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Photographer's Note

It's very easy to become intrusive when taking photographs. One can become excited at seeing the beauty of the new, the different and the unexpected. It is especially so when you are travelling around.

I was on the road from Ansirabe to Miandrivazo when we stopped for a lunch break in a small village. Having had my fill of chicken and rich I wandered around a little through the street (there was only one!). It is often a strange balance - the curiosity of the stranger matched by that of the resident. Kids come up to you - 'What's your name?' and willingly pose for photos. Those a little older are more wary - and understandibly so. I'm not sure how I would react if somebody came wandering in my village with a camera!

This lady was just curious enough to come to the door. I was sitting down playing wiith some kids - I thought with the colours it was a good opportunity. The great thing about the 5700, apart from its zoom (which I keep well hidden in a barrel so nobody sees it reach) is the swivel LCD. I took the photo without putting my eye to the eyepiece - just off the cuff as it were.

I think the result is worth the effort. I was at the limit of the zoom and perhaps the focus lacks the final crispness - but the colours, muted browns, are great.

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