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Copyright: Bill Laucp (trekks) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-08
Categories: Daily Life, Portrait
Camera: Nikon D700, RAW
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: How I see Cambodia
Theme(s): World Portraits, "Beyond my control !!!" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-28 10:50
Viewed: 3810
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
How old do you think he looks? With his power stick with him, it reminds me of an older version of Skywalker's teacher Ben Kenobi, with this orange robe replacing the white color. On arrival in Phnom Penh, we found this wise monk sitting at peace quietly in the corner at the square in front of Royal Palace. Faced with language barrier to communicate with Cambodians, I hardly understand anything except through body language or intuition. My greatest weapon during the travel in this country had been wearing a smile to greet anything that I met. And a camera [or 2]!

Despite his age, the wise man looking fatherly and able to carry himself well. It is a good reminder that material wealth is just a piece of stick, slipper and orange cloth wrapped around. Perhaps his strongest point is happiness and wisdom. For many young monks to reach this maturity would take a lot of struggle and hardship and that is the Buddhist belief of spiritual cleansing to uplift oneself.

Cambodia is primarily Buddhism nation with a small Islam grouping.

sigma 70-200mm f/2.8, iso200, FL160mm

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  • tafal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 78] (1052)
  • [2009-03-28 10:59]

Hi Bill. excellent portrait of this old man.
awesome colors, warm orange is beatyfull.
very good composition and result.

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-03-28 11:04]

Hi Bill,

Everything about this photo is excellent.
sharpness, vibrant colours, bokeh and composition.
Great job!


You're up early ...! By my calculations it's 2am in Malaysia!

Good shot - tight framing and strong colours, a well managed DOF. This is one example where fill-flash or reflector would have helped light your subject a little better against the bright background.

At the same time, it might also have broken the mood of the moment.

Good work, anyway.


hello Bill
nice subject as i am always a follower of buddhist culture, nice colouers and sharpness.
fine dof managed.
i like the shot and i like the suggestions given by rew here.
thanks for sharing

Manuj Mehta

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-03-28 11:59]


Merveilleux portrait de ce moine boudiste, c'est un trit viel homme, on voit bien les trait sur son visage, et de merveilleuse couleur.

bravo et amitié


Wonderfulportrait of this old man.
Splendid colours and light,excellent sharpness.
Very well done

Hi Bill, Nice note... This man certainly looks content. Peaceful, serene, and happy. Great lighting with the sun shining on his robe. I do wish his face was lit just a bit more as he looks so expressive. Nonetheless, an awesome photo. :) Lisa

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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2009-03-28 13:06]

wonderful portrait ! peaceful attitude, warm colours and very nice light.
Best regards

  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-03-28 13:10]

Hello dea friend Bill.
Wise words you spoken here. Thanks for the note.
Great looking picture of this old man.
His believing is stronger than life.
Cheers, Bill.

hi bill,

wowww, excellent dof, pov, sharpness, colours and framing!
good note too!

Bonjour Bill,
Beautiful portrait nicely composed and presented with great colors and sharpness, I love the pose and the rich colour.
a great portrait..Bill..

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-03-28 16:56]

Hi Bill

A superb profiled view of the orange robed monk, with impeccable sharpness & superb shadow detail. An excellent daily life shot from Cambodia. The power stick adds dynamism. Tfs!

Boa noite Bill
Very beautiful Portrait and daily life photo.
Wonderful note.
Thanks Bill...you have been a wonderful heart
Um abraço

ciao Bill
fantastic capture.. this portrait speaks without words..
excellent warm light.. subject is captured in a perfect way!
ciao Marco

Interesting portrait - side on.. Nicely composed Bill and i like the rich colours too.


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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-03-29 2:15]

great portrait.. amazing colors and light, light around him and a light from his face..very expressive and impressive presentation with lovely note.. outstanding and inspiring from all aspects..
tfs and good day Bill

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2009-03-29 2:53]

Hi Bill,
A great portrait of this beautiful old monk!
Wonderful colors in this picture.
I like the setting, the composition and his pose very much!
Thank you very much for this beautiful reminder....!

Greetings from Netherlands,

Hi Bill!
Magnificent portrait picture.wonderful interesting old man,amazing warm colours and
light,Wonderful note,well done.
Best regards

Hi Bill,
What a wonderful portrait! Excellent sharp and good contrast. It isn't easy to get a well ballanced picture with the person inside and the light comming from outside. You managed to get this so well. Excellent sharp and wonderful warm colours. The pose of the monk is priceless too!

Olá Bill,
Very good shot, great colors and excellent details, very good sharpness. Great POV.
Awesome text.

