Muang Sing is situated in a remote mountainous northern Laos and only about 10km away from the Chinese border. Once a thriving opium market in the Golden Triangle and home to ten different ethnic groups, and each has its own typical cultural features.
Characterized by colorful head-scarves and tight-fitting shirts adorned with silver buttons, Tai Dam women are easily identified. They are believed to originate in south west Yunnan and to have begun migrating to the Luang Namtha and Muang Sing regions in the late 19th century and they differ from many other groups in that they are not Buddhist, instead they practice a form of ancestor and spirit worship.
This quick grab of a charming Tai Dam woman, a colorful and flamboyant ethnic minority, is taken at the vibrant Muang Sing crowded ethnic market, a meeting place of various ethnic minorities from the region. As everywhere in the parts of Laos I visited, I found the people incredibly friendly and hospitable.
The warmest smiles imaginable of this humble woman really touched me...
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gildasjan (39558) 2012-05-04 7:49
Un gros plan sur ce visage qui nous montre de très bonnes textures avec la netteté là où ilfaut.
holmertz (31248) 2012-05-04 8:10
A quite charming portrait. She gives you a shy but warm smile and her dress adds strong colours to the photo. Although a "quick grab" it is a perfectly sharp picture with excellent light, I also like the tight cropping.
faubry (35373) 2012-05-04 9:08
Bonjour Abmdsudi , very nice prortait mays be too much sharpness? what do you think?
but beautiful traditionnal clothes and nice colors
Have a good evening
Cricri (92123) 2012-05-04 10:16
Une sympathique rencontre..
Gros plan sur le visage de la dame aux regard et sourire accueillant, jolie tenue colorée typique de sa région, intéressante note et un beau portrait
patdeph (35742) 2012-05-04 11:08
there is something that disturb me in this picture, indded I think that the texture of the skin is not beautiful, like if it was a man's skin,maybe because of too much sharpness, I don't know, but there is a lack of softness.I hope you will forgive me to be honest.
But, I like the colors, this sweet smile and this very friendly glance, and we can guess that the colors of the clothes are superb.And finally, it's very nice to look at.
JFS (32453) 2012-05-04 11:13
Another beautiful portrait, sweet regards, full sharpness. Great work Abmdsudi!
Waylim (23310) 2012-05-04 11:38
thanks for all the wonderful Critiques lately. I'm sorry, I was too busy to upload new photos, I didn't have time to respond to people.
This is yet another really good quality portraitn, very natural. That is the beauty of Laotians, no make up on the face. Though I like the close up, but I also miss the entire outfit, I also like to see more of her colorful costume, the little bit we see is beautiful.
Once again, thank you and have a good weekend.
Bluejeans (64243) 2012-05-04 12:41
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Fantástico retrato desta mulher , seus detalhes ficaram muito bons , boas cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
Fis2 (76944) 2012-05-04 13:37
I like frame and colors.
chrisvek (6995) 2012-05-05 1:24
Very wonderful and unique portrait.Very nice expression of this woman.Very nice lightning with details and sharpness.Awesome POV.I maybe would like here the top of her face.Also it's a very nice result.Well done
Have a great day
CLODO (26414) 2012-05-05 1:37
A good live portrait with the 2 multi-colored devices. I like the white lines in her eyes, giving life to the picture.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-05-05 12:09
a beautiful portrait with attractive composition and very nice details, excellent claritz and sharpness, the timing is superb, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
williewhistler (9829) 2012-05-05 12:42
Hello Ambdsudi ,
the direct gaze of the brown eyed lady brings a great deal of presence and charm to the portrait.
The skin tones are pleasant as is the half smile.
dkmurphys (42449) 2012-05-05 22:36
Wonderful portrait in great color. I like your skill in finding those persons and photograph them.
sacimar (25969) 2012-05-06 5:25
this is a good portrait, I like her face expression, details are excellent, you did a good close up, it's a different kind of image, well seen,
Graal (92140) 2012-05-06 10:14
nice face, smile and decorative elements. Good portrait. An interesting comment in note. Photo is well done.
Have a nice evening.
eldancer1 (20750) 2012-05-06 16:06
Indeed! A bright and cheery smile! Awesome portrait of this lady. It is tightly cropped but it's workable. Good dof with sharp details and wonderful lighting. Very well done, tfs.
jhm (127927) 2012-05-07 4:15
Excellent portrait perhaps a little bit to much cropped to the underside, but this is the choice of the photographer.
Composition and presentation are nice.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
bayno (18334) 2012-05-07 5:22
I like the sweet look of this woman, seems happy to be photographed, beautifully colored decorations, superb definition and a loyal skin color...great portrait...
my best regards,
josepmarin (56475) 2012-05-07 11:47
it's a nice portrait, with a good technical execution, in which we can see clearly all the details of the face of this woman, in a magnificent close-up.
Her smile and her look are sincere and kind.
You have managed skillfully the light and have reached a high chromatic quality.
I like this composition, is powerful and direct, and have a great vitality.
danos (78056) 2012-05-08 0:29
nice the portrait of this charmy native woman,with her smile to be so inviting.I like the light and the colour management as the clarity of the image, with the colourful ornament to decorate perfect her portrait.
jemaflor (74044) 2012-05-08 3:02
Good capture for this portait, sharpness is perfect and interesting effect with these colors, tfs.
Silvio1953 (105427) 2012-05-09 2:30
Ciao Abmdsudi, great portrait of lovely woman with nice smile, colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jmdias (48333) 2012-05-10 7:27
very beautiful portrait, the smile is sincere and very natural and beautiful. nice job, excellent light and sharpness. it is a pity we can't give them the portraits we take.
ourania (18566) 2012-06-15 12:15
a lovely portrait filling the frame in a well measured way to emhasize the facial features of the posing woman and the sincere friendliness in her bright eyes. The tight framing also establishes a closer contact between subject, photographer and viewer. The horizontal glint in her eyes must be a reflection of the sky and it's wonderful. The lines on her face show she is a kind and good tempered person, the accurate capture of her skin shows she passes a great part of her life outdoors. Colours are natural and beautiful. The picture is superbly illuminated by your effective lighting and her smile. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (32471)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-22
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, RAW
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-04 7:44