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Copyright: Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-13
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: CANON EOS 400D, Canon 18-55/3.5-5.6 EF-S USM EOS Digital, 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Impressive Shots, Portraits, More than 300 points to 400 - (photos), aren't people fascinating?, More than 200 points to 300 – photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-16 7:37
Viewed: 13421
Favorites: 46 [view]
Points: 307
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We all dream, don't we? We dream of new apartments, a vacation, new cars, new cameras, new lenses perhaps ... but what does SHE dream of? She, an old widow, with a stick and a bag among all her worldly belongings, who does not know where her next meal will come from, who sits outside a temple hoping pilgrims will take pity upon her, what does she dream of? That look of contentment tells me she has just fulfilled one of them. An icecream stick, a huge luxury by her standard, is all she needs. How meagre ones dream can be!!

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Moving picture and a moving note which makes me think how fortunate we are. Photographic very good quality with details.

Hello Sabyasachi,
She certainly seems to be savouring her ice cream. The simple dreams are often the best ones. Very good portrait with her expression of delight beautifully captured. Excellent tones and sharpness.

Asadharon chobi, jeno ekebare jibonto, monitor theke beriye asche. The best thing ofcourse is that look of fulfillment.

The contrast is the best thing in this picture. The green ice candy and her sun burnt skin tell opposite stories. The note shows the disparity between the rich n the poor. A classic you have here.

Beautiful shot!!! :D This is great, so great! You could win prizes with this photo!!!


HI Sabya Da,
Very impressive picture and note too. Yes a melting ice cream is so important for her that it is like dream comes true. TE pe shayad ye pehla picture hai jisko dekh ke aankho me aasu aa gaya, rula diya. Nothing more to say...

Sabya da you are great...


Niraj Sinha

Hi Sabyasachi,

How very true a statement, this photo reminds us to be thankful for everything we have.

The portrait shot is superb and you have done a great job in capturing her enjoyment.

Best regards,

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  • partha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1318 W: 85 N: 1306] (14023)
  • [2007-05-16 7:54]

Hi dada,
Just gt my broad band connection. Now I can get much time to keep in contact with internet.
Regarding this is shot, I am saying an exceptional shot. The great merry moment u have captured.Excellent timing. Every inches are great .
Into my fav.

hello Sabyasachi
What a nice photo!The colors are splendid!I like very much this woman's skin,with much details and so beatiful color!I also like her pensives eyes,this is a great expression you have captured here!Your note is very touching and shows the injustices of this world.Congratulations.

Hello Sabyasachi. The old woman is at the moment only busy to enjoy their water ice. Nobody really knows, about what she thinks. The photo is outstanding composed and coloured co-ordinated. One could also call it with "moments of happiness". Really very beautifully and emotional. Best regards, Wolfgang.

Hello Sabyasachi

What a amazing picture, Outstanding POV and compostion with good colours and excellent texture. The portait itself a great but you add in some fabolous moment too . Green ice cream on her hand is very intresting and very attracting. Again i would like to say, what a capture of "Great Moment".

Note is really very impressive.

kind regards

rajiv kumar

Picture wonderfully composed with superb colours, contrast and sharpness. By her facial expression, the old lady seems delighted with the simple icecream. Well done.

Hi Saby,
How funny, we both post a photo of an old lady today.
Very nice face expression with the icecream she is sucking. I see some pp work, but that bothers me, i like it the way you present it here.
Nice shot...very nice.
Regards, Henk

Olá Sabyasachi!
Bela imagem da senhora se lambuzando com o sorvete! Parece ser de Kiwi! A nitidez e as cores estão excelentes!
Parabéns e Abraço!

hi sabyasachi
what a amazing photo, she seems to very appreciate her ice cream, i like the green colours on her dark skin and the joyful expression on her eyes.
great shot again.

cheers didier

Hi Sabyasachi.

Excellent colours, moment, sharpness....

Again, a masterpiece!!!

Rgs, Oscar

I agree with Leo, a very moving picture. But despite that, her eyes smile, I think at this moment she must have been as happy as a child with a brand new toy (and obviously it was something to eat...).

