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

SteveMcD 11 17 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 10:17AM
Fantastic Portrait, I love her expression and her face just contains all her history.

jaspernina 11 1.0k Wales
12 Jun 2007 10:17AM
Brilliant portrait. Well done.


12 Jun 2007 10:24AM
stunning shot. helen
NeilM 11 England
12 Jun 2007 10:30AM
outstanding portrait.

C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
12 Jun 2007 10:33AM
Good character study...
wasper 12 533 1 Ireland
12 Jun 2007 10:43AM
Superb portrait. The stories she can tell you.
TTT 16 584 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 11 66 10 Wales
12 Jun 2007 10:45AM
Delightful shot.
funkeldink 14 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
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 1:29PM
That is a truly wonderful, beautiful face. So much vitality and experience.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 1:29PM
Excellent, sensitive work.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 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
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 2:07PM
A truly superb portrait. Wonderful lighting.

HarryStan 13 50 Australia
12 Jun 2007 3:07PM
Thanks guys...totally agree Fred, we could learn alot from the way they live....
12 Jun 2007 3:38PM
Great use of the natural light on this one.
POOCHIE 12 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 12 England
12 Jun 2007 4:07PM
Stunning image.

Inner-Funk 11 17 2 Australia
12 Jun 2007 5:12PM
Wow, amazing image, a
User_Removed 12 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 14 115 England
12 Jun 2007 10:42PM
Stunning image - I could look and look at it.
Nic_WA 13 179 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 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2007 1:05AM
skoffs 11 3 United States
13 Jun 2007 4:04AM
Great character shot with vivid colors and sharp details.
Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2007 9:35PM
Incredibal, and beautifully captured piece of history. This shot is absolutely stunning.

annefromleo 12 11 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2007 7:35PM
what a strong vivid eyecatching image, wonderful
11 Jul 2007 10:44PM
Just perfect. What more can I say. Clive
imagio 11 12 1 England
13 Jul 2007 11:39AM
Superb full of character, great lighting too

Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
26 Sep 2007 10:05PM
Fantastic detail in this excellent portrait . Wonderful eyes to this great character xx
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2007 5:02PM
Just magnificent.
Libby_M 11 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 3:07PM
this is just bloody fantastic love it

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