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Thank you for yesterday’s comments. This little girl was really beautiful and full of life and joy. There will be more photos of smiling children in other uploads as they were so photogenic.

In the old village of Kon Tum which was badly damaged during the American War, my friend Loc took me to visit an old lady he knew and wanted to photograph as he is a serious photographer.

While she was posing for him in front of a window, I took a few shots myself. All the photos were taken with available light and I had to push the ISO to 1600. The results are grainy but I feel it adds something to the images.

F5.6 1/80th sec zoom at 70mm available light slight crop for B&W version

She was very friendly and happy to pose. I gave her a few “dongs” (Vietnamese currency) for her grand-children as she was too proud to accept anything for herself.

Tell me what you think as it’s so useful and interesting for me. Thank you very much.

Have a nice day,


Tags: Photo journalism Digitally manipulated Old lady Portraits and people Central vietnam Kon tum province Bahnar hill tribe Old kon tum

Voters: User_Removed, Take-a-View, robway and 45 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


User_Removed 11 78 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 8:24AM
Really like the colour versions.. Always interesting

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brownsilent 12 7 2 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 8:40AM
Very interesting - my fav is nr.3.
AlanBW 13 20 England
22 Apr 2008 8:42AM
Amazing series yet again; V1 and 2 are my favourites, but I like them all
Rock Plus
17 10 2 England
22 Apr 2008 9:21AM
I am most impressed and find V1 a classic shot .

glyndwr 12 66 10 Wales
22 Apr 2008 9:33AM
V1, the mono version, this is my preference, These are all great images but I think that in V1 the lady poses proudly and in the colour version the yellow over powers her a little.

lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
22 Apr 2008 9:42AM
I love #1. Great expression
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
22 Apr 2008 9:44AM
Another great serie

User_Removed 12 16 England
22 Apr 2008 10:16AM
Lovely series.
V2 and V3 shine for me
22 Apr 2008 10:29AM
You'r images and storys are so nice Jean-Neol, well done.

CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
22 Apr 2008 10:43AM
More wonderful images, Jean-Noel. Carol
johnjrp 15 432 5 Australia
22 Apr 2008 10:51AM
I like 2 and 3 with the colour. Well taken. John
pascalg 11 37 France
22 Apr 2008 12:15PM
#4 : orientation, in situ, even more mysterious the the two previous...
Birte 12
22 Apr 2008 12:51PM
Fabulous B/W image, light is wonderful.
Bodiewil 11 46 Wales
22 Apr 2008 1:36PM
Tremendous work

taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
22 Apr 2008 1:47PM
The kitchen-- Well....

I love these portraits! exceptional!!!

luxaeternam 11 21 1
22 Apr 2008 2:24PM
Lovely pictures, esp 2 & 3.
Smile Lucy
22 Apr 2008 2:51PM
Love the catch light in v1 and the lighting in v3.
danbrann 14 640 17
22 Apr 2008 4:38PM
Number 2 for me. Superb.
GrahamBaines 12 39 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 6:17PM
Like them all, nothing to choose, good stuff.

bayleaf 11 8 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 6:47PM
Super set of shots
TyChee Plus
14 275 1 United States
22 Apr 2008 6:47PM
Very powerful series of shots.
nickyv32 12 135 England
22 Apr 2008 7:40PM
Great set of shots, glad to be number 30.

challicew 11 1 1 South Africa
22 Apr 2008 7:59PM
Love these photgraphs, they are amazing!
22 Apr 2008 10:51PM
Wonderful lighting!
Hop-A-Long 12 52 1 England
22 Apr 2008 11:03PM
Lovely setof images.
dianah 12 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2008 5:14PM
These really are wonderful Jean! Full of interest and so different. Thank you.
JudeC 12 6 3 England
23 Apr 2008 6:05PM
Hi - six superb images - V1 is a stunning effect - Jude.
Rylands 11 1 2 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2008 9:58AM
Brilliant set of images Jean-Noel v2 is tremendous
MorneR 12 South Africa
27 May 2008 7:44PM
Great al the others. Mono works for me. Thanks for sharing.
ppang 12 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2009 9:04PM
Hello Jean-Noel,
I really like this potrait. The graininess gives the photo a special finishing touch.
By the way, many thanks for leaving comments for some of my photos Smile

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