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Copyright: Manuel Librodo (manny) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2595 W: 86 N: 4067] (21833)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-18
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-200
Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2005-09-26 2:48
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The Eye...

While I was taking the picture of the two boys (see previous post), I saw this boy peeking through the bamboo grass. I immediately pointed my camera to him and took this shot. He has such intense look punctuating his goden brown skin. The water in his face came from the nearby canal where the boys were swimming.

More to come.

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wow niesamowita fotografia, wspaniała jakość zdjęcia, piekne kolorki, bardzo ciekawy kadr, bravo:))))))))pozdrawiam serdecznie

Hi Manny
Great portrait! This unusual composition is very interesting
and well done! I like the water drop on his face and his "half
glance" pierce your mind. Congartulation!

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  • draco Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 60] (1355)
  • [2005-09-26 3:00]

Woo....so great portait and excellent composition.


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  • fkk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 0 N: 89] (2039)
  • [2005-09-26 3:13]

Mrb Manuel;
Wooow gercekten cok farkli bir fotograf. Cocugun gözlerindeki tedirginlik beni dahi etkiledi sanki birilerinden kacarcasina bir bakis ifadesi görüyorum, ama sen bu fotografi gercekten cok iyi yakalamissin tebrikler Manuel...
Very good shot, Very nice komposition...
good job.

Another stunner, Manny, the DoF putting the leaf out of focus and the sweat on the face pin point sharp; the eccomomy of colour all make it a perfect portrait. Bravo Kevin

awesome!awesome!awesome...goes to my favourite! love your photographs, Manuel. speak of a love for humanity...regards, arnab

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  • rohi Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 9] (55)
  • [2005-09-26 3:21]

It's a wonderful one!

a fantastic one... sharp, no background, not centered, and a strange leaf in the foreground; Well done.

hello Manuel
very nice
i have no more word
or maybe the usual we use for a great pics ,o)
this pics remind me a picture for a poster movie
this is realy beautifull.
well seen

Hi Manuel, such a great shot, just beautiful the colors are striking, the portrsit is meraviglioso and the reflection in his eye...wow
really bravissimo

HI Manny,
What an excellent portrait, his look is really piercing, and the sweat? running down his face is well captured, great background too.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2005-09-26 3:45]

Hi Manuel,
very good composition, good unusual portrait. Very good quality - as allways. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • phi75 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 353 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-26 3:54]

excellent photo!
wonderfull expression on this kid face, where you can read , envy, curiousity and distrust!
well composed .

Hi Manuel,
What a nice photo..
I love the close up took..
image is very sharp !!
burn&dodge i just perfect !
great !! PEACE !!

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  • faubry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3066 W: 340 N: 4524] (35447)
  • [2005-09-26 3:58]

very beautiful and deep regard!!! i like the water on his nose... very good composition behind the grass!!

Hello manny, well composed. The deep green background is perfect to sustain the tones of his skin. His expression is impressive, and you've captured a beautiful moment of intimacy. Cheers.

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  • dolin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1865 W: 361 N: 651] (7369)
  • [2005-09-26 4:10]

Hi Manuel.
Superb attitude of this boy, hidden behind these leaves.
I like the light on the right of the face and this perfect eye with this white touch.
The blu on the back and the position of the face, perfect.
Very good portrait

Hi Manuel
very beautiful, very mysterious with an attentive glance. DOF is incredible!
I like it very much
Pascal (tmrrw)

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  • jasmis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3162 W: 831 N: 3819] (58603)
  • [2005-09-26 4:32]

Excelent portrait. Impressive DOF. Fine composition. OFTPIRIDTM (One of theese photos I regret I didn't take myself).

Hello Manny,
Stunning portrait, deep regard and excellent composition.
It remind me the film Baraka.

Powerful portrait, Manny. Great framing too with those leaves. Absolutely agree with Simon about the movie poster potential - very high indeed.
This is in the realm of perfection.

