This is an image I took in Afghanistan several years ago. It was taken in poor lighting, with a camera that didn't have a very good sensor, but with a pretty long telephoto lens. I've been trying to make this look better for a long time, and I finally got it pretty acceptable I think. I was really captivated by her eyes, and the expression on her face which is still really about her eyes.
The story here is that I was trying to capture her, and like most girls, she was hiding her face. Girls aren't supposed to be seen by males outside the family (at a certain age, which she is probably approaching here). She finally got tired of my attempts I guess and walked some distance away. I saw her standing under the trees, zoomed out to 400, focused on infinity and grabbed a quick shot before she saw me. The cropping really took away a lot of pixels, which there weren't many to start with. Finally found a way to make it look presentable after a significant crop.
Although I would never make such a claim, someone once compared it to Steve McCurry's famous Afghan girl photo, so I call this my McCurry shot.
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