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Mongol
3rd PlaceMongol
kris11


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Challenge: Free Study 2010-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II
Location: Hovd Province, Mongolia
Date: Aug 7, 2010
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Travel, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2010

Daidaa, a lifelong nomadic herder living in the Hovd Province of western Mongolia.

I spent the summer in Mongolia researching and implementing solar applications for impoverished and nomadic households. It was an incredible journey, despite not showering for 20 days at one point and surviving 2 wolf attacks, various river crossings, freak summer blizzards, etc. The hospitality of these nomadic families is unrivaled, and without them I probably would have died out in the middle of nowhere.

Over a third of the population live below the poverty line, and another third live precariously on that line. A host of problems, including climate change, over grazing, and the changing economy have destroyed the livelihoods of countless sheep-herders (their main way of life outside of the capital). I remain hopeful, but the project faces a lot of challenges and will definitely take a lot of time and supervision if it's to be successful.

In what Daidaa described as the worst winter in years, this past dzud (harsh winter weather) killed over 4 million livestock. My project primarily focuses on utilizing a particular micro-enterprise program started by ADRA that helps retrain these destitute sheep-herders, and incorporating solar technology (primarily solar cooking) as a vocation. My field experiences to test feasibility passed with flying colors, and mongolians couldn't stop raving about how useful solar cookers were, as simple as they may be.

The photo was shot near sunset with a canon flash triggered on the right.

Other photos from Mongolia.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 360
Avg (all users): 6.9690
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.8454
Avg (non-participants): 7.3438
Views since voting: 4965
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 129
Comments: 28
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09/13/2010 06:47:05 AM
Congrats on the third place!
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09/10/2010 12:30:52 PM
Hello,

My name is Mikasi and I am a member here. One of my goals this year is to walk out of 2010 a better photographer. To do this, I am contacting 3 people this week from DPChallenge who have photos I like and asking them how they did it.

I was looking at your photo Mongol - it is really good. The shadows, the crisp look of the crinkles in the jacket, the balance of the dark drama in the sky with the well-illuminated foreground characters. These and other things make the photo look really great.

You're likely really busy, but if you have some small time could you drop a line telling me a little of what you did to make this photograph look so good? That is if you find time to write amongst all the other things you do.

Thank You,
Mikasi
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09/10/2010 12:08:52 PM
Congrats on the ribbon,.
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09/09/2010 05:33:28 PM
Love the wide angle and sky...well done, congrats on the ribbon...thanks for the story as well...
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09/09/2010 07:32:16 AM
incredible shot! Congrats on a free study yellow!
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09/09/2010 04:53:09 AM
Kris. Your work (photographic and your project) is inspiring and humbling. Going through your Mongolian portfolio is inspirational as far as getting people involved in helping destitute people such as these. Your photography can play a pivotal role in bringing the need of these people to the rest of the world.

Thanks for sharing and our prayers are with you.
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09/09/2010 03:34:24 AM
Well done! Great shot!
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09/08/2010 07:32:49 PM
FANTASTIC PHOTO. Congrats, an amazing shot to have in your portfolio
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09/08/2010 02:06:05 PM
Incredible photo. Congrats on your first ribbon.
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09/08/2010 11:51:36 AM
Excellent photo. Especially with the story behind it. Did you go on such an adventure on your own accord or through an organization?
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09/08/2010 08:06:06 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon and personal best.
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09/08/2010 07:36:56 AM
Congrats on your ribbon and good luck with your endeavors. Thanks for the background story. Just had a peek at your photo site and there's some truly incredible stuff. Excellent work.
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09/08/2010 06:38:08 AM
Congrats on your Yellow!! Beautiful portrait of these two!!
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09/08/2010 03:11:23 AM
great storu too
thank you !
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09/08/2010 03:07:55 AM
I forgot to say that it is a very powerful image, and worthy of the front page ;-)
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09/08/2010 02:16:36 AM
Excellent work! You could have ribboned with any other of your Mongolia pics.
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09/08/2010 12:59:37 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. Added this shot to my favorites. Interesting and compelling storyline.
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09/08/2010 12:52:45 AM
congrats on the ribbon, well -deserved.
I hope your project is successful; it certainly sounds like an adventure. I'll have a look at your other photos when I get home.
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09/08/2010 12:05:21 AM
Heh! I missed the country completely! But a wonderful shot - hope you don't mind the comparison. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2010 01:57:24 PM
This is one of the best portraits I've ever seen! Very very nice work. One suggestion might be to bring him closer than the horse so he's larger in the frame...
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09/07/2010 10:51:52 AM
Good travel shot, but I'd like it better with less processing.
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09/07/2010 01:03:19 AM
Were I to guess, I'd say this is Brin's work. Excellent portrait.
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09/07/2010 12:30:08 AM
Wonderfull 10
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09/06/2010 06:41:59 AM
nice character in this shot
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09/03/2010 10:41:21 PM
Love the old world look of this. The desaturation works well here.
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09/03/2010 07:30:16 PM
Wow! The muted tones add to the personality. Great post-processing too. Hope to see this in the top 10.
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09/03/2010 02:07:48 PM
I usually really like the warping effect of fisheye, but here it's just a bit too deforming to my eye.
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09/03/2010 10:47:54 AM
Lovely picture! Love the colours and the touch of pink in the clouds! 9!
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