Hello Sabyasachi,

to me it is one of your most pretty portraits you have made! The woman face with her happiness with the ice cream.
The colors contrast made by the colorful fabrics and her face was wonderful.

Thanks for this moment

Hi Sabya, this one is a pearl !!!
No doubt that is one of your best contributions
Everything is good here, and the must is the fluo green ice cream ;)

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  • kabe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 175 W: 1 N: 27] (2011)
  • [2007-05-16 8:52]

It's very good artistic photos, for composition and the good shot, for the expression and the look is nice in the colours and the scene.

Hello Sabyada,

Kichu bolaar nai..!! I have watched this shot for 15 mins and now i am writing the comment...oshadharon compo.>!!the skin tone of the old lady is amazing..how did u get that...

The aesthetics behind this shot is larger than the shot itself..!! The thought which must have come into your mind while writing the note is the true identification of your soul and I respect it...

Just amazing..!!! the expressions of the lady when looked at, keeping in mind the kind of dreams we have ..will surely make any one's eyes moist.>!!!

thanks for touching TE's emotional string thru this shot..!!



amazing moment (& now i really want an icecream ;) i like the light on her face & the green 'element' really makes the difference.


All talk of POV, Colour, PS etc just melts before your note.

Nothing to say.


hi sabya...
subject...pp..everything are good...well done....SUBIR

What a wonderful portrait. I love the extacsy on her face from the popsicle. The little drip on the side of her mouth shows you how much she loves it. Your colors are very rich as usual and framed very nicely.

good appetite for old lady

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  • sayan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 559 W: 76 N: 686] (2617)
  • [2007-05-16 9:58]
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What a post! Wonderful! The expression, the tone, the colours and the satisfaction on her face-exceptionally well captured! Beautiful post once again. Only part I would like to point out is the right portion of the photo. That part is a bit disturbing, since the yellow and blue colour is taking my eyes towards that. May be a crop was necessary, but then the aspect ration would be odd! So I am not very sure here.



Hello Sabyasachi,
A marvelous portrait of this elderly lady enjoying her treat. In spite of her advanced age we can still the little girl's sparkle in her eyes just like the first time she enjoyed her first icecream stick. Great work!

A great subject and a moving image, Sabyasachi. A very good note too. However, it is way over saturated and contrasty for my taste. It gives it a very sharp edge. But that's just the way i see it. I think it would work better and be more moving is it were is softer , more natural, contrast. regards kevin

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  • Cormac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
  • [2007-05-16 10:33]

Wow, fantastic shot! The character in her face is amazing, and the detail in this shows everything so clearly that it is almost like being there. Good note too, really adding to the feeling of the shot. Outstanding work!

An excellent portrait. Very good colours and details in this shot. Nice camera work!
Best wishes,

ami jato jan TE member er sathe kotha bolechi, sakolei ekmot j tomar chobir upor kono katha hobe na, bar bar amar money hoyeche, tomar chobite comment ar critique konotai kora jabe na, sudui admire kora jay.
slg to prayi aso, asle ekbar janio, dekha korbo.

Hi Sabyasachi,
This is a wonderful portrait of this lady!
I like so much your close approach, and all the textures and colours got in this image.
The colour contrast made by the green ice cream melting and running on by her face is just so great.
I think that the inclusion of the stick and bag put the spectator into the ambient of the shot.
The way you depicted the old lady really touches me.
You had created a remarkable image from the frozen instant in the daily life of this lady.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Olá Sabyasachi, good sensitive note and title for this outstanding portrait. Another one, I mean! What a moment you captured here. Look at those green 'tears' of joy rolling down from her mouth. Impressive quality, strong contrasts and colors. Congratulations on this one, my friend.
With greetings from Lisbon,

very good photo Sabyasachi,
a fantastic pov with a good dof, a fantastic details and good light, very good photojob here, well done.
gr. jaap

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  • faubry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3066 W: 340 N: 4524] (35447)
  • [2007-05-16 14:20]

wowwwwwwwwww superb image, warm color, strong colors, i like really, great work
take care

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  • robiuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1691 W: 182 N: 2458] (10807)
  • [2007-05-16 14:53]

I like this one, Sabyasachi, even though
I can feel there was a lot of PP work
involved here to bring this capture to this
pleasing level.
A surreal image with her consuming this
greenish-coloured ice cream as it is something
that's on her everyday's menu.
But it isn't, so it is a dream after all.

