This was taken on a peaceful cool morning in Ban Pak Sak about 6km out of town, nothing staged about it just a simple straight shot of a humble rural Tai Dam woman doing daily routine in a small stream, a tributary of Namtha river. There's nothing glamour about this fraction of a second snap but I was so touched by the infectious smile of a soulful woman, the warmest smiles imaginable.
The people of Laos are so welcoming, so dignified and they make me feel very humble and it always amazes me how it seems to be those who have so little that are the one most willing to give so much. A beautiful lesson in life that precious things often have no cost.
A Pure Joy in her face.......
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lousat (91950) 2013-12-29 2:02
Your work in PP transform this pic in a beautiful peinture,great colors and soft details in a minimalistic composition with the decentralized style that is like your hidden signature into the pic...ehehe...great shot,i like it! Happy new year and thanks for share,Luciano
papagolf21 (102388) 2013-12-29 2:09
Bonjour, cher Abmdsudi,
Encore une image très réussie qui fait plaisir à contempler.
Très bonne journée.
Fis2 (98429) 2013-12-29 3:19
Good POV, colors and sharpness.
I like this daily life shot.
Have a nice afternoon
ourania (46192) 2013-12-29 3:27
I like very much the naturalness and immediacy of this simple scene. Your composition is respectfully simple too and it's the lady's smile that gives it life and warmth. I also like the chromatic harmony, the texture of the water that fills the frame, the play of light and shade. I think your note is wonderful, it's very important coming from you, who have seen so many places and people. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
jhm (153640) 2013-12-29 3:29
These woman was not camera shy, alone the smile shows a very attractive picture.
High quality picture with original colours.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
I wish you a healthy 2014,
Sergiom (80586) 2013-12-29 5:38
J'aime beaucoup la position de la dame dans l'image. Elle nous permet de bien voir toutes les nuances de couleurs de l'eau dans laquelle elle lave quelque chose et le tout avec un superbe photo.
holmertz (53414) 2013-12-29 7:32
What a beautiful smile she is giving you, and what a beautiful composition. She is perfectly positioned and captured in obviously natural circumstances as she just happens to turn her face at you while doing her laundry. In spite of this spontaneity she looks like being on a stage with two spotlight directed towards her, one giving a yellow light, the other a brownish light. They are probably reflections of something but have a very lovely effect.
It is a fact, sometimes embarrassing, that I have met the most generosity and friendliness among the least fortunate people.
Kind regards and a Happy New Year.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-29 8:01
Hers is indeed a pure and dignified smile. It is good that she is not camera shy. The different colors playing in the water, with soft morning light, is wonderful.
A very sweet shot as usual.
With warm regards,
Cricri (120095) 2013-12-29 8:31
Belle scène de vie, j'aime son regard et son sourire vers vous, la lumière a ces pieds, la prise des gouttelettes du linge, une très belle image et portrait bien sympathique de cette dame du Laos
pajaran (61112) 2013-12-29 8:31
Interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i gospodja sa osmehom na licu.
Sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na -2007. godinu.
An interesting and good text ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good footage and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice place and showed the lady with a smile on his face.
All the best with beautiful memories of -2007. year.
saxo042 (37888) 2013-12-29 9:54
The different nuances of the water seems to be in a pleasant harmony with the different colours of the lady here. She is also well placed in the composition and she brings a good smile for all viewers.
Happy New Year
yquem46 (38752) 2013-12-29 11:21
A simple daily life situation of this woman doing her laundry in the river
I like her smile and the colors in the waters
Have a nice evening. Wish you all the best for 2014
adramad (45976) 2013-12-29 11:40
No doubt this woman represents the spirit of Laos ... . at least his friendly smile invites us to relax, to such a lovely picture, I like the effect of waves on the water, which produces women's clothes to be washed also the difference in water color between foreground and the rest, is surprising.
Very good sharpness and brightness.
Good job. I love it.
Have a good day.
dkmurphys (59145) 2013-12-29 12:53
I like this simple scene. It has the natural feeling of everyday life. Well taken, enjoy a good new week.
Happy New Year!
kwekwekan (1078) 2013-12-29 15:53
Great composition, rich colours and a fine interplay of light and shadow. The texture of the water in this photo is fantastic as well.
Wishing you a very happy new year,
kato (11630) 2013-12-29 16:49
You're capturing well this scenery by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which the woman with the smile is washing the clothes in the river. It's also effective for the color contrast between clean water and muddy water. And, the light inserted to the river draws out a good effect in this image.
bukitgolfb301 (42286) 2013-12-29 18:17
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH
Ya your Indonesian sereis is great, but Lao"s sereies is also fantatsic to see. Ya very real thier daily life
is so well presneted full of nostalgy and your affcetion. Great shot, HEBAT!
All the best and have a good day! TAKERO
jjcordier (79297) 2013-12-29 22:50
Une jolie rencontre transformée en très bonne photo. Bon cadrage décentrée et jolie palette de couleurs.
mirosu (16265) 2013-12-29 23:49
Excellent snapshot. Perfectly arranged in vertical frame. I like the pose and that the face is smiling to your camera. Excellent light and very good POV choice. Perfect light reflections.
Wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
SWISS ALPS ROADS
mesutilgim (95370) 2013-12-30 2:56
You have a good eye for perfect pov and timing !
This one is also great and quite self explanatory.
TFS and all the best for the new year !
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-30 4:19
altro eccellente ritratto colto nel Laos e sempre - come nei precedenti - perfezione nella copmposizione - gestione perfetta della luce e colori superbi.
Le tue foto sono uno splendido reportage dei paesi che hai avuto occasione di visitare, non solo per i paesaggi maestosi che riprendi, ma anche per i volti della gente che abita queste regioni.
Complimenti e auguri di un buoni 2014
Oceania (5202) 2013-12-30 8:33
This woman is smile to you. They are truly nice people. You had a fabulous catch there.
In China, people wash clothing just like that in some rural places. Most tourists or photographers are from cities. They are curious about that and often becomes a topic of their traveling.
Happy New Year!
Silvio1953 (144202) 2013-12-30 10:43
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely daily life composition with beautiful woman, excellent clarity, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
shevchenko (20548) 2013-12-30 18:17
Fantastic color and lighting effect that create a shot full with artistic feel, nice wave on the water surface too, good capture to a friendly women with smiling face, interesting composition, thanks for sharing.
Happy New Year 2014
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-12-30 19:08
Most Asian people are very friendly. In fact I heard one Asian speaker said that we Asians are user friendly. . .we get used and still friendly. She does have a wonderful smile. I like the lighting pooled around her and good details. Well done, tfs.
Waylim (25502) 2014-01-01 14:00
A simple way of life in Laos. And for generations, people are happy and content with such with in slow pace and no rush. Sometimes ignorance is a bliss. However as they learn more and know more. I wonder if they feel left out and no longer content with the fact that they have so little.
Love the pure joy and happiness in her face as she was doing the daily chore like laundry in the river. Love the way the light and shadow creating a really nice contrast to the whole composition.
adores (45595) 2014-01-02 16:03
How I understand you!Generally it's this kind of moments that we keep in mind.
You always get good daily scenes and this is another good one! I like her smiling face, the way you captured her, the light and even the water falling.
Have a great 2014!
ikeharel (72077) 2014-12-21 2:35
Got a nice smile, but she lookks a bit shy as you taken her by surprise, I guess, Abmdsudi.
Light and shadow over the water brought marvelous colors.
Have a nice new week,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (54503)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-19
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-29 1:40