  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14372 W: 1040 N: 28868] (136972)
  • [2005-09-26 5:40]

Hi Manuel

A superb portrait, of this enigmatic boy. Excellent use of a shallow dof, with good sharpness. Congratulations!

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  • robiuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1691 W: 182 N: 2458] (10807)
  • [2005-09-26 6:08]

Now Manny,
What a fantastic portrait!
Superb focusing and timing, the dark BG elevates the colours in his face and the green leaves in front of him add to the mistery of his look.
Reminds me of an image of a 'wild boy' - it's so exotic!

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  • Zepi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1472 W: 179 N: 2890] (22848)
  • [2005-09-26 6:17]

Hello Manuel,
Superbe prise de vue, encore une fois.
J’admire ce rendue de l’image !
Sharpen impeccable, couleurs incroyables.
J’aime ce cadrage décentré et cette pdc très faible !
Super travail
Merci pour le partage

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  • lewiz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 23 N: 176] (1297)
  • [2005-09-26 6:22]

Astounding. Every new photo you post seems to blow the last away, and this is no exception.
Perfection and I'm *so* jealous!

wonderfull shot Manuel,
this is where you are the best in it. Set emotions on the photo, fantastic composition, good atmosphere, good colours, great shot, with my compliments,
gr. Jaap

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  • Bien Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 380 W: 47 N: 954] (4745)
  • [2005-09-26 8:50]

Hi Manuel, I dare saying that you must be one of the best portraitists on TE. Your latest shot clearly proves my point. It is just so perfect, what else can I say. The emotion captured on this wonderful little boy's face is haunting. The water pearls on his face make his face look fragile. The light gives it so much tenderness. Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing your great work! Sabine

great shot manny, composition is perfect, very nice contrast of colours and nice smooth bokeh.
another great shot, well done =)

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  • AmiBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1626 W: 309 N: 526] (6042)
  • [2005-09-26 9:23]

Hi Manny,
fantastic portrait again, a perfect one !
The focus point is excellent as the small DOF !
I like the drops on his face.
Well done

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  • lekoil (119)
  • [2005-09-26 10:25]

hello, manny.
c'est Flydragon qui m'envoi vers tes photos je suis passionné de voyage et de photo, surtout l'Asie.
je trouve ton travail tres interessant, cette photo est magnifique.

Hello Manuel,
Really great! Quiet simple, and so strong§ Very nice colours, and incredible expression of this eye. Superb!
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Manny - a beautiful and intense photo, well framed. The grass makes a fine and well-contrasting framing element, and the shine emerging from the eye is very well rendered. From a pure TE perspective, the shot looks perhaps a bit too "photo-modelish" for my taste if you understand what I mean, but it is certainly an excellent and extremely well-carried out work.

What a beautiful image, Manuel.
Great idea with the waterdrops on the boy's face.
He is so cute. Great eye.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24512 W: 523 N: 41034] (176508)
  • [2005-09-26 13:00]

Hi Manuel,
You are the king of the portrait fotografie, your trademark, my compliments Manuel.
Again a portrait of the great quality, the drop of water are wonderful on the face.
Thanks for posting.
Greetings from Belgium.

Hi Manuel, wow ! the excellente portrait

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  • naxius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2004 W: 95 N: 2342] (16685)
  • [2005-09-26 14:18]

Hi Manny,
You have definitely a gift to make such portrait!
I love this one..
Incredible bokeh, light and colors..
The gaze is so strong there!

Stunning. The colours, the lighting, the depth, the focus, the point of view, the subject, the composition, are all superb. One of the most inspiring photographs I've seen on TE. Thanks.

Anything we can add. Great.

wow! simply beautiful manny. Love it.
Nothing to complain
amicalement, michel.

Wonderfull pictures. You can easly be in National Geographic

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  • alford Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 762 W: 42 N: 994] (4001)
  • [2005-09-26 23:40]

How come you always seem to be at the right place at the right time? Reading the critiques, they have said it all, I don't have to repeat them. The expression on your subjects' faces really keeps the viewers in awe of your photos! rgds.

Very good candid shot.