Bonsoir Sabyasachi
toujours cette excellente qualité que l'on reconnais dans tes photos. C'est une très belle photo qui mérite un énorme succès... B R A V O

A most touching scene here in a different light to highlight your note.
The tones are superb.

Hello Saby,
You are a great specialist of portraits, this is amazing, very great quality and fine details, very well done, congratulations.

Tak care Sabya, lest the green drops of ice cream falls down. Man, you have depicted the emotions well both through your notes and though your shot.How touching this one is, how true is the face, how live is the feeling....Dear Tendulkar...yeh dil maange more

Hi Sabyasachi. Well I must say the colors and saturation are both amazing in this one. You've captured a real grittiness that I just love. The black background keeps our eyes on the focal point. Excellent shot Sabyasachi!

Hello Sabyasachi
She seems to enjoy intensely her fluorescent green ice cream and I like her sweet expression, which reminds me a small girl. Nice details, colors and framing.
Have a nice day

Its got to be one of your best portraits..the dark background, the expression on her face, the melting ice-cream dripping down her cheek like a little girl, her belongings; its such a REAL shot..and as always "ekta ashaadharan" note.
3 cheers SabyaDa

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2007-05-17 1:27]

Hola Sabyasachi.
Another excellent portrait, a perfect shot. Love the way she is enjoying the ice cream, beautiful expression. Nice and emotive note.
Very well done. TFS.
Best regards.

Hi Sabya,
WOW! This is for sure one of your greatest portraits, and not only a portrait of an old Indian lady. This is the portrait of desire, a powerful and hundred year old desire, caught at the happy climax! Her satisfied look, the object of desire disguised here as a fluorescent ice cream, the trickling molten drop of ice... Such a powerful image. Excellently done. Great applause for this!!!

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  • vincz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
  • [2007-05-17 4:30]

Excellent Sabyasachi! her facial expression is so well catched, about to reach nirvana! Incredible textures everywhere on the picture, your mark of fabric I would say. Wonderful contrast, sharpness. Perfect PP.

Her eyes, my friend. An open book. Everything is writen on these eyes, feelings, dreams, wishes, satisfaction, . Amazing expression. Amazing photo. For my opinion this is one of the best portraits that I have seen .
My respects

You have surpassed youeself. This is a most amazing portrait. We can't fail to be emotionally effected by this and that surely is the mark of excellent work. The act of eating her lolly and the drip melting down her face; the expression in het yes. Wonderful work....again.

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  • jasmis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3162 W: 831 N: 3819] (58603)
  • [2007-05-17 5:52]

Another splendid gem in your collection. Superb portrait of an old woman. Really makes impression.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards from Poland!

Hi sabyasachi
only one word!
regards dilane

Dear Sabyasachi,
Great shot. What an expressive and suggestive photo. Excellent timing and refined composition. Very good colours and superb quality. Great impression, indeed. Congratulations.
Have a nice day, thank you

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15562 W: 159 N: 27210] (142886)
  • [2007-05-17 7:56]

Hi Sabyasachi,
Magnifique portrait de cette vielle dame, qui appréçie fortement ce glaçon ou la couleur flache sur son teint brun foncé, excellent cadrage et couleurs, complment
have a nice day

Hello sabyasachi, an image which has extraordinary piqué, it is true that in this kind of poor country, or it there with very little industry, it is clears up it and the least occasion to survive is to be seized, in my opinion that must be sad of knowing that one can nothing not make there, or if little, sincerely

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14372 W: 1040 N: 28868] (136972)
  • [2007-05-17 8:55]

Hi Sabyasachi

Good portrait & daily life scene with an appropriate, philosophical note. Excellent colour lighting & dof. Tfs!

