Just caught site of this eye-catching women while riding on my early morning photo routine heading north of Longnamptha on a deserted Highland Route13 near Ban Phin Ho. Interesting to note that the further North we travel the more beautiful, rugged and wild the countryside becomes and the more surprise sometimes to see hill people walking in the middle of nowhere carrying huge and heavy loads on their backs.
This was one of the suprises when I was treated to this wonderful glimpse of 'Lanten' women in their distinctive traditional costumes - one of the most colourful ethnic minorities- caught me by surprise appearing out of nowhere before my eye walking along the remote and quiet mountain road. I was just fascinated by their elaborate outfit, the distinctive black indigo-dyed cotton clothing with pink trim and silver jewelry and the legs are covered with white leggings that go from the knee to the ankle. The visual impression was simply a true delight for the eyes as if I had seen it in a book or gallery.
This was a quick grab from some distance as the subjects were moving away from focus but at constant pace and focused on one particular fig while others were busy chatting away.
WS1: Caught by supprise, lighting was a bit harsh to my liking. The mountain road - Route13 is the only main north-south 'highway' leading to the Chinese border
WS2: Well spread out across the frame as they walked past
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eldancer1 (26764) 2013-12-27 9:33
I like your use of the narrow dof to capture those women. Great lighting that bring out their features. Very well done, tfs.
pajaran (50476) 2013-12-27 9:39
Interesantan i dobar tekst ..
Lep pogled ujutru ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Gospodje uvek nadju vreme i mesto za razgovor.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting and good text ..
Nice view in the morning ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work with the beautiful photographs in the workshop.
Mrs. always find time and place to talk.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Fis2 (83972) 2013-12-27 10:57
Your photo is interesting.
Good frame and colors.
Excellent light and depth.
Didi (56057) 2013-12-27 11:18
Interesting backlights on the group
Very interesting selective setting DOF
Best wishes while waiting the new year
ourania (29387) 2013-12-27 11:33
I like very much the combination of warm and dark colours and the interaction of the three ladies that fills the frame. The depth and the naturalness of the scene are appealing as well.
I think I prefer the second workshop photo, though. It is well framed and has a delightful natural rhythm. The three ladies stand out so well against the warm, blurry background and we rely on the body language, the distances among them and other details to infer information on their characters and relationship. I find this playful involvement required of the viewer intriguing and delightful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
holmertz (39513) 2013-12-27 11:57
I like how one woman is perfectly in focus, also having a very good light falling on her face as we see it in a profile. The woman in the middle is blurred as she briefly stops and looks back at you. The third one doesn't care, or hasn't yet noticed you. These three different positions and attitudes capture the essence of this clearly improvised shot where you had no choice but to pay attention to just one of them. I like the other photos too, but this one has the greatest degree of spontaneity, and even a bit of story-telling.
bukitgolfb301 (35234) 2013-12-27 13:45
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH, apa kabar?
Sorry for my late reaction as I was so busy last week.
Ya great semi-portrait / documentary image, so well taken the contrast of light and shades. Your high skills are reflected perfectly in this shot via 100%.
Thank you for your sharing and have a good weekend!
Takero from cold Tokyo
kato (11630) 2013-12-27 17:59
You're capturing well these people by a good composition, a good perspective and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see ethnic minorities in highland of Laos. It's also impressive that they wear the traditional clothes with black indigo-dyed cotton, carry the casual bag on shoulder and put the silver jewelry in ears as you note in here. And, it's interesting in their hair style. The whole is harmonized well by a good arrangement and beautiful color combination. It's good another photographes from another angle in WS.
Noel_Byrne (22773) 2013-12-28 3:09
Your gallery is truly a treasure to those who come after us, so many amazing portraits of such a variety of people, all with excellent descriptions to show the unique elements of each and every soul. Its always appreciated that you put so much effort into explaining things so that I can appreciate even more a sight that I would normally never dream of seeing.
This is a great catch, especially taken from a distance. The woman on the right stands out, of course because of the focus but also because of the sun lighting up her face and her expression. The lady in the centre, while out of focus, also commands attention, she looks to me as if she is telling her friends to hurry up :)
Thanks as always
danos (85165) 2013-12-28 3:09
nice this morning snapshot in the road of the town with the three women to walk on the road wearing their local dresses.I like the complementary scenes in the WS as we can see a lot of details from them.
Have a good and healthy New Year,Danos
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-28 6:56
It is a nice treatment. The lady in focus is the subject and the others are objects to create the atmosphere. The morning light has been beautifully used to draw up the details and expression of the lady. The shot is taken from a distance, but I can hear them talking!
Cricri (104433) 2013-12-28 8:09
Intéressante image de ces trois dames prises dans des positions différentes, belle lumière matinale, les deux WS sont joliment bien présenter aussi
marabu61 (8059) 2013-12-28 9:02
This is an intriguing scene indeed. The narrow DOF lets us concentrate on the face of the women to the right with her face so beautifully illuminated by the warm light. The women turning her head towards us is nicely out of focus and thus mystified like an onlooker from afar.
I wish you a very happy new year.
Silvio1953 (119605) 2013-12-28 11:54
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely composition with nice women, wonderful warm colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-28 21:07
I like your selective focusing over here. Great moment captured of these village women busy talking among themselves. I personally like the 2nd workshop photo more because I can see full extent of traditional dress of these tribal women and the 3 figures contrast the blurry BG so well. Thanks for sharing an unique shot.
cornejo (30067) 2013-12-29 4:23
Abmdsudi Hello, very nice shot of this interesting scene of everyday life of working women, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Oceania (4732) 2013-12-30 7:00
Three women were talking to each other while walking in remote area. Their gestures are no difference from modern girls in the big city. Only difference is the wearing. Their clothing is unique and beautiful. That’s the reason why it’s so memorable for you.
krzychu30 (15442) 2013-12-30 23:15
this is so marvelous!
At first the moment you captured here-unique and perfectly timed to convey its feeling and emotions.But also technically perfect with so lovely light and above all excellently mastered DOF(blurry background looks delightful!)
Wish You a Happy New Year!
Waylim (25182) 2013-12-31 12:41
Beautiful shots of the minority tribe of the Lanten. I don't think I even have heard of them. Nice to learn and see the images of them in the morning light. Many times we see images while we were driving in car but not a chance to take pictures.
I like both on the WS and well with them walking away into the picture and the WS 2 shows their very timid smile with a warm Laotian welcoming smile.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-01 1:54
great scene and caught in very natural way. Every woman faces different direction and it makes the image not only more interesting but also more dynamic. Very good DOF and attractive colors .
Thanks for sharing and all the best for New Year!
adores (35679) 2014-01-01 15:03
Very nice capture! I love the light on her face! The composition and colours are very good and the focus is perfect. It's always great to meet these ethnies!
Have a great 2014!
josepmarin (57693) 2014-01-12 5:43
this is a very fresh and spontaneous shot, by means of which you have caught skilfully these three women, with a good visual effect because of the field depth and the slow shutter-speed.
I like the nice light of the early morning, its warm tones, and the fast glimpse of the woman in the middle.
A splendid work, my friend.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (41984)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-23
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-27 9:07