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Foreign Tales - True Beauty by er0k Foreign Tales - True Beauty by er0k
A pic from Japan, on a train going to Chiba...

edit - 1.3.04 - Sorry again for these oldy' updates..I see things that need to be changed so I must :)
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BehindAurora Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
aw so adorable
Dhun-Dee Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007   Photographer
she is so cute!
mickie31 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005   Photographer
very interesting and unusual crop. :eyes:
er0k Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2005
:eyes: thank you ;)
Aquiel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
Oh god....this is to die for!

I am dead.

er0k Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005
"Oh god....this is to die for!

I am dead.

:lmao: crazy Australians! thank you :hug:
Greenwolf103 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005
I'm glad you've updated this so I can get a chance to see it! ;) Very nice pic.
er0k Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005
ahh you are too kind! thanks again for the great comment..I actualy hate that people have to re-look at all these old dusty things :)
Greenwolf103 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005
You're welcome. :) And I'm THANKFUL you are posting those old dusty things. Good things to check out! :)
EllenEinkauf Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005  Professional Photographer
I absolutely have fallen in love with this picture... wow. :+favlove:
er0k Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005

..thank you. again.

PhoeniX252 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005
Great use of selective coulouring, the distance between the girl and the other person works well too. She's definitely lost in her imaginary world of the book.
er0k Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005
thank you for your comment..and yes she was completely lost in it. i wondered if she had missed her stop :P
Transient-love Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
S-H-M-I-L-Y Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005   Writer
lovely effect :)
ThaDoc Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2005  Student
weird, great timing and capture that confronting shot really kind of pulls together this kind of lost character.
And how she has been isolated by colour just supplies a verr good focal area instantly
boundpassion Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2005
aww that's so kawaii! i like it it's an aswome pic, very well done! ^^
silentbride Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2005
the name is so beautiful. I like t very much. And the capture is so pretty. keep up the awesome work!
djoel Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2005
lovely shot!
i like the distance between the girl and the man creates a sense of space here... I love the girl's expression too!!
very well done my friend!
Tigra- Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2005
A little intimidated by that huge comment. Nonetheless, that is such a sweet photo. I think you have such a talent for spontaneoous shots, and to me, that is one of the greatest skills in photography.
:clap: :hug: :clap:
er0k Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2005
heh ahh I can understand, but just know that I will always respect and listen to whatever you have to say! no matter how long or short it is..

thanks for the comment !

:kiss: :worship:
blueseas Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2005
Her dress is so adorable.
eggwacker Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2005
Eric, I stumbled across your site via belle-epoque's (another fabulous artist), and I just finished browsed through your entire gallery. Looked at the thumbnails of each one and every one and the full-views of a good majority of them. You have an extensive and impressive gallery. After seeing grand angles, gorgeous scenery, and vivid imagination pieces, who would've guessed that this one would end up my favorite? A little girl, reading a book, on a bus. It's so basic, but yet I'm absolutely 100% certain, because in its sheer simplicity lies its brilliance.

I think what drew me to this piece in the very beginning was the selective coloring. That and the funny looking hat :) Decoloring everything except for the little girl was a fantastic decision, and it really makes this piece outstanding. It's like she's in another world, lost in the fantasy sphere of the book. The hat, which covers up half her head, really emphasizes the detached feeling, and you are so lucky to find this (unless, of course, all little girls in Japan wear hats like that ;)). The composition of the photo is what strikes me next. It's almost perfect. I agree with flaery, that the inclusion of the other passenger on the right is another great decision. Even the photo above the girl's head really adds to the piece. A splendid crop! The only thing I don't particularly like, and this is being nitpicky, is that railing next to the girl's head. It's impossible to crop it out because of the girl's hand, but perhaps you could've edited out. To me, it detracts a little of my attention.

Overall, a fantastic capture. This piece epitomizes to me, what photography is about. You've caught a moment, where someone is lost in their own world. A definite fav! Keep up the great work. I'll be eagerly watching your future works.
er0k Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2005
yes, belle epoque has some very nice stuff as well, no doubt!