Hello Sabyasachi! I opened this yesterday when I actually was supposed to work, and you deeply touched me with this one. The photo does not need many words, it goes its own way. Nevertheless your words further help to understand what is going on. The colors are superb and strong and you can see how much she enjoys the cold sweet. Wonderful. Barbara.

Absolute Masterpiece, Sabyasachi!!! This lady has the key to the happiness and it`s attached to her headwear :-)

Hi Sabyasachi,
Well done shot. WONDERFUL and SUPERB portrait.
Colors and contrast are very well.
Lines in her face and her eyes show us passing years.
Also, your fable is so impressive.
Best Wishes.
Emir Nedim

The compo and sharpness are just as usual - perfect - but that woman is really unique.She looks so happy and playful.A shot that made me happy, thank you!

Hi Talukdar
Congrats for yet another outstanding portrait.Expession of delight in eating ice cream is wonderful.

WONDERFUL PORTRAIT! Her expression is fantastic, she really enjoy the icecream.
Color are amazing.

Hi Sabyasachi
An ice-cold dream....Lovely old woman enjoying her dream....very good picture of her.
greetings Albrecht

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-17 16:14]

Hi Sabyasachi!
Fantastic portrait of this old lady.You captured a great moment and show very well that some icecream is a great delight for all ages.I`m sure her wonderful expression would have been the same ,80 or 90 years ago....
Congratulation for this fantastic portrait.

Hi Sabyasachi,
Very impressive and amazing shot. Excellent portrait with her expression, colours and details. Great work my dear friend...
All the best...
Ali Rıza

speachless, me...
man, deep bow before this unusual portrait...
best, j.

Hello Sabyasachi,
I am just so impressed with this image and your note. You could not have possibly done any better then what you have. It is just glorious in more ways then one. Very impressed.
Cheers, from Australia,

Hi Sabyasachi,
A wonderful portrait with heading/note by you. It shows the level of super talent hidden in you. Keep on expressing it on this website. TFS

Hi Sabyaschi,
A truly nice portrait of the old lady she has a lot of character in her face, very nice tones and sharpness, she certinly dose seem to be enjoying that ice Lolly,
Regards Irene

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2007-05-17 23:44]

Dear Sabyasachi
This IS a quality shot…the expression on her face of immense satisfaction, the wrinkles on her face & hands, the short hair. I agree with your keeping her lathi & other belongings on the right. Possibly one of your finest portraits...I may dare say! The note you’ve written touches a chord
Best wishes

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  • Wanda1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1312 W: 50 N: 2538] (15142)
  • [2007-05-18 1:08]

Hi Sabyasachi,
A touching and expressive portrait, the sharp details are simply wonderful. I think you have captured a true moment of hapiness for this lady. It's the simple dreams that are often the best and most rewarding.

Amazing details and colours in this wonderful composition, Sabyasachi !
Very well managed the light and framed the picture
TFS and greetings from Portugal

probably the best picture and the best note i have ever come across in TE.

Such a powerful picture!

- straight into my favorites....

Well done Sabya!

With best regards

Hello Sabyasachi,
One of your best. It affects my spirit. Wonderful tech details. Congatulations! Danilo

Hello Sabyasachi, ""Mr. P" (for publisher).
Angshuman, the banker, is "Mr. B", and he has been referring to me as "Prof. A". This is another of your "homerun" portraits. The colors and texture, composition, density, and definition are superlative. The note is beautifully written as if by a successful author, rather than a publisher. But then, you are both.
Warm regards from Virginia, where we are 10 hours behind you, I believe.
"Prof. A"

Wonderful job my dear friend! This is a masterpiece! What to critique! The fine light, the marvelous colors. Excellent!

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  • polter Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 413 W: 142 N: 397] (7239)
  • [2007-05-18 17:37]

Great, beautiful and human to the bone photo. Fulfillment - yes, that is that. And Im looking also at the keys - are they for any real use ? Or are they an adornment only ? what a significant one. Absolutely a gem amongst gems. Greetings T.

