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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

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User_Removed 14 78 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 8:24AM
Really like the colour versions.. Always interesting
brownsilent 15 7 2 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 8:40AM
Very interesting - my fav is nr.3.
AlanBW 16 20 England
22 Apr 2008 8:42AM
Amazing series yet again; V1 and 2 are my favourites, but I like them all
Rock 20 10 2 England
22 Apr 2008 9:21AM
I am most impressed and find V1 a classic shot .

glyndwr 15 103 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 15 61 55 England
22 Apr 2008 9:42AM
I love #1. Great expression
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
22 Apr 2008 9:44AM
Another great serie

User_Removed 16 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 16 199 20 Greece
22 Apr 2008 10:43AM
More wonderful images, Jean-Noel. Carol
johnjrp 18 432 5 Australia
22 Apr 2008 10:51AM
I like 2 and 3 with the colour. Well taken. John
pascalg Plus
15 37 1 France
22 Apr 2008 12:15PM
#4 : orientation, in situ, even more mysterious the the two previous...
Birte 15
22 Apr 2008 12:51PM
Fabulous B/W image, light is wonderful.
Bodiewil 15 46 Wales
22 Apr 2008 1:36PM
Tremendous work

taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
22 Apr 2008 1:47PM
The kitchen-- Well....

I love these portraits! exceptional!!!

luxaeternam 15 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 18 640 17
22 Apr 2008 4:38PM
Number 2 for me. Superb.
GrahamBaines 15 39 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 6:17PM
Like them all, nothing to choose, good stuff.

bayleaf 15 8 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 6:47PM
Super set of shots
TyChee 17 275 1 United States
22 Apr 2008 6:47PM
Very powerful series of shots.
nickyv32 15 135 England
22 Apr 2008 7:40PM
Great set of shots, glad to be number 30.

challicew 14 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 15 52 1 England
22 Apr 2008 11:03PM
Lovely setof images.
dianah 16 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2008 5:14PM
These really are wonderful Jean! Full of interest and so different. Thank you.
JudeC 15 6 3 England
23 Apr 2008 6:05PM
Hi - six superb images - V1 is a stunning effect - Jude.
Rylands 14 1 2 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2008 9:58AM
Brilliant set of images Jean-Noel v2 is tremendous
MorneR 15 South Africa
27 May 2008 7:44PM
Great al the others. Mono works for me. Thanks for sharing.
ppang 15 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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