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ortrait of a Karo man (Omo Valley, Ethiopia).

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3 Comments | Report
Giuseppebarino December 04, 2018
In queste foto si scorge l'animo e la "naturalezza" dell'essere umano nella sua origine e tradizione,cosa che noi occidentali forse abbiamo perso già da una cinquantina di anni.
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rhysswatton December 20, 2018
this one has dead eyes seen that look
marcyerickson April 18, 2019
dead eyes & dead soul \u1F5A4 sad existence

Behind The Lens

The photo was taken in the Omo Valley (Ethiopia) during a two weeks trekking. The subjec is a warrior of the Karo tribe.
This photo was taken on December 2nd, 2017 at 5:24am.
As far as possible, I'm in use to take advantage of natural light. It is very important to check the weather forecast mostly if your journey plan doesn't allow to spend more than a couple of days on the site. In this case it was the natural light in the very early morning.
This image was shot on a Nikon D600 with a NIKKOR AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF ED VR lens without involving neither a tripod nor a flash.
I remember how difficult was to find a good position to be able to take the image in front of the warrior keeping as much as possible a natural expression. My aim was to realize a good composition from an interesting point of view and with a dramatic scenario. I spent a great among of time looking for the best combinations of those elements (availability of a great amount of time is one of the advanteges to be an habitual lonely traveler...). Fortunately, at the end the result was worth my efforts.
Yes, I do. I regulated shadows and lights by using Lightroom in order to bring out the details of the skin. Moreover, I decrease a bit the saturation of the skin and of the sky trying to making the picture a bit more dramatic, according to the main subject and scene.
In my camera bag
As a frequent traveller and backpacker adicted, my choise in term of gear is usually a good tradeoff between quality and size/weight. I use a body NIKON D600 and the following lens and filters: NIKKOR AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, NIKKOR AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF ED VR, NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED N VR, NIKKOR AF-S 50mm f/1.8G. Few accessories complete my equipment: KENKO Digital Filter Circular PL, MANFROTTO Tripod MK293A4-A3RC1, KAAVIE Tracolla fast release, METZ Flash Mecablitz 52 AF-1.
Concerning the composition, I suggest to move a lot in order to discover the best place to shot. In any case, it is very important to be able to create a good relationship with the subject in order to obtain as much as possible a natural expression.

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