This photo was taken at the early morning market in Luang Nam Tha, when I saw this attractive and colorful Akha ethnic woman and roved around until I could finally get a few good shots of her. She really caught my attention and the reason is understandable, the glowing colors temptation to capture is a hard one to resist and she shines brilliantly above the rest for she is so photogenic with her distinctive headgear, full of life and needless to say she is the star of the show.
Luang Nam Tha means 'Big River Tha', one of the most interesting provinces in mountainous Northern Laos. Market place is always my favourite spot for photo shoot it is where the colorful Akha or Black Hmong ethnic minority hill tribe farmers would congregate daily to trade their farm produce. The vibrancy of colors from their outfits become the major attraction and this place would brighten anybody's day, sunny and grey, irresistible to any photographer
Traditionally Akha women wear wide leggings, a short black skirt with a white beaded bag similar to a sporran and a loose fitting black jacket with heavily embroidered cuffs and lapels. The black caps, such as this woman is wearing, are decorated with beads, shells and silver coins.
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guld (1042) 2012-04-26 7:49
A great portrait. The details on the head dresa is amazing. Light and clarity is very good.
serp2000 (41626) 2012-04-26 7:53
good portrait. i like this composition with a blured background, excellent presentation of the native clothes. the note is very interesting too.
yquem46 (38750) 2012-04-26 8:00
A nice portrait in daily life situation, well lit and with pleasant colors on her clothes
What I like most here is the blurred BG and the natural frame of the main character by the other women at right
lousat (81017) 2012-04-26 8:29
A magnificent portrait and a fantastic capture of the colors of these clothes,very original and different,great background too whit the old woman,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
siolaw (38292) 2012-04-26 9:25
She could even be from Europe, she has a very unusual face for an Akha!
Nice bokeh and atmosphere well captured.
eldancer1 (30742) 2012-04-26 9:25
Indeed! Charming and beautiful! Nice portraint of the lady. I like the framing and showing the other woman in the background. Great lighting and good details. Love the colors. Well done, tfs.
faubry (35405) 2012-04-26 9:29
Good evening Abmdsudi,
a very nice portrait, i like this blured background, good effect
have a nice evening
ourania (35009) 2012-04-26 10:46
you've captured this natural beauty in a lovely, discreet and effective portrait. I think you've also captured her strong and direct character in her intense glance. I like very much the contrast of superbly clear portrait with blurry background. The colours are wonderful. Well done and thank you!
All the best,
ciakgiak (30423) 2012-04-26 10:46
Ciao caro Abmdsudi,
il ritratto è bellissimo, hai saputo cogliere una splendida espressione della ragazza e saputo gestire al meglio la DOF, ma perché non tagliare la parte destra dell'immagine? Un caro abbraccio
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-04-26 11:16
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Um belo retrato desta mulher , bonitas as decorações que trás na cabeça , gostei do seu olhar , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
holmertz (43663) 2012-04-26 11:21
I would have loved to take a few pictures of that woman too. She would make any photographer happy with these clothes and headgear. The light is perfect and she turns her head a little, just enough to be looking into the composition. I can't make up my mind whether she was actually aware of you and relaxed enough not to bother. But what about the older lady in the background? She looks like she's eating her plastic bag ;-)
Jeppo (17645) 2012-04-26 12:05
Laos is a trip worth just for the people living there.
I like the richness of details of this portrait: the expression, the colours, the garnments
Fis2 (88763) 2012-04-26 12:29
I like colors and depth.
Very well done.
Greetings from Poland.
mauro61 (52631) 2012-04-26 14:32
buona la composizioni con i due piani di fuoco sfalzati e l'espressione della donna ottimamente colta.
Colori che rendono vivo questo ritratto,
bukitgolfb301 (37302) 2012-04-26 17:48
Hello my dear Abmdsudi YTH
Great multi portrait shot!
Best POV! Very attractive and fresh shot with sharp and clear description. Thanks for your sharing with your best job and have a good last working day, best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
danos (89617) 2012-04-27 0:55
nice the view of this woman belonging in Akha ethnic minority.I like her impressive colourful cover on her head, as the the other cloths that wear,making the image more effective.I like the clarity as the sharpness of the image.
CLODO (31606) 2012-04-27 2:25
I understand your insistence to try to take a picture of her, she looks so pretty with her decorated cap, well enhanced with a soft light. Good camera setting and POV to get another woman blurred.
dkmurphys (51394) 2012-04-27 3:15
Again a fine portrait taken in the street life. Great colors and perfect light. Well seen!
