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Long-necked woman
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Friday, December 07, 2018
By Jim Zuckerman
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Certainly one of the most intriguing cultures in Burma is the long-necked women of the Kayan tribe. They consider the long necks a sign of beauty. The girls who chose this path (this is not compulsory at all) start as young as 7 years old. In adulthood, the brass rings can weigh as much as 14 pounds. They only come off when more rings are added. For this portrait, I again used the soft and diffused light coming in from a window in conjunction with a dark background. This is easy, effective, and beautiful, and as you can see, flash is not necessary. My settings were 1/1000, f/5.0, 1250 ISO, and I used a 200mm focal length. Most portraits are best taken with a medium telephoto lens.

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