Bản Giốc Waterfalls
I shot this photo in Cao Bằng, a high-land province of north that shares border with Guangxi Province of China. Tày, Nùng, and H' mong are among the nine ethnic groups living in this area. The tropical climate of this mountainous destination has four separate seasons. The temperature is at peak in May and coldest in January. Probably the most beautiful and imposing waterfalls in Vietnam, this Bản Giốc waterfalls locates in Đàm Thủy Commune, Trùng Khánh District and 85 km from the seat of province that bears same name Cao Bằng, right on the sino-Vietnamese border. Echoes of falling water from the Qui-Xuân River cascades over the rocks could be heard from kilometers away and there is an opaque fog formed on the mountainside. A rock landing covered by trees in the middle divides the stream into three currents and creates a thin mist that cools down the temperature. Since the early of the 1920s, the French started to build cottages on the riverbanks for their high-rank officers to relax, hunting deer and fishing. In fact, Qui-Xuân River is famous for a special type of fish called trầm hương.
The falls itself has often been in ownership dispute between the two countries, and finally has been divided in two, according to the new agreement signed on December 30, 1999.
There is a poem in Vietnamese about the waterfalls for those who are interested:
Anh muốn đưa em về thăm Bản Giốc
Thác nước đầy vang vọng những lời thơ
Có những cây xanh trải dài con bóng
Câu ca dao ai đặt thuở khai thời.
Remarks: I am currently out of town hunting pictures. Sorry that I have no available info or time to write the note. This note is contributed by a trekearth friend who is interested in this topic.
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migsy (351) 2005-07-01 23:32
I like this picture - but it seems tilted to the right. I'll see if I can photoshop it to check the result.
tdanny (663) 2005-07-02 0:14
The colours and lanscaping captured my attention.
Magnificent waterfall. People are going about their daily life with the buffalos. The light shines only in the middle.
Have a feel that the picture lobsided to the left but it's just the landscape anyway ;)
Emile (20352) 2005-07-02 0:22
Beautiful picture Nhiem.
Nice colors and lighting. The guy with the oxs in the right side of the picture give us a very good sense of deph.
Mike (migsy) did a good WS.
Congratulation. Thank you for sharing this beauty.
Behmardi (78) 2005-07-02 0:37
This photo is very nice.
Zanni (6108) 2005-07-02 0:37
Amazing (tilted) landscape, good depth, colors of fields catch the attention. I'd crop a bit the overexposed high part.
ABunce (109) 2005-07-02 0:38
Beautiful rich colors, Lovely lay of the land.
It looks like a painting.
MRodini (304) 2005-07-02 0:38
What a privileged sight. Pretty photo and excellent composition. Sometimes I astonishment with the photos of TrekEarth... as much beauty that if it wasn´t this site I´ll never now that it exists!
shopgirl (164) 2005-07-02 0:46
This picture is gorgeous! The bright fields and powerful waterfalls make a great visual combination.
RegisMinot (1543) 2005-07-02 0:56
Wonderful falls with a fantastic foreground of yellow fields.
cbridge (702) 2005-07-02 1:00
Beautiful photo of great landscape in beautiful light.
Janice (4403) 2005-07-02 1:34
Wow, excellent colours here and such a wonderful moving photo. Well done capturing teh water as you have - it looks so real. Very well done.
Nols (69) 2005-07-02 2:25
Very beautiful Nhiem. The colors make it almost surreal.
KevRyan (22956) 2005-07-02 2:43
You are a master at choosing a point of view that brings out the fullness of a landscape - a landscape sings it's full beauty in front of your lens - and how often you capture too the perfect level of human intervention or interaction with the landscape - I agree there does on reflection seem to be a lean to the right here which might be better corrected but it's difficult to be objective at first when confronted with such beauty!
best wishes Kev
kinginexile (2598) 2005-07-02 2:55
My hat off, it's a captivating and wonderous shot of an impressive landscape. I wish you could also participate a bit more in our community as a critique. We could profit from your experience. We are all in a continuing learning situation too.
AbdullahCharsee (179) 2005-07-02 3:01
Beee ô teee fuuul ! thumbs up !
RGatward (20086) 2005-07-02 3:28
Absolutely stunning shot, again. Also a great quality scan from your large format film. The colours and tones are beautifully rendered, with clear detail in the shadows, and the bright patch of sunlight also well exposed. This sort of thing makes me wonder about reviving my 6X6, there's something about the quality of this that I think would be difficult to recreate in digital. You must have a very fancy scanner!
pnphan (3957) 2005-07-02 3:47
cha`o anh Nhiem
hi`nh cu?a anh chu.p ta^'m na`o cu~ng tha^.t la` dde.p, hy vo.ng co' 1 nga`y ddu*o*.c ga(.p anh dde^? ho.c ho?i the^m ta.i vi` em thi'ch nha^'t la` chu.p landscape
dkeus31 (27735) 2005-07-02 3:52
Superb colors, layers and details.
MaJose (427) 2005-07-02 4:25
Beautiful photo and good waterfall.A little fallen towards the right, thing that in the WS has improved. Well done.
coco (30439) 2005-07-02 5:02
Nice and rich colours for this beatiful landscape. Is a good capture.
Thanks for share.
MDL (1102) 2005-07-02 5:07
Nice picture, I like the front colorful flowers and the waterfall behind them. Very good.
easybob (0) 2005-07-02 6:04
This picture is really, really beautiful. I can't express with accuracy the way i like it. Congratulations.
huynt (5079) 2005-07-02 6:