Coc Ly, North Vietnam...
Coc Ly Market in Lao Cai Province always turns colorful and festive on Tuesdays, when ethnic people gather there to buy and sell goods, dine and drink, or just wander to enjoy the ambience of the montagnard market.
Many ethnic traders from Bac Ha and other parts of Lao Cai Province dress up in colorful costumes and bring horses, chickens, buffaloes, vegetables or whatever they can sell to the festive market in the wee hours, and will not return home until 1pm. Therefore, it is common to find yourself face to face with a buffaloe while strolling in the crowded main street of the bazaar.
Certainly, what catches the eyes of visitors most are the different colors of the costumes worn by ethnic people and the handicrafts they sell at the market, about 95 kilometers from Sapa in the northern province.
You can see young and old Hmong women, wearing skirts and hats with different types of embroidered flowers, crowding the market during the opening hours of Coc Ly. Scarves, clothes, decorations and other items made of tho cam (ethnic fabric) on sale also add color to the bazaar by the Chay River.
When we visited Coc Ly in 2007, road construction was under way, which, when finished, will not only shorten the trip between Sapa & Coc Ly, but most probably also hurt the authenticity of the market.
Cropped, increased sharpness, applies gradual toning, retouches and Neat Image.
Exif: ISO 100, 24mm, f/4.0, 1/60.
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PeterDF (405) 2011-05-02 5:57
A wonderful shot here of this woman on the way to the market, really a charming smile and indeed beautiful clothing and colors. You've captured a great face and smile, and it must have been a wonderful experience for you...hope to visit this area someday, too!
sense (163) 2011-05-02 5:58
Kompozisyonunuz çok ilgimi çekti gerçekten. Fotoğraftaki bayanın sıcak gülümsemesi de ayrı bir hoşluk katmış. Elinize sağlık, Sezen
annjackman (13227) 2011-05-02 9:20
This is beautifully caught - the lady has a very natural smile and the umbrella in the corner frames her well and emphasises the colours of her clothes. The out of focus lady in the BG fills the space and adds to the composition. Thanks for showing this.
SnapRJW (18784) 2011-05-02 9:40
Hello Erdem - Beautifully framed with the sun-shade and a pretty and open face. I love the OOF background too with the soft colour and echo of the sun-shade. Good shot, TFS and best wishes Rosemary
Wanda1 (13950) 2011-05-03 4:37
The old umbrella makes a great background for this smiling lady. Nice composition with the diagonal, and your focus is where it needs to be to show us all the beautiful details in her traditional clothing and on nice features.
gmg (4202) 2011-05-04 5:32
Great portrait, nice composition, good light and beautiful smile!
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3843)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-02
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
- Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): People scenes of Coc Ly, Vietnam [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-02 4:18