Jagadeesh Andrew Owens May 05, 2006

Great shot! I think I'd like to see it cropped in more so her face fills the frame with some of the contrasting pinks of the wall on the edges! #440091

Laura Kubasiewicz May 06, 2006

I quite like it with the background as it is, sort of mixing an abstract and a portrait, good capture! #2731137

Protacio Serna May 06, 2006

The beauty of this picture resides on the composition.

Remember those lines many of us can see trough the viewfinder? They accurately match with the picture. Even the small light pink rectangle on the upper right corner fits perfectly.

There are textures also to enjoy, and if there’s something I don’t like is only the direction of light. But that is something that cannot be easily modified when shooting candid on location of course, but sure could make a more expressive picture.



Gianluca Posella May 09, 2006

I agree with Protacio's comment, you realized a good portrait, usually I imagine a portrait like this in B&W but here is nice the way the colours are mixed.
Best regards.
Gianluca #2743106

Jagadeesh Andrew Owens May 09, 2006

I wasn't "criticizing" per se, or saying that it would look better the way I suggested, I was just suggesting another way to present it! The photo as is is great, or I wouldn't have said it! Hope I didn't cause any offense!

Andrew #2743152

Dorann Weber May 09, 2006

Wonderful portrait Mario.. The woman's expression, and detailed facial lines tell a story.. The pick background compliments her..

Nadya Johnson May 10, 2006

This is WONDERFUL, Mario!!! In regards to what is said above, here is my opinion: first, the composition's great the way it is! Why? The TEXTURES are phenomenal! I would not cut the shot in any way. Secondly, you could have a nice photo if you cropped it, yes, but it would be a WHOLE DIFFERENT photograph! The colors (pink background, etc) are terrific! I do not see any problem with the light. True, the sun wasn't glowing on her face but again, that would be whole different photograph. As for the portrait itself and the lady -? OUTSTANDING!! We in the U.S. as a rule, and I do NOT mean, as individuals, tend to disregard old age as much as possible, always seeking for the Young, the Beautiful, and so on. I am not of that school!! It is not Life as it really exists. I am no "spring chicken" now myself, and I would hate to think, the only photographs me that "count" were taken in my 20's when I was what you call, a "looker!" This lady, whoever she is, is MARVELOUS, Mario! I'm so glad you caught her portrait! I will be looking forward very much to more of your work! #2748597

Debbie Del Tejo May 10, 2006

Excellent work Mario and may I welcome you as a BP member. I am sure we will see you around here a lot!!! Have fun and again WELCOME!!!! #2748639

Perry j. Locke May 12, 2006

Great portrait, I like textures and colors of the wall and burlap and the womans expression on the womans face.
It all comes together well. I LIKE IT!!! Perry #2757320

Mario Rocafuerte level-classic September 26, 2006

Thank you all for your nice comments!!!
Laura, Protacio, Gianluca, Sipho, Dorann, Nadya, Debbie & Perry. #3366312

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic September 26, 2006

Felicidades Mario! Es una fotografia estupenda!,
Amalia #3368988

Datha Y. Thompson September 26, 2006


Carol Teal September 26, 2006

Congrats Mario! I really like this one and like the colors and texture too. Such a great portrait of this woman! #3369481

Cesar J. La Rosa September 26, 2006

This is a WONDERFUL and very powerful portrait, Mario. The composition is excellent and the colors and textures are couldn't have been better.
Congratulations on this very well-deserved Finalist!!! #3369822

Mario Rocafuerte level-classic September 27, 2006

Amalia: Muchas gracias por tu amable comentario. #3373692

Mario Rocafuerte level-classic September 27, 2006

I am so thankful to all of you who took the time to congratulate me on the finalist recognition. #3373717

Janine Russell level-deluxe September 29, 2006

Mario, great portrait; congratulations on your Second Place win. #3383136

Carol Teal September 29, 2006

Congrats on your 2nd place win Mario! #3384354

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic September 29, 2006

Congratulations on your 2nd place winner. #3385150

She-She Killough September 29, 2006

WONDERFUL Portrait Mario! Love it all! And so does the Judges!! Congratulations Mario!! #3385813

Cesar J. La Rosa September 29, 2006

Congratulations on this WONDERFUL WINNER, Mario!!! I'm so happy to see that gold medal next to such a beautiful photograph! #3387442

Mario Rocafuerte level-classic September 29, 2006

Janine, Carol, Kay, She_She and Cesar.
Thank you everyone for all of your nice comments. #3388077

Susana Ms Heide September 29, 2006

Thought provoking portrait! Very well done! Congratulations Mario!! #3388717

Allan L. Dy September 29, 2006

Congratulations Mario! Well done! Very expressive image. #3388906

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic October 01, 2006

Congratulations again Mario!, Well deserved!,
Amalia #3395364

John V. Roscich level-deluxe October 01, 2006

JOHN #3395490

Protacio Serna October 02, 2006

Felicidades Maestro Rocafuerte...saludos. #3397803

Mario Rocafuerte level-classic October 04, 2006

Gracias por tus comentarios a esta foto y permiteme compartir este premio contigo, pues desde que fue publicada en BP tuviste una critica muy constructiva para ella. Gracias maestro Serna. #3408498

Mario Rocafuerte level-classic October 04, 2006

Susana, Allan, Amalia & John:
I truly appreciate each of your kind comments and encoruagement; thank you all very much.


Nobu Nagase October 08, 2006

Many congrats on your win!!! #3423502

Ahab Abdel-Aziz October 09, 2006

great division
of the page
excellent colour
and texture contrast
wonderful subject
great use of the
negative space

love it #3426492

Ahab Abdel-Aziz October 09, 2006

one nit
i'd like to see
the folded arms
or taken out altogether #3426502

Mario Rocafuerte level-classic October 09, 2006

Nobi, Ahab: Thank you for your kind comments. #3427460

Doug J. Dailey July 27, 2007

Mario, Excellent photo. Great! colors, textures, comp, and subject matter.

Keep up the great! work.

Best wishes,
Doug #4568845

Mario Rocafuerte level-classic July 27, 2007

Doug: Thank you for your kind comment.

Debbie E. Payne May 25, 2009

This is AMAZING, for all the reasons above. Textures are super and the pink really brings in an element that you don't usually pair with an older person. It makes her radiant and lovely, regardless of her age. We all take aging too seriously and this image is truly a breath of fresh air. #7556184

Mario Rocafuerte level-classic May 29, 2009

Debbie: Thank you, I am very pleased that you like this work.


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