Salt Farms in Khanh-Hoa
I took this photo at Hòn Khói salt-farms on National Highway 1 half-way between Nha Trang and Vạn Giả Pass, which is some 30 km North of Nha Trang City where local harvesting salt is the largest salt industry of Khánh Hòa Province. Normally, a liter of salt water collected from this area after evaporation could end up with 35 grams of salt.
Since several centuries ago, salt has been an important and primary role in national revenue. According to Viet Nam History by Trần Trọng Kim, in 1721, King Trịnh Cương created a new department named Giám Dương to collect 20% tax on salt. Buyers must have registered card issued by Giám Dương to be legal for salt purchase. They also have to buy from government officials first prior to dealing with regular producers. Such a tax system triggered high price of salt and effected normal people. In 1732, the king aborted salt system to save his throne from rebels. 14 years later, Trịnh Doanh re-established a method of salt taxing: organizing every 50 acres of salt field into a kitchen (unit); each kitchen must turn in 40 drawers of salt, an equivalence of 180 dongs.
Nowadays, salt still takes its role in Vietnam economy to an extend that we are using satellite photos to help improving salt harvesting. Vietnam has a project of nearly VND134 billion (US$8.4 million) to be invested in industrial salt production to meet domestic demand. The salt industry will invest mainly in developing industrial salt fields in the central provinces of Khánh Hòa, Ninh Thuận and Bình Thuận. Vietnam expects to have about 6,600 hectares of industrial salt fields in its central and southeastern coastal provinces by end of 2005 to ensure a balance in the supply of industrial and cooking salt.
Vietnam produces 300,000 tons of industrial salt annually. Of this amount, less than 200,000 tons are qualified for use in industrial production. As a result, the country still has to import about 150,000 tons of salt for industrial production each year. These imports have brought salt prices down in the domestic market.
For salt production process, please use this link.
Remarks: I am currently out of town hunting pictures for 2006 Calendar. Sorry that I am without time to write the note. This note is contributed by a trekearth friend who is interested in this topic.
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va2ho (298) 2005-05-30 18:50
Just perfect. You could have this picture in a calendar for sure. Good colors, detail. its clear and i like the clouds on the background. I think i will learn some points with this picture
sahmay (1375) 2005-05-30 18:50
An excellent capture and exposure of clouds, colours and composition also beautiful. Congrats.
robiuk (10807) 2005-05-30 18:53
Absolutely fantastic capture, Nhiem!
If I had to imagine the BG for this scene I wouldn't come up with this cloud formation even in my best imaginative moments.
Also, the distribution of light and colours is great here.
Excellent work! Bravo!
PS. Great note, too!
fryz (1735) 2005-05-30 18:55
the best picture i've never seen!!!
well done Nhiem!
my forum is about weather photo contest if you are interesting:
see you later
duder (359) 2005-05-30 19:03
Amazing photo, the mountains and clouds are an almost surreal backdrop, you have chosen a good angle and there is a nice bit of symmetry here. Congratulations.
Bojan (1630) 2005-05-30 19:12
Hi Nhiem :)
Such an exciting photo. So many interesting details making such a powerful whole. Excellent.
ZWEI-KATZEN (135) 2005-05-30 19:43
it's amazing:) just perfect! I love it:)
poulinp (4530) 2005-05-30 20:10
Incredible shot, It's amazing how it is sharp and clear. The exposure, the composition... everything's good.
Motrem (2392) 2005-05-30 20:11
Magnificent light which makes of your photo a small jewel. The clouds which get married to the salt, which impact. Great shot!
Merveilleuse lumière qui fait de votre photo un petit bijou. Les nuages qui se marient avec le sel, quel impact. Great shot!
