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Joy Inspite of Circumstance.
Joy Inspite of Circumstance.
scooter88


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Ehtiopia
Date: Apr 18, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Mar 4, 2009

For those interested the girl was in Gondor, Ethiopia.

This little girl was sitting in a market selling charcoal. She was filthy dirty, chewing on a stalk of sugar cane and had a radiating smile. Every time I look at the picture I pause and ponder where joy comes from. The girl obviously had nothing materially but yet still found happiness in the midst of hardship. It is a life lesson that I am consistently reminded of living in Africa.

Statistics
Place: 144 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.2581
Avg (commenters): 7.2321
Avg (participants): 6.2964
Avg (non-participants): 6.0649
Views since voting: 719
Views during voting: 638
Votes: 465
Comments: 60
Favorites: 1 (view)


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03/18/2009 12:40:21 PM
So where was this taken?
My Comment:
Superb portrait of this young African boy chewing on a piece of sugar cane. I am almost sure this was taken somewhere in Natal, South Africa. On the south Coast there, maybe around Illovo or Issipingo.
Of course the worlds largest producers of sugar cane are Brazil and India so this shot could just as well have been taken in Brazil somewhere as they also have a large African population.7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 06:38:08 PM
Very emotive portraiture!! Nicely done.
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03/17/2009 05:33:41 PM
cheerful
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03/17/2009 05:11:16 PM
I would love to see this in the top 5, it is worth it . 10 from me.
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03/17/2009 12:37:45 PM
Great portrait...humbling too...
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03/17/2009 11:43:00 AM
Good shot and expression. Good colors as well.
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03/16/2009 11:32:24 PM
Great colors and contrasts.
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03/16/2009 09:24:27 PM
The detail is excellent. Nicely composed.
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03/16/2009 08:13:39 PM
Great shot full of personality, nice DOF and lighting and the eyes really pop and shine.
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03/16/2009 02:38:53 PM
back to bump up +1
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03/16/2009 01:10:40 PM
great shot
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03/16/2009 10:49:57 AM
well done , six coz its touching

;D
brano
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03/16/2009 03:40:46 AM
fantastic smile and a really great capture of it
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03/15/2009 10:52:51 PM
Great natural tones. Well shot.
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03/15/2009 05:56:46 PM
great expression captured:) beautiful photo
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03/15/2009 04:37:37 PM
What a great image, her eyes speak a million!!
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03/15/2009 04:08:17 PM
Good story line. stirs ones emotions.
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03/15/2009 03:14:35 PM
Great things happening in the eyes. Image feels a bit too sharp.
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03/15/2009 02:02:09 PM
Nice emotive feel, color and composition
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03/15/2009 12:15:33 PM
the title says it all, a very thought provoking study
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03/15/2009 12:07:51 PM
very nice documentary image, excellent exposure
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03/15/2009 10:12:12 AM
She does look happy, poor thing.
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03/15/2009 04:17:54 AM
Beautiful and joyful portrait with nice colors.
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03/15/2009 01:16:58 AM
Gotta love that sugar cane and he shows it! Wonderful portrait.
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03/14/2009 06:41:03 PM
Great. That light in the eye.
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03/14/2009 05:08:47 PM
Great smile. Exuberant and happy face despite the obviously tough conditions. Love the tones and lines in the cane, her bright eyes. Bumped and a fave.
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03/14/2009 03:37:42 PM
Wonderful portrait!
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03/14/2009 03:27:05 PM
what a happy looking child. Remarkable under the circumstances
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03/14/2009 10:08:13 AM
Beautiful capture.
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03/14/2009 08:21:05 AM
Very nice, great reflection in the eyes.
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03/14/2009 06:33:14 AM
really nice portrait, great expression and crop. maybe a touch over sharpened though
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03/14/2009 06:27:47 AM
such a happy child, lovely image.
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03/14/2009 05:35:33 AM
awesome port
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03/14/2009 05:12:05 AM
great portrait shot
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03/13/2009 10:03:54 PM
Lovely, and that joy is inspiring.
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03/13/2009 07:48:46 PM
a killer potrait IMO. wonderful , communicates the boy's reaction so well. excellent details. 9, the blue spot spoils a great shot.
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03/13/2009 07:22:41 PM
this looks like such a happy child...is that sugar cane? his/her eyes engage me
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03/13/2009 06:05:03 PM
Superb portrait of this young African boy chewing on a piece of sugar cane. I am almost sure this was taken somewhere in Natal, South Africa. On the south Coast there, maybe around Illovo or Issipingo.
Of course the worlds largest producers of sugar cane are Brazil and India so this shot could just as well have been taken in Brazil somewhere as they also have a large African population.7
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03/13/2009 02:07:13 PM
Happiness is less about what we have than most people think.
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03/13/2009 03:41:21 AM
amazing hands.
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03/12/2009 04:19:14 PM
There's a great smile in his eyes, wonderful :)
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03/12/2009 12:20:59 PM
adorable portrait, love the smile and the way the eyes light up
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03/12/2009 12:14:03 PM
The sugar cane girl
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03/12/2009 09:45:08 AM
superb portrait -8
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03/12/2009 08:26:23 AM
Wow its bath time! hahah. Very nice portrait and priceless expression.
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03/12/2009 06:13:54 AM
Sugarcane? Delicious! This is precious.
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03/12/2009 02:05:21 AM
Awesome portrait. I love the eyes.
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03/12/2009 01:24:24 AM
great portrait. wonderful emotion, i would probably clone off that blue dot, which is a little distracting
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03/12/2009 12:39:50 AM
Gritty yet beautiful. What a lovely genuine smile..
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03/12/2009 12:22:25 AM
this reminds me of something that would be in the national geographic..love the sparkling sadness in her eyes
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03/11/2009 11:59:27 PM
great expression!
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03/11/2009 07:07:43 PM
Excellent title, and a great portrait.
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03/11/2009 06:11:42 PM
What a gorgeous face!
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03/11/2009 04:33:22 PM
Good composition and I like that the background doesn't detract or distract from the subject.
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03/11/2009 02:09:00 PM
I love the sparkle in her eyes ... amazing shot
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03/11/2009 12:33:27 PM
Lovely portrait that captures the spirit of this individual.
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03/11/2009 08:24:43 AM
Certainly a hidden gem. What a bright smile. The reflections in the eyes almost burn the retinas of the viewer. Wonder what that plant is.... The first marshmallow came from a plant that looked much like that in the Nile delta. I love your composition and the various color contrasts. Excellent!
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03/11/2009 01:47:37 AM
amazing eyes, great shot and proper title
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03/11/2009 12:11:14 AM
Wow, the focus, lighting and clarity are just outstanding.
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03/11/2009 12:10:59 AM
Straight off the cover of Nat. Geo. :~)
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