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-03-29 8:43]

Hi Bill
The light helped but the man seems to reflect a glow probably due to the wiseness and discipline.
Wonderful photo of this man.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2009-03-29 8:45]

Hello Bil
Wonderful image very well composed, with fantastic colours and light, great sharpness, but mainly a fantastic human expression capture.
Excellent my friend.
Have a great we, mb

Hi Bill..great shot of this interesting old man...wonderful composition, colors and details.


Hi Bill:
this is good picture.
very good POV.
good work

Hello Bill,
Great capture of this wise man !! Super note with it too.
I like the colors and sharpness. DOF and exposure are also good.

Olá, Bill!

Good framing, great sharpness and colors.
Very good job, my friend. Congratulations!

Best wishes,

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2009-03-29 14:01]

Bonjour Bill,

Good portrait in a beautifull light. The shallow DOF is sufficient to define the environment without disturbing. Image is well exposed so it reveals excellent details in shadows and in highlight. Excellent work and TFS.


Hi Bill,
A wonderful portrait of this old man.Very nice colours and lighting.TFS.


Hi Bill,

Very well isolated image of this monk with the face full of wisdom. Very sharp details and the light is making it even more interesting. Excellent work at 160mmFL. TFS and best regards,


Helo Bill
How old is this men and how many expirinace is for reading in his face
Beautiful portret of this old men
Thank you Bill

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-03-30 7:43]

Hi Bill,
excellent composition.I admired to rich colours and perfect light.His face is so effective.Congratulations.Necla.

Hi Bill,

You did capture well the serious expression of the monk. The subject is well framed. The point of view is allwoing us to see the details and colors of his clothing. The surrounding light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hey Bill,
The expression of this old monk carries a touch of wisdom and kindness. I like it. Excellent portrait Bill! :)


Another great portrait Bill. Thats a real rickety chair hes sitting on but he also looks like the swind mightblow him away so the chair should hold up. He makes our lives seem overly complicated but I certainly like my luxuries and would struggle to give them up.
warm regards

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-03-30 21:51]

Superb picture !


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  • GLJ Gold Star Critiquer [C: 54 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-04-01 3:30]

Bonjour Bill
Une belle lumière pour le portrait de ce moine.Excellent e maitrise de DOF.
Bravo et bonne journée

Ciao Bill

An excellent portrait!
Impressive details were captured in the old man, the pin is super sharp!
I like the tight framework making the viewer focus on the subject and the colors are well reproduced and appear very natural ...
How many stories this old man has to tell us!



Ciao Bill, fantastic portrait of a Monk with splendid light nd wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Morus (69)
  • [2009-04-01 17:44]

Caro Bill
Lindas cores, ótima luminosidade, boa nitidez.
Tecnicamente uma fotografia muito boa.
O fotografado é um caso à parte.
Uma soma de simpatia a serenidade.
Mais que senhor do tempo, um amigo do tempo.
Belissima foto.

Hi Bill,
Excellent portrait of this old man.Nice capture with good smooth tones and that brilliant flash of orange.
Best regards!

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2009-04-05 11:10]

Hi Bill, wonderful picture! You made an excellent portrait to this very special man...
Compliments my friend, Adele

I like the tight crop Bill , my only crit is the slight lack of illumination on him nevertheless a great capture of this very frail man in his orange robe ,your control of the BG light is great , no lack of details overall ,What is his age ? A good question i am afraid i do not have an answer ,he might be quite old indeed !
tfs ,

Olá Bill

Um trabalho admirável.
Cores, sombras, luminosidade incríveis.
Nota 10!


Hi Bill,

Gee, I'm not sure I want to be around long enough to reach that stage in life, but we all have our ways of adjusting and he seems to have found his own.

Keep shootin'


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-04-07 10:46]

The light on this composition is superbe very well saturated and good unsherp background Bill


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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-04-10 6:38]

Hello Bill.
Interesting portrait of monks. Good point of view and captured pose.
Janek Kloss

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  • andrei Gold Star Critiquer [C: 254 W: 1 N: 226] (1664)
  • [2009-04-26 12:34]

This m an seems to be ageless.
Good dof use. The orange robe and dark skin complements each other.
Well done and TFS

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2010-02-26 4:52]

nice monk
good portrait
good one

Nice Subject and excellent composistion....Mabuhay!


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  • Fidy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 0 N: 79] (606)
  • [2011-06-15 0:24]

Hi Bill
Your picture is a good lesson of wisdom and humility thanks

Hi Bill, this is a wonderful capture! Perfect in everyway!

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