Nols (69) 2005-05-30 20:23
Wow! This is awesome - a perfect picture!
bliard (1116) 2005-05-30 20:40
ninadev (5377) 2005-05-30 20:40
Wow! amazing scene... so unusual and beautiful.. as if they were on snow on the top of a mountain with these lovely triangular hats... Not seeing their faces add a little mystery to this scene... really fantastic.!
gringofil (0) 2005-05-30 21:32
Yeah...this shot rocks. Really cool. The clouds are a wonderful backdrop to this scene and the way you've managed to capture the salt workers in action is excellent as well. My only gripe is about a bit of hat just sticking out over the salt hill...would be better without it, but this is a minor thing. Excellent work.
jstewart (1150) 2005-05-30 22:09
Excellent and dramatic image. The workers are set against a dramatic sky. Full marks for a truly educational note: an example to other TE-ers.
moxon (78) 2005-05-30 22:53
This looks like something from a sci-fi movie! Beautiful and surreal. And technically, like all your photos, just perfect.
alainh (35583) 2005-05-31 0:20
another great one !
A staggering shot. Snow, Salt, Clouds, Where are they ??
joninchina (163) 2005-05-31 0:44
WOW!! thats all i hve to say, i wish i could offer you more ponits. Prefect!!
chaity (1539) 2005-05-31 1:55
I love the composition of this photo. The clouds are really nice. Those white color salt makes me feel those people working on an alp. 8-)
RGatward (20062) 2005-05-31 2:03
Ecellent PoV for this, my first thought was that it would be better to see the salt harvesters in more detail, but on reflection I agree with your decisions here. The dramatic clouds make a good backdrop.
entrelec (8328) 2005-05-31 2:15
All is perfect.
lucinka (9976) 2005-05-31 3:24
Nhiem, next great shot. As soon as I saw the picture I thought it must be yours. You are truelly talented photographer!! This one is another prove of it it. Great compostion with people in front of cloudes. Fantastic colors, simply master piece. L.
Cruize (0) 2005-05-31 7:30
This is just spectacular Nhiem. Your DOF is so right as is your composition. I love the people as the focal point with their traditional hats. The big clouds as a background are most impressive. Well done.
t0mmm1 (5440) 2005-05-31 8:48
Wow. What colors, what light. And this paradise-like atmosphere. I like it very much. It' a fantastic shot. Congratulation.
capthaddock (28790) 2005-05-31 10:11
What is THIS?? The most magnificent picture I have seen from Vietnam, by far yet. Those clouds against the salt, and the cultural aspect, the informative note. It would be a shame on TE if this didn't get 100 points by tomorrow. (that said I'm out of green so will revisit later)
djtokyo (10) 2005-05-31 10:42
This is a magical shot in so many respects. The action of the salt being poured, the anonymous nature of the two workers, the mostly primary colors of their clothes, and the sheer wonder of realizing that I'm looking at salt and not snow. The clouds, of course, are stupendous. I'd buy a calendar with this shot in it in a heartbeat.
Learning about the importance of salt in Vietnam (great note, btw) was a bonus.
Typhon (176) 2005-05-31 11:07
2 more point, just because this picture is so great. The sky is wonderful and the salt makes it only better. Also the composition is fantastic, how the people stand on the salt field.
dumaresq_ca (1892) 2005-05-31 13:29
Tout y est MAGNIFIQUEMENT traité: couleur, POV, netteté, etc. Félicitations et merci pour la beauté!
tontonjc (6623) 2005-05-31 15:48
Waoouuhh !! superbe ... incroyable image et couleurs . le cadrage et les nuages sont splendides.
kinginexile (2598) 2005-06-01 4:58
wonderful, unusual shot, one could think it is about mountain-climbing snowy mountain caps. Somehow, i wish the human aspect of it, these 2 hard-working figures, would be approached more closely, but still, the originality of the locale makes it a winner.
jiekuan (332) 2005-06-02 1:10
Very nice background. Salt Farm seems part of the layered clouds.
PeterDF (421) 2005-06-02 18:13
Your photos are just so unbelievable! Another stunning shot. Your sense of composition is superb. Just too perfect!
Saar (571) 2005-06-03 11:28
Wow, what an absolutely brilliant photograph AND place! I've been to Vietnam in January this year, was in Nha Trang for a few days but never heard of this place.
If you look quickly you think it's all snow, and that you're in the Himalaya, or something. Then it turns out to be salt. Amazing! Also the combination of the impressive clouds, and the colours of the workers' clothing...
