I caught this in the split second before she realiased of my presence! A shot in a busy colourful tribal market in a cool mountainous rural Luang Namtha - a pensive portrait of a charming young Akha -identified by her less elaborate headdress- who was probably tired lost in thoughts when she was far away in her own little world. That’s why I couldn't resist regardless of how little I saw it. Not the most attractive picture and you will either love it or hate it, but I love it.
But her face is doubtless hard day's work, I bet what heavy loads she seemed to handle everyday as a matter of routine with the basket has done its fair share of work throughout her life. The same way of rural life that has not changed. What clever ideas though, I was fascinated by the simple rudimentary head-sling shoulder board they use which helps to lessen the total load. Whether the tradition and culture of this tribe will survive in this century is unclear, only time will tell.
Meantime, It's a long walk home to their isolated Thatphum Phuk village some 8-10km away from here..........
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yquem46 (38750) 2013-11-29 6:39
A nice portrait of this young woman lost in her thoughts
Nicely composed with a good neutral BG, much room ahead of her gaze, natural colors, mild available light
Have a nice WE, best regards
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-29 6:53
altro eccellente ritratto dei tuoi.
Anche qui ottima gestione della luce e bella espressione del soggetto.
Colori e nitidezza impeccabili.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
willperrett (8007) 2013-11-29 6:59
Not the most attractive picture?? I love this one: the expression is very well caught for a grab shot, and your use of negative space is masterly. I wonder what her reaction was when she caught you catching her?
Fis2 (89325) 2013-11-29 7:20
Good colors and depth.
SnapRJW (31625) 2013-11-29 7:30
Hello Abmdsudi - Your trademark use of negative space and a soft, dark blurred backdrop is again so perfect for your portrait. The colours of her clothing and the light across her face and shawl is lovely. A sensitive and beautiful shot. and as always a pleasure to see. Warm regards Rosemary
rychem (27412) 2013-11-29 8:50
Excellent portrait of this nice woman, the portrait is very well presented against the dark BG, well
eldancer1 (31359) 2013-11-29 9:22
Very serious look on this girl's face frozen in time. Candid shots can be very telling, I can't imagine what she is thinking about. Love the composition and placement of the subject in the frame. Good use of the dark background and the narrow dof. Well done, tfs.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-11-29 9:47
A stunning street photo!
Her lost-in-thought expression has been accentuated by the dark background. The 3-D effect is unique.
Great find and wonderful colors as usual.
Thanks for a superb portrait.
With warm regards,
ourania (35832) 2013-11-29 10:58
she really looks lost in her thoughts, people have a dream-like expression when very tired and seem so introvert. I like very much the gentleness her face has acquired by the soft light and the mild, warm colours in which she's wrapped. The space you left before her symbolizes her long walk home but the dark tones that define the surroundings have a fine softness. The melancholic atmosphere is captivating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
papagolf21 (89706) 2013-11-29 11:38
Excellent maîtrise des portraits, des paysages, de l'architecture, cela demeure toujours un réel plaisir de contempler vos réalisations.
chawax (19766) 2013-11-29 11:52
Very nice portrait with an original POV, this woman being on the very left of the picture, with a great bokeh on the right. Nice colours and good sharpness.
Have a nice week end,
mcmtanyel (15989) 2013-11-29 16:55
Against your prediction, I neither love it not hate it. Do not get me wrong, I recognize the photographic quality but I am not a people-photographer so it does not attract me enough to say I love it. I certainly don't hate it because i can see the photographic prowess that gave rise to it.
If this were on sale at a gallery, I would not take it home. If it were in a gallery for a competition and I were a judge, I would give it top points. Neither love nor hate, I just appreciate it.
Periko (3519) 2013-11-29 17:33
Well framed subject. Low light but great capture
jjcordier (78388) 2013-11-29 23:17
Belle composition décalée avec une large place donnée au regard ce qui souligne encore plus l'impression que cette femme est perdue dans ses pensées. Le fond noir fait encore mieux ressortir les couleurs de ses habits.
mirosu (15156) 2013-11-30 2:08
You are presenting very well balanced photo. The woman is in superb light, excellent profile pose. You´ve placed the woman nicely to the side of the frame which really does strengthen things and creates excellent balance. What a beautiful photo.
Wish you a very nice Sunday.
everlasting (14698) 2013-11-30 4:33
excellently composed, (I like negative space) with such natural lighting. Her shawl is so pretty and her basket adds texture
pajaran (54516) 2013-11-30 4:35
Dobar dan, popodne.
