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a mother & her twins

a mother & her twins
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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D100, Tamron 28-200mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100-150 points, Vandana's Favorites I, Kids from the World Part IV, trekks' favorites 1, Children(2), colors of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-29 10:22
Viewed: 8797
Favorites: 24 [view]
Points: 162
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is a departure from my usual flora TL postings.

The image depicts a Bajau (Badjao) woman paddling towards a ferry boat on a pier. I have posted at TE several Bajau photos but not this one. I was aboard a ferry, and hence, explain the image’ pov. In her banca (boat) are her two children (not sure whether they are really twins) sleeping in a fetal position.

The Bajau are an indigenous ethnic group residing in Sabah, eastern Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines and parts of Sarawak. They are the second largest ethnic group in Sabah, making up 13.2% of the total population of the state. They were sometimes referred to as the Sea Gypsies, although the term has been used to encompass a number of non-related ethnic groups with similar traditional lifestyles. For most of their history, the Bajau have been a nomadic, seafaring people, living off the sea by trading and subsistence fishing. The boat dwelling Bajau see themselves as non-aggressive people. They kept close to shore by erecting houses on stilts, and traveled using lepa-lepa, a handmade boat which many lived in. They are thought to have originated from the Philippines-Sulawesi coasts (although Bajau legends state that they originated from members of the royal guard of the Sultan of Johor who settled along the east coast of Borneo after being driven there by storms. The Bajau people are also well known for weaving and needlework skills.

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Hi Danilo,
I really appreciate this photo! Brings out the mystery of life. fantastic capture with beautiful colours and details. TFS

All my respect,

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  • tty007 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 64 N: 185] (2599)
  • [2006-12-29 10:26]

Wow, this is a great shot of real life! Great note by the way very instructive. FAmily is so important, great to read that.

Colors are great, compo is original, a slight touch of sharpness would have been a good addon.

Very nice picture tfs

A deeply emotional image, Danilo.
Very well done, thank you, Karina

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  • valari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 948 W: 102 N: 395] (4105)
  • [2006-12-29 10:56]

Hi,Danny,you know I LOVE your unusually images!This one is fantastic captured with beautiful colours and details.

Hi Danilo,
Very fantastic photo.Beautiful compo and colours.Congratulatios!!!
Cordial Greetings.

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  • Ilir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 518 W: 67 N: 53] (5121)
  • [2006-12-29 11:26]

Bravo! What a remarkable capture, in the right moment. Colors are fantastic and the them is unique. Excellent, great shot!


Fantastic scene. Moving.



Wow amazing. Lovely. Sweet.

All the best from composition, pov and catched moment. Unfortunatly quality fails :-(

merveilleuse photographie, simple et touchante. Très belles couleurs et la netteté des deux enfants couchés dans le fond de la pirogue est belle tout simplement.
Un très beau travail de photographe pour terminer cette année, TFS

  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-29 11:47]

Best picture of the day.!
Really superb capture, Danilo. Thanks for the description too.

Hi Dan,
Amazing captured of motherlove!
The stunning blue water and the clarity of the photo,
just perfect!

I remember when I first saw this similar shot posted in My Island Philippines website. It's as stunning and heartbreaking as the first time I saw it. The picture goes far beyond what words can express.

wow... excellent shot... how u catch it... realy nice and sharpnes shot... TFS

points later

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  • mpr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 7 N: 344] (2280)
  • [2006-12-29 13:10]


What a fantasic moment you were able to capture. The POV is well done. The 2 young ones sleeping in the boat command so much attention when viewing this shot. You were in the perfect place at the perfect time.

Hi Danilo. An excellent POV and vivid colour. Interesting notes and nicely presented. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ' Tamar Valley’

Hello Danilo,
Too bad I came to late to take you passed the 3000 points mark, I think David did that!
Great diagonal composition with a strong but sad message...
I'm impressed by the fine colours, well done!
Pablo -

Splendide composition touchante
belles couleurs
Magnifique Danilo


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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2006-12-29 15:17]

hi Dan. excellent shot bro. wala na ko masabi lahat maganda! :) ASTIG! Tfs. Happy New Year bro! :)


This is sooooooooooooooo gooooooooooooooooood
Good in all aspects of photography

you in my list

Nice shot with great colors Danilo. Excellent diagonal composition.
Stunning beauty!


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  • fuaty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 328 W: 382 N: 62] (529)
  • [2006-12-29 16:20]

Very good shot, atractive compo, good colours. I like it.

