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The temptress

The temptress
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7724 W: 431 N: 15226] (70104)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon Digital Ixus 750
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-12-08 8:36
Viewed: 2553
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A woman selling candy in the streets of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). I don't know whether she just made some business with these kids, or she is trying to convince them to buy more. I was just passing by and watched them for a brief moment, enough for a snapshot.

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Hello dear Gert,
Maybe not too old (as usual in your case) but still a good timeevidence.
I'm also not shure that the kids have bought (regarding to their sceptical habit) any candies.
Good pov and layout.
TFS and best regards

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13685 W: 0 N: 16026] (168148)
  • [2013-12-08 8:50]


sueprbe scčne et iamge colorée merveilleux que de jeune tout en beauté trčs belle iamge de cette jeunesse splendide.
Bravo et amitié

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3288 W: 0 N: 7482] (55057)
  • [2013-12-08 9:02]

The boys seem to be not convinced to buy sweets, very nice scene presenting the daily life in Saigon, well observed and captured
regards Ryszard

Hello Gert,
this is an interesting and amusing scene, a decisive moment and the moment of the decision:) I like very much the naturalness of your capture. The contrasting colours are vivid and agreeable, the foreground scene is somehow framed and isolated as the main point of interest. The atmosphere in the background is vibrant but in the foreground time has frozen. I like how the "temptress" looks mysterious and how the little boys have assumed three different expressions of doubt:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,

Ciao Gert, lovely daily life composition with nice people, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Gert
la guerra č lontana e nella cittā di Saigon č tornata la vita di tutti i giorni con le sue particolaritā che sei sempre a cogliere.
Anche in questa ottimo colpo d'occhio, colori vivaci ed una composizione ben fatta.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana

Dobro vece.
Lep trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa decom.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na -2008. godinu.

Good evening.
Beautiful moment ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice place and moment shown with children.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best with beautiful memories of -2008. year.

What a charming view of these school kids in uniform Gert, a merchant on the left is selling lollipops and sweets, excellent hues and high definition, thanks, have a good start of week, warm regards

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9448 W: 157 N: 15258] (122965)
  • [2013-12-08 11:32]

Witaj Gert!
Next curious scene, excellent reportage shot.
I like frame and superb colors.
Very well done.
Good evening

Hello Gert,

I had to laugh at this.
The boys seem totally unconvinced by her merchandise! Maybe that's because they already have hands full of goodies! I'm pretty sure that the youngsters I know would be goggle-eyed at all these sweets!
A charming daily life shot, totally candid.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1434] (7875)
  • [2013-12-08 13:56]

Hej Gert,
Din beskrivning av fotot ligger nog nära sanningen om man ser på barnens kroppsspråk. Två av de verkar i alla fall ha ett visst intresse av hennes utbud:) Fin ögonblicksbild där personerna på bilden inte är uppmärksammade på din närvaro. Skarpt o klart också, fint!


Ciao Gert
bello scatto, questi bambini sono molt espressivi e l'incontro con la venditrice ambulante, crea curiositā e interesse sui loro visi.

Good morning, Gert,
Just a little street story, every hero has got personal emotions on the face. And I can say, that the red tie is a symbol of young communist. I remember I had have the same red tie in my school years. But I could not be a communist, fortunately.
Have a nice week!

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2677 W: 1317 N: 2987] (38357)
  • [2013-12-08 23:13]

Hi Gert

A perfect street picture: we can see the different faces of the boys, one seems to resist while the other is tempted to buy some more candies. I like the uniforms of the pupils.
Warm regards

Hello Gert,
A shot that reminds me of my childhood and brings a smile to my face.
Very well captured the innocent look on these little boys. A natural daily life shot with good light and natural colors. Excellent and thanks for sharing.

Hi Gert,
Fine scene with the little students tempted by the sweets . Nice colors, fine everyday scene.
Enjoy a good week.


namaste Gert,
the composition is superb. A lively daily life scene with the children and the woman candy seller. Great tonal quality. Excellent subject with great depth. Very well done. Tfs.

