Welcome back to Laos:
The warmest smiles imaginable of this humble woman really touched me.......
A quick grab of a charming Tai Dam woman, a colorful and flamboyant ethnic minority taken at the vibrant Muang Sing crowded ethnic market, a meeting place of various ethnic minorities from Northern Laos.
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.
Situated in a remote mountainous Northern Laos, Muang Sing is only about 10km away from the Chinese border. Once a thriving opium market in the 60s and part of the Golden Triangle, is home to ten different ethnic groups.
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Silvio1953 (109341) 2013-11-13 6:42
Ciao Abmdsudi, great portrait of lovely woman, nice expression, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
rigoletto (33751) 2013-11-13 6:49
hi abmdsudi. your colorful portraits and the details you achieve in the faces remind me the skillful works of scalerman. very nice and natural face, good eye contact and beautiful composition full of rich ethnic details.
everlasting (14115) 2013-11-13 7:18
Nice to catch with you again! A brave tight portrait which is cropped very well, and framed by her headwear. The DOF is also well chosen, the pink blur in the background is a little disturbing but there was nothing you could do.
holmertz (33523) 2013-11-13 7:59
Another one of your fine and sensitive portraits. The woman's smile is a bit shy but very appealing and her colourful headgear is beautiful. The narrow DOF removes the potential disturbance of the background.
claudeD (28273) 2013-11-13 8:03
another perfect example of your amazing portrait pictures. I especially like the wonderful colors and the perfect sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
rychem (15472) 2013-11-13 8:52
Excellent portrait of this interesting face, beautiful and colorful headgear, great details and perfect lighting
adidas5nb (3953) 2013-11-13 9:11
great portrait.beautiful colors and light along with the eyes and the connect makes for a powerful frame.
Fis2 (78808) 2013-11-13 9:17
Good frame and super colors.
Very impressive eyes.
Cricri (95421) 2013-11-13 9:21
Un pays chaleureux, souriant, que j'aime beaucoup, comme cette dame, le regard doux et souriant, la netteté de sa peau, j'aime sa coiffe pleine de couleurs, un très joli portrait
Romano46 (14520) 2013-11-13 10:41
quello che è straordinario nei tuoi ritratti è la bellezza dei costumi oltre che la particolarità dei personaggi.
I tuoi non sono personaggi comuni ma hanno tutti una storia da raccontare e lo fanno con espressioni sempre intense, che tu ormai sei maestro nel coglierle nella migliore delle maniere.
Complimenti per l'ennesima volta.
Ciao e buona serata
pajaran (44372) 2013-11-13 10:44
Interesantan i dobar tekst, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana gospodja u narodnoj nosnji.
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lep trenutak sa osmehom na licu i refleksom u ocima.
An interesting and good text with the given data ...
Good work, beautiful lady shown in folk costume.
A good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
A nice moment with a smile on his face and reflection in the eyes.
All the best.
spigola (471) 2013-11-13 11:32
A very fine portrait in terms of facial expression.Her look is distant but warm, she looks as about to speak and we are waiting to hear the words.
Great work! THS!
ourania (21482) 2013-11-13 12:07
a captivating portrait, the lady's glance is penetrating and engaging. She must have a warm and outgoing personality that makes a quick and lasting contact with the viewer. Your personality and approach must have played a significant role in the interesting and attractive expression you captured in this effective tight frame. Excellent illumination, depth and sharpness enhance the sense of vividness. There's light in the lady's dark eyes and all the colours are very agreeable. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
jemaflor (76624) 2013-11-13 12:27
Excellent portrait, interesting glance and nice colors, perfect sharpness and brightness for these eyes.
krzychu30 (14398) 2013-11-13 13:05
magnificent stydy of human face!
Her eyes,the way she looks towards your camera as well as her facial expression are meaningful and seems to tell us a story.
Truly delightful portrait-excellently close-up and timed,which make the composition so expressive and captivating to us.
I admire your intuition and skills to this kind of photography.
nikkitta (10462) 2013-11-13 14:35
Quite fascinating and informative note, about religion ( way to believe) and etnic procedence
Good taken portrait obtaining this kind shy half smile, kind of your trademark
Well done, tfs
In Peru , in a market I noticed very a similar way to dress all semblable but different, someone explained that each far region has its own colors to dress, so when the locals see each other, they know from where they were, a kind of card of presentation
dkmurphys (44090) 2013-11-13 22:22
You always have the ability to bring such spectacular portraits. Seeing them, is like seeing a postcard, a lot of feelings and moments on their faces. Well done, you did a gat job once again!
mirosu (10208) 2013-11-13 22:54
Excellent portrait in very good light. I like the tight crop allowing to see all the face details. Superb light and colors. Well done.
Noel_Byrne (16271) 2013-11-14 4:56
One thing I always notice in your beautiful portraits is the eyes. While the face may age, and the skin may wrinkle, the eyes seem to always shine through with the true feelings of the person, and this womans smile comes through so strongly in her eyes. A beautiful composition, I love that you have framed the ladies face with the colorful material like this.
Thanks as always
Oceania (3836) 2013-11-14 6:08
It's a very fine portrait of a Laos woman. The headdress is so colorful and beautiful. I know you traveled to remote areas in China where ethnic groups live. They wear similar costumes.
danos (80288) 2013-11-14 6:13
nice the portrait of this native woman from Laos that really 'grab' you from her wide smile.I remember people of Laos when i visited the country four years ago,with nostalgia. Excellent the light and the colour management of the image as the clarity of it.
adramad (32897) 2013-11-14 13:22
A portrait fabulous, this woman made the colorful headdress that leads to the head, gives a spectacular chromaticism to the composition, splendid textures in the skin of his face.
A splendid work, with good light, as well as perfect clarity, all this makes us enjoy this beautiful image.
Have a good day.
CLODO (27504) 2013-11-17 0:21
Good morning Abmdsudi
Another great colored portrait, so close that we can distinguish a silhouette in her eyes.
Have a nice sunday!
adores (32184) 2013-11-25 16:25
I'm glad you found this one! The expression is perfect and I really like the details of the colourful and unique hat. She looks happy with the camera:)! A very good portrait!
Waylim (24346) 2013-12-03 22:59
Wow, you still have plenty of photos to show from your last trip to Laos, I wish I can log into your computer and go through them one by one :) I'm sorry I was away for some time, too busy and too lazy. This is really a fantastic shot of the Tai Dam lady in here colorful outfit. Love the intense stare with a shy but confident look. Excellent details and I can feel the rough texture of the skin being up in the mountain, it can be cold and the skin get dry and rough. I know it is hard to think it can be cold.
Anyway thank for bring us back to Laos with you.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (35366)
- 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, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-13 6:35