One of my favourites.
mrdungx (172) 2005-06-03 17:03
How could you capture the clouds so clear and stunning like that! It makes a great background for the pic.
huynt (5079) 2005-06-27 19:19
A great shot. all is too perfect. Thanks for sharing.
losteden (1522) 2005-07-03 15:17
What to say just amazing.
garrbus (210) 2005-08-24 2:47
It's realy amazing how many rice they have been taken... :) Photo is really impresive and very good and now I;m going to looke at it onece again. :)
kourosh (2375) 2005-08-24 3:04
what a great combination of colors! what I most like about this image are the fluffy clouds right behind the two figures, and that they go so well with the salt. superb job!
andreineamtu (466) 2005-09-10 17:23
in thumbnail i thought these were alpinists on a snowy mountain.. :) great blue, and the clouds in the back are good. i thing you got a good contrast here. an auto exposure here would have been tricked i thing. good photo.
pascalbene (1717) 2005-09-25 11:59
Fantastic atmosphéric picture. Snow without snow. Really magic. Congratulation.
marian (2) 2005-09-25 12:03
quelle image incredible beaute!fantastic du tout:couleurs,light,contrast!incredible encore une fois....
riclopes (35577) 2005-10-21 13:54
Just super Nhiem! Brilliant DOF and sharpness! Lighting very well managed and the cloudy sky as a background is marvellous! Great that I got this one in first page of TE.
All the best,
Mafo (1339) 2005-10-21 14:17
Beautiful photo Nhiem!
Nice composition with cloads in background, nice colors and good sharpnes!
Prisley (1485) 2005-10-21 15:06
Everything has been said, but is it really impressive! A wonderful shot with great POV, colors and light. I just love the clouds here!! Perfect comp', "du grand art" ;o)
AiresSantos (56155) 2005-10-22 4:04
Simply fantastic !
Excellent colors and details.
Compliments... and thanks!
Aires dos Santos
pitai (3985) 2005-10-22 11:10
The perspective heres is everthing!!!
You couldn´t had a better backgound!!! Just amazing!!!!
Good colors, and DOF as well.
Albrecht (11281) 2005-11-30 12:51
this is one of the most beautiful picures I have seen on TE for a LONG TIME.
Very well captured moment and place and action. Wonderful depth in the picture and great colours too.
partha (14020) 2005-11-30 12:53
OH what a capture. The beautiful sky supports the subject very much.
U have really god gifted eye.
cmarino (2490) 2005-12-01 5:07
Simply marvelous !!
An impressive photo in terms of beauty and technical quality. I would give you 1000 smiles for that.
This one goes straight to my favorites. The first one !
zeca (19762) 2005-12-01 11:56
Fantastic shot, Nhiem! Nice POV! The two men looks like trying to reach the sky where we see wonderful clouds. Lights, colours and contrast are nice! Exclent!
carpeDiem (45) 2005-12-05 9:24
FELICITATION POUR CETTE PHOTO!
Dawu (113) 2005-12-07 10:56
Adding to the general praise... this is a fantastic shot. It could cetainely be sold to the National Geographic or some other photography magazine!
keribar (43841) 2005-12-30 14:20
One of the best pictures in TE these days. There is everything in it: Composition, motion, angle, light and color and pretty clouds. Congratulations - Goes to my favorite stoo. - Izzet Keribar
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2005-12-30 14:33
First I thought that there is snow mountain ;).
Wonderful image. Beautiful capture with nice colours and amazing background made by clouds.
klyee75 (778) 2006-02-02 23:00
Amazing photo....the background are very good with the interesting clouds.Excellent and dramatic image. The workers are set against a dramatic sky
salil (239) 2006-02-03 12:40
hey Nhiem awesome really nice capture, u got a really nice shot i liked the framing, its all well balanced, u can see nice blue sky, clouds on both sides of the frame & in center men working with salt, first when i saw image i thought like volcano, but it looks great nice keep shooting
Mistral (15402) 2006-02-03 12:58
Hi Nhiem, great photo for composition and sharpness. You managed very well the white with the colours. Great clouds. Wow! TFS
roconnell (327) 2006-02-03 13:08
Breathtaking. The clarity and color are amazing as is the backdrop. The falling salt adds motion and the people almost seem to be floating on top of that mountain of salt. Well done.
