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Portrait of a Maiko

Portrait of a Maiko
Photo Information
Copyright: Colin Barron (Souvlakolikos) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 86 W: 35 N: 121] (804)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-29
Categories: Daily Life, Artwork, Portrait
Camera: CANON EOS 1D MKIII, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/2.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Destination Japan
Theme(s): GEISHAS and GEIKOS, widget theme [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-08 11:14
Viewed: 4722
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Often mistaken for Geiko by those not in the know, the Maiko are apprentice Geiko's.
Maiko is the penultimate third (and most famous) stage of training. Maiko are apprentice geisha, and this stage can last for years. Maiko learn from their senior geisha mentor and follow them around to all their engagements.

It is very hard to photograph these ladies as they are on the streets only when walking to or from a taxi, or walkng to their client. They will not stop for photos so there is an element of luck in finding one, getting her framed and getting decent lighting.

Hope you like it.

as always, workshop, critiques and comments are all most welcome.

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hahhahahaha leuk dat je weer een foto plaatst Colin. Ben je weg geweest?? naar Japan??

Afijn... ik dacht net: de eerste foto van de gallery is voor mij, die ga ik eens goed bekijken!

Bij deze: Een mooi scherp portret en een mooie DOF en compositie. En aan de notes te zien ook een mazzeltje!
Fijne zachte kleuren op 't gezicht en in de kleding. Toppie hoor!


Having seen geisha/maiko in Kyoto several years ago, I can appreciate the difficulty...nice picture of an ancient tradition...

  • cokutan Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 1 N: 0] (268)
  • [2007-10-08 12:26]

great POV and composition !
The format/shape helps it too.

Well done.
Best regards, Behram...

Nice portrait, good lighting and colors.

Hello Collin.
Very nice portarit.but the background is disturb the image..
Any way well done.

  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2007-10-19 13:28]
  • [+]

You had excellent luck. TFS. K2

Nice portrait and fortuitous timing to even be able to take the shot. Nice colours and a good pose. Only thing I might be tempted to change is the crop, to remove the blurred person from the left had side - I've created a little workshop to show a slightly different presentation, hope you don't mind.
Thanks for sharing a superb picture.

Hoi Colin,
Wow, what a lot of paint on her skin! ;-)
Great capture of this pale lady. Very (!) good colors and sharpness. Great DOF too.

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