Wow Manny! I'm sure you've heard it all, but this shot is absolutely incredible. I love the off-center, and focus. Incredible.

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  • huynt Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 847 W: 15 N: 931] (5079)
  • [2005-09-28 9:18]

Hi Manny
Wow. It is a distingished shot. Wonderful eyes. Very imressive, very exciting. Well done

I come only occassionally to give a smiley Manny, but I could come every day. Your work is superb.
This photo is no exception. The exposure, pose, composition and, most of all, humanity is so srtong.

How do you manage this? He is not posing for you? The light and the composition are so...perfect! You're a master ;o)

Really incredible how sharpen and rich of things is that picture. I love the reflection in his eyes, the green against the black of the skin, the composition.
thanks for sharing!
waiting for the others...


Hi Manuel,
Excelent portrait and also a great eye catch of you. Fine and unusual composition. The water drpos in his face is a precious addition to this splendid picture.

Very well seen and composed.

what to say more!!! i wish i had something new to say to you after so many comments. I can't really say nothing more... this is pure talend!

Hi Manny.

Great portrait, the light is functioning like in the photographic studio. Really sharp and concertrated look of that boy.

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  • tarta Silver Star Critiquer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 5] (327)
  • [2005-10-07 8:21]

Beatiful portrait! Very particular POV and expression of the boy. Great work.
Compliments & tfs it.
Margherita ;)

This come back is a sheer success my friend! a very high standard shot! JUST perfect!!! congratulations


see u later...back as promised

hello many.
N O T H I N G TO S A Y...

Oone of the best portait what i've seen.
best regards/ernest

Hi Manuel
Fantastic portrait with a very intensive regard and a beautifull sharp on the skin.
Great work.

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  • Mafo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 321 W: 0 N: 29] (1339)
  • [2005-10-17 3:57]

Beautiful portrait Manuel!
Nice composition, very clear with good contrast of colors!
Thank you

Beautiful portrait! Great composition too!!!

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  • cyril Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 557 W: 19 N: 247] (2748)
  • [2005-10-21 10:33]

Hi Manny,
This one is just wonderful.
You captured a very beautiful portrait.
I like the drops of water and the catching expression of his face.


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  • DLM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 2 N: 489] (6479)
  • [2005-10-22 18:19]

Hi manny,great shot with wonderful skin tones,great bokkeh.
Well done.

Manuel, this is perfectly mastered daily life photo. It should part of cover of some prestigious magazine.. Perfect compo and moment. L.

Well, its gorgeous work. The light and dark shading contrast just perfectly. You could use this for the cover of Lord of the Flies, really. My favorite part is that perfect reflection in his dark eyes of the people around. Excellent work- as always :)


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  • Soler Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 1 N: 9] (223)
  • [2005-11-07 21:44]

Excelente momento y que definicion mas buena. Buena captura de imagen.

Felicitaciones, bien.


2 more points won't chaged anything but you deserve it. Bravo.

sooooooooooo beautiful!!!
no more comments. i agree with "lollie": you deserved it.

What an amazing image and certainly deserves all the postings you are receiving - the most I've seen! Well done!

Stunning image, excellent unique composition and use of lighting and colours! Wonderful crisp detail and perfect addition of the waterdrops.

Hello Manuel,

This picture is really great ! Nice sharkness and beautiful expression !


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  • Tezic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1825 W: 7 N: 3326] (17867)
  • [2005-12-08 15:08]

Great potrait with very good composition... very good job and I like it very much... thank you

Realmente impresionante. Simplemente perfecta. Los profundos ojos de este muchacho hacen que cueste mucho trabajo apartar la vista de la foto. Un 10.

Encore un portrait exeptionnel tout est parfait rien à redire!

Love the colors, the dof is simply perfect, and the water in that boys face are astonishing

superbe qualité et trés belle expression .....

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  • hajle Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 68 W: 3 N: 42] (1087)
  • [2005-12-20 17:02]

that's a great shot manuel:>\
i've got nothing to add!

