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Little Miss Money-bags

By Jasper87  
Starting young on the market stalls in the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar (Burma). She had been left in charge of this food stall whilst her mother was temporarily absent but I have no idea what this food was. The mono focuses attention on the girl but I've included a colour version so you can see the food and the cosmetic thanakha paste on her face.

The market stalls were so packed together it was almost 'covered', and quite dark hence the Iso 1000, and 1/40sec.

Many thanks to Andy, John and Ann for their UAs on Eastern Gold and to everyone else for their clicks/comments.


Tags: Market Burma Girl portrait Landscape and travel Bagan Thanakha paste

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achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
18 Feb 2013 7:56AM
Have to say Dave I like both versions, the food is not too bright to distract in the colour version, the mono conversion does make you look at the main subject first, equal marks this time.



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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Feb 2013 7:57AM
Colour for me, Dave, a charming image. Carol
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 8:09AM
Nothing to choose between version Dave, two magnificent images!
MattB1987 6 456 England
18 Feb 2013 8:09AM
Got to be the mono version for me, lovely shot, great detail and expression captured.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
18 Feb 2013 8:14AM
Contented gaze, mono has the edge Dave.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
18 Feb 2013 8:17AM
Definitely colour for me Dave - I think this is another outstanding image ! looks like shrimp she is playing with - or selling Smile
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 8:21AM
Charming portrait, I love both versions Smile

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1916 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 8:32AM
Mono for me, in colour the goods take my attention away from the face and hands.
Looks like shrimps to me.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 8:32AM
Colour for me too.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
18 Feb 2013 8:34AM
What a super environmental portrait. Loittle?

almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 8:35AM
The diffuse lighting has worked really well for her skin but the mono probably has more impact as a portrait though I find it hard to chose. Her eye contact, hand gesture (is she showing the goods, encouraging a look or been snacking?!) and enigmatic expression really makes the image work for me. Lots to look at and a wonderful character portrait.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
18 Feb 2013 8:37AM
High iso and low shutter speed, you would never know, a wonderful image and its the mono for me. - gary
18 Feb 2013 8:41AM
Fantastic portrait Dave. Both versions work for me
18 Feb 2013 8:51AM
Super image Dave, I have a slight preference for V1,
A wonderful portrait with great light and colour V2. makes the light better you can tell
that there are prawns actually in the bag. Well done. WesternRed.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 9:09AM
Both version are really excellent Dave.

9 10 10 England
18 Feb 2013 9:09AM
I think the colour version is kinder to the child so V2 for me.
18 Feb 2013 9:12AM
Lovely pictures. v1 makes her look slightly sad I think.
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 9:18AM
Beautiful images - mono just pips it for me - picks out the detail on the little girl's face perfectly. Smile
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 9:18AM
Yes, I think the Mono works much better here. Smile
Excellent capture.

richmowil Plus
9 335 2 England
18 Feb 2013 9:21AM
I like both images - B&W edges it for me!
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 9:22AM
I like both for different reasons it would be difficult to choose a favourite
18 Feb 2013 9:29AM
fine idea the mono it does focus you on the wee lass fine works David

Both version are very good. Top travel photography!
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
18 Feb 2013 9:35AM
The food looks like miniature prawns, the BW version is wonderful..........adds mystery........very nice..............GrinGrinGrinGrin
Humblebee 5 1 England
18 Feb 2013 10:46AM
V2 for me, Dave, it is really beautiful and brings her to life ... Carol Grin
DixClix 9 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 10:49AM
A lovely portrait study and although the different versions convey different feelings, I think I prefer the slightly darker black and white version.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 11:03AM
Interesting - I'm in the minority by a long chalk. I love the colour version by miles and miles Dave! Smile It brings out so much more detail (imho) - the colours are interesting and not too bright, especially the bamboo fence and the prawns.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 11:12AM
Two great shots in their own rights Dave
and you were correct about Lechwe...thank you
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 11:24AM
Breathtaking documentary/travel photography Dave. The child's expression full of hope for a sale has been captured wonderfully. The mono for me feels rather quite cold, whilst the colour adds warmth and is very appealing.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Herge88 11 40 4 England
18 Feb 2013 11:29AM
Great travel image here.

