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Matriarch 4

By HarryStan    
Same woman as last night's....

Vietnamese central highlands, a settlement near Lak Lake. A wonderful & much unvisited area by the masses of backpackers/tourists.

As mentioned on yesterday's upload, she's been smoking a pipe for 70 odd years. She's 97 & appears fit as a fiddle - amazing constitution.

Whacked the ISO up for these to use the natural light as much as possible.

Thanks for looking in, feel free to c&c...

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: g_parry, missy moo, BertC and 48 more

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12 Jun 2007 10:09AM
What a great picture.

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BertC 10 29 Malta
12 Jun 2007 10:10AM
Stunning portrait .... fantastic work.
AlanBW 10 20 England
12 Jun 2007 10:11AM
Magnificent image, brimming with character; she has strong and noble features
freybird 10 1 England
12 Jun 2007 10:14AM
Worthy of National Geographic! Great portrait, nice to have a decent description to. Geoff
tull 13 181 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 10:15AM
Cracking character study this has got to be rewarded.

SteveMcD 9 17 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 10:17AM
Fantastic Portrait, I love her expression and her face just contains all her history.

jaspernina 9 1.0k Wales
12 Jun 2007 10:17AM
Brilliant portrait. Well done.


12 Jun 2007 10:24AM
stunning shot. helen
NeilM 9 England
12 Jun 2007 10:30AM
outstanding portrait.

C_Daniels 11 399 10 England
12 Jun 2007 10:33AM
Good character study...
wasper 10 533 1 Ireland
12 Jun 2007 10:43AM
Superb portrait. The stories she can tell you.
TTT 14 577 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 10:45AM
Exellent capture ,the skin texture and the pipe conveys the character instantly. Well done ,looking forward to visiting that area soon.
glyndwr 9 66 9 Wales
12 Jun 2007 10:45AM
Delightful shot.
funkeldink Plus
12 1.6k 1 Australia
12 Jun 2007 1:23PM
mind-blowing .... smoking kills????? what a load of bull /... //... western life kills!!!!!!!!
great portrait ...respect
mrswoolybill Plus
9 965 1494 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 1:29PM
That is a truly wonderful, beautiful face. So much vitality and experience.
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 68 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 1:29PM
Excellent, sensitive work.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
12 Jun 2007 1:44PM
Absolutely superb character shot. Congratulations. Does anyone else agree that cropping the hands out is an improvement?

franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
12 Jun 2007 2:07PM
A truly superb portrait. Wonderful lighting.

HarryStan 11 50 Australia
12 Jun 2007 3:07PM
Thanks guys...totally agree Fred, we could learn alot from the way they live....
yemtrav 10 9 England
12 Jun 2007 3:38PM
Great use of the natural light on this one.
POOCHIE 10 21 6 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 4:00PM
Lovely shot Alan, personally would of liked a depth of field that included pipe and her neck, but as you were struggling for light and I know myself you want to get on and do it as quick as possible while everyone is willing and happy, but looks like you gained a bit of trust and she was happy to sit, and its a lovely capture.

Malc_V 10 England
12 Jun 2007 4:07PM
Stunning image.

Inner-Funk 10 17 2 Australia
12 Jun 2007 5:12PM
Wow, amazing image, a
User_Removed 10 7 8 Netherlands
12 Jun 2007 8:29PM
Great colors, detail, she seems at ease. Agree with Pooch on the dof but understand why it is like it is. Bert
12 Jun 2007 10:34PM
beautifully composed... shes amazing..!!1

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gill f 12 115 England
12 Jun 2007 10:42PM
Stunning image - I could look and look at it.
Nic_WA 11 179 2 Australia
13 Jun 2007 12:14AM
Another fantastic capture of this lady. Small niggle in that I'm finding the blown out highlights on her hand and shoulder a bit distracting - have you tried cropping just to the right of her shoulder and above her hand to lose those bright spots? Still an absolutely stunning shot though Smile
Maddie 11 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2007 1:05AM
skoffs 10 3 United States
13 Jun 2007 4:04AM
Great character shot with vivid colors and sharp details.
Glynn 10 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2007 9:35PM
Incredibal, and beautifully captured piece of history. This shot is absolutely stunning.

annefromleo 10 11 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2007 7:35PM
what a strong vivid eyecatching image, wonderful
Just perfect. What more can I say. Clive
imagio 10 12 1 England
13 Jul 2007 11:39AM
Superb full of character, great lighting too

Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
26 Sep 2007 10:05PM
Fantastic detail in this excellent portrait . Wonderful eyes to this great character xx
MickyMc 8 8 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2007 5:02PM
Just magnificent.
25 Jan 2008 3:07PM
this is just bloody fantastic love it

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