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  • ukasz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 2 N: 130] (803)
  • [2005-12-21 7:05]

Hi Manuel,
this photo is perfect, I am really impressed, it doesn't seem to be taken just without any preparation, the face is so sharp and it is hidden behind those delicate bamboo leaves in a very nice way, I like the greenish background a lot too. simply perfect!!! very well done

Tout a été dit sur cette magnifique photo...Un super bravo !

Excelent PICTURE!.. You can see the trees in his deep black eyes!.. simple awesome!

Hi Manuel,
It's a perfect. Thanks for your sharing.

M. Levent ALBAS

I don't know how you do it, Manuel, but you have truly a unique and rare talent for captivating and intimate portraits like no one I've seen before. That's no exaggeration.

This is just an incredible shot. Simply beautiful.

Excellent excellent portrait! Amazing!


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  • zit2a Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 33 W: 1 N: 84] (906)
  • [2006-01-30 7:21]


Manuel c'est vraiment un superbe portrait que tu a reussi


this is phenomenal. No point to critique, just to wish that I once have a similar opportunity for such a great shot!!! TFS, Alan

Hola Manuel: ESTO ES UNA VERDADERA FOTO! Es incríble. Fenomenal toma. Digna de una portada de la National Geographic o alguna revista. Muy buen trabajo Manuel.
Felicidades y saludos desde Costa Rica.

simply perfect portrait

This is a really great shot. WOW

I dont feel at all qualified to rate a photo such as this. all I can say is that it is breathtaking.

Excellent shot. Really good composition.

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  • Jolly (0)
  • [2006-03-01 0:40]

Another beautiful piece. Let me tell ya somethin, Not may people are talented like ya;) this is really wonderful.

Very good photo... like playing hide&seek captured in one perfect shot...

Truely amazing

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  • Eben Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 2] (147)
  • [2006-03-03 7:46]

Taking photos is like breathing to you, your stuff inspires me

I keep finding great shots amongst your portfolio - I see what you mean about your Portraits, they are wonderful!

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  • eco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 651 W: 36 N: 1] (112)
  • [2006-03-17 3:12]


perfect shot,
I like this photo very much
light and colors are beautiful
best regards. rafal

Hi Manuel
Wonderful atmosphere in this portrait and great artistic details. well captured.
greetings Albrecht

Um belo retrato , cores maravilhosas, um belo contraste entre a cor da pele e o verde, parabens

That's for sure the best shot I've ever seen on TE. I have no words to comment this photo, sometimes point&shot gives the best results...
Thanks for sharing us!


Wow, Man! It's absolutely amazing! That's one of the best portraits I've ever seen. Really great one!

Very good shot! You have also good eyes to find subjects like this

Only a word: greeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!

this is an amazing pic! i love the colors and focus of this...thx for sharing!

Well done Manuel!!! It's one of my favourite picture on TE.

wonderfull amazing shot!!!!!!

and also lovely the green behind the subject.

incredible capture...



very nice catch , congratulations .

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  • onmax Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 46 N: 75] (849)
  • [2006-03-21 17:33]

Hola many que decir, excelente fotografia, gran toma, gran imgen.

Hi Manuel!
Excellent portrait. Perfect composition and beautiful POV. Great colors. Wonderfull work!

This photo is fantastic !
Best regards.

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  • nygus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 0 N: 588] (8178)
  • [2006-03-29 19:08]

breath taking. you rule here in portait zone. colors and all...

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  • iGirl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 294 W: 49 N: 253] (1223)
  • [2006-04-03 11:17]

Awesome shot! I love your composition and depth of field. The reflections in his eye and the water on his face really capture my attention.
Thanks for sharing!

A excellence portrait of this boy.
A very good composition. I like his very dark eyes and the water drops. Together with his dark skin, the green of the background and the bamboo grass the picture is a big success.

crazy awesome manuel. actually it is one of the best photos on te. awesome spontaneous capture. it looks almost posed it's so perfect!

