These are the Red Dzao, probably the second largest ethnic minority group here in Sapa with their famous identity, the distinctive eye-catching bulky red head-dresses which supposedly determine how rich they are depending on size, with shaved eyebrows and foreheads. The red colors are omnipresent here and their traditional clothes are a true delight for the eyes; a colourful inspiration for any creative mind with those wonderful hand sewn embroideries.
This was a quick grab from some distance away using 300mm lens, but was lucky to have my camera ready. Focused on the central figure while others were busy chatting away. Not the kind of lighting I like but the colour certainly enhances the beauty of these people on this cool overcast afternoon.
But the strong fiery red made it a powerful moment filling one's soul with warmth of the purest kind....
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Noel_Byrne (24846) 2012-10-01 6:20
It really is a colorful capture, and very eyecatching. Your note is excellent, and explains this type of dress really well. There is a fine selection of expressions and emotions here too. Great shot!
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-10-01 7:21
una foto bellissima per l'intensità dei colori, l'espressività dei personaggi, la ricchezza dei vestiti e la grande qualità... grande foto ancora una volta!
Un caro abbraccio
krzychu30 (15498) 2012-10-01 8:03
perfect timing chosen to immortalize this scene.You captured excellent their face expressions and different emotions.I agree,the colors are really fabulous,especially red looks so captivating and give the whole scene so great looking contrast.It´s one of these portraits which look much better in color.Great shot and very interesting note!
SnapRJW (31427) 2012-10-01 8:03
Hello Abmdsudi - I love the embroidery on these colourful costumes and together with the distinctive red headdresses the clothing is not only eye-catching but beautiful too. Such a change from the generic clothing we all wear in the western world. The light may not have been the best but the colours with the clean white highlights are beautifully vivid and one does not notice the grey day. A lovely group, at ease with one another and enjoying 'woman's talk'! Warm regards Rosemary
pajaran (52578) 2012-10-01 9:04
Lep pogled na zene u narodnoj nosnji, i trenutak ...
Dobar snimak tele-objektivom.
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lep prikaz.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Nice view of women in traditional costume, and a moment ...
Good video tele-lens.
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good content and composition, beautiful view.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started.
ourania (32031) 2012-10-01 10:02
this is a wonderful picture with delightful and interesting naturalness. I like very much the way you have framed this scene filling the frame in a simple, comfortable and effective way. The patterns on the clothes are exquisite and you have captured them with superb sharpness with your tele lens. The blurry background makes a lovely backdrop which also provides context and makes the group women stand out and attract all our attention. I love the colours and the diversity of postures and expressions. I think that the poor light was really a mixed blessing since a stronger light and contrast might have compromised the lovely derails. You've used the available light superbly. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great month,
JFS (32459) 2012-10-01 10:22
Your title made me laugh, I do not see them killing someone...they are very beautiful dressed with typical and colored dresses. A very good composition. thanks Abmdsudi!
Janusz1974 (2824) 2012-10-01 11:27
Hi Abmdsudi ,
Wow! Very exotic and unattainable shot for me. I would be extremely proud to have such an image in my gallery. Well done!
Congratulation on your good job !
Fis2 (86247) 2012-10-01 13:40
Interesting faces, curious scene.
I like frame and colors.
Good reportorial photo.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-10-01 14:28
volti dalle diverse espressioni in una ambientazione in cui le donne hanno una serie di costumi uguali,
Vivaci i colori e buono il taglio,
Budapestman (82620) 2012-10-01 15:49
a fascinating photo with very nice composition and beautiful details, superb colours and the timing is excellent, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Suppiluliuma (3885) 2012-10-01 23:42
They are "colorfully wonderful" for sure...
The note is good, as always, and the expressions on their faces are nice.
The saturated colors are eye-catching but I might nit-pick slightly about the too saturated red which lacks some texture in the centre-figure, but considering the light/distance, it was indeed a good job.
CLODO (30597) 2012-10-02 0:37
you note explains well your picture, but I don't catch the title. Were you in danger if they saw you taking the picture?
siamesa (27743) 2012-10-02 1:54
Bom dia Abmdsudi
First , I like the title. It's very appropriated. These women have a special beauty.Red color is very attrative and the clothes are really beautifuls.
shevchenko (19279) 2012-10-02 2:48
Good portrait shot to a group of Red Dzao's ladies, their traditional costumes are very colourful and eyes attraction, especially their headkerchief are very unique, their rattan baskets add more traditional element too, interesting composition, thanks for sharing.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-10-02 5:25
Great shoot of these people.Great aexpressions on their faces.very good POV and framing.Well done.TFS
Have a nice day
bayno (18342) 2012-10-02 8:21
great naturalness and vibrant colors on this your second post for this fascinating Ethnic Group, excellent quality, I hope that the customs and traditions of these people do not get lost, the traditional clothes are wonderful...
my best regards,
eldancer1 (28513) 2012-10-02 9:07
Awesome capture of those ornately dressed women and they look very happy! Love the colors of their dress. Nice soft lighting and good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-10-02 9:52
A beautiful photo and interesting. A good quality picture, full details, and full of gaiety. Bravo.
