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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
Location: Vietnam
Date: Jul 20, 2008
Aperture: f 3/2
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Portraiture, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2009

I don’t usually enter the “Best of Challenges” because I hate to see an image that means so much to me get slaughtered in the voting but this year I don’t care nothing anyone says or how they vote for this image will effect what this image means to me.

This shot represents the beautiful people I met in Vietnam and my love for South East Asia and its diverse culture and natural beauty. It was taken on my second day in Vietnam at a place called Ninh Binh Northern Vietnam.

The title is just my take on how this man appears to me he simply could not be happier with his life even without the mod cons that we Westerners are use to. Although you can’t see it he is actually rowing a small boat on the water full of tourist and he still managed to smile and wave to me as he went by.

I love this image so much I have it as my phone screen saver so I can see it everyday.

My prediction: 5.2

More images from Vietnam here

Thank You for viewing

Statistics
Place: 262 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.6578
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.6071
Avg (non-participants): 5.8070
Views since voting: 835
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 225
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 08:46:27 PM
the colors are great and the composition is good. The expression is priceless. I see the marks of neat image or some other smoother, which detracts, but I suspect you didn't have a choice.
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01/22/2009 01:36:54 PM
I like the composition and the subject, but the noise is really bad on my monitor. His face should be sharp, I think.
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01/22/2009 12:58:49 AM
A fair amount of pixellation in his face, but otherwise it's a great portrait.
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01/19/2009 06:38:59 PM
his expression is great. Your shot is very noisy though.
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01/19/2009 04:13:44 PM
Nice work
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01/19/2009 07:55:28 AM
crisp, clean lines, sharp details, pleasing lines, fabulous colours adn what a joyful expression , great shot well done
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01/17/2009 08:13:16 PM
AMAZING ! ! !
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01/17/2009 02:56:25 PM
not many of the portraits have been great...but this one is....really good
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01/17/2009 11:16:34 AM
Great photo - awesome smile. 9
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01/16/2009 03:39:31 PM
what a great face - the smile says it all

there appear to be some issues with pixelation in his face that are a bit unfortunate -
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01/16/2009 03:23:59 PM
Great emotion in this shot. Just a bit soft on the face and beard.
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01/16/2009 09:35:44 AM
Good photo. Image seems to be over-sharpened and/or pixelated.
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01/16/2009 12:48:06 AM
Excellent portrait, well done
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