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Eyes of Africa

Eyes of Africa
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Copyright: Francois Xavier Talissida (bernie1980) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 26] (1097)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2004-11
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Olympus Camedia C750 UZ, Hoya UV 55mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-08-20 3:42
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This picture of my cousin has been taken in Burkina Faso when he was looking the children playing in the street. He has been surprised by the flash and accordingly I find that his face is very expressive.

I have cropped this shoot.In the original version the face was placed in the center and so the portrait was less expressive.

My own critical is pertaining to the light of the flash present in the lock of the door.

Do not hesitate to give me your comments.

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To pathy: Version originale dans le Workshopbernie1980 1 08-20 06:23
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this photo stood out to me because of the great framing of the boy. Lighting could be improved on the door but it is important that the details are seen. TFS Paul Cornish

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  • GlenC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 2 N: 99] (797)
  • [2005-08-20 5:30]

What a great shot! This is framed and taken perfectly. The only thing I can think of to make this better is the focus. Overall I really like this one Bernard. Thanks for sharing,


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  • pathy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 35 N: 64] (1740)
  • [2005-08-20 5:46]
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l'expression de l'enfant est joli. cela aurait été sympa de mettre votre photo originale dans le workshop pour pouvoir comparer votre travail de retouche

Wow! It's a great shot Bernard. I love the way you've composed it by cropping it. The contrast of colours is good. B&W works perfectly for this shot. A little out of focus that's all. Good title. A good shot. TFS.


Une très belle réussite, Bernard …
On a l'impression que ton cousin se regarde dans un miroir …
Le petit rectangle dans le grand rectangle est très graphique …
Toutes mes félicitations …
Et un grand bonjour au Burkina …
Pays que j’ai eu la chance de visiter lorsque j’avais 20 ans et dont la chaleur de ces habitants est resté pour moi une leçon de vie indélébile

Excellent!!! Multi framing of this photo is great idea! I knew you must be good photographer when I saw your first post yesterday, and I think I'm not wrong.
The oil paint on the door is reflecting the flash too much, but that can be corrected in PP. Vertical lines helped your camera to focus the door and not the boy (that's how Olympus like to auto focus), and it's too bad he is a bit blurred. But, you can try to select just him and do the Luko's sharpening method or just Unsharp mask. Well, after all this talk, perhaps I should do some ws for you? :)
All in all, this is great! His expression is well captured, but the (re)composition of the photo is really good. You did a great job here, keep on posting! I'll have my eyes on you, :))


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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2005-08-20 9:13]

Beau portrait! Composition tres originale,Bernard! Le cropping est excellent! Belle creation! Bravo! Michel

Wonderful picture ! It would have probably been a bit better without the flash, but if you would it up and do technically everything the moment would be gone and your nephew would not have had the same expression on his face.

Looking forward to seeing more photos of you


Hi Bernard, this is a very well seen picture, good idea at cropping the shot and leaving the face on the left. I saw Robert's workshop and improved more your shot. Anyway, your's is a winner! regards, Iris

Bonsoir Bernard,
belle capture... Cette photo me fait penser au triste passé colonial, surement dû à cet enfant derrière une porte avec un verrou... Je trouve cette photo très forte... Bravo!

Simply beautiful! Great capture. Nice composition. Well done, Nino

Hi Bernard
wow, the feeling and the expression is so natural and so good. The title is very apt. It portrays a lot. Thats a great great pic.

well done bernard..nice capture, i like it :)

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  • Foba Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 0] (923)
  • [2006-02-18 7:55]

wow !!!!super !!!!

Bravo Bernard!

Strong facial expression displayed by your cousin! I love the framing! The framing to me tells the story of a boy who is locked in a situation that he may find impossible to release himself. Free himself from what you may say, free himself from the bonds of poverty, lack of education and hope.

Excellent composition!

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  • mareij (52)
  • [2006-07-17 6:53]

It's a very good shot. The composition is great, good cropping! It's a very intense picture.

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  • fuaty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 328 W: 382 N: 62] (529)
  • [2006-11-09 16:46]

Hi Bernard,
Your photo is realy effectual with the all colors, composition and the name you gave... Tfs.

Salut Bernard,
Très belle photo ! J'ai d'abord pensé à un prisonnier ...
Il y a de la tristesse dans son regard.
Merci pour la note.
pts demain

wow, really good shot!
beautiful gray tone and perfect contrast.
just misty and symbolic.


He looks healthy and handsome. The framing and bw make the thumbnail seem like it will be an unheappy picture. He looks sad. Excellent photograph!

cette photo est fantastique! Quel beau cadrage! BRAVO, et l'enfant a un regard poignant! Merci pour ce partage !

works well, good emotion on the face! well captured especially with the element of supprise i hope he like s it as much as you obviously do!

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2007-04-23 19:57]

Notable l'équilibre entre la poésie du regard et la rudesa aprisionante du cadre. Félicitations, j'aime beaucoup.

Very cool.

very powerful image Bernard.

Nice Portrait of the child and door.

  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2008-01-27 21:10]

nice composition

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  • Iness (546)
  • [2008-06-03 13:32]

Excellent. Different, but important. You propably now what i feel this momemnt. It'sad...

Good composition, I like the way he looks through the little window.

Simply beautiful! Great capture. Nice composition. Well done,




this is a great shot! and framed and taken perfectly.



  • Fortuna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 3811 W: 2520 N: 16] (72)
  • [2010-03-27 10:55]

Hello François,

Strong composition and you choose a very original frame.
It's impressive and very well done.
the choice of B&W in this case is perfect.
Congratulations and TFS

Um grande abraço,

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