How, what and when?

Posted by Mirjam (Kyiv, Ukraine) on 16 November 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

This is my first sepia. I am trying to learn to do things from scratch.

The boy in the picture presents the the children we help. There are many questions to solve. Some of them doesn't have birth certificates. many administrative questions to solve - for the best for the child.

We are walking a strange path, where we need to know how and what to do, and when that the child's rights are taken care of.

... but most of all is love!

We are helping children in Ukraine.

It all started when my husband and I saw wild dogs taking care of the street children.

A question came: "Does these dogs care more for the children, than people do?"
We moved to Ukraine, opened a "Friend's House" - a house with open doors for children, help children in need, underage mothers ...

Photo is a powerful instrument to tell the story. I want to learn more about photo with, looking your photos, learning and I value your honest feedback on my images.

With love to God and the children!

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PATRICK from miramas, France

very great capture and traitement

16 Nov 2009 9:37am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Very great portrait and beautiful sepia,To give chance at each child what you are doing is great! Good day, Mirjam!

16 Nov 2009 9:42am

Antoine from BOURGES, France

Great portrait. Beautiful capture. Have a good day. Antoine.

16 Nov 2009 9:43am

@Antoine: Thank you. You too have a nice day!

Levi from West Vancouver, Canada

great portrait photo! beautiful details and facial expression. great job

16 Nov 2009 9:44am

alice from France

Could you tell us what the young model thinks about his portrait? In my opinion, it's a great one !

16 Nov 2009 9:46am

@alice: He is happy and likes it. Now he has also started to make photos. Actually we have a photo contest. All the children takes pictures. The theme is autumn. Then we publish them and people can vote.

Eros from tehran, Iran

im impressed with ur answer to alice... its really great. and for the prtrait, its really cool and the young boy has a beautiful smile in his eyes... (i love sapia too, and u did great)

16 Nov 2009 10:18am

k@ from Paris, France

He has a superb timeless smile your soft subtle sepia enhances, makes it close to Walker Evans & my favorite Dorothea Lange works during the 1929 great US Depression...... A lot of love passes through.
Thank you...

16 Nov 2009 10:36am

@k@: I think there are some similarities ... Thanks for your comment.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely done, the sepia works well

16 Nov 2009 11:05am

Adela Fonts Artús from Barcelona, Spain

You're so right in what you say ... Love is the main thing for everyone! Your first monochrome excellent. Well taken the boy's expression. Greetings! Adela

16 Nov 2009 11:06am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

The your first sepia is really nice. Lovely job

16 Nov 2009 11:20am

Yvon from Orleans, France

great shot, fabulous portrait with this nice sepia color

16 Nov 2009 12:39pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice portrait. I'm glad he likes it. This portrait tells me that he has a bright future.

16 Nov 2009 12:45pm

@Hiro: Thank you for your words of hope. I believe it's so!

Marla from Helsinki, Finland

Great shot. Your first sepia is really nice!

16 Nov 2009 4:28pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

While I wouldn't call this a sepia, I find this desaturated approach far more pleasing as it leaves a welcome [human] warmness in the skin tones and background. What software are you using? best...jerry

16 Nov 2009 4:35pm

@ordinaryimages: Thank you for your comment . right now I am using only camera raw. Nothing else. I want to learn from scratch. I do not treat any pictures in photo shop or any any other software. They are as I take them. Little sport we must have.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

"most of all is love" - one of the most important things that we can do in becoming better photographers is to grow in becoming loving people. And even if we don't become better photographers; so what; we have what is most important. Marvelous portrait. Very nice tones.

16 Nov 2009 4:41pm

@john4jack: It's so right you say.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A nice smile.

16 Nov 2009 7:13pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Dear Miri, the work you and your husband are doing is extremely commendable. To offer love to a child who is so in need is like being an angel walking into their lives. God bless you and your work!
This photo is a remarkable testimony to what love can do ... offer HOPE!

17 Nov 2009 12:55am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

A great representative photo! Your work must be very fulfilling but very hard as well!

17 Nov 2009 1:24am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

it's so incredible! before seeing your photo like this, i didn't imagine how and what life (in ukraine?) had been so... very thoughtful capture! thanks for sharing!

17 Nov 2009 2:22am

Denise from Duncannon, United States

A wonderful portrait, nice in sepia. HE appears very happy, you must do weel for him!

17 Nov 2009 2:49am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Wonderful portrait, nice dof!

17 Nov 2009 6:52am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Excellent! You did an amazing job on the post processing as well as portraiture! Well done!

17 Nov 2009 5:29pm

Anastasiya from Kiev, Ukraine

amazing portrait!

18 Nov 2009 2:53am

jim from sebastopol, United States

very beautiful. he looks happy and well loved!

18 Nov 2009 4:59am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

welldone portrait :-)

18 Nov 2009 7:35am

luwi from Innsbruck, Austria

great portrait!

18 Nov 2009 5:04pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Wonderful portrait !
Love the smile of this boy ! I hope for him that the futur will smile to him also, as per his one !
Great capture ! :-)

18 Nov 2009 5:16pm

Fliss from Melbourne Beach, United States

Love the portrait and what you done to it...

21 Nov 2009 1:55am

Marj from Thunder Bay, Canada

Love the subject and the way he was captured. The image has a very lovely feel about it. The subtle colour was a very nice touch.


21 Nov 2009 10:12pm


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