Hi Sabyasachi,
What an image!Your note explain very well the moment you captured here.Very enjoyable!

Wishes for the weekend,

merhaba dear sabyasachi
wonderful portrait picture.wonderful old woman and colours.well done.
friendly greetings from türkiye.
gürkan akçakır.

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  • ls7902 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 986 W: 194 N: 1670] (7348)
  • [2007-05-18 22:57]

Hi Sabyasachi,
A superb portrait. The quality, colors, and density reminds me of what I used to see in National Geographic or Life magazine. I really have no idea how you could achieve such a result. Excellent work. Regards. Latiff.

Hello Sabyasachi,
Probably the very best picture I have seen on TE lately. A portrait which will surely stay in my mind eternally.Congratulations !
Best wishes- Izzet

Wow Sabya, this is a stunning image!!!
what a great expression of joy from this woman!
wonderful the signs of the time in the face..in the hand..
A great composition with incredible lights and colours!
the moment is fantastic as your note!

Hello Sabyasachi,
This is why already told that you are a gifted artist, because you seem to capture not only their face but their souls too. Look at her so delighted with a simple ice cream. The bit of ice cream flowing through the corner or her mouth gives the sensation that she's really delighted eating it and after this nothing else matters, her dream is realised.
As always the composition and the portrait's details are of outstanding quality.

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4828 W: 622 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2007-05-19 20:40]

Hi Sabyasachi
She really seems to enjoy a simple act of eating ice cream... She has enjoyment written all over her face! Nice color tones and contrast... Great framing. She got mischievous look in her eyes.

Hello My friend Sabyasachi.
Just superb composition. The portrait, the details and colors are just out of this world. The sharpness... superb. I wish you a good Sunday. Best regards. Salvator.

I commend you for this poinient shot. The green dripping from her lips and her eyes say it all. This is a powerful photograph.

Cheers, Baron

Hi Sabyasachi,

Wow! This a magnificent portrait, a moment unique. One can feel the joy of this old woman, underlined, I think, by the color of the ice against the dark bacground at left. The contrasted colors are like a sign of a contrast more deep: the hard and long life, and the moments for the pleasure, for the luxury, for the dreams. However, the life goes on, and this is in some occasions sad, bui it's the real life, also present in this marvellous shot! Fantastic! Thanks. Best regards,


i guess this is the photo of pure happiness... simply perfect.. congratulations sabya...


Salut Sabyasachi,
Great one !
The woman's face is very impressive, and of course the colors are wonderful with a great contrast of this vivid green.

Dear Sabyasachi,
your shot touched me deeply. Your portraits always are inspiration for me, despite I can't make good photos of humans, but of a nature. You succeed to transfer the history and the feeling of the objects in your works and I think this is a great talent and really blessing.
Wish you all good!
Silvia from Bulgaria.
P.S Did you use HDR effect (high dynamic range) in your photography?

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2801 W: 157 N: 4803] (19762)
  • [2007-05-22 23:47]

Wow, Sabyasachi! What a nice realism!The skin colour and textures, the ice-cream... wow! Its really a nice capture! Another impressive work from your excellent gallery. Congratulations!

Hi Sabyasachi,

What a moving and powerful image, a stunning portrait!


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  • jrj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
  • [2007-05-24 10:10]

Impressive work here S. The details, the light the contrast - everything at the best. Outstanding result..

amazing. I cannot add anything that hasn't already been said. But this is definately worth a smiley!

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  • toto Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2832 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-25 12:34]

Belle photo de ce personnage magnifique que vous avez su bien prendre et nous montrer cette personne avec son aspect vieillot,et superbe a la fois. cette lueur dans ses yeux nous donne la sensation qu' elle éprouve un grand plaisir a manger cette glace ou peut etre a poser pour vous??? Amitiés Thomas

Sabyasachi, you are truly an amazing photographer, an artist. No need to talk about sharpness, dof, pov and the like in your photos because they are already perfect. What strikes me most is your subjects and the rare moment you manage to capture them. Looking at your work gives me goose bumps as they are so moving, so profound. I really admire you. Congrats.