Hi Manuel,

What a nice composition, his brown skin makes its right effect on the green background. The leaves on his face bring more strength to the picture. Very nice... Yan

Wonderful artistic composition. Great colors and light.
I like the look of this boy, his wet matt skin too.

A trully beautifully composed picture with great DOF!!!! very detailed and great saturation excellent photograph!

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  • babri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 15 N: 72] (422)
  • [2006-04-16 17:51]

Beatiful and special shot!
I can't understand how did you adjust focus and DOF so fast that the face is so sharp but nearby leaves are blur.
Congratulation for that eye and water drops on face!
Thanks for sharing.
Good luck,

Perfect .....

i love this photo.Great shot.

wow, what a wonderful portrait of the boy. fantastic expressions captured. love the composition.

Just perfect portrait,

--- Sven

another great one, congratulation !

anyway, as on another of your picture, there is something like a halo around his face ... (photoshop ?)

anyway, you really have to tell me how you do post-processing on your pictures, because i really like it ! (colors, contrast, ...)

Very Good! You COULD be a professional, with the right contacts. Your images of people are marvelous. Especially this one.

Best of Luck.

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  • Nina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 754 W: 280 N: 116] (5067)
  • [2006-05-01 8:12]

Another excellent portrait Manny! There is nothing more to add to reams already written below. :)

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  • teutza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 995 W: 227 N: 1994] (10590)
  • [2006-05-04 16:05]


oh my god! This was what came out of my mind seeing this picture.
Thanks for sharing.


Incredibly Beautiful !!!
Sounds really interresting to look at.
I like the DOF and the focus is well made

Great Shot!!!
Amazing composition and colours.
Well done.

Magic capture!! Congratulations. Perfect timing and an intense lad.

Awesome photograph. Beautiful color and composition. Congratulations. Gerald

Hi , Manuel .
I can hardly say anything new about this absolutely unique photo .
I have never seen anything like it . It touches my heart , it's completely outstanding !!!
One of my favourite photos indeed !!!

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  • leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697)
  • [2006-06-08 19:11]

I wonder if a better portrait has ever existed...
What perfect colors! What an amazing composition!
It simply blows my mind to think that this just happened and wasn't a careful set up taking hours... woah!
Congratulations for capturing the most perfect of all moments! :D

This looks like it should be in National Geographic Magazine. Stunning. Carie

Perfect shot! There's nothing more to say ((-;

Prfecto Dude...

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  • verge Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 436 W: 78 N: 185] (1242)
  • [2006-06-19 4:03]
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Manny, another impressive portraint and compostion, its so dramatic. I heard you'll have exhibit on July, looking forward to it and hoping to meet you there :-), is it possible we invite you for like a sharing session for newbies like me, will it cost us much? :-)....rgds


wonderful shot ! allthough i dislike his nose is out of focus, it's a powerfull shot. background dark green is excellent in contrast to his face. his eye and water drops on this face are extraordinary.. great shot ! once again it prooves that not the photos we want are the best, but those we surprise involuntarely, which we never thought they could exist..

amazing picture, the water over his face, and the contrast of the bammboo leaves and his skinmakes a master pice.


Hello Manuel,

What an excellent portrait! I love it.

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  • Vamos Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 1 N: 11] (40)
  • [2006-07-07 9:02]

Hi Manuel! Very interesting combination of colours in such a
vivid picture!

Impressive...It`s a beauty for our eyes...

hello Manuel, extraordinary image. compliments! great comp, amazing sharpness and very intense. tfs arnoud

Good presence of mind. Boy's eyes has powerful expressions. COlors are great and fantastic portrait Manuel.

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  • jeje07 (46)
  • [2006-07-18 14:40]

Fantastique portrait!!!!! La photo parfaite pour moi! BRAVO!

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  • azadeh (46)
  • [2006-07-18 15:09]

so nice...his sparklers is very underdog !
& your stuff is superfine...

Nothing to add except Bravo; i added this photo in my favorites, that is giving me the will to progress to be able to catch so wonderful moments.

