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The Jolly Monk

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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

Tags: Child Kids Children Girl Thailand Temple Kid Monk Siam Non seung Korat Nakhorn ratchasima Portraits and people

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Kim Walton 13 145 30 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 4:36AM
Excellant shot.Works well in B&W.
Nice discription as well ,a derved click.

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riprap007 12 1.6k 37 England
3 Feb 2006 4:44AM
good capture of the expressions
skydivemike 11 47 Northern Ireland
3 Feb 2006 4:45AM
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!!!!!!

Paul Morgan 15 18.4k 6 England
3 Feb 2006 4:50AM
Another excellent pic Koen, a few bright spots from the suns rays but I find it adds a little to this picture. Love it.
ODub 10 66
3 Feb 2006 4:52AM
Just great
fauxtography 11 6.6k 36
3 Feb 2006 4:54AM
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.
paulcr 12 1.5k 9 Ireland
3 Feb 2006 4:55AM
This would be one of my favourites of yours Koen. Lovely shot Paul
bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
3 Feb 2006 5:25AM
THERE is nothing to say this photography is AWESOME!!!
donzer 12 25
3 Feb 2006 5:41AM
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

ljesmith 12 1.1k United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 5:42AM
What a great charachter shot.
3 Feb 2006 5:52AM
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
terry_cavner 11 332 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 6:33AM
vismaya 11 Ireland
3 Feb 2006 6:52AM
Nice capture- like the expressions!
3 Feb 2006 7:29AM
knew full well this was yours as soon as I clapped eyes on the thumb.. excellent..

RayK 11
3 Feb 2006 8:00AM
A charming image,which tells
a complete scenario.
3 Feb 2006 8:09AM
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(
3 Feb 2006 9:49AM
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
Paul Morgan 15 18.4k 6 England
3 Feb 2006 11:06AM
Hi Koen just Had a play with your pic and uploaded a modified version.
Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 2:09PM
Wonderful image, Koen

Mari Smile
funkeldink Plus
12 1.6k 1 Australia
3 Feb 2006 3:48PM
awesome work ....respect
TommyStr 10 9 3 Norway
3 Feb 2006 4:58PM
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!
sugarbird 12 223 South Africa
3 Feb 2006 6:06PM
Excellent, love the monk's expression..and the feather duster goodie =)

3 Feb 2006 6:14PM
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.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3558 Canada
3 Feb 2006 6:24PM
Excellent, - what a great expression and sense of movement.

User_Removed 12 825 Lithuania
3 Feb 2006 6:52PM
cnm_123 10
3 Feb 2006 8:31PM
Really nice capture Koen.

4 Feb 2006 12:01AM
Great moment, great capture...the smile is wonderful
John_Humphreys 11 69 2 Ireland
4 Feb 2006 2:34AM
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
4 Feb 2006 2:53AM
Thanks John :o)
tigs 12 145 3 Netherlands
4 Feb 2006 2:56AM
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.
Steelpins 11 78 England
4 Feb 2006 7:46AM
Another terrific shot from your excellent portfolio, Koen. This one is full of beauty and vibrancy.

Paul Morgan 15 18.4k 6 England
4 Feb 2006 8:05AM
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.

davidbailie 13 457 7 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2006 6:48AM
Agree with others that the shot stands up well and is not affected by the other elements you describe - excellent!

10 Feb 2006 12:58PM
a great moment captured!!
i just love the relationship conveyed in this pic.

User_Removed 10 7 8 Netherlands
28 Dec 2006 10:07PM
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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