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The Sunshine Boy
The Sunshine Boy
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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital ED
Location: Mozambique
Date: Oct 21, 2007
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 120
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

Photo from Mozambique, just outside Maputo, in a little village where me and my friend stopped for coffee on our way back to Mozambique from a weekend trip to Swaziland. While he was finishing his cup of coffee I went for a short walk in the neighbourhood, in the afternoon sun. I found children playing and asked their mothers, who were doing some hand washing in front of their homes, if it was OK for me to take some photos. During these few minutes I stayed with the kids I took two of the most memorable images from this trip to Mozambique. The other is called “Hello Stranger” and was shot seconds from this one I call The Sunshine Boy.

PS: Very little post processing, tiny crop, levels, curves, some dots removed, resized, USM, frame and save for the web.

Camera Model: E-500
Equipment Maker: OLYMPUS
Date Taken: 21.10. 2007 16:50
Color Representation: sRGB
Subject Distance:
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 150 mm
F-numer: F/4,5
ISO: 120
Exposure Time: 1/500sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Compensation: 0

Statistics
Place: 59 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.5879
Avg (commenters): 7.9556
Avg (participants): 6.6058
Avg (non-participants): 6.4875
Views since voting: 1409
Views during voting: 799
Votes: 529
Comments: 99
Favorites: 16 (view)


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03/18/2009 11:50:52 AM
I have no idea at all how this did not score much, much higher. One of my very few 10s in this challenge.
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03/18/2009 10:49:53 AM
I really wanted to see this in the top 10. Wonderful shot
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03/18/2009 03:13:49 AM
stunning & powerful image - the natural lighting and candid aspect really add to the flavor.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:28:18 PM
Fabulous! One of three tens I've given in this challenge.
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03/17/2009 10:14:37 PM
I'm not big on portraits like this, but this one is really good.
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03/17/2009 10:04:37 PM
I like this very much. The background ties nicely into the skin tones and shirt. Body position ties into him looking over his shoulder.
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03/17/2009 08:42:58 PM
Nice Composition..
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03/17/2009 06:27:04 PM
Great colors and lighting in this, very emotive I think.
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03/17/2009 04:29:28 PM
Beautiful bokeh, love the strong afternoon (presumably) light.
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03/17/2009 04:03:58 PM
Great colour, focus, and perfect DOF. One of the better portraits in this challenge.

After having gone through all the images, this is my favourite portrait in this challenge. 10
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03/17/2009 03:20:44 PM
excellent color! beautiful boy, great positioning-9
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03/17/2009 12:06:11 PM
Wonderful portrait, the light is fantastic!
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03/17/2009 11:04:01 AM
Great portrait!
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03/17/2009 06:42:39 AM
Greate warm light and simple background.
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03/17/2009 01:42:23 AM
Absolutely amazing BG light and tones. Excellent!
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03/16/2009 11:34:51 PM
Nice orange values. The composition, though odd, works well.
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03/16/2009 10:53:21 PM
I really like the colors here. And it's odd that this works so well with him looking out of the frame. good stuff!

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 09:46:02 PM
Absolutely stunning portrait. 10
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03/16/2009 08:35:19 PM
Perfect capture. The warm tones, the shadows, the light, the look -- everything plays together so nicely, this is an exceptional photo.
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03/16/2009 07:44:52 PM
This is great!
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03/16/2009 07:36:20 PM
Spectastic! Fantaculous! Hope it makes the front page.
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03/16/2009 06:32:46 PM
t e n
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03/16/2009 01:04:22 PM
Good pic. I like the expressiona dn lighting.
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03/16/2009 10:59:42 AM
WOW... The colors and emotion here are complimented so readily by the composition. Brilliant shot.
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03/16/2009 05:29:50 AM
i love the lights here. 10
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03/15/2009 05:40:31 PM
What a beautiful capture. 10.
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03/15/2009 04:54:00 PM
This has to be one of the most outstanding portraits I've seen in a long time...the light is so warm and wonderful. Brilliant photograph!
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03/15/2009 04:20:15 PM
beatiful colors! not sure about that strange shadow caused by his nose but I like everything else about this :)
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03/15/2009 03:26:18 PM
gorgeous
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03/15/2009 01:15:56 PM
The lighting is stunning, and the background is just perfect for this portrait.
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03/15/2009 12:00:50 PM
Just missed on the focus but still a great pic.
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03/15/2009 10:40:18 AM
Wonderful image. The light is amazing. A wonderful candid photo. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge.
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03/15/2009 10:34:57 AM
Precious. The expression is perfect. I love the yellow glow of the sun. What a perfect tiem of day for a shot. You've captured him brilliantly.
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03/15/2009 10:08:29 AM
Nice light and colours.
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03/15/2009 09:42:54 AM
You really captured a moment here. Excellent shot.
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03/15/2009 08:08:16 AM
Great portrait, beautiful model
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03/15/2009 05:20:09 AM
very intense portrait, love the fiery background
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03/15/2009 05:11:51 AM
very nice


;) brano
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03/14/2009 11:04:10 PM
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments. This is a spectacular portrait of this boy. It is completely natural in that he is either not aware of the camera or very comfortable in front of it. Shading and lighting are great for we see the light fall mostly just upon his face. Like shining a spotlight on just him to call attention to his eyes and his expression. He is looking away at something off in the distance. What it is, we know not, but we wonder just what has captured his attention. As we wonder the boy continues to hold our attention. The bokeh of the backdrop is perfect because it adds very warm hues of orange and golds to this casual portrait. The colors bring in the hues of the sun and they become a halo to envelop this boy and crown him the 'sunshine boy'.
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03/14/2009 10:32:07 PM
nice warm portrait I like this very much 8
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03/14/2009 08:27:01 PM
wonderful shot, the contrast is perfect , 8
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03/14/2009 08:21:12 PM
Great composition!
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03/14/2009 08:12:51 PM
Wonderful portrait, love the color!
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03/14/2009 07:07:43 PM
Very nice portrait.
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03/14/2009 03:44:47 PM
Coming back to comment...