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  • gramma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 436 W: 96 N: 621] (3519)
  • [2006-08-09 16:18]

Fantastic portrait ! The glance, the drops of water, the bamboo and the detachment of the face compared to the bottom are perfect.
Congratulations !


Just Amazing

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  • budup (15)
  • [2006-09-15 9:33]

Absolutely amazing.
To me, this pic is a piece of perfection. Magnificient colors and light. And this boy is so expressive! such a beautiful eye...
Un grand bravo!!

wow, a fasconating picture ... it has been a long time that i have seen a picture as good as this one... the face, the water drips, the plant, the background ! fantastic !

btw: what program did u use to work with the pic ? adobe ?

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  • Salma Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 30 N: 66] (1276)
  • [2006-09-17 18:35]

very beautiful natural colors.... amazing photo

Que hermosa toma, encuadre magnífico, bellos colores, gracias por publicarla... JR

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  • LSH Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 45 W: 1 N: 15] (174)
  • [2006-10-21 13:23]

Allo Manuel,

Très belle photo.


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  • puffy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 45 W: 1 N: 38] (263)
  • [2006-11-04 16:13]

Excellent shot Manuel, if I took a shot like this, some people might said, "hey, clone out the grass on his face" or something similar like this, but not yours... This is a WOW factor... just looking at this shot, looking at his sparkling eyes... it is a beautiful shot. Those details just superb.


Hello manuel:)

I think this must be the best portrait I have ever seen, catching the feelings and mood of the boy so darn well! Great composition and a wonderful focus on the selfsaid title - the eye. that is so dark. Brilliant


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  • Tatum (43)
  • [2006-11-10 1:16]

Can't explain by words. !!

Hi, Manuel!
Its great photo! You are artist of your photographic art!

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  • rogeca (178)
  • [2006-11-19 12:38]


This one is simply grand. Great picture. What colours and waht a composition. superb. Thanks for sharing.

Une merveille, cette photo !

hello Manuel,
extraordinaire !
voila le genre de photo qui me font rêver ...
merci !

a bientot
jonathan .

Great portrait! I love the lighting, the bokeh, and water on his face. Good Work!

What an amazing shot, Manny! The emotion behind the boy's face is stunning.
This is beautiful.
Thank you for sharing!

- hydie

An AMAZING and original portrait.

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  • galtis (26)
  • [2007-01-19 12:06]

What an intense, disturbing look. What a power of expression. Superb photo.

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  • bwiti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 724 W: 88 N: 85] (402)
  • [2007-01-19 14:30]

Beaucoup d'elegance dans ce portrait...

Excellent image! I am just adored bu the sharpness, colours and the facial details. And mostly I like the dark brown colour of the face and the nice tone of the green in the background. Just great work! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  • golden Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 4 N: 291] (2289)
  • [2007-02-05 13:39]

Manuel this shot is excellent!


Hi Manuel, this is probably the best picture I've ever seen on TE. It is simply perfect..no more words.

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  • kaptan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 346 W: 68 N: 73] (1444)
  • [2007-02-14 17:29]


One of the best portraits I ever saw. Nothing more to say...
Best regards,


Great visual impact!!!!
Cheers, R.

Hello Manuel:

A wonderful photograph.... and after read all these comment above, I can only say CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

Take a look the theme Children of the World where I put you work.

Hope you had a happy valentine.


What can we say ?...

It's one of the perfect portrait I have ever seen...

And now I'm having a look on each of your pictures...

Thanks for sharing with us...

Very great capture, I like the boy expression and the way you captured him, the 'grass' (I guess is not grass, but my English is not so good and I don't know the exactly word for the green plant) in front of him face, the water at him face and him misterious look. Really great job! (actually the great work justifies the current 105 'favorites').



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  • Cara Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 90 N: 422] (2059)
  • [2007-02-23 14:10]

Hello Manuel,
Well Done, Great Work !!

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  • Ramy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 70 N: 142] (773)
  • [2007-02-27 4:59]

You know Librodo, I think this must be the most famous picture on TE, I have always loved it but I never knew what to say about it, till finally I decided to simply saying to you, this is a great shot and Very well done!
Regards, Ramy.