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2007-05-27 18:32]

Hello Sabyasachi,
A great photo,one of the best portraits in TE.

Hello Sabyasachi,

What an excellent photo you got here. Extremely sharp, well focus, and well exposed. The detail of the skin color is just superb. Nice colors too. A superb portrait

Greeting from PP.

Ola Sabyasachi fantastico retrato desta senhora idosa , muito bonito !!Parabens!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Superb, Sabyasachi.... that expression... the green drop from her ice cream on her old lovely face... exquisite portrait, no wonder you have had so many praises that I would like to join...
Greetings from Ottawa

Hi Sabyasachi!

Excellent shot, very dramatic ( note is very useful but photo tells us everything) Very good capture. Both, so sad so amazing .



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  • plimrn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
  • [2007-06-01 10:14]

Dear Sabyasachi,
I can almost taste that cool, sweet-tart flavor that the woman savors from the wonderful detail of your photo. I continue to be amazed at people's ability to find joy in difficult circumstances. You have a rare ability to capture this in the photos you share with us. I like your updated profile note; you make a greaty contribution to this community.
HLJ, Pat

Eating ice-creams is usually something that we associate with childhood, so here the fact the she is an old woman gives the image even more impact. Your right, she really looks like she's enjoying it, and I like how you caught the few dribbles escaping from her mouth.
I'm not too sure about the abrupt transition from light to the pitch darkness of the background on the left; the contrast with the bright colours in the rest of the image is a little too strong.
Nevertheless, this is a really superb character study, one of your best, Sabyasachi.


Touching but at the same time beautiful... A beautiful portrait of a moving story...
Well done, many details and good colors.
Congratulations Sabyasachi !
Greetings from Recife-Brazil,

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2007-06-04 12:13]

Hi Sabyasachi,

Marvellous and tenderizing portrait. In addition to photographic qualities which are undeniable, I like much the glance of delight of this woman. The icecream must be very good. Congratulations and thank you for this beautiful work.

With all my friendships fo France,


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  • prumod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1085 W: 148 N: 296] (8300)
  • [2007-06-05 11:20]

hi sabya...
nicely clear photo with funny daily life moments... perfect contrast, not only in colors also in the habit!

Stunning picture! such an usual image of the old lady enjoying an ice cream. Amazing colors

Wow, this is amazing!. This portrait, together with Henk's today's post, are one of the best ever seen.
This picture would be good with or w/o PP. If you can, could you post the orginal as a WS?
I'll be back for :-) (done)

Hi Sabyasachi,

Your works every day are better and I am always surprised when I observe these portraits, this image is impressive, full of force and a great naturalness, the control of the light is perfect and creates contrasts and perfect textures. Congratulations and thanks to share.


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  • veve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 13 N: 546] (4189)
  • [2007-06-16 15:22]

Hi Sabyasachi,
Superb portrait!The expression is perfect!
I love the colors,the lighting,the composition and the details!
Best regards,

Darkening the left half of the frame was a genius move. It makes the woman and the bright colors stand out really well. The expression on her face is priceless. The color of the icecream against her skin is wonderful. I really love this shot. Well done. This is my favorite shot of yours, and you have some great ones.

hello sabyasachi,

your photos just make me speechless everytime i am at your gallery..
splendid portrait photo!
thanks for sharing


Hi Sabyasachi,

how touching.

Hello Sabyasachi,
What shall I add, to all what's been written about this great capture.
So many stories can be read on that great face !
Very well done my dear friend in India.
TFS and my warmest regards from İstanbul

Great timing Sabya, outstanding portrait, what does it for me is the strange radioactive colour of the popsicle, and the traces oozing down her cheeks.

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2007-06-26 4:56]

Namaste Sabyasachi. A powerful reminder of the stark inequalities in the world, in the lottery of life. The expression is priceless- a little bit of Nirvana in the here and now. Exceptional details, great mastery of loght. Regards. Klaudio.