Best Matt
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
18 Feb 2013 12:05PM
Two cracking images, Dave, and both work equally well. The colour works best on showing us the food in the foreground, but think mono works better on the girl Wink
Trev Smile
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
18 Feb 2013 12:46PM
V1 for me. It generates more feeling
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 12:52PM
mono for me today dave it's stunning top shot Wink
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
18 Feb 2013 1:40PM
I'm liking both of these - there's a nice warmth in v2, but I must say that v1 is the more striking image. A cracker.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Feb 2013 1:59PM
The mono seems to give the child a doll like appearance, color moves closer to reality, both have their appeal!
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 2:02PM
V2 is my preference but both stunning.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
18 Feb 2013 3:31PM
Either or Dave but if I had to I would go for the colour version. I think it shows more emphasis on the child.
18 Feb 2013 3:35PM
I love the v2.

User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 3:40PM
Super images, like them both.
Regards, Alf.
18 Feb 2013 3:56PM
An excellent portrait study Dave. I like both them, but I prefer V1, as it works more effective for me.
saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
18 Feb 2013 4:31PM
Has to be the b&w, Dave. I just feel we are more focused on the boy rather than the distractions of his wares. The b&w has far more impact.

18 Feb 2013 6:35PM
Lovely portrait, Dave. I'm taken with the b/w one the most.

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
18 Feb 2013 6:43PM
A wonderful shot, Dave -- and I agree with you, both versions have their merits.
18 Feb 2013 7:04PM
Two wonderful images Dave, hard to choose, I like both Grin
milky 14 Wales
18 Feb 2013 7:30PM
Both are Fantastic, Beautiful details--------MilkyWink
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 7:56PM
Great shot Dave colour version for me excellent.Smile
Had to have another look. It's just as brilliant as the first time.
18 Feb 2013 8:08PM
Has to be the colour version for me, Dave Smile

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 8:31PM
They look like shrimps but I bet they weren't! Great images - v2 is my favourite
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
18 Feb 2013 8:48PM
I think this is the kind of image that really needs to be seen in colour. V2 is a super image .
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 10:44PM
Grate mono image Dave, but I like V2 as well.Could be the mono shot with the colour food [it looks like fish].
18 Feb 2013 11:43PM
V1 for me. Well captured
19 Feb 2013 1:15AM
Heartbreaking image, but same time beautifully taken, Dave!SadSmile
19 Feb 2013 3:51PM
V2 for me because the photo is more "alive".
19 Feb 2013 6:40PM
Fantastic image Dave, VERY well done.

John Smile
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
19 Feb 2013 8:01PM
Superb portrait.

19 Feb 2013 9:35PM
V2 for me superb capture Dave..Lin
sable 9 9 7 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 11:05PM
Two excellent versions and like both of them - kindest regards Elizabeth xx
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
20 Feb 2013 3:58AM
The mono definitely achieves what you set out for Dave, while the colour has so much appeal too, so I'm sitting on the fence regarding a pick!
Rgds., Jim
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2013 11:36AM
Both work well. For me the skin colouring and light on her face mean it has to be v2 SmileSmile
Tibetan 5 3 England
20 Feb 2013 2:37PM
I like both Dave each have their own merit, I would say they are dried shrimps from the colour and look of the shape which they use a lot, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
20 Feb 2013 6:34PM
I also like both images, super!
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
21 Feb 2013 11:45AM
did you try the shrimps?
looks best in colour to me, as much as I like the mono I like to see what I'm eating!
LexEquine 11 19 United States
24 Feb 2013 8:36PM
The Monochrome is really Special ~ LEx Wink
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
19 Mar 2013 10:31PM
Both versions are high class Dave, these images from your trip to Burma have given us a real insight into their way of life
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2014 12:31AM
Mono for me fave, fantastic!!

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