards, superb work, keep coming back to have a look as the mono is just wonderful.

LesF

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richardwheel
23 Nov 2009 - 12:30 PM

yep well done Stevie, deserves all the badges and UA's, a truly stunning shot...

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sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2009 - 12:43 PM

Not at all surprised to see this as POTW Steve, great shot!!!

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SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2009 - 1:23 PM


Quote: Yep well done Stevie, deserves all the badges and UA's, a truly stunning shot...

................ ABSOLUTELY ....................

sue

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2009 - 2:06 PM

Another big congrats on getting POTW..... Smile Smile


~Alley~

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HarveySquires
23 Nov 2009 - 2:37 PM

Amazing shot here, well captured

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TTT  12556 forum posts Germany
23 Nov 2009 - 4:22 PM

Absolutely fantastic, prefer B&W well done.
Terry

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knackeredoldman

Lovely shot. The mono is a real beaut.

Cheers,

Ade

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Daffy1  6332 forum posts Ireland
23 Nov 2009 - 4:27 PM

Beautiful. mine is the colour.
Damian

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gerdoms  10239 forum posts England7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2009 - 4:44 PM

Cracking image I'm with Dave U! It has everything & yes the B&W version is better simply because it makes it timeless & the colours are not a distraction though you could mute these if you saw fit. It must have been a real treat to be there & to get the invite to take this. As Ian Flindt says the expressions on the faces really capture the attention. Well done a well deserved image of the week.

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twordley  8360 forum posts England
23 Nov 2009 - 5:52 PM

mono for me - congrats

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maratsuikka
23 Nov 2009 - 9:05 PM

This is the best image i seen here for a long time...

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23 Nov 2009 - 9:29 PM

Many congrats, Steve. Wouldn't it be wonderful if EPZ were to pay for two large prints, so that you could send one to the children themselves!

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stevie e2 Member 101197 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2009 - 5:33 AM

Thanks Ian - yes I agree! I'll put a few decent-sized ones in the post myself in case any mums and dads would like a copy.

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MyEyePhotography

Great image, would like to see a little more room for the foot at the bottom of the image though. I guess you were looking at those eyes Smile

India is great for this type of experience. When kids see you taking street shots they run to be in them. I've seen adults push their kids into the shot...their only reward to see their image on the view screen. Its so rewarding to see their faces light up. How I miss those experiences.

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Rob_Taylor  10659 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2009 - 5:50 PM

Congrats on all the awards, fully deserved

Rob

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rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2009 - 7:38 PM

Great photo Steve, and I'm sure they'd love copies. My dad took photos at the creche that I sponsor in South Africa, and we printed out a copy for each child and the nursery. They didn't know what to make of them!

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Gaucho e2 Member 122051 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2009 - 7:39 PM

Wonderful photograph! Well done and congrats.

Malcolm

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Alan_Coles
24 Nov 2009 - 8:04 PM

POTW>>>> Congrats, well deserved!!

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jonah794  41723 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2009 - 4:39 PM

This is a cracker of a shot Grin Just stunning!
Both my friend and I believe that you should try Sepia and see what that looks like.
Well done for all the awards
Jonah

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colin  9697 forum posts Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2009 - 7:16 PM

Well done, sir!
Its all been said already, 10 times over!!
Colin

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marc484ie  731 forum posts Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2009 - 7:10 AM

Beautiful shot, Although I prefer the coloured shot number 2.

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RachelMB  842 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2009 - 7:43 AM

Lovely shot, congratulations on photo of the week. I love both versions - the mono is classic and looks great, but I do like colour and V2 is lovely. Smile

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KevSB  101388 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2009 - 3:31 PM

What I find strange about this Image is had this been taken in an english school you would see kids making faces, smiling, ect.

Here they are totally focused on the camera with such serious looks, The faces say something but I carnt quite figure what.
Mono photography at its best

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GillyB e2 Member 8313 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2009 - 3:39 PM

...... what more can anyone say Smile congrats on all the awards!

gill

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Moj_o
Moj_o  6 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2009 - 7:04 PM

Wonderful Smile Just looking at your portfolio!! wonderful images Smile

Betty

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buttyboy e2 Member 4buttyboy vcard Wales
24 Feb 2010 - 10:38 PM

Both images are simply terrific, especially the mono, which would well deserve a place in any of London's photographic gallery's.

Jeff

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nishad1994
10 Mar 2010 - 3:28 PM

The photographs are really great. They really tell a story. I just love the mono ... Smile
Congrats on the well deserved ECA, GEA, Photo of the Week Award and all the numerous User Awards ........ Smile

Nishad

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