Tristan-z (1053) 2006-02-23 14:18
Magnifique photo , prise au bon moment.
celinaconroy (717) 2006-04-26 17:45
It's just seen your photo of the salt farms as a feature on TE's Featured Favourites. I don't think I have ever seen such a fantastic photo as this. The subject matter, the colour and especially those dramatic clouds are just superb.
qpochet (1412) 2006-05-05 5:44
This is a great great job! Unfortunatly there are no smileys to give 4 points directly for what I consider as a perfect shot! Very good light and excellent composition. It's one of the most amazing skies/clouds I've ever seen in my life. Looks dynamic too thanks to the inclusion of those two people working. Very interesting note as well. By the way, I don't agree with what you say in your "intro" :-), you're a really good photographer IMO and with pictures like yours I'm sure you'll be able to feed your family.
anthonyb (1209) 2006-05-16 19:02
Beautiful shot. The composition, light and colours are superb. It's got to be one of the best pics I've seen of your beautiful country.
MIMACSKA (291) 2006-05-23 14:48
I came tu you trough Zeca's favorite.
You are really good!
Really really good!
Thanks for sharing!
breo (167) 2006-06-02 9:20
My hat down for this photo ...
dasilva (141) 2006-06-02 9:35
One more positive critique, among so many ...
Clouds, colors, composition: simply perfect !!
Fotociclista (61) 2006-06-02 9:40
thanks for sharing it.
Philippe (11836) 2006-06-12 3:34
Hi, Nhiem. A fantastic photograph. The two workers stand out very well against the clouds, which are really beautiful. Exposure must have been very difficult with all this white deceiving the camera sensor, but you managed it perfectly well.
Mojgan (44) 2006-07-10 6:38
I really like the mixture of white and blue colour in this picture; the colour of cloud and salt and also the blue sky in the background, all has made a fantastic picture. Thank you for sharing this moment with us!
Bluejeans (64251) 2006-07-28 18:47
Ola Nhiem Hoang bela foto, bom angulo , esta fantastica!!!!
gramma (3519) 2006-08-20 5:12
Very nice photography and fantastic ambiance.
Colors, sharpeness, all is perfect !
JCG (35129) 2006-08-26 4:28
Superbe photo. J'aime beaucoup cette explosion de nuage en arrière plan. Les couleurs et la netteté sont magnifique.
Merci pour le partage.
sc07 (1292) 2006-09-18 19:28
Fantastic shot! The colors are wonderful...and above all I love this composition with these men between salt and clouds. This scene is amazing, almost high in the sky. The clouds are superb and look like huge wings for these angels of salt. I've just travelled through your gallery, your pictures are magnificient, I though I was dreaming. Keep on shoting!
ckuan (270) 2006-09-22 4:25
Spectacular shot! Qudos!
recepyuksel (17808) 2006-09-22 16:42
Unbelieveble image. Just perfect.....
Bravo, thank you
JonteW (190) 2006-10-07 0:31
Good lightning in the foreground and marvelous clouds in the sky! I'm a bit split with the hats covering the faces. I feel a bit like they are trying to hide and a bit like they are protecting the secret of making salt.
The tip of the third hat could maybe be removed in PP? See my WS.
Framboisilla (5277) 2006-10-07 13:40
A beautiful and surprising scene ! At beginning I believed to snow in the montain and it was salt's production.
MichaelTrezzi (3368) 2006-10-17 13:25
Hi Nhiem, what a wonderful picture of "mining salt in heaven". Perfect composition, great colors, excellent contrast with the color dress of the two people. Congratullations ! Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Michael
rocketrouge (509) 2006-10-30 11:10
Wonderful information and excellent photo. Thanks.
raybam (387) 2006-10-30 17:01
fiedziu (1764) 2006-11-01 13:47
fantastic shot Nhiem
thanks for sharing
IgorDeleze (585) 2006-12-06 3:33
The composition is perfect with an ideal point of view.
tamtidelam (105) 2007-01-14 14:29
Benedict (7076) 2007-02-01 22:40
i am tongue-tied! ican't find the right adjectives to critic this posting. everything is excellent x 100!!
two thumbs up, way, way up!
sanalytis (1634) 2007-02-01 23:52
Absolutely magic. One of the best images on TE.