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2006-12-29 18:04]

Hello Danilo,
this is completely compelling!I would like to contribute something deep and meaningful but words fail me.All I can think is that this woman seems to be floating her exposed womb,her babies vulnerable to the world.

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  • peetol Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 51 N: 694] (5745)
  • [2006-12-29 19:29]

Galing nito, Danilo! It's a very powerful image! Well seen. Thanks for sharing, pards! 2 thumbs up for this picture. :)

Happy New Year,


Hi Danilo.
Excellent capture my friend, well seen.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.


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  • Konie Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 29 N: 298] (3006)
  • [2006-12-29 20:06]

What a very touching photo Danny. The photo depects the love and sacrifices of a woman for her children. You captured well the moment and at a good POV. The notes are likewise great, very informative. TFS and happy new year pare.


Hi Danilo
There is another version of this photo on TrekEarth that, I admit, I prefer. She's paddling the boat and looking up, and it's magnificent.
I don't blame you for posting another shot of it, though, it earns you well deserved credit. It's excellent work.

Hi Danilo, wonderful moment that you captured here. I'm not sure they're twins either, but they look very peaceful and contented on a jaunt with 'mom.' Great and unique pov. Great dof.

Hi Danilo,
Great Daily Life shot from Philippines.
I like your timing,pov,colors,note,focus and sharpness.Well Done.TFS
Happy New Year My Friend,

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2006-12-30 3:46]

Excellent shot Danilo...

Beautiful captured, it is very unique scene... both sleeping in that position, look like angels... :D excellent composition, nice colours and pov, well done my friend! Thanks for sharing,

Happy New Year to you and your love one.... :D


Hi Danilo,
Very nicely Shot.Good moment and timing.Lovely compo.TFS.
Happy new year!


Très bonne prise de vue, belle lumière, bon cadrage.
Un photo magnifique.
Félicitations !

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2006-12-30 9:32]

Hi Danilo,
those twins are wonderfully posed , very nice POV and wonderful capture.
TFS.. Happy New Year

Hi Danilo,
Excellent picture my friend, very special POV. The colours are great and the sleeping kids are adorable captured. Very intensive and vivid colours. Well seen TFS!

:) Later...

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2006-12-30 10:41]

Hi Danilo

I like the high pov, presumably taken from a bridge? Wonderful symmetry of the 2 Piscean twins or Yin & Yang, if you prefer. Excellent colour & sharpness. Tfs!

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  • Click3 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 19 N: 136] (1192)
  • [2006-12-30 11:07]

Hola Danilo...awesome pic...full of feeling & sensibility.
Very Best Wishes for the New Year !
Saludos, Robert

Hello Danilo,
I like this touching picture for it's composition, particularly the twins in the botoom of the boat. It is beautiful how one of the twins put its arm behind the neck of his brother.
Thank you for sharing this!
Happy new year 2007!

danilo, great capture from a nice POV. very powerful image as it shows a glimpse of the life of our fellow countrymen down south. thanks for sharing and happy new year :)


too many words aleady been said about this beatiful photo...but still I want to say that this is a very touching photo...Amazing moment...perfectly captured. TFS!

Hello Danilo,

Wonderful composition, simply beautiful
composition, colors and sharp wonderful.
congratulations my friend



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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2006-12-31 14:13]

Hello Danilo my friend,
A beautiful picture with lovely colors and detail, it is felled me however a class picture that very. Beautiful greetings.

All for the year I wish new 2007 to property and your family.

Hi Danilo,

WOW!! A great photo!! Very different from your usual, but still very creative! I really like the POV and rich colours and details!

Very well done and TFS
Happy New Year!

hi bro dani and you deserve to reach that 80th mark/points..... nice catch ang lufet ng pov pang asiaweek at documentary ng national geographic....
wala na akong masabi kungdi TAGUMPAY KA! ;-)

cheers again!

you must send this one to national geographic, this is wonderful observation


Very strong statement. Wonderful capture of life. TFS.


hello! fantastic shot! exellent colours and composition! Thanks for sharing!
Regards Aga:)

hi Danilo! Thank you for letting the world know of the Badjao. in their blood lies our blood. Wonderful photograph. tfs, jing

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2007-01-05 7:09]

Hello Danilo,
This is such a great journalist photo perfectly done with an excellent composition and great colors and a very interesting note to accompagny it. very well done.

amazing...like a dream...
thanks for sharing of this magical compo.


hi Danilo,
very impreesive beautiful and unusaul photo. I like that woman and her children look so natural, and she is touching water, that creats special mood in this pic;)


This is just a superb photo Danilo, just a touch soft but by no means it changes my view..



