Asbjørn M. Olsen  

Ceramic seller by Asbjørn M. Olsen

October 2020 - Ceramic seller

October 2020 - Asbjørn M. Olsen


About the Image(s)

I like the expression in the eyes of this young girl. However, the background destroys the image. So, I tried to darken the green background completely, clean up the other messy stuff, and at the same time, make it into a mono image.
To my eyes it looks fairly well, but keen to hear what others say.
50mm f/3.5 1/320sec ISO 400

8 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Yes, it does look fairly good. You got a good model with an engaging smile, and the pose with the ceramic is excellent.
Critically, I think it would have been nice to see her entire lower hand--nothing else to comment on.
But--how about telling us the story of where you went to get this shot and how you negotiated permission to get it.   Posted: 10/08/2020 19:46:49
Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
Thanks Stephen. The story: I have for quite a number of years been interested in learning about various minority groups in South East Asia and China. Many of them are on the verge of disappearing, or blended into the larger people groups and loosing their identity. Their history and customs are so interesting, so I feel it is worth while documenting this.
This image was made on a photography tour in Central Vietnam, to photograph the Muslim people there. It is one of very few areas in Vietnam where Muslim minority people live. This girl's family was making pottery for a living. So I photographed them at their work. They were proud to show off their work, and this was the oldest daughter. We had good eye contact, and she was easy to instruct to make a decent portrait. The image I submitted in August (an old woman) was made in the same village.
  Posted: 10/09/2020 05:46:24

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
While the color version is nice, the B&W with blacking our the background improves your image at least for me. My focus is on the face & eyes. Nice creation...   Posted: 10/08/2020 20:30:22

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I like the eye contact. I also think you did well converting to mono. I'm not sure about the fingers appearing round the vase and I do think having the whole of the hand at the bottom would be better. However, it is a good portrait.   Posted: 10/09/2020 06:18:12

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This is a really nice portrait. The eye contact is good and her eyes have an interesting engaged look. Seeing more of her hand would be better. You might want to consider blurring ever so slightly at the top of her head where her scarf meets the background - maybe 1 to 2 pixels. I find it looks a little too sharp and reminds me of a cut out. That said, the texture and personality you've captured is commendable. Nice job!   Posted: 10/10/2020 08:45:31

Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
Thanks to all. I have now tried to remove the fingers on the bottom of the vase. Does it look natural without the fingers to hold the weight of the vase? Or would anyone who has not seen the original image, not notice the bottom of the vase?
I also tried to slightly blur the top of her head, like Lynne suggested.   Posted: 10/12/2020 14:17:56
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
This works. The vase appears to rest on the bottom edge of the frame, so the young woman appears to be just touching it, not holding it.   Posted: 10/13/2020 00:09:42

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Really great image of the attractive young woman and the vase. You did a really good job of converting to mono and I especially like that you got rid of the highlights on her face. The eye contact is good for this image. What if you cropped off the part of her hand at the very bottom of the image, but left her fingers holding the vase? I think that is the part of hand that is a distraction and not the fingers.   Posted: 10/12/2020 15:52:41


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