Lep trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar dan, lepo pokazana gospodja u narodnoj nosnji sa korpom na ledjima.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Beautiful moment ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Hello, nice lady shown in traditional costume with a basket on his back.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
dkmurphys (52177) 2013-11-30 5:07
Another very artistic portrait during the daily life routine. Great quality, well taken.
Have a nice weekend.
adramad (40166) 2013-11-30 8:58
A very serious face of this woman, perhaps too thoughtful .... great composition by placing the character on one side of the plane, which is diffuse dark, which makes a woman stand out better. It's a great portrait.
Magnificent very natural color.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Enjoy the weekend.
All the best.
holmertz (44362) 2013-11-30 11:13
Another picture taken from some distance without the girl's knowledge. The relatively narrow DOF has made the dark background perfectly blurred and isolated her from the surroudnings, just like she appears to have isolated herself from the noise and crowds of the market. Whether lost in thoughts or just tired after an early rise and a long walk with a heavy load is hard to tell. I love the simple elegance of her clothes and the basket she is carrying, all showing her attention to an old culture still going strong in a rapidly changing society.
nikkitta (16476) 2013-11-30 11:49
Good title and informative note plenty of your always touching feelings, quite agree how hard must be life for the girl
You managed to take the photo just before she discover you, so with time to compose a good photo profile
Nice contrasting with the dark back
Wish you to enjoy the weekend
Cricri (110607) 2013-11-30 22:29
Un très joli portrait de cette dame perdue dans ces pensées, j'aime les couleurs et la lumière sur elle sous le fond sombre, tout beau portrait
Highmountains (2255) 2013-12-01 1:58
There is a stoical calm in her expressions. However, the colours with a variety of bright shades are very well captured. The bright head scarf, the glitzy shawl stand out against the darkened background.
Like the border framing.
Thanks for sharing, abmdsudi
jhm (143429) 2013-12-01 5:14
Another very artistic portrait during the daily life.
Sharpness an colours are very well.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
marabu61 (9385) 2013-12-01 10:47
Beautiful portrait of this market women in her traditional gerar. The unclustered background suits her perfectly and puts her on the deserved center stage here.
have a great sunday
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-12-01 14:24
a fascinating capture, abmdsudi,
i really love how you placed her in the left third of the shot, beautifully lit against the mysterious and sombre tones of her b/g. so many photographs we see from this part of the world are so crowded with people, things, and colors that they give me a headache just to look at them. but here you have isolated this girl in her very own universe ~ sad, tired, angry or beaten down as that world may be, judging by the look in her eye.
i'm with you, i love it, too :)
kato (11630) 2013-12-02 0:33
You're capturing well this portrait by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the tradional clothes of this tribe and bamboo basket carried on her. She look like pensive face as this title, so she will be tired about the daily routine hard work. In the modern society where mechanization and the increase of population progress, releasing all people from simple and hard work seems to be the subject entrusted in the future we every person including education has to consider.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-12-02 11:09
really like the way you´ve "frozen" the scene.The blurry background kept in dark tonation suits perfect to this scene and to emphasise the woman from the surrounding.
It´s like you wrote-pensiveness and tranquility are perfectly conveyed here.
macjake (60564) 2013-12-03 16:13
another wonderful culturally photo, suiting TE perfectly.
I would love to see more photo's of this lady, more of the attire she wears, i find it very interesting indeed.
love how the pink and reds stand out so well against the dark bg. excellent shutter speed in this light.
delpeoples (54625) 2013-12-11 17:00
That's some brave photography there, I certainly don't have your guts to be sneaking these amazing shot, wish I did. Again I like how you've positioned her to the far left with the abstract void on the far rights. The colours of her costume are dazzling and I love you she looks so thoughtfully off into the distance. Excellent work as usual.
adores (40330) 2013-12-16 14:16
You're right, I like it also! Her expression, completely unaware of your presence, is just perfect! I also like the light, the composition and focus, including the bikes in the blurred background and the basket she's carrying. The colourful clothes make a great contrast with the dark background. Good portrait!
Waylim (25368) 2013-12-17 17:46
Yet another excellent photo of the minority ethnic in Laos. Next time I go back, I want to go up North to all this little villages. I love the moment that you have captured with the lady just walking into the frame and her pensive expression makes me curious as to what she is thinking about. Good composition with lot of open space for her to walk in.
aliabazari (16053) 2014-09-07 21:50
Very beautiful shots of people and everyday life. Frame and excellent exposure. As always, the eyes can be seen. Thanks for sharing
COSTANTINO (59247) 2014-09-07 22:04
Hello my dear friend
traditional attractive and vivid capture of
this woman I love this kind of shots and
this pensive portrait of thie charming
yoing Akna is very interesting lost in
thoughts the expression is very well caught
have a nice time
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (46176)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-19
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/160 seconds
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