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Talking Eyes
Talking Eyes
lahulfman


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Havana, Cuba
Date: Nov 3, 2008
Aperture: 4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Portraiture, Travel
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2008

I was recently on my honeymoon in Jamaica & Cuba and went out of my way to photograph local people.

This photo is from Cuba. On some of the back streets in Havana there are locals dressed up specifically in the hope of being photographed for money (usually a dollar or two).

Instead of standing back and getting the usual blank stare, I made a point of stepping up closer to engage the "cigar lady"... and this is why she has those watching eyes on me.

If you come across the chance in your travels, pay the locals a few extra dollars than you should. Not only is it good for them, but it will probably be the best souvenir you can buy.

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 417
Avg (all users): 6.6164
Avg (commenters): 7.4286
Avg (participants): 6.7670
Avg (non-participants): 6.3393
Views since voting: 1235
Views during voting: 302
Votes: 159
Comments: 28
Favorites: 2 (view)


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12/09/2008 10:26:56 PM
this is so fabulous
great background too
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12/09/2008 04:23:54 PM
What a trip! Congrats on the great score.
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12/08/2008 10:07:36 PM
Originally posted by L1:

Love this...would love to know the back story behind it. :)


Ditto!
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12/08/2008 08:55:19 PM
Love this...would love to know the back story behind it. :)
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12/08/2008 12:29:05 AM
this still makes me laugh!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2008 11:53:26 PM
This is a riot! The colors just put it over the top. Good luck!

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12/07/2008 06:59:55 PM
This belongs in a magazine. 9
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12/07/2008 09:14:00 AM
Excellent shot and such bright colors.
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12/06/2008 04:25:59 PM
Excellent. Love the color, love the humor and the pleasure in her face. Cool.
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12/05/2008 11:25:31 PM
Oh that's great! Made me laugh out loud. The only score I can think to give this is a ten -- only the third one I've passed out in my time here...
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12/05/2008 11:16:59 AM
Very very fun! This will probably not do well because of the voters but you should take solace in knowing that this is a great portrait.
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12/05/2008 11:10:07 AM
I have a feeling that this photo will be overlooked. Too bad, it is nicely composed and I really like the subject! Good luck, and good job!
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12/05/2008 09:52:02 AM
I'm curious to see where this was taken. Great colors.
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12/04/2008 10:37:42 PM
AWESOME! this is such a cool shot. great job. 10!
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12/04/2008 07:48:57 PM
Would have been a great photo without the cigar. Her face looks like she has some stories to tell.
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12/03/2008 11:20:53 PM
Wow! Love the colors, and her eyes... they do seem to have a lot to say.
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12/03/2008 11:17:08 PM
I really do like this image, but there are a few things that would make me love it. The background is much too yellow, and the giant cigar in her mouth doesnt look appealing, Her face is beautiful however I would love to see a closer shot of her face
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12/03/2008 03:05:20 PM
Thats one big cigar!!
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12/03/2008 02:51:28 PM
It's not only the eyes that are talking here, the whole picture is.
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12/03/2008 01:59:06 PM
This is just wonderful! Very colorful both in actual color and character. The yellow wall behind is perfect for this.
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12/03/2008 08:50:10 AM
Love the colours, love the expression, love the enormous cigar!!
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12/03/2008 02:15:59 AM
Something about themes with females and cigars that I really dig. Good luck.
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12/02/2008 09:54:26 PM
FABULOUS color! Such a character! (not voting yet)
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12/02/2008 09:05:14 PM
Don't tell me this little lady really smoked that thing...colorful image, but the cigar is overkill :)
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12/02/2008 12:18:14 PM
Excellent portrait, funny and beautiful
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12/02/2008 08:05:56 AM
Hehe, dig her expression and the full blast colors.
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12/01/2008 10:34:07 PM
Wow! This one really makes you look twice! hehe! Wonderful subject perfectly photographed! Yep, from the look in her eyes she is someone you wouldn't want to mess with. :)Excellent!
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12/01/2008 08:20:00 PM
vibrant colors and great composition
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