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Challenge: Live Music (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: 1/800
Date: Aug 13, 2005
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Snapshot, Action
Date Uploaded: Aug 13, 2005

I took this photo in a suburban field outside Ha Noi city, where the
instead of sitting in class to build his future via the educational
path, being a buffalo boy.
I don't know between doing school's homework and tending water-buffalo
which task is more challenging and tough. If you place him in my
position, I believe the intelligent boy would pass the scholar demand.
But if you drop me in his shoes to look after the animal, I am thinking
about a giving up.
Whatever the destiny, this boy reflects my childhood and all about a
lovely past.
Thank you for sharing a moment of my memory. All critiques are welcome
and appreciated.


Place: 199 out of 210
Avg (all users): 3.1076
Avg (commenters): 2.9737
Avg (participants): 2.8272
Avg (non-participants): 3.1939
Views since voting: 2758
Views during voting: 658
Votes: 344
Comments: 97
Favorites: 13 (view)

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11/17/2005 08:24:45 AM
Originally posted by longlivenyhc:

congrats on the daily deviation at deviantART

Thanks You very much!
11/16/2005 12:43:28 AM
congrats on the daily deviation at deviantART
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/30/2005 12:16:22 AM
Ew. Good photo. Bad message. School doesn't build a future. It cripples the intellect and demoralizes the human spirit. It forcibly squeezes an individual of one size to fit in a preposterous space of smaller proportion. It gives no time to fashion a self. And once it frees the poor soul, it leaves them dumb-founded and clueless as to what to do next. Compulsory schooling is a factory, a conveyor belt-process of instilling a mass-produced form of miseducation and brute discipline. I reason this because I have just left school, happily so, and couldn't feel more passionate about personal enterprise. To hear that you are somewhat upset that this boy is not in school makes me feel obliged to inform you that people go on living their lives, with all their heart and soul, without ever stepping once into such a prison as school.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/27/2005 12:32:27 AM
If you should make a print of this available, I'd be very interested. Please do let me know.
08/25/2005 12:57:09 PM
Was this supposed to be for the "dairy" challenge?
08/24/2005 09:47:06 PM
awesome photo and inspiring story!!! sorry it didn't do so well in the challenge.
08/24/2005 03:47:41 PM
Like the rest have said, great caprure. I do notice a slight halo around the bufallo, like your editing / blur tool was not zoomed / feathered in close enough. Trim up a few loose pixels around the bottom of the beast, and improve the blur feature close-in and you're there. All in all a fantastic shot.

Message edited by author 2005-08-24 15:48:41.
08/24/2005 12:16:56 PM
I really loved this photo....even though it didn't meet the challenge....I gave it an 8...I look forward to seeing your stuff in more challenges!! :)

08/24/2005 07:20:21 AM
This entry and your photography in general is fantastic. I particularly like the fact that 4 people voted this a 10 for a 'live music' challenge which just goes to show how good a picture it is!

I look forward to seeing more of your photography in future challenges.


08/24/2005 02:47:01 AM
Thanks for all comments! Sorry! I mistake this challenge.