Hello Manny,

Excellent work, the child's face is very expressive and the water drops give it something more. I like it. Congratulations


i like this portrait.
excellent composition.

Hi Manuel,
One of the best portraits ever seen. Everything is perfect.

Intense! Mysterious! And you've carried the tension of the half-hidden subject well through the offset composition too. Excellent!

hi Manuel,I 've discovered your gallery today,and I am very impressed by this portrait.The sharpness,the leaves in front of the boy's face,the green background,the boy's expression,everything are here to do a masterpiece.Congratulations.

  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1745 W: 292 N: 2671] (10163)
  • [2007-03-30 17:25]

Hi Manuel.
wow. i have no words to appretiate you for this picture. keep going.
jean paul.

No words to describe this picture...
Wonderful !

Still counts as one of my favourite shots in all of TE. Thanks for sharing this excellent picture. What can i say, it is perfect.

Very impressive portrait. Excellent not disturbing background.

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  • Uzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 85 W: 13 N: 41] (1240)
  • [2007-04-25 18:14]

increadible portrait ...
colours.. amazing light
and this eyes..
I just can look at this photo a very very ong time .. with great pleasure

Amazing shot ! This is the only thing I have to say !

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2007-05-15 10:56]

Hi Manuel,

We can see by the critiques that this is a perfect shot. No comments, you don't need that...

vaaaaaaav, wonderful, TFS

Hi Manuel,
You are definitely one of the best here. You're gallery is full of incredible shots, especially portraits. I love them all. Congrats.

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  • balzak (75)
  • [2007-06-01 13:04]

Perfect...I agree with "flydragon", Its a movie poster..maybe for a film called "the jungle child" !!!:-)


Hello Manuel,

This photo is probably the all-time favorite on Trekarth. It’s easy to understand why, with this fabulous authentical expression of the boy and the bokeh behind. The focus is directly on the eyes, and that’s where we keep our attention, while the nose is blurred. Light is very impressive and light up the water drops. AM

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  • blow Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 129 W: 23 N: 68] (672)
  • [2007-07-25 8:36]

what a beauty!!! juste great congratulation...

Bellissima foto...
ottimo soggetto
fuoco ottimo
colori netti
i miei complimenti

great eye !

magnifique,bravo superbement bien photographie dans une ambience tendre par le regard de l'enfant, je t'offre 350 points,amicalement bi

One of the best portraits in TE. Really. Simply when a photo comes to a work of art. Technicaly perfect, it catches the feeling and the moment strongfull. Me quito el sombrero otra vez!

Hi Manuel...
Just one word... WONDERFUL !!!!

Foto fantástica!Uma composição fiferente mas muito bem consseguida!
Bom uso da luz...!


very beautiful limpidity.

Hi Manuel!
Excellent composition with perfect light and colors.
Very expressive picture....for me it couldn´t be any better!


I just found your wonderful photos. I love them you are better than a proffesional.

hello manny.........
nice image.........
nice timing.........

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  • BLO Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (180)
  • [2007-12-06 13:05]

woooooooooooow. Great. The best comments what you can imagine. This is my favorite from all pictures what i have seen here.

Hi Manuel, what a stuning and beautiful shot of this misterious looking boy, the leaves partially in his face looks really beautiful, I also like your composition and POV, well done, thanks for sharing it with us, regards, Joao Salas

Hello Manuel,

I always enjoyd you work.. this is a beautiful image.. you've captured the moment.


Hello Manuel.

Excellent picture nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • maglex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 475 W: 86 N: 264] (1980)
  • [2008-01-20 22:30]

Thanks for sharing this photo, Manuel!



this picture is so great...

Hi mauel
I think you made with this foto the best in Trekeaerth
this is just beatifull great colours very good sharpness and amazing composition
very well done

I love this portrait as well your other ones.

This site keeps on deleting most of my portrait s' work although they are not necessarily of my neither family nor friends. Hope it will keep yours. Good work.

