Basking in Warmth - Ed Ng

an elderly monk obliges my G2/35 in the late afternoon at a local monastary 15km outside Siem Reap, Cambodia. ed Selected for the Hall of Fame on 2003/Feb/01

Camera:   Contax G2
Lens:   Carl Zeiss Planar 35mm f/2
Film:   provia400
Filter:   81a
Adjustment:   touch of sharpening
Posted:   26-Nov-2002

Rating: 9.12 (34 ratings)



This is National Geographic quality. Absolutely perfect.

glen     26-Nov-2002 at 09:22

Obliging monk

first rate shot, great use of light and wonderful expression. I really like the on the right framing which elevates this above a straight(er) picture.

Charez Golvala     26-Nov-2002 at 09:35

Light of Heart . . .

The yellow cotton wrap shimmers, Ed.

Jerome Belthrop     26-Nov-2002 at 10:24

very nice

This is truly a beautiful shot, perfect union of form and expression.

Steven De Castro     26-Nov-2002 at 12:06


Wonderful image with great color, and I was (pleasantly) surprised to see that the 35mm was used.

Thomas Munch     26-Nov-2002 at 14:09

A rare color photo

from Ed. It is definitely a winner. My only criticism is that the highlights on the face and arm are a bit too bright.

Robert Goldstein     26-Nov-2002 at 22:02

Thanks for the feedback guys...

the subject was easy enough to handle given the circumstances whilst the challenges were to get him comfortable enough with my presence (with this perspective from the 35/2, you can imagine how near I was) together with fighting the distractions of great lighting that seriously threatened to pull my attention away from other compositional details (like getting my darned shadow out of the way and getting a hint of catchlight in his eyes). I have about 6 other takes that showed all these flaws. Provia 400 and the generally high EV also allowed me to stop down (cant remember but at least f8) and still work at a very comfortable shutter speed. %%% although no techie, I've had no impressions/experiences that reinforces the absolutely unwarranted 'dog' label that seems to stick to the 35/2 lens like a piece of annoying chewing gum on the soles of a Lands End hiking boot. %%% I've had tons of bad pics from this lens as well as the 28, 45 and 90 but always because I screwed it up (plain issues like shooting without thinking or laziness) and nothing to do with the system in use (and this covers my screw ups with my Canon, Fuji690, Contax RTSII and the ol'faithful Canonet as well)

Ed Ng     27-Nov-2002 at 02:55


A Rembrandt-like glow pervades every bit of this striking photo. Really among your best Ed, very well done!

Bruce McKinney     27-Nov-2002 at 18:43


This is simply a beautiful photo masterfully done. Kudos Ed. A masterpiece. jack

Jack Kurtz     27-Nov-2002 at 19:09


I cringe at times about the way images with old men, golden colors, and exotic settings and cultures seem to automatically garner kudos...stock photography is filled with too many of these cliches. But here's something that has it all and deserves the highest praise...Ed, it's your personal touch, your feeling for the person and the situation that makes this rise far above the postcard. And the technical aspects of this photo are to be envied by all photographers, stock or otherwise...the sharpness, composition, and quality of light are amazing.

Robert Mirani     27-Nov-2002 at 19:15


A beautiful portrait in terms of character, subject, composition and the moment captured. Great work Ed. My one bit of criticism is a personal thing. I just find it much too orange and over-saturated. Perhaps it's my monitor? Nonetheless, like so many of your shots, an excellent image.

Richard Sintchak     27-Nov-2002 at 20:12

Robert, I couldnt agree with you more

For me personally, that slightest slit of his lips for a smile together with the tiniest amount of catchlight in his eyes and towards the light sent me a subtle peaceful message of benelovence to me NOT as a photog but a human being.%%% %%% more importantly.....I gotlucky

Ed Ng     27-Nov-2002 at 23:13


Beautiful color and composition!!

Eun Sang Ryu     28-Nov-2002 at 05:28

My .02

Ed, another masterpiece. Excellent use of the 35mm; your composition is perfect for this subject.

Karl Winkler     29-Nov-2002 at 01:53


Everything has already been said by others...a stunning portrait. Thanks for posting it!!

Jean Lee     01-Dec-2002 at 15:41


What a fantastic picture :)

Mal Grant     15-Mar-2003 at 08:50


Ed, this a wonderful, timeless moment, we are so lucky you were there to capture it.

Gregg Humphrey     30-Apr-2003 at 18:29

Ed Ng at his best...

respect radiates from this image!

Carl Radford     17-Jun-2003 at 07:08