I apologize for the lateness of this reply, but seriously my friend - I thank you. You have obviously taken the time to look deeply into a part of my soul (ones work = huge part of oneslf)..this has to be one of about only 4-5 of my shots that I have ever taken, that I truley am proud of. I am glad you choose it also.

I also thank you for the small anal detail about the pole near the little girl. I will airbrush that out in PS the next chance I get! I am quite teh same about small things like that..they can make more difference then some may think heh ;)

Again, I love that you took the time to look and apprieceate it more then you know..

(bookmarking your gallery)

eggwacker Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2005

No apologies needed. I don't even expect replies when I write these comments. It's very simple, actually. I write them as a token of appreciation for someone who has captured and shared a fantastic moment in time otherwise unseen by me. As such, it's my absolute pleasure, and no 'thank you's are necessary either.

What I will gladly accept, however, is your friendship. It seems we're both Texans recently transplated to the west coast. If what I read in one of your former comments is true--that you're joining the airforce--then it's also pretty incidental because I'm on the other side of the picture. My job entails developing equipment for fighter jets.

Thank you for the bookmark, although I'd advise you to check back with my gallery a little later. The photos I have up now are mainly experimental, and a difference in quality is quickly forthcoming. I purhcased a D70 recently and am getting some very useful tips. Photography is a craft I just picked up a little over two months ago, and great photographers such as yourself really provide a healthy dose of inspiration. I've learned a lot already, but there's still a lot more to go.

In the meanwhile, all the best wishes on this gloomy Saturday.

er0k Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2005
strange bud! very strange..(our story being very similar)

yes, I leave next week actually for the air force..if our similar'ness continues (which I am asuming heh) I will be probably flying on my missions on the same planes that you are developing. so, make them well my friend! hah. :)

cheers on the purchase of your new d70, too!

ironicly I am writing this back to you, on another gloomy Saturday..rain / sleeting out right now..

:peace: my friend.
Annihilistik-Enigma Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
O_O how do you do that? Seriously... no one I know can tell me how to put color onto a black and white photo like that... and I'd really like to know ^_^ its gorgeous and I like her little salior like dress... and the way her foot is angled for some reason.. it makes her look more innocent...
geekyartjunkie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005   Interface Designer
so cool!

it took me a few times of looking at it to realize she's the only thing in color...

so awesome... i love it when you can talk to a child and hear their imagination working... its awesome!
Sprang Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
I LOVE IT!!!! great work!
hopeful-irony Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
Instantly a favourite my friend.
The shadows, the reflections, the black and white versus partial colour.
It's brilliant.
ik1 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
Nicelly done the filter ... cool and clear shot
beestung Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
A cute moment, nicely captured! :)
another Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004   Photographer
lovely photograph - captured the moment perfectly
mangaman8 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2004
thats pritty cool, I have an image which is a little bit like that.
great photo
24-7sometimes Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2004
yet another beautiful shot :)
Nicoolaj Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004
good shot, good idea to have done a mix between color and b&w.
yarska Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2003
Love this picture.....her dress is so cute...the space...the background...lovely lovely really... :giggle:
furberry Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2003
^___^ awsome capture. I like the composition and the contrast between top/bottom :)
daguy Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2003
The color mixed with black & white is not only a great idea, but you've done it seamlessly, to the point that it almost looks natural (except you obviously can't take such a photograph naturally). The colors themselves are very nice as well - the blue, red, and white against the black & white background. And as ~flaery said, I love how you can see only a part of another passenger.

Just an opinion, but this might look better with a black, 1px border on a white background, rather than vice versa. I don't know, maybe not.

At any rate, amazing.


:: daGUY
:: dGD:2k3
flaery Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
The color with the black and white works well with the child. It makes her appear even more interesting and youthful. She is very cute :) (Smile) I like how we can see part of another passenger, as well as the reflection on the window.
ninjakittykat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2003
this is beautiful. its what photography is about
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