Located in Lao Cai province 330km northwest of Hanoi, Sapa is an old former French hill station at 1500m elevation nestled amongst Hoang Lien Son Mountains near the Chinese border. What makes this place so interesting is the local minorities who inhabited this region. Two major ethnic groups are the Black Hmong and the Red Dzao who are mostly farmers. They practise their own culture and speak their own languages in their daily life. Each can easily be identified by a variation of their colorful decorated clothing.
The Black Hmong can be identified by their indigo dress and long belts worn several times around their waists. They also decorate themselves with many silver bracelets and large silver necklace and ear rings.
The Flower Hmong women stand apart with their vibrant dress. They wear a number of skirts and underskirts all made with very colorful fabrics. Their tops are embroided, often with flower motifs, and their heads are covered with elaborately shaped and balanced red scarfs.
The scenery around Sapa is so stunning. In the morning, as the mist is evaporating over the green peaks, it reveals the endless valleys of sweeping rice fields. And amids the green fileds, you can make out clusters of small huts and hamlets. They are the villages populated by these ethnic minorities-the montagnards or "mountain people" the term used during the former French colonial period.
This is a portrait of a charming Red Dzao lady, shot taken at Tha Pin village north east of Sapa
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CLODO (24918) 2010-05-21 1:17
A soft light enhances the wrinkles of this old lady. The black backgrond is fantastic to reveal the flesh hues and the red hat. That's a pity you cut it on the left of your shot, apparently you had time to check the POV before firing.
yquem46 (32857) 2010-05-21 1:33
Good morning Abmdsudi
A superb portrait, very expressive, much tenderness, delicate
Of course her red hat and her clear skin hue work very well together and on the black BG
Best to you
Have a nice day
JugnuToor (159) 2010-05-21 2:23
Hi Abmdsudi, very nice portrait, expression on the face completely overshadows the hard lines on her face. moment has been beautifully captured.
jhm (123166) 2010-05-21 3:32
I like this wonderful portrait, this is simple fantastic.
A face with the traces of time.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Good of color and presentation. TFS.
Pleasant Pentecost weekend,
BennyV (12859) 2010-05-21 6:27
Hello dear Abmdsudi,
Very strong full frontal light (maybe even a bit too much white in the face?), with a dark backdrop. A recipe for a great portrait. Also that bit of hand that is just visible is a minor minus, but I'm being very severe. This shot is easily among the best of today's pick! More please!
Thanks for sharing.
Bartleby (12765) 2010-05-21 8:13
wonderful portrait! The light hitting the wrinkled face is superb and the black bg enhances all her features. Well done.
peppe59 (14547) 2010-05-21 9:44
photo originates them and much expressive one, the full ace of wrinkles of the grandmother signs of the life. Beautiful the red hat. optimal job
bukitgolfb301 (30433) 2010-05-21 14:39
Hi my dear Abmdsudi
Sorry for may late reply, as I am so busy weekday.
Ya red zado lady, maybe I already met her there.
Great cropping compostion / well considered framework, fine color and sharp description as usual. Congratulation on your fine job!
Thanks for your sharing and have a good weekend!
pauloog (11735) 2010-05-22 3:50
A portrait telling a story of a long and probably hard life, but also of friendliness and proudness. Good how the red colour unifies the photo.
giorgimer (34518) 2010-06-05 14:02
it's a wonderful portraits. Her faces has all her stories written in it, the red hat is perfect
svefay (800) 2010-07-07 3:50
you've shot a sweet smile, nice old woman, well done...
jafadabret (56497) 2011-07-27 9:50
Quel beau portrait !
J'aime l'expression de ce visage si serein.
Du grand art !
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (27148)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-02-00
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): CLODO's SELECTION VII [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-21 1:12