Hi Manuel.

I just relised that this is one of my favourite pictures, and yet I have never commented on it!

I think this is a fantastic picture Manuel. Really well captured. In my mind you have managed to capture a really 'epic' picture. The colours are so bold and his stare is so strong.

I really like this!

Thanks very much for sharing!


Well, that is a striking picture. Very beautiful and strong look. Congrats.

Olá Manuel

Simplismente uma imagem FANTÁSTICA!!!
PARABÉNS pelo trabalho GENIAL.
Grande abraço,

Amazing shot! The partially hidden face with the beautiful bg looks great.

Wonderful portrait,the focus is impeccable!

Great picture, very sharp and nice composition whit the green plant !
To my opinion, too much space at the right of the photo, but this is a detail.


Salam Manuel
Excelent PICTURE!.. You can see the trees in his deep black eyes!.. simple awesome!
Perfect shot! There's nothing more to say (-;

Hi Manuel!

What a captivating portrait - the boy has such a piercing gaze!
I love the composition with the faded greenshaded background which makes the face and eye stand out even more!
Great focus on the face and not the leaves in the front!

Hi Manuel,

mauch has already been said and written about this terrific portrait. Let me just add that in my opinion this one of the finest here on TE. Wonderful composition and outstanding colours. Beautiful!

thanks for sharing



I like how you got his face partially covered by leaves. It gives him a mysterious vibe and overall makes the picture more interesting than just a straight portrait, I think. The blur behind also provides a sharp contrast and makes it seem like the boy is in a world of his own. And the contrast of the colors really helps bring both the green of the leaves and the brown of his skin out nicely. Also, the reflection in his eye adds to the whole overall mysterious effect. I'm jealous:)

Great sho and composition !
Congrats !

Manny, awesome composition, love the colur and detail. Agree with kevinos, good choice to put the leaf out of focus!


Hi Manuel,
Very beautifull portrait !



Beautiful Picture
Beautiful Shot
Beautiful Expresions
Beautifully Edited
Best Wishes
Zia ur Rehman

I love it! He is serious to whatever he is looking at

The pic is very expressive...
You may call MAGNETIC EYE...


Hi Manuel,
great picture!
Very good composition!


Hi Manuel.

Professional work! In my opinion maybe the best on TE ever. Focus is excellent, the action in his eyes and so on...excellent! It also tells something about the place, together with your note. The water in his face is so suitable too... Incredible!


Congratulation, very nice photograph. I like the light in his face and his intensive view.

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  • jrdueso (192)
  • [2011-02-10 10:05]

Felicidades por una foto tan maravillosa. Sencilla, pero hay está la grandeza de ésta. Una delicia para los sentidos.

Congratulations on a wonderful photo. Simple, but the greatness of it. A delight for the senses.

Un saludo.

fantastic !!! THE portrait ! no background, so sharp, perect composition with the grass in front of one eye... nothing to say, just applause.

his look is like a panthar, nice portait.

nice brilliant shot
good timley one
nice to see

This portrait is very beautiful
The colors,green and black are compared with each other.

Hi Manuel,
Amazing capture, one of the most beautiful portraits I have seen. Being in the rght place at the right time really does pay off at times, and this is the proof. The boy look almost animalistic, the combination of his sideways glance and the greenery I guess.

Best wishes

Hello dear friend
The portraits are beautiful and powerful look. I love it. Nicely done.
Thank you for registering for this beautiful picture.

Waw, quelle magnifique photo!!! En dehors de la composition magnifique, elle fait ressortir mystère et émotion! Merci pour le partage ;o)

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  • Shanky (98)
  • [2012-12-03 10:52]


WOW I am speechless!

Hi Manuel
I like the face of this child, and you captured it sharp and clear. You have amazing photo gallery. I agree with toddadams, You are very talented. Waiting for more photos from you.
Kind regards,

  • Lydia Ao (15)
  • [2013-04-25 5:12]

Hi Manny,
this is the most amazing and moving picture! Great shot.

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