Bonjour Gert,

Une trčs belle interaction entre la dame vendeuse de bonbons et les jeunes enfants. Une belle scčne de la vie quotidienne dans une ville trčs peuplée et animée.



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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2013-12-09 9:30]

Hello Gert,

You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the peculiar feature of two kinds of Vietnamese. One is a seller's triangular hat, and another is young student who wears blue uniform and red scarf. And, it's also impressive that two boy kids are watching a seller or candy curiously.

Kind regards,

Hej Gert,
De här barnen ser väldigt väluppfostrade ut. Det verkar som om det blir synnerligen svårt att fresta dem med mer godis. Men han i mitten verkar vara på god väg att falla för frestelsen. En fin bild iallafall!

Hello Gert,

Nice shot of the school children and the lollipop seller.The school all over the world have such sellers and if they don't then they are really missing something special.All the kids look upto such vendors and make up cookies and sweets though their saved pocket money.Great observation and well captured.TFS.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24280 W: 523 N: 40598] (174774)
  • [2013-12-10 3:09]

Hello Gert,

This is the world, a lot people try at young children the selling candy, anything for money.
We see clear the two boys look with a lot attention, maybe also with enthusiasm
A daily life shot, nice composition, lovely colours, sharpness makes everything nice.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Hello Gert - Children are children no matter where they live and sweet treats elicit wistful looks! I love the way the smaller boys are gathered around the sweet seller while the bigger children are busy with chatting and joking, that illustrates how things take on more importance as we get older. A lovely moment. Warm regards Rosemary

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  • Glint Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1049 W: 30 N: 1226] (6171)
  • [2013-12-10 13:30]

Hello Gert,
a daily life scene with interest. The sweet seller wears traditonal clothes, contrasting with the children's uniforms. I wonder what is being said? Nice sharp image.

Hola Gert
A pic with old only 5 years?

Interesting daily life where (my idea) the woman is ofering more candies and the children are not at all sures to buy
Well seen and taken at the right moment, good nobody noticed you

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2013-12-12 16:46]

Hello Gert,

This is a wonderful candid street shot and I think your title is very appropriate too!

However, I'm not sure if the Temptress is managing to convince these children to buy sweets and candies - at least two of the boys seem to be more interested in what appear to be small toy aeroplanes which they are holding. Interesting too that none of these children appears to suffer from obesity which is becoming all too common in children in Britain: is that a problem in Sweden?


Kind Regards,


Hi Gert
Children are good subject to capture as shown here and what glorious colors and moment full of enthusiasm with the seller. This is nicely framed with pleasant clarity and without doubt the strong dominating blues contribute alot in making this shot work and blend together neatly. Effective, striking and harmonious street capture, depiction of actual situation there and also speak to us directly. Excellent street people picture, Congrats.
Best regards

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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2013-12-17 17:30]

Hi Gert,

This takes me back to my childhood, and there were always some lady setting up the food stand just outside of the school and theatre, to temp us with all the sweets. I was a sucker for sweets, so I spent all my money on these ladies.

Excellent daily life image.


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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46933)
  • [2013-12-21 13:54]

Hi Gert!
Guess she has just found the perfect clients for her business:)! I like their different expressions, seems they are not well convinced:)!! A very good daily scene!

This little guy looks like my cousin. Nice capture of the interaction with good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.

There are something old and new for me here. It is the scarf that the children wore. I came from the Communist regime, I don't know if children still wear the red scarf in China or not.. maybe they still do.. we were told that the red scarf was a cut corner from the red flag and the color was dyed from communists soldiers' blood. I couldn't get my little head round... and I wasn't very good to be a little communist, so the teacher didn't give me the permission to wear it for my first three years till she left. The new one was not bothered, nearly everybody had one then...so I only had it for over one year. Another pointless exercises is that I was told it was the same way as to wear a tie, that I would never need to wear in my future life. You see, I'm still "traumatised" for.. whatever!:-D
Have a good day, Gert. Back soon again.

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