Very nice one. A good note too. Couldn' help but notice the bunch of keys tied to the piece of cloth next to her ear. Makes one wonder what secret dreams she has kept locked up somewhere.

amazing sharpness and amazing expression in her face



Hello Sabyasachi, you are one of the best people photographers here on TE and this is such a wonderful shot, it particularly stands out with your note that make us think about different world than ours. I'll be adding you to my favorites to learn more from you. Lucie

I cant believe u make SUPER portraits...

An absolutely stunning image Sabyasachi - the relationship to your model is wonderful and her uninhibited enjoyment of that ice lolly perfectly captured - a pin point high quality pic with excellent colour rendition.

best wishes Kev

Every single portrait that you have in your gallery is way of expressing oneself and bunch of feelings...this one is the best one I have ever seen in my life!!
the ice cream which flow from her lips is just perfect and her smile and happiness is so nice..

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  • abdur Silver Star Critiquer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 2] (81)
  • [2007-07-10 22:17]

Wow! This one is just excellent. A colorful and meaningful hard-to-find shot. Thanks a lot.

Great photograph, amaizing the moment captured!

If I were to give away this year's Grand Pix prize for a photo, it would have been this photo of yours. I salute to thee, Savya da. With single stroke, you became my favourite. I won't log out of TE without looking for a new photo from you.

Sushant Singhal

Pictures like this one open my eyes to the situation that many people suffer around the world. Poverty is a disease that should be eliminated once and for all. I also wonder what she was thinking as she enjoyed the popsicle under the heat of India. A beautiful picture with a very emotive theme. Thanks Sabyasachi.


Hi Sabyasachi,

This is such an amazing picture, very moving! I liked the colors of the skin? Would appreciate if you can let me know the technique you use for portraits.

I had a look at your gallery and other picutres and they are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Thank you,

Hello Sabyasachi,
The old woman is at the moment only busy to enjoy their water ice.
well done

You have me stumped..the sharpness, the clarity, the expression..lovw the tones..Thanks for sharing.



If I had the power, i would give a pulitzer prize for this picture.

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  • KKar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 118 W: 0 N: 76] (486)
  • [2007-08-02 1:30]

I saw the picture yesterday and i can not stop thinking of it. You managed to capture the perfect moment of enjoyment. It will remain in my minf for ever. and definately in my favorits list
Thank you

very good portait ,very beautiful

Hi Sabyasachi, this is incredible potrait,
fantastic shot, touching one.

Hello Sabyasachi

very very good picture

hanif khattak

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  • mikeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1327 W: 90 N: 1756] (12129)
  • [2007-08-24 13:30]

Dear Sabyasachi...
What an incredible photo...
The sharpeness and colours...
Simply unbelievable...
And the story...

What a world...

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  • Ram_89 (52)
  • [2007-08-28 2:41]

Wonderful portrait! Nice colours and a very deep message!

Look at that expression! When have you last seen bliss like that? When have you felt that way when eating an ice cream she sure knows things we don't. A wonderful timeless picture conveying a simple wisdom of the ages..

OMG !!

Great portrait !!
Absolutely stunning:
great POV, strong colors, great sharpness....

and "eye-catching green" of ice-cream


Sabyasachi :(
I have seen all your pictures and i find them (exept few) verry sadly. Quality is perfect but ideas are terrible sick. If the only matter to you is points is ok ....but i am sure that india is not hell and have own Prettiness.
I will never more see your pictures ....


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  • sagar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 62 N: 417] (2410)
  • [2007-10-14 7:14]

Hi Sabyasachida,
I'm not going to say that its a real good one,you've heard that many a times before. I would just say that you brought tears to these eyes!!!Not a joke, its true.I know this woman, and sometimes given her alms,but never found her face lit up with such a divine ecstacy. This is really touching!!!
I would say the people who see this shot as reresentation of the Indian poor are mere dumbs(with due respect to their freedom of commenting),as they fail to preceive the divine light that is in the face of this woman.