Viera (948) 2007-02-03 3:19
perfect shot.you have captured the people by work for me not usual.Excellent place,excellent photo.
bwiti (402) 2007-03-20 13:23
Exceptionnelle photo ! La position des ouvriers, la nettete, les couleurs, le gigantisme des nuages... Tout, absolument tout est parfait ! Mille felicitations...
Tubularek (331) 2007-03-31 11:17
Amazing sight! And all these shade of blue and white... Fantastic!
xyasin (59) 2007-03-31 11:46
Aliine (2663) 2007-04-10 7:15
Just amazing, beautiful shot!
broglia (3598) 2007-05-02 11:21
Hi, this shot has just turned up on the Featured Favorites - and it's just gone straight into mine. I know this term has probably been overused, but this shot is "awesome". The two annonymous figures, their faces hidden by those wonderful hats, are perfectly captured against that stunning cloud formation. The low POV is just brilliant. Best regards, Roberto
waseemkhan (1099) 2007-05-10 7:06
Amazing photo, the mountains and clouds are an almost surreal backdrop, you have chosen a good angle and there is a nice bit of symmetry here.
fleurdaubergine (85) 2007-05-18 7:24
Cette photo est merveileuse, les nuages dérrières donne une dimension volcanique au travail éffectué par ces personnes. L'une des plus belles réalisation que j'ai pu voir sur ce site. Félicitation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
happypoppeye (4819) 2007-06-03 23:57
Simply excellent photo all around. Sort of surreal looking. Like Vietnam meets Nepal at first sight. Great work.
pally3100 (3413) 2007-06-12 12:59
bonjour Nhiem Hoang
superbe ambiance dans cette image qui me parait
trés interessante de par son sujet et tellement
bien mise en valeur par ses qualités photos
l association des nuages et des tas de sels ainsi que le fond de montagne en arrière plan donne une impression de prise de vue en toute haute montagne , bien vu bien pris , Henri Belgique
bend1k (934) 2007-06-12 23:10
wow, snow in vietnam. nice background too :)
cepekdong (3676) 2007-07-11 9:09
absolutely amazing pic ! i thought it was snow
Dnieprowsky (212) 2007-08-09 2:53
Great shot, fantastic colours!
sebinho342 (19317) 2007-08-24 7:28
Une photo cultissime de TE, quelle beauté
Pas grande a dire si ce n'est de laisser mon nom dans la longue liste
Je suis archi fan de cette photo :)
edytungkal (4551) 2007-10-25 20:12
Hello Nhiem Hoang,
Really an excellent composition, i like it alot. Thanks
Nordavind (539) 2007-12-23 5:16
molto bella, complimenti!
jjcordier (79275) 2007-12-23 5:21
Une véritable merveille. Félicitations!
smash2707 (3320) 2008-02-05 19:17
Hi Nhiem. Perfect composition, great light, amazing colors, nice details and texture, beautiful clouds. Regards, Yvonne
ilvao (2306) 2008-02-14 12:47
Dear friend from TE,
your picture is just unbelivable
probably my favorite in TE so far
what a light, what a background
all the best and congratulations
lopshang (724) 2008-03-18 18:48
A very good composition and a very unique perspective. Those clouds over background are really cool. I like the sharpness and contrast of the picture.
bizsu (1015) 2008-03-28 4:14
Splendid compositions. Superb photo. Wonderful the clouds on background.Very good daily life picture. Very much salt,and much work. Congrat.
