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Man to Ghent

Man to Ghent
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25077 W: 520 N: 42342] (181384)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-05
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Cannon EOS 5D, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 LII USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 82mm 010 UV-Haze
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-06-05 10:12
Viewed: 665
Points: 58
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2018 - All rights reserved. The photos taken by photographer John Maenhout are registered and copyrighted. Use in any form (web, paper publication, public exposure, etc.) is strictly forbidden without the written permission of the photographer. To contact with photographer please use TE Contact Me

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Portrait out of my archive,, taken Ghent ten year ago during a visit.

History and Beliefs
The almost 25 million Sikhs worldwide constitute the fifth largest religion in the world. Despite almost a million Sikhs living in North America (USA and Canada), Sikhs are often confused as Arabs or Muslims. Sikhs arrived in North America in 1897 and played a pivotal role in the opening of the West and construction of the Panama Canal in 1904. In 1906, Sikhs established their first gurdwara, or place of worship, in the United States. 700,000 Americans and Canadians are Sikh and nearly every major city has a Sikh place of worship and community centre.

I hope you can enjoy.

Camera Model
Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
5/07/2008 13:06:33
Shooting Mode
Manual Exposure
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Av(Aperture Value) 7
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EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
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Hello dear John,
Oldies are allways goodies ! Allthough only ten years old ad perfect portrait of this man in his tarditional turban.
Perfect layout and sharpness. Nice framing.
TFS and best regards

Hello John

A very nice portrait of this man. The unorthodox look to the people of the west makes the image all the more intriguing. Well done on the image.


Dobro vece, gospodine.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobar kontarst, lepe boje, lep portret.
Lep covek u narodnoj nosnji sa lepim osmehom.
Dobar tekst o koriscenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Zelim vam lepu i mirnu noc, sve najbolje.

Hallo John,
Onmiskenbaar een Sikh. Er zijn nog bevolkingsgroepen op de wereld die een tulband dragen maar geen enkele andere man dan een Sikh draagt dergelijke tulband. Alhoewel ze slechts een klein deel van de bevolking in India uitmaken, zijn ze in de maatschappij heel erg zichtbaar, voor een deel door hun tulband maar ook door het soort job dat ze meestal uitvoeren. Velen zijn legerofficier of truckbestuurder.
Na de aanslagen in 2001 waren er in de USA voorvallen waarbij deze mensen door de blanke Amerikanen gewantrouwd werden omdat men ze voor een andere bevolkingsgroep hield. Toen ik in Noord-India was, had ik heel aangename contacten met Sikhs. In het zuiden van het land zijn ze met veel minder.
Deze man lijkt heel tevreden dat je zijn portret genomen hebt. Uiterst scherp met een goede wazige achtergrond. Zijn baard kan zijn glimlach niet verbergen.
Je ziet maar John dat je ook dichtbij een stukje van de wereld kan leren kennen.
Heel mooi gedaan!
Vele groeten, Paul

Hello John,
This Sikh man gave you a friendly smile and seemed to enjoy having his portrait taken. I am sure he trusted you to take good care of him, which you did by posting the photo here after almost ten years. It's a wonderfully sharp photo and the background is nicely blurred.
Kind regards,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10356 W: 161 N: 17201] (131029)
  • [2018-06-05 12:35]

Witaj John!
A very curious face.
A beautiful portrait, excellent quality.
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
Well done.
Good evening.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9748 W: 57 N: 16678] (61680)
  • [2018-06-05 13:14]

Hallo John,
Een uitstekend portret van deze man met zijn prachtige baard en kleurige tulband. Heel goede scherpte en een mooie wazige achtergrond met twee opvallende paarse tinten aan beide zijden.

Ciao John
il ritratto è molto bello, del resto il personaggio è molto interessante e la tua foto ne ha messo bene in evidenza le caratteristiche.