Have a nice day
danos (87451) 2012-10-02 10:00
charmy the wearing clothes from the women of the ethnic minority group,as creating this beautiful scene and at the same time as good reportage shot from Sapa.The light and the colour management are excellent.
marabu61 (8583) 2012-10-02 12:40
a nice shot of those tribal women and again a very informative note to go with it, so thank you for that.
Those dresses are really gorgeous.
have a good time
dkmurphys (50006) 2012-10-03 1:05
Another simple capture of a daily life scene. The result is quite spectacular through it's colors and originality. Well done!
williewhistler (14607) 2012-10-03 4:00
the slight technical deficiencies of this shot are more than made up for by the enormous charm exuded by these ladies,their beautifully decorated clothes complemented by their whole demeanor is just breathtaking.
Without any doubt I has to join my favourites.
Best regards Les.
adramad (38545) 2012-10-03 7:46
Fabulous portrait with a great power chromatic, with this intensity of beautiful colors, these original geometric embroidery on the dress of women, also draws attention to the curious headdress, carrying the head.
A large image of great ethnic, besides offering a refined technique in its execution.
I love the perfect sharpness and brightness, to enjoy every detail of the image.
Have a nice day.
Graal (97813) 2012-10-03 10:31
unusual costumes with the red colour dominante. Good shot at 300 mm. An interesting informations. Well done photo. I like it.
Have a nice evening.
Cricri (107240) 2012-10-03 12:01
Beaucoup de gaieté dans cette image , par le sourires des dames et leurs tenues très colorées, bonne note d'accompagnement
fabbs99 (16467) 2012-10-03 13:05
Great attires and beautifl ladies.The lighting is also amazing as well as perfect POV too. Very well done, TFS.
Keep sharing and exchanging views.
Best wishes and warm regards
emilbo (22616) 2012-10-04 6:06
Une photo parfaitement réussie et beau travail avec ton 300mm. Jolis costumes bien colorés ce qui attirent l'attention. Beau cadrage et merveilleuses couleurs.
Bravo!... et toutes mes amitiés,
TopGeo (38204) 2012-10-04 12:45
perfect timing chosen to immortalize this scene.You captured excellent their face amazing portrait and informations. Good shot. Fine theme about the daily life in Vietnam A few managed-well colors, they make a very interesting composition.
Have a nice day.
delpeoples (53167) 2012-10-04 23:51
Hello dear Abmdsudi
What a striking group of people. They really do look splendid. As you say, the dominating red colours and the beautiful needlework of their costumes make such an impact on the eye. They seem so proud of their culture - and rightly so. Excellent, candid photo of these fascinating and very beautiful people.
Thanks for sharing
Silvio1953 (123477) 2012-10-06 9:06
Ciao Abmdsudi, great group of lovely girls with fantastic clothes, nice espresions, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent perspective, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
marina7 (8055) 2012-10-09 12:12
a very original ethnic picture for sure, shows pretty well how diverse our world is. Those headpieces are stunning not only because of their fiery color but the intricate design as well. You're very lucky to see so many exotic places and people:)
kato (11630) 2012-10-10 0:22
You're capturing well this ethnic group by a good composition and a good focus, so it's interesting and impressive to see their traditional clothes of embroidery and red head-dress. It's impressive the spectacle in which they are chatting with the friend joyfully shouldering a basket.
holmertz (41707) 2012-10-14 7:19
I think the central woman was worth being focused, but the whole group is highly interesting in their spontaneous way, unaware of your camera. I find it highly fascinating that in this day and age people still wear such beautiful but impractical clothes. What a joy that we still don't look exactly the same all over the world. You would not have achieved such a natural and completely unarranged photo if you had been closer.
Angshu (55892) 2012-10-15 4:56
The head dresses are indeed attractive & comes out strongly because of the colour. Your note lets me know that the size is directly proportional to her wealth. Interesting! This is a nice group portrait with varied expressions on their faces. The embroidery on their dresses is something which is the trademark of the Hilltribes. Lovely shot my friend!
Waylim (25360) 2012-10-16 18:24
I know it is not exactly the same. But when I was living in the refugee camp in Thailand, there were a large group of Lao Hmong people and I always admire their clothes, it was always so colorful with intricate design and elegance. This photo show the rich tradition and style. I love to see them for myself one day.
adores (37525) 2012-10-30 16:53
I never get tired of seeing photos of these ethnies. Their clothes are really beautiful and you got a good shot from the distance. I like the focus and the details - even with such weather, you got a good result. Seems the one in the middle noticed you, but they were really having a nice time! I like their smiling expressions!
Vasa (16778) 2013-02-02 2:41
I followed the gallery of China, and I found your posts inside with big pleasure. Your witness is great like this one form North Est. Proud of your work, friend,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (43714)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-02-00
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-01 5:51
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