Stunning portrait, with awesome beautiful lighting! 10
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03/14/2009 01:56:56 PM
Best portrait I've seen so far. The warm tones of the face and shirt are perfectly supported by the background. Just the right amount of light and shadow. The expression is very haunting. A fave.
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03/14/2009 01:52:58 PM
What can I say that hasn't, I am sure, been said already? This is probably my favourite in this challenge. The light is stunning, actually everything about it is stunning.
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03/14/2009 12:30:10 PM
golden color suits this image
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03/14/2009 11:44:48 AM
Nicely captured and processed image of this young African boy. 7
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03/14/2009 10:23:07 AM
Very nice lighting. The only suggestion is to have him look not quite so far too the left. I think it would be a little stronger with no so much white showing in the eyes.
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03/14/2009 09:35:56 AM
Wow! Spectacular. Incredible DOF with a really beautifully captured subject. good luck. 10
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03/14/2009 05:47:45 AM
nice lighting
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03/14/2009 04:13:15 AM
fantastic lighting on the boy and that lovely warm background really make this stand out. I lovely portrait - 9
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03/13/2009 08:37:22 PM
Great lighting, nice sharp detail, amazing eyes! 8
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03/13/2009 07:08:36 PM
fantastic light
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03/13/2009 06:50:18 PM
Great colors, very nice portrait!
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03/13/2009 03:14:19 PM
all his fells semms to be in this picture 10
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03/13/2009 11:15:11 AM
Lovely light and composition :)
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03/13/2009 06:12:25 AM
wow brilliant
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03/13/2009 02:32:14 AM
Wonderful light. A great portrait of this young boy. So well done.
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03/12/2009 11:55:18 PM
Gallery worthy image. Great work.
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03/12/2009 11:14:49 PM
Ok... I admit to browsing the thumbnails and looking for something to motivate me to vote and comments some more and this is the image that pulled me back. Wonderful light and real emotion. Thanks for sharing.
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03/12/2009 10:44:37 PM
Lovely lighting
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03/12/2009 08:23:59 PM
I like the warm lighting.
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03/12/2009 08:04:45 PM
very dramatic portrait, break the rules a rise above the ordinary. 9
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03/12/2009 07:50:15 PM
Great photo! Love the background and the light.
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03/12/2009 05:18:44 PM
Oooh, really dramatic lighting and contrast.
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03/12/2009 05:05:04 PM
This is fantastic! Congratulations!
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03/12/2009 03:03:50 PM
Oh, one of my favorites on this site! I love everything about this photo.
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03/12/2009 02:30:35 PM
Very nice portrait. The colors work well and the background is great.
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03/12/2009 12:00:21 PM
great portrait, I like the lighting in this a lot
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03/12/2009 10:49:48 AM
Love the lighting! One of my favorites so far :)
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03/12/2009 09:52:27 AM
great tone and good capture
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03/12/2009 09:44:52 AM
What a wonderful mood this has! A beautiful child, incredible lighting & a stunning expression.
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03/12/2009 02:14:25 AM
Wonderful portrait. The lighting is prefect.
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03/11/2009 11:49:34 PM
I love his expression
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03/11/2009 11:20:50 PM
nice portrait, great light
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03/11/2009 06:21:27 PM
Wonderful portrait.
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03/11/2009 05:33:11 PM
nice lighting
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03/11/2009 05:06:54 PM
Warm and rich - wonderful candid portrait.
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03/11/2009 05:01:37 PM
Pretty colors, nice background. Focus looks good. Wonder what it would look like if face was on the left side, but I like the right.
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03/11/2009 04:02:43 PM
Great background. I like the harsh contrast of light on the child's face. Nice photo!
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03/11/2009 03:12:43 PM
Great lighting on this.
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03/11/2009 02:51:19 PM
Wow Wow Wow. Beautiful and emotional. I might just have to give this my highest vote yet.
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03/11/2009 02:16:25 PM
I love the lighting on the subject and the background. 9
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03/11/2009 01:39:33 PM
this is excellent, really great portrait, like the colors alot
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03/11/2009 12:35:23 PM
I would love to know what the background is. The sunsine contrasts really well with the deep shadow on the side of his face. Nice portrait
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03/11/2009 10:27:33 AM
goodman's typical subject.
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03/11/2009 10:03:13 AM
Lovely portrait, awsome lighting!!
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03/11/2009 08:52:13 AM
Wonderful portrait and all the colors are fitting so very well.
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03/11/2009 08:26:35 AM
A good portrait but the crop doesnt work. It needed more space to the right and not the left because of where he is looking it draws you out of the frame to fast. Nice colors tho and nice candid.
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03/11/2009 07:34:02 AM
Good use of color and lighting. Well done.
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03/11/2009 04:34:07 AM
What a stunning portrait! That background is amazing. This looks like a movie shot. What a gorgeous boy.
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03/11/2009 02:44:34 AM
Outstanding work. The lighting on his face and gorgeous tones ...... beautiful!
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03/11/2009 01:27:50 AM
The colors are so warm and beautiful
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03/11/2009 01:26:55 AM
Great lighting and feeling in this shot
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03/11/2009 12:32:12 AM
Wonderful portrait. I like the sticky-up hair. My grandson has a little tuft of hair that never stays down.
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03/11/2009 12:30:54 AM
Great shot, 10
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03/11/2009 12:14:30 AM
I like the intensity of the lighting. Beautiful rich bokeh.
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