John_F_Kennedy (43353) 2012-04-27 6:44
nice portrait of the lady. Like the colourful details here.
paololg (31448) 2012-04-27 7:02
Ciao dear Abmdsudi,
beautiful portrait of this Akha woman with her colorful clothes, I am especially love the intense expression on her face, a look really deep. Excellent photo quality, essential in this kind of images. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice weekend!
TopGeo (38206) 2012-04-27 10:36
An amazing portrait and informations you have caught a very spontaneous and fresh scene,and note in a very special atmosphere. A good quality of image, a great sharpness a very interesting composition.I like scene of street!
Nice work. Perfect theme about the daily life in Laos.
Have a nice day. Best regards,
josepmarin (57841) 2012-04-27 12:45
It is a magnificent portrait, undoubtedly.
You have caught skillfully the nice look and the slight smile of this woman, with her nice traditional garment, in a good framing and with a field depth perfectly managed, while creating a blurry background that increases the three-dimensional sensation of the image.
It is a very pleasant photo at sight, that you have executed with a great elegance.
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-04-27 21:05
Salam my friend,
This is so well spotted and captured with all the charm and attractiveness of this local lady. The head gear is amazing with beautiful design and clad in that blue scarf. Lovely focus with slightly diffused background making her stands out well in the frame.
Thanks and kind regards.
emka (84032) 2012-04-27 23:50
Lovely portrait of thiese minority women. Akka women are so attractive in their traditional head gear. Maybe I would cut the women on the left, but it is OK as it is also. Superb shot.
Graal (99448) 2012-04-28 0:39
beautiful woman, good portrait. Nice decorative elements on the head. The fragment from right side a bit disturbing. Fine colours and DOF also.
Have a nice day.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-04-28 4:47
The portrait is remarkable. You're perfectly placed the subject. The facial expression is highlighted by the dark background. This is a very good picture, a beautiful woman. The light, colors and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
have a nice day
patdeph (35748) 2012-04-28 9:42
splendid portrait where I love the typical clothes of the Akha woman.The light on this woman is magnificent, emphasizing the colors of her clothes.I would have prefer without the cropped woman on the right, but this is a detail.Anyway, the main porrait is superb!
adramad (39770) 2012-04-28 10:28
Fantastic portrait that you have made of this woman, fabulous as you captured the intensity of his gaze, these colorful and beautiful costumes add great charm to the composition.
It is an image that I love, the realization is impeccable, both in sharpness, as light and beautiful colors. Congratulations.
I wish you a happy weekend.
All the best.
Waylim (25368) 2012-04-28 11:14
Such a beuatiful shot of the hill tribe. You certainly have seen more of Loas than I have, and I'm from there. I love her costume, so eye catching, but most of all, her charming charactor, she is somewhat shy, not looking into the camera directly and a little proud and happy to be the subject of your photography, and a little smile with elegance and grace.
Thank you. You make me wish to go back and see more of Laos.
Cricri (110279) 2012-04-28 11:50
Un joli regard de la jeune dame aux vêtement et décoration colorée qui illumine son joli visage, belle lumière, beau portrait
Silvio1953 (128283) 2012-04-29 5:44
Ciao Abmdsudi, beautiful portrait of lovely woman, intense expression, fantastic colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
jemaflor (88097) 2012-05-02 4:20
A portrait well managed, good attitude and focus on the face, interesting composition and colors, tfs.
everlasting (14698) 2012-05-04 1:55
And she certainly has charm, I really like how the older women appears in the bokeh, but struggling with the third women on the side. But given the framing there is not much that you could do to crop her completely gives you a strange format and you lose the lovely women in the BG.
After writing this I quickly glanced through the already written comments and I seem to be the only one struggling with the third women. Patrick in fact likes her for the natural framing. Just shows you how much I know -:)
Angshu (56450) 2012-05-06 21:24
A fine portrait captured with the long end of your zoom. She certainly has an attractive face partially lit up by the soft light from the left. The bokeh of the second lady in the BG is good, just enough to see her features. The head gear of the third lady to the right creates a nice frame & actually adds to the picture without distracting
jmdias (58131) 2012-05-08 16:17
interesting this girl, she doesn't look a typical face of this region. nice colors, framing and sharpness. TFS.
aliabazari (16053) 2012-10-29 17:22
Hi abmdsudi Dear
Portrait of woman with traditional clothing. Attractive composition and excellent exposure. Well done my friend.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (45630)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-19
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, RAW
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-26 7:45