Hi John,

You have captured well the smiling expression of the man. The point of view is showing the details of his physionomy. It is clear and precise. Have a nice day.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14510 W: 0 N: 16401] (176235)
  • [2018-06-05 20:13]


Fantastique portrait et vue quel regard quelle vue et cette barbe superbe les traits sur le visage et quel tuban dans les cheveux sueprbe.
bravoet amitié

Hello John,
This is a fine portrait. I like the detail on the mans face against the blurred background. I wish we could see the top of his turban.

Hello dear John and have a nice time
what could I say for this anazing portrait
only greetings this man seems so alive
I have the feeling talking with him
thanks for sharing this portrait
of your archive taken in Ghnet
ten years ago
great work great presentation

Bonjour John
Superbe ce portrait rapproché de cet homme haut en couleur.
Bravo et bonne journée.

Bonjour, cher ami John,
Félicitations pour ce magnifique portrait aux détails étonnants.
J'aime le regard bienveillant de l'homme.
Une réussite !

ciao John,
very good portrait, very good sharpnes, lights and colors. good result,
ciao, Giacomo

Salut John,
Excellent portrait parfaitement réalisé, attitude,coiffe et expression du visage sont photogéniques jusqu'ua regard, très réussie cette prise.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10765 W: 146 N: 27099] (129753)
  • [2018-06-06 0:11]

hello John, Your portraits are really wonderful. Awesome portrait of this Sikh man. I am sure he was delighted to see it. He looks like living. every single hair in the bird is sharp. amazing.

Have a nice day


Hello John,
Excellent capture of this Sikh gentleman who seems very happy to be photographed. Very well exposed with fine rendering of the skin tones and good sharpness. Interesting and useful note.

Bonjour John,

Quel beau portrait. On sent très bien la coopération du sujet pour la réussite de cette photo. Les détails sont d'une grande netteté et le choix de la profondeur de champs est parfait.



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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-06-06 7:13]

Hello John,
great the portrait of the man with the excellent light and colour management to enhance even more his characteristics.A beautiful and clear photo.Well done.


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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14878 W: 1055 N: 30587] (143157)
  • [2018-06-06 7:14]

Hello John

A rare head and shoulders portrait from you, and it's a good one! Perfect focus and sharpness on the turbaned man. I like the splashes of oof violet either side. Tfs!

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10489 W: 174 N: 18802] (83583)
  • [2018-06-06 10:22]


I liked the WS you did blurring the background of this portrait and concentrating attention in the man. nice portrait with excellent clarity and sharpness. yes, many people around the globe think they are muslins only because their turban. nice to know about everything, a pity most of the people prefers ignorance.

take care


Hello John,

good portrait of this man, I like the details and his face expression, it is a different an interesting picture, well seen,

Best regards,


Ciao John, great portrait of old man, intense expression, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3679 W: 0 N: 8609] (60441)
  • [2018-06-06 21:36]

Excellent portrait of this elder man in turban, great beard an a nice smile, perfect details on the face, a very good photo
regards Ryszard

Hi John
A rather humble looking gentleman fully engrossed at your lens showing lot of character and immediately engaged my attention. His traditional turban, eye connection, and beard apart from his facial feature, are pretty much a main aspect of this image. A very well exposed, superb use of selective focusing filled with lovely natural colour. My only negative comment is; the bokeh doesn't appear to be natural on my screen..
Excellent shot, Congrats
Best wishes

heel mooi portret John,
knap gemaakt weer.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16196 W: 159 N: 28237] (148514)
  • [2018-06-24 1:40]

Bonjour John
C'est un très bon portrait, excellente netteté ,qu'on peut y voir les moindres détails de sa peau, charmant regard vers vous, bien cadrer par le turban et sa barbe grise, tout bon DOF
Bon dimanche

Temps gris, seulement 13° ce matin

Hi John,
Excellent Portrait,
Great detail and composition and a good expression.
Very impressive.
Well done.
Best regards

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