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“You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” ― John Green - Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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With candid photography you can’t be too picky with your subjects nor their respective actions.

Sometimes you have to pick and choose!

I photographed this little boy on my two day cruise on the Mekong River from Chiang Khong, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos. We stopped along the river to visit an ethnic minority village and this was one of many photographs I took of the photogenic children. It was very hard to see the poverty, living conditions and hardship of the village, but this comical moment lightened up my mood.

You may notice the lack of contrast in this photograph. In Northern Laos toward the end of the dry season, farmers burn their fields to prepare for the raining season which coincides with their planting season. I was in north central Laos in March and the air quality, especially around Luang Prabang, was very hazy.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post I’ll be posting more frequently with perhaps a photo a day since it will take me a decade to post all the photos from my six month sojourn to Southeast Asia at the rate I am going. Please do not feel obligated to comment at all my photos, but a fave would be nice just to let me know you stopped by.

Check back for more of my adventures in Laos!

Happy Travels!

Text and photo copyright by ©Sam Antonio Photography

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  1. DOLCEVITALUX 60 months ago | reply

    very nice candid moment! by the way harder still to put your booger in someone else nose he he he. take care!

  2. Miguel Perona. FOTOGRAFÍA. 60 months ago | reply

    Precioso retrato infantil. Vaya dos miradas con fuerza. Saludos.

  3. David Gn Photography 60 months ago | reply

    I love that quote! Great shot! Really sweet!

  4. Soledad Bezanilla 60 months ago | reply

    if lovable wonderful picture !!!

  5. Jill's Junk 60 months ago | reply

    LOL. Too cute.

  6. Harris Hui (in search of light) 60 months ago | reply

    Lovely portrait! Sam
    I like the both kids but more the one in bokeh!
    Happy Tuesday!

  7. Jim Teske 60 months ago | reply

    Wonderful, Sam! I like your composition of selective focus. Well done, sir!

  8. Jims_photos 60 months ago | reply

    Beautiful image

  9. Cut2Run 60 months ago | reply

    Very funny title, Sam ... as the result perfectly presented
    Blog style photo, storytelling. Like this work!

  10. soumen19xx 60 months ago | reply

    Charming imagery... I like the innocent smile..

  11. Rebecca Ang 60 months ago | reply

    These kids are really sweet :) What a moment to capture this ;) And I like how you have placed one kid in focus and the other out of focus, very nicely done, Sam!

  12. TIA International Photography 60 months ago | reply

    A very cute moment captured in what seemed to be a melancholy locale from what you described. The photo is very well executed given the depth and the primary focus on the girl. Very nicely done, Sam.

  13. Rafakoy 60 months ago | reply

    What a wonderful portrait! Beautiful shot! Their expressions are priceless... great work my friend!

  14. johnshlau 60 months ago | reply

    What a wonderful shot, my friend!
    We can see the full moon, though not all the time tonight...wishing you and your loved ones a happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 中秋節快樂!

  15. C.GIBBONS 60 months ago | reply

    theyre so cute!

  16. Vilmos.Vincze 59 months ago | reply

    Sweet! And the title is great!

  17. Puresilk Images (AWAY) 59 months ago | reply

    You're a master at processing. Makes me feel like I have lots to learn still. :(

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