Best regards,
08/24/2005 01:25:44 AM
It's a really wonderful photograph. If DPC ever has a competition for the best image to NOT meet the challenge, you will win the blue ribbon with this stunning work. Thanks for entering it & delighting us all!
08/24/2005 12:52:53 AM
This is truely a great image. I love it. Too bad you entered it in the wrong challenge, but don't worry about that. If you hadn't I would probably never had the pleasure to see this.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/23/2005 09:19:13 PM
I don't know what this has to do with live music, but it's a wonderful photo..I love the expression on the little boy...the composition is also good.
08/23/2005 06:25:57 PM
Nice photo but I do not see music
08/23/2005 02:22:03 PM
Nice pic, but doesn't have anything to do with the challenge
08/23/2005 01:25:34 PM
great photo but wth does this have to do with music?
08/23/2005 12:28:12 PM
This is a STUNNING photo, and would make a great print... but I dont think it belongs in "music". Good luck with future challenges, you've obviously got a great eye for it.
08/23/2005 12:27:49 PM
great photo but what does it have to do with music?
08/23/2005 11:15:21 AM
This is a really good picture. Great colors and "tells a story", but I can't figure out what it has to do with live music. I'm going to be one of the Challenge Police and give you a 4 for that reason. Otherwise, I'd give you an 8 or 9.
08/23/2005 04:32:18 AM
Ver good picture - but not the right for this challenge for me!
08/22/2005 11:55:23 PM
off topic.
08/22/2005 11:03:24 PM
This is a great shot but what in the world does it have to do with "live music"????
08/22/2005 10:49:06 PM
Not too many of these water buffalos around. I'll take a gander and bet this is yours Manny :) I like the image as it is. However, I have to admit that this isn't really fitting of the challenge :(
08/22/2005 06:29:43 PM
I like the animal's eyes ... like what is happening here ... however I don't get the "live music" connection, maybe the boy is screaming ??
08/22/2005 06:06:14 PM
How in the world does this fit the challenge? Nice pic though. 3
08/22/2005 07:12:08 AM
Sorry if I don't catch you're idea, but what does it have to do with live music? Excellent photo but a mismatch with the theme.
08/22/2005 01:20:36 AM
Beautiful photo, exposure and all, I guess I don't completely get the connection to the challenge theme.
08/21/2005 08:03:42 PM
??????? Live music? It's a great, fun picture, but it fits the challeng in no way whatsoever.
08/21/2005 06:39:16 PM
Does not meet the challenge.
08/21/2005 04:19:35 PM
beautiful, but being "asked to keep in highest consideration the topic of the challenge and base [my] rating accordingly" i have to downscore heavily, sorry
08/21/2005 03:09:24 PM
i really don't see how this fits the challenge, a great pic though.
08/21/2005 01:46:04 PM
Is the kid singing? I think not - totally out of challenge scope.
08/21/2005 09:53:49 AM
good shot... but live music ?
08/21/2005 07:10:33 AM
Can´t see how this is live music but maby that´s just me :)
08/20/2005 08:22:42 PM
amazing photo!!! why in this challenge?
08/20/2005 02:55:35 PM
I'm confused!?
08/20/2005 10:21:45 AM
Great shot, I would give it higher score if it related more to the contest, 7
08/20/2005 08:11:42 AM
Really super photograph; a wonderful moment, perfectly captured. It's a National Geographic image. Alas, it's not a live music image. I'm sure you know that, but thanks for entering it anyway ... it won't score well but it will give us all a lot of pleasure. It is just fabulous! If only the buffalo had had a damned bell!
08/20/2005 01:28:59 AM
I am adding this shot to my favourites. Its is a really really beautiful shot, the colors are amazing, the narrative is beyond words, the mood, setting and everything else is perfect! It is just the wrong challenge for this shot imo. (guessing this is manny) You should enter this shot into a photo contest for example //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4652389.stm the BBC photographer of the year competition for the environment theme (deadline october 3, 2004) or the UNEP annual photo contest, I dont think that has started yet.
08/19/2005 09:22:55 PM
Great picture - wrong challenge?
08/19/2005 08:36:46 PM
I'm trying to figure out what this has to do with 'live music' and am coming up blank. Very nice shot but...
08/19/2005 03:46:59 PM
I really, really,really like this shot !! -- and I am not one to get all hung up on rules. But, I just can't see how this is one of the better or even average photos to depict "Live Music"
08/19/2005 01:04:09 PM
Awesome picture, but I can't see the link with the challenge. :(
08/19/2005 12:46:23 PM
whats the relationship with the challenge...
08/19/2005 11:19:27 AM
Great picture. Music?
08/19/2005 10:43:24 AM
cute picture, sure it's off topic but you've probably figured that out by now!
08/19/2005 09:38:18 AM
Fantastic shot, but the live music?
08/19/2005 09:22:03 AM
live music ?????? great shot wrong challenge
08/19/2005 07:54:14 AM
Live Music?
08/19/2005 03:50:49 AM
08/18/2005 10:48:34 PM
If im hearing the lafter of the child as music. I get this image. If thats not it please explaine.
I may chang my vote
08/18/2005 08:06:48 PM
Live Music though??? :P
08/18/2005 07:05:11 PM
this doesn't fits the challenge
08/18/2005 03:19:51 PM
great photo, whats it got to do with challenge?
08/18/2005 01:44:46 PM
no music....
08/18/2005 01:12:36 PM
Crazy kid. Well composed/lighting/focus. Not seeing any music here though.
08/18/2005 12:40:10 PM
This is a very cool picture, but it doesn't meet the challenge.
08/18/2005 11:54:49 AM
Where's the music?
08/18/2005 11:46:38 AM
How exactly is this live music?
08/18/2005 10:40:19 AM
Excellent emotive picture and it is well done. Nice lighting and focus. The weakness that will cost you high scores in this challenge is the loose association to live music.
08/18/2005 10:36:02 AM
nice shot, but waay out off topic...
08/18/2005 08:36:43 AM
Nice picture.. but come on, live music?
08/18/2005 06:50:40 AM
and how do you suppose this fits the challenge? A very nice photo by the way.
08/18/2005 05:40:34 AM
Beautiful picture, but no connection to the challenge topic.
08/18/2005 01:47:29 AM
only music i can imagine here is if the animal passes gas
08/18/2005 12:59:43 AM
Live music???
08/17/2005 10:11:32 PM
Doesn't meet the challenge
08/17/2005 09:57:13 PM
Props on a great shot. But did you submit this to the wrong challenge or something.
08/17/2005 07:16:27 PM
I don't get this.
08/17/2005 02:48:52 PM
Lovely photo... did you submit to the live music challenge by mistake? 1
08/17/2005 01:24:53 PM
Does not meet challenge...... at all!
08/17/2005 01:15:04 PM
Uh-oh. . . I bet you are hearing this alot, but I can't see any connection to music. It's an incredible photo that I absolutely love! BUT it's really hard to see it in a Live Music challenge.
08/17/2005 11:11:50 AM
Photo wise, this is another great photo from you. But it may be a bit off track to many western viewers. As an oriental, I knew why you chose this. The way we unstand the word of "Music" is a bit different than western world. I almost gone for a similar shot. I just hope this photo score well, since it is so oriental music type - slow pace and peaceful. I always enjoyed your photos.

