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a woman in Bhutan

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A few months ago I was so lucky to have the opportunity to travel to Bhutan. I planned the trip, because I wanted to see the black necked cranes. I managed to see them and it was wonderful. I was impressed with the people I met. So nice and friendly and a wonderful sense of humor. This woman was shopping at the market in Paro.
Time
The photo was taken around lunch time, the bright day light reduced by the market stalls.
Lighting
I took the picture at ISO 400, f 2.8, 1/1000, to allow for a shallow focus.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D5, no tripod, a 200 mm lens.
Inspiration
Well, most of the time I do nature photography, birds, dragonflies etc. One of my best friends told me that she likes my portraits so much. Every year I make a calendar with portraits for her and all year long I try to take a number of portraits. In Bhutan I was fascinated by the friendliness of the people. Most of the time I asked the permission to take a picture, a wonderful way to start a conversation. At some point I asked farmers, who were harvesting rice, whether I could take some pictures. They started laughing and told me that I had to work a little first. I learned , how to harvest rice and we had a wonderful time. For this photo I too a 200mm lens. The woman in the photo did not notice that I took the photo or may be she did. In any case she started smiling. Every age has its beauty that you can see in this botox free country.
Editing
I used light room to convert into black and white and did a little cropping
In my camera bag
That depends. I usually have a Nikon D5 in my bag. I work with different lenses. In the summer for walks in nature I carry a macro lens. There is always a chance to see an interesting dragon fly. When I follow the cranes, which I love so much, I have a Nikon 600 mm lens. That works only with a tripod or a bean bag when I stay in the car. I love the 600 mm lens, traveling can be a pain. It never gets on board without gun powder checks by airport security. And it is quite heavy of course. For street photography I like my 200 mm lens.
Feedback
The regulations for taking photos of people varies from country to country quite a bit, one should be aware of the culture and the regulations and stay out of trouble. It is always a good idea to ask for permission out of respect. In a crowded place like a market, a fair, in the streets that does not always make sense, though. Photography is about light, of course. But it is much easier to take a good photo of a person, a landscape, an animal that is fascinating. Fascination and love is for photography as important as salt is to a good dish.

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