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A Novice Monk: Simple Life or Simply a Kid?
A Novice Monk: Simple Life or Simply a Kid?
librodo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Simplicity (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: Dec 3, 2003
Aperture: 100
ISO: 100
Shutter: 100
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Dec 7, 2003

I took this picture of a novice monk in a temple close to my place. I was amused by his childlike demeanor and for me, that captures the essence of simplicity of human nature. He was supposed to behave in a simple way as a monk but who can take away his youthful exuberance? For me, he was simply a child.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 262
Avg (all users): 6.7021
Avg (commenters): 8.1600
Avg (participants): 6.3860
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 6717
Votes: 235
Comments: 30
Favorites: 23 (view)


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05/11/2009 07:11:39 AM
First of all, this photo is absolutely excellent. Secondly, I have a question. I teach primary students in China, and this little sign he's making with his hand means the number eight in China, and eight is a lucky number here. So all the kids make this sign and it's supposed to be a really cool thing to do. Something akin to chunking the deuce in the states or flashing a peace sign. Does it mean something similar in Thailand?
12/23/2003 01:07:36 PM
This capture next to your portfolio and bio is beginning to show a signature style (a varied but consistent way of seeing). A remarkable feat with only three photos to go by.
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12/17/2003 09:58:57 AM
This was my favorite in the whole challenge - congratulations on the top ten finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/16/2003 08:08:51 PM
A perfect photo of a perfect being with some minor and neglegible flaws. ;-)
(The title, however, cannot match it).

The intelligence of this young face, the gesture... striking!
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12/16/2003 05:52:53 PM
Technical: Most all images submitted fit the challenge. This fits well for me. I really expected more "Eastern" themed images for this challenge than were submitted! Exposure composition focus lighting all very good.

Personal: This photograph makes me curious to know more about this kid, what he's pointing at (if anything), what is behind him, where he is..... which means the photographer did a good job!

My vote: 7
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12/15/2003 09:00:36 PM
Ah, the simple life! He seems to be having a fun go at it! Super candid, revealing personality. Lighting is just right! 10
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12/15/2003 02:17:06 PM
Simply beautiful
12/13/2003 03:45:14 PM
You have captured an great philosophic expression on someone so very young. Good job.
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12/13/2003 11:48:33 AM
beautiful portrait - doesn't say simplicity (to me) though
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12/13/2003 05:56:09 AM
Wooonderfull! My this weeks favourite! I like the colors, the composition and the pose of the novice. And to me it fits the challenge very well although some people might say that it is not simple in an abstract way, but to me simplicity also means reduction to the essentials and that is shown here very well. Hope you win!
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12/12/2003 11:07:51 PM
Cute kid. Good composition and color. Great shot.
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12/12/2003 06:00:09 PM
Very nice photo, technically, and beyond technical skill. Keep up what you\'re done here. One thing I like is the placement of the subject - and how theres that empty space behind where he\'s looking. You\'re in the running for top spot.
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12/12/2003 05:18:17 AM
Wonderful expression on this boys face, a simple photo that is very well done - 8
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12/11/2003 05:49:56 PM
Peaceful.
12/11/2003 03:40:52 PM
Nice portrate. Colors and dof right on.
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12/10/2003 11:42:43 PM
wonderful shot...I predict a winner!

Nice work. 10
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12/10/2003 08:55:59 PM
Both! This is such a wonderful shot. No advice for technical merit needed. Love the look and the pose. Colours are nice & bright with great composition. Predicting a high finish! The last one I predicted on won! Good luck!
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12/10/2003 08:21:43 PM
I didn't realise they started them so young. This picture is really charming.
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12/10/2003 05:30:32 PM
Awesome photographic story and color. And it doesn't hurt to have such a cute subject either!
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12/10/2003 05:06:00 PM
if the wall continued further to the right, and this wasn't a candid, it might have been nice to move the kid over a little for a shot against just the wall. as it is, i still like the photo and title, but think that it would benefit tremendously from a more plain/uniform background.
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12/10/2003 04:48:36 PM
Beaufiul portrait, nice composition. The highlight in the middle is a little distracting but the eyes are quickly drawn to the face of the subject. 7
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12/10/2003 12:52:28 PM
Your photo says it all...and your words (title) seem to detract from it, sadly. 6
12/10/2003 12:28:44 PM
Great photo. Good composition, great subject and a very good shot. 10
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12/10/2003 12:20:41 PM
captured nice innocent looks and nice philosophical angle 9
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12/10/2003 09:54:47 AM
Beautiful ;-)
12/10/2003 08:58:54 AM
this is very nice - the kid/monk is wonderful with a potentially impish look that is charming, light a little harsh on nose and shoulder, color is appealing
12/10/2003 06:19:35 AM
Overall interest : 3/3
Technical : 3/3 (I like the use of DOF here)
Challenge fit : 2/2
Wow factor : 2/2 (idea, pose of the child ,color.... a great photo)

Well, my first 10 here. Congrats!
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12/10/2003 05:42:21 AM
Excellent job capturing the expression on this young man's face. 10.
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12/10/2003 02:35:48 AM
Stunning photo. Beautifull lighting, great composition. A ribbon here I hope. He does look rather cheeky for a monk, I wonder what he was thinking about. 10
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12/10/2003 12:53:59 AM
Beautiful child and beautiful shot. Stunning color and skin tone.
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