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  • meb Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 25 N: 76] (766)
  • [2007-11-15 3:18]

Hi Sabyasachi,
I'm sure you don't need points! You are reporting what you see around you, this is something we call "life", and it is unfortunately not the same for all of us. This picture is amazing for its perfection, but it is also moving, it tells us something, it teaches us something new (or never really understood before). I think this is one reason to post here: look at what it is outside.
My compliments

Ohhh Sabyasachi!!!
no need to say nothing more...
Just marvelous shot with a story back...
A smile (and straight to my fav's!)

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2255 W: 203 N: 2719] (12516)
  • [2007-12-10 15:54]

Hi Saby. An amazing portrait of this old lady. The skin is very special. Well composed and presented. Congratulations on your fine gallery. TFS. Murray.

Looks like a work of art! Great colour and composition.

Hi Sabyasachi.

I hope its not too late to add my views here! I really can't belive how good this picture is! I saw this a few days ago and put it straight into my favourites in case I lost it again! Everything about this picture is perfect! I love the lime green ice lolly here, especially the bit thats running down her face! Also your note is so true!

Thank you so much for sharing this!


As I am going to India november this year I just let me explore Your folio with India shots - It is very impressive!

Hi Sabyasachi,
that's one of the best TE image ever!!!
No words for that! Just great!

reminds me of Indir Thakrun of Pather Panchali! The harsh green colour of the icecream makes a striking contrast with her rugged ebony skin. The icecream symbolizes the luxurious India, a fad of the rich; and this character represents the poverty stricken basic India. The two colours cannot balance each other, since it's impossible to dream of such a harmony. Hence, the harsh contrast! Awesome, man!

You have a very good eye Sab. Congratulations!

Solidarity from Timor-Leste

Namaskar Sabyasachi
As a rather new Trekerthian i just discovered your gallery and I'm glad i did
unfortunately I see that you've been inactive for more than a year. Hope we'll have your talent again on TE

Great photo with such a brilliant subject. I like the way you have caught colors in the frame whereas in Indian society widows are debaared to have colors in life, I like the fact that the icecream she is having is also richly colored.

Your photo scores full marks on technical and content front.

I really see a story here & love the way you have made comfortable for this shot! Excellent capture of emotions!

lovely shot,well seen and captured,

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  • akh Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 23] (277)
  • [2010-02-23 22:23]

Dear vSabyasachi,

What an amazing portrait is it. It makes you feel her so deeply. Techically it's amazingly charp and well composed with verynice color of that ice cream.
Piece of Art in my point of view.



A wonderful picture.... masterpiece. U have captured a perfect moment. Good colours and exposure. Thanks for sharing.

Ashadharon chobi, dekhley chokhey jol eshey jaye

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  • sta Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 1 N: 13] (170)
  • [2010-07-04 9:05]

Hi Sabyasachi..

Very great momment I think, and very interesting of your choose in title..
Overall, I like the cropping and your choise to keep showing of her stuff on the right one. Thanks for sharing..



Ei chhobi ta dekhe bak shakti hariye phelechhi..
sotti aamra kato kichhu r swapno dekhi aar seta na pele mon kharap kori athochho amader ashe-pashe manush kato chhoto khato jinish peyeo santushto thaken, shukhey thaken, anandye thaken...
ei photo ta niye kono comment korar ba rating deyar jogyota amar nei.. tai favorites ye add kore rakhlam. ei photo ta bhishon inspiring, in terms of photography to botei and also otherwise.

Thanks for sharing this.

Best Regards,

Ciao dear Sabyasachi,
I have looked at the your unbelievable gallery, and I have to tell you that you are really an excellent photographer. It's really difficult to choose a photo to comment, because they are all very beautiful ones, true masterpieces, especially the portraits, captured with marvelous intensity. With your photos you capture the soul of the people, their expression shows their moment of life. Today I have chosen this meaningful portrait, perhaps a portrait of daily life, but surely an intense and pleasant portrait. Sincere congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice day!

Very nice..A wonderful portrait with too much clarty.. I can see those age wrinkle and its perfectly captured with brilliance.


Very nice portrait

moving. excellent expression.!

Hello Sabyasachi
Amazing portrait.Wonderful photography

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