Yuanyang terraced fields • IV
Yuanyang is famous for cultivating terraced fields and Hani minority has created an environmental wonder in mountain area. Their culture is a terraced field agricultural civilization, which has a perfect agriculture system and an agro-worship system as well, the concept of worship is built on the basis that man and nature are in harmony, countless terraced fields are an evidence of this belief.
There are no historical records as to when terraced fields were first used. However, according to ancient bronze ware which depicts the plowing techniques and folk customs of the Yi and Hani ethnic groups, they surely have a long standing history.
The best place to view the terraced fields is in the south of Yuanyang County, where the mountains are covered with terraces extending 2,000 meters, from the mountain top down to the valley. In winter and spring each year, the valley is filled with heavy mist, and the two mountains are like islands floating in a sea of cloud. Between the terraces, which reflect silver light, are stretches of green tea plantations. With plenty of rain and heavy mists, the Yunwu Tea (cloud and mist tea) produced in the town by the Yi ethnic group is extremely refreshing. The Yis are a people who love singing and dancing. Their dances imitate a hunt and have 36 parts, describing the hunting activities of their ancestors.
*For additional info, please refer to this link.
This is the trip that I took as beginning lesson on digital after 35 years with film.
At my arrival to Stone Forest 2 days earlier, the current darkness has prompted me to set ISO as 1600. Along with the missing of luggages after landing Kunming Airport, I was nervous and lost control over using of my equipment. This big mistake has been maintained & extended until after crossing border to Vietnam 2 days later. Forgive me for the noisy effect. There will be my own full indictment tomorrow... about this issue.
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RGatward (20060) 2005-04-06 5:18
Excellent graphic landscape, and perfect lighting conditions to make the most of it. FOr the compo, maybe I' have chosen a tighter crop above to emphasise the graphism.
olopez (4959) 2005-04-06 7:17
Very beautiful landscape.
Amazing lighting over the terraced fields.
supereira (9576) 2005-04-06 10:17
Great shot.I like the colors and contrasts.I like the light,textures and sharpness.Good point of view and composition.I like it a lot!Very good job!
Wirraway (1985) 2005-04-06 10:35
Good shot of this interesting scene Thanh, well balanced composition and exposure brings plenty of atmosphere to your image, very informative note, excellent work.
sengir (4956) 2005-04-06 12:21
stunning photo, great light, good compo. I like it
Leonie (8809) 2005-04-06 13:59
This looks so surrealistic..nearly from another planet...nice to know that it is from this planet though!! ;-) Well done,
emanuela (1257) 2005-04-06 14:22
I like the detial of the terrace, very good texture !
flydragon (0) 2005-04-06 15:15
what to say !!!!
this is beautifull ;o)
show me your country
u seems know some great place.
next trip i come with you ,o)
i guess it was magic to be there
toni_al (15875) 2005-04-06 15:35
Superbe paysage, magnifique composition.
jeanfrancois (1260) 2005-04-06 17:37
Very elegant and poetic.
jrj (34841) 2005-04-07 3:55
Very strong graphic presentation of these fields. Excellent use of light and coulors in this moody setting. Great detail of the mist in the back. Good one.
gren4 (603) 2005-04-07 13:13
The fields are lit up beautifully with the atmospheric conditions this really is an out of this world photo.
fiedziu (1764) 2005-04-09 7:08
another very good picture
maciekda (19895) 2005-04-12 5:52
beautiful photo Thanh, the composition is very good. the light was splendid. i like those shining terraces and the cloud in the valley, the photo is noisy, but still it is beautiful
quantabeh (5205) 2005-04-13 11:13
Excellent point of view and composition. I had never seen anything quite like this.
Good point of view and perspective.
thanks for sharing,
battousai (827) 2005-05-16 6:19
This picture is amazing... thank you for sharing.
delnaja (2054) 2005-09-18 14:43
excellent mood here again! I like it
carper (96) 2005-10-10 6:02
thanks for your critique. I took a look in your archive and I can say I am impressed. Very good composition, portraits, you are very good in portraits, the country shot, very nice. well I go for this one a very good point of view, nice atmosphere and a great composition, very good job Thanh.
jongky (408) 2005-10-17 2:16
Wow, number one ranking rice terraces in the world, Yuan Yang!
What a dramatic picture here.
I should visit this place someday.
fayeulle (27827) 2005-11-24 0:40
Again a fantasticc shot. I like the cop and lighting on water. This could improve very well this shot.
Great job !
skegz (453) 2006-01-16 9:45
An almost dreamlike image. I like it. Good use of black frame too.
zahoor_salmi (1053) 2008-08-30 11:23
Excellent graphic landscape, and perfect lighting.
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8578)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-02-21
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm L, RAW @ ISO 1600
- Exposure: f/19, 1/350 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Yuanyang — a best-kept secret /1/, Rice Fields "III" [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-04-06 5:04
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