Wow!!! Such a very dramatic sight! The POV is very very good. Perfect composition. Thanks for sharing this.

:) later

Merhaba Danilo
Perfect photo.very very nice picture.
Well done. Good work.


Great compo, excellent POV, nice colours. Extremely interesting. Original and impressive capture, that mother with her twins sleeping in the boat.



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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-01-17 6:19]

Hi Danilo ;)
great photo and angle... compliments...
Best regards,
J ;)

Super composition..
Very well seen ..

I like the colors..and the expression of mother's face..

BEst regards,

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-01-31 8:01]

This is certainly one of the best images of daily life I've seen on TL. Colours, composition are perfect, a bit of additional sharpness would not have harmed, but really who cares if the result is all in all great!

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  • rater Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 196 W: 52 N: 111] (957)
  • [2007-02-01 10:21]

Excelent photo. Love the compoition, POV and how the two twins hug while sleeping. Bravo!


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  • Friday Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 14] (1508)
  • [2007-02-01 13:02]

Unprececented !!! i am so impressed! Thank you so much for sharing!

Hello, Danilo,
I cannot find words to express what impression this photo made to me! It's just perfect.
Regards, Evgenia

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  • tet Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 39 N: 196] (3627)
  • [2007-02-27 13:30]

What a strong photojournalism image Danilo! Agree with everyone's comments. Well done.


EXCELLENT photo. Lovely composition, colors. :) Vandana


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  • Kicki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 0 N: 53] (1189)
  • [2007-03-10 7:32]

Excellent shot from real life. The composition and colours are perfect. Those deep blue sea are amazing. Congratulation! TFS!

Amazing shot, i just love the feeling you get from looking at this image. Excellent tfs. Jaxx :)

very nice pic.
i like this.
thank u.

Hello Danilo

They put on the hair of the arms of top. Chilling ... the incredible, biggest photo.

I encourage my to which you do more photos of this style, you do them very well.

Regards, Gabriel

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  • jityna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 119 W: 7 N: 162] (1083)
  • [2007-04-29 10:40]

Hi Danilo, your flower gallery is fantastic, I wiil be back :-)
But this shot is unique, on the right place in the right moment! Bravo, you caught really nice scene, I have no words...

Great catch. Color and composition are excellent. Not sharp at all but still a very powerful photo.

great work.

Hello Danilo!
Amazing photo!
Fantastic capture with beautiful colours and details!
TFS, regards, Zorica

Hello Danilo! Amazing picture. Wonderful moment. Beautiful woman and beautiful children. We are the children. Excellent effect. God bless You!

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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2008-02-05 14:04]

Hi Danilo,
This is the best shot I've seen today, and I will be talking about it with my family this evening. Your POV on this incredible subject is fabulous.
Thanks for making us stop, think, and be amazed.
All the best,

Great moving picture.
On first sight it looked very dramatic until i read your comment.


wow great shot, angle is perfect, colors and lights are nice, framing is great to, but most important is the very strong message and the subject, congrats

Hi Danilo

Browsing through your gallery now, and I have to say, this is one great capture. I am familiar with scenes like these, having lived on the east coast of Sabah in Semporna for a few months. But this, this is a very touching moment, Danilo.

very good shot.... beautiful colour pic, well done....

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 178 W: 7 N: 28] (1328)
  • [2008-09-21 22:18]

it's an outstanding shot! the pov is great and the subject is fantastic. tfs

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  • karl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 163 W: 66 N: 62] (986)
  • [2008-10-27 10:15]

I like the diagonal aproach and colours, but not so sure of framing, may be to be a ble to see the full boat may have helped

Hi Danilo,

this photo triggers my compassion and remembers me that some (rather most) of us on the planet are less privileged by fate.
Thank you for sharing it. :)

Best regards,

HI dan galing sir...thanks for sharing happy new year po.


seen in first page of TL today, terrific occasion of photography, and you got a fine angle, interesting and well done framing, amazing shot

A truly poignant daily life shot, Danilo. Excellent timing. Perhaps a little bit soft on the face of the woman (can be due to my computer screen too), but overall I like your composition (play of lines) and the dense colours, that contribute to the impact of the photo.
TFS & kind regards,

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  • aly Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 42 W: 0 N: 23] (305)
  • [2010-04-29 1:05]

Thanks for such aspect of life.
A great shot full of meanings and a motherly love and affection is visible through this picture.

wish you best of luck

very unusual image, great captured.

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