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Ulana
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March 3, 2019 2:44 pm  

In January I travelled to Ethiopia. It was a bucket list country and the focus was on culture and people. To our recent discussion elsewhere, its taken some time and separation to work out how to approach the images. This first gallery is one of 3 or 4 "projects".

Towards the end of the trip when we arrived at the Suri Tribe. One of the photographers had been shooting on a black background through out and there was one communal black cloth available for those who wanted to try. When the sun was at its worst (+38C), we hung the cloth inside the dining tent and in the late afternoon, when the light softened, between two trees in the camp. The villagers, dressed up for the occasion in traditional (and sometimes a bit creative) headdress and face paint, were invited into the camp (and compensated to model). This was my first crack at formal portraiture (as opposed to environmental shots).

Sixteen Suri


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David Berman
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March 3, 2019 3:11 pm  

These are stunning photos. The focus, lighting, and composition are flawless. The people are colorful and I feel I have learned something about them from your photo essay.

David


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Raaj
 Raaj
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March 3, 2019 4:03 pm  

Absolutely terrific, Ulana!  Bravo Zulu!!


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Lucia Cooper
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March 3, 2019 4:14 pm  

Absolutely stunning! The black background and the very soft light are perfect--and, of course, the composition. My personal favorites are images #1 and #12--particularly the eyes in #1. In fact, I think I might dull down the gold ring on her left thumb so it doesn't take one iota of attention from those eyes.


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Ulana
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March 3, 2019 9:24 pm  

Thank you all for your kind comments. These were done in natural light and most at ISO of 1000 to 3200.

And Lucia, thank you for picking up on the distracting element in #1.  There is so much to learn in portraiture!   Coincidentally, the lady in  Suri 1 is the same as Suri 12 (left side).


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Lloyd Bloom
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March 4, 2019 5:35 pm  

I'm in awe!

Not only wonderful images, but they make me want to hear their stories, what the many designs mean.

Next time you are in Ann Arbor, I'm going to paint my face and body, get some black cloth, and see if you can make me look that good.

Cheers,
lloyd


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Ulana
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March 4, 2019 11:38 pm  

You crack me up Lloyd.  Honestly everyone,  I am overwhelmed by this response.  What started as a step outside the box had proved to be a lesson in not only photography but why one should step outside the box!

You guys have given me the confidence to submit these as a series to a photo contest.   I am allowed from 2 to 8.  Which ones would you choose and how would you sequence?  Think of this as a lesson in selecting and sequencing a series.

Thank you for your kind comments.  I really am chuffed.

 


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Ulana
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June 7, 2019 9:19 pm  

This series has been published in Shades of Color Magazine.  The link is below.  This magazine (and its sister publication Shades of Grey) take submissions from photographers.  You might want to consider that for your own work.

https://shadesofcolormagazine.com


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Raaj
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June 8, 2019 8:07 am  
Posted by: Ulana

This series has been published in Shades of Color Magazine.  The link is below.  This magazine (and its sister publication Shades of Grey) take submissions from photographers.  You might want to consider that for your own work.

https://shadesofcolormagazine.com

Congratulations, Ulana!  Well done!

Cheers!


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