Rifle and Son

Portrait of a Karo man with his child (Omo Valley, Ethiopia).

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Portrait of a Karo man with his child (Omo Valley, Ethiopia).

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6 Comments | Report
Trainmanuk PRO+
Trainmanuk September 30, 2019
Truly awesome picture.
RobertoPazzi November 21, 2019
Thanks a lot!
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bobbytaylor71 January 31, 2020
Incredible image/scene ... Outstanding skill ... Congrats on your awards.
MidnightRider April 30, 2020
Just an amazing photograph. So much to be told in this shot.
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CynKllr613 May 22, 2020
This is one of the best photos I think I've ever seen
LAMONTEMA July 16, 2020
I was compelled to write a comment of this very dramatic image of a father and son with a rifle. Normally I do not like to like or award images that condone or promote violence. This image is IMO the exception that demonstrates or highlight that any culture of people has the right to defend its people or family and self determine their future for survival. Very powerful image! :-)
Abdelghafour December 09, 2020
Wonderful shot i love it

Behind The Lens

The photo was taken in the Omo Valley (Ethiopia) during almost a two weeks travel across the tribes living in the valley. The subjec is a Karo man with his child.
Dec 2nd, 2017 at 5:55am.
As far as possible, I'm used to take advantage only of the natural light. In this case I decided to shot during the dawn to try to capture the smooth light and shadows as well as the warm color of the sunlight.
Nikon D600 with a Nikon AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF ED VR lens without involving a tripod
I'm used to spend some time with people/tribe of my reportages to be able to learn something more about their culture and to make them relaxed with my presence in the village. The culture of Karo people inspired me to take this photo. My intent was to try to resume in one shot the Karo culture represented by their well known body painting art, their necklaces but also the presence of the weapons in contrast with the love for their family. The valley landscape in the background completed the composition. I remember how difficult was to find a good position to be able to take an image that could describe the subjects as well as her culture. My aim was to realize a good composition from an interesting point of view.
Yes, I did. I regulated shadows, lights and color palettes to bring the details of the skin and decoration out. Moreover, I decrease a bit the saturation to make the picture a bit more dramatic, according to the main subject and scene.
In my camera bag
As a traveller and backpacker adicted, my choise in term of gear is usually a good tradeoff between quality and size/weight. Bodies: Nikon D600, Nikon D810. Lenses: Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G ED, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, Nikon AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF ED VR, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED N VR.
Concerning composition, I suggest to move and to experiment a lot, to be able to find the best and meaningful point of view for your shot. Very important is also the choice of the deep of field that may influence the story you tell with the picture.

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