10 from me. now I am beating off my own entry....
08/17/2005 11:03:53 AM
Live music?
08/17/2005 10:46:03 AM
beautiful photo. wish i could fit it into this challenge in my head.
08/17/2005 10:36:29 AM
Great shot...but I am hard pressed to find any relation to music.

8 for photo

3 for challenge
08/17/2005 10:26:28 AM
great shot...but doesn't have anything to do with the challenge "live music"
08/17/2005 10:05:33 AM
Nice photo, not sure how it fits the challenge.
08/17/2005 09:57:36 AM
nice buffalo, but unless it is ripping one, I see no live music.
08/17/2005 09:47:56 AM
Nice picture, but I don't see what this has to do with the Challenge of Live Music
08/17/2005 08:34:20 AM
Great picture, but I´m sorry I cannot understand how it relates to "live music"
08/17/2005 07:54:16 AM
What on earth doies this have to do with "music", live or otherwise? I have studied it and studied it and I just don't get it. What am I missing? Feel free to PM me if you like. It's a lovely picture, but...
08/17/2005 07:46:08 AM
08/17/2005 07:30:09 AM
Live music?
08/17/2005 07:02:46 AM
I don't see any live music here
08/17/2005 06:46:10 AM
great shot, especially the colors. it is so peaceful, i can almost hear the chorus of 'dnmc' in the background...
08/17/2005 05:02:12 AM
Even though it doesn't satisfy the challenge, it is one super image. Should have saved it for nude, maybe!
08/17/2005 04:56:15 AM
Another wonderful photograph that has nothing to do wit the challenge. It is an insult to the quality of the photo to enter it in this challenge and for it to get (rightly!) the scores it deserves..
08/17/2005 04:32:45 AM
great shot! but...ehm... what the connection to music? (bet you get this question a lot :P) but I really love it!!!!!!!
08/17/2005 02:49:51 AM
Grazing animals are certainly my favorite musical instrument to but I usually play mine on the other side for better acoustics.
08/17/2005 01:25:42 AM
Nice photo but I can't see what this has to do with the current challenge at all.
08/17/2005 01:21:59 AM
Clearly an outstanding photo. CLEARLY entered in the wrong challenge.
08/17/2005 01:11:50 AM
I don't get it. What does this have to do with the challenge?
08/17/2005 01:04:15 AM
I fail to understand the connection.
08/17/2005 12:46:33 AM
umm, live music?
08/17/2005 12:38:15 AM
This is a wonderful image but It has nothing to do with the challenge but I will say wow.....and give you a .....4....sorry
08/17/2005 12:07:45 AM
Cool shot, but I sure can't find a connection to the challenge topic.

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