Best regards, Zsú
tomszat (1141) 2008-04-04 2:56
I wont't be original saying how great this photo is, amazing scene with superb composition, colours, POV, DOF and everything else. The clouds in backgound are just outstanding, wonderfully captured, what else I can say? I love it and adding it to my favorites,
flatwin (2181) 2008-08-25 8:36
superbe cliché tout est parfait, la prise de vue le ciel
CLODO (32530) 2008-09-23 12:22
Very powerfull picture very sharp. The clouds seem to be the continuation of the moutains.
powoj (1661) 2008-10-03 14:19
No nie... To jest niemożliwe! To jakiś sen... Mistrzostwo świata- nie to arcymistrzostwo! Cudowne! Niezwykłe! Niepowtarzalne! Niesamowite! A dla admina: Kolory nienaganne, świetny POV, kadr, i kompozycja
vmukherjee (612) 2008-12-19 8:22
Great shot!! I love the way the huge clouds are in the background with the men in the foreground. Also the whites of the clouds match with that of the salt. Beautiful composition and colours. Thanks for sharing.
herowono (0) 2009-08-24 16:12
Wonderful, great moment and komposition. Very beautiful.
davidh_ (29) 2009-08-24 16:37
Bravo pour cette superbe perspective !
MyriamVillert (3223) 2009-09-13 6:05
Wow ! Magnifique ! Quel ciel ! Tu nous fais découvrir une activité de récolte du sel dans la tradition des gestes ancestraux. Merci pour ce partage. Le cadrage et l'exposition sont parfaits. Je mets ta photo dans mes favoris !
MeAT (1174) 2009-10-06 18:57
This is absolutely grandiose! The mix of blue and white with the clouds gives it a mountain inspired aura.
Thanks for sharing!
beatris (140) 2010-01-17 3:07
I'm in shock.I didn't know that there are salt farms.
I really like the shot you took it is perfect.The light, colours and people .I thought there is snow .
zubeyirgok (449) 2010-03-10 11:54
the best picture
Zbychu (0) 2010-04-19 20:03
Simply great !!
Ceekoolo (30) 2010-04-20 15:57
It is not easy to describe the beauty of this image.
Every single detail makes it unique and precious.
I love the salt that falls down which gives a dynamic feeling. The Backdrop is quite dramatic thanks to this imposing clouds.
I also do love the fact that we can't see the faces of this 2 workers. In this case they are part of the landscape too and not the main characters.
And the light...what a light!
gakgo (52) 2010-06-04 1:25
added to favs...
iainsp (2630) 2010-08-06 12:02
This is a beautiful photo - a real work of art.
As a newby to TE this is the first piece I have added to my favourites, but I am going to have to lower my standards slightly in future to get anything else in to my favourites.
Congratulations and I will keep an eye out for your work.
paromitadey (623) 2010-09-16 23:47
Lovely illusion in salt. Looking at the thumbnail view I had felt this was a photo of some snowy peak and two people have climbed to the summit. :)
Once I clicked the thumbnail, complete different photo. Loved the framing of the photo and colors and the clarity of the elements are amazing.
This goes straight to my favorites list.
sittipong (251) 2010-10-05 9:38
ajayrawat (652) 2011-06-15 13:34
simply love your work
dale54 (6760) 2011-08-11 3:42
never ever seen vietnam as in this photo! wow now thats great work nhiem
schumanng (0) 2011-10-16 14:15
Incredible shot! Colours of background are fantastic and so the contrast with the human figures. Also the movement of the two persons is given back in opposition to a landscape which seems unmoving. It's very rare to see such a photograph.
janmeyers (35) 2013-02-15 9:16
- Copyright: Nhiem Hoang (hoangthenhiem) (2531)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-05-23
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Sigma SD10, Sigma 100-300 w/ Mac, CF Card iso 100
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Gul791's Favourit, Salt Mining, David's Things To Do, brevbrev14 FAV.2, Devimeuxbe's favorites on TE ( I ), °°Simply Great - Landscapes°°, Favorites - landscapes 02, treasure chest, trekks' favorites 1, mon hommage à l'Asie, Photo's to remember, More than 200 points to 300 – photos, More than 100 favorites...., Kasia's Favourites 4 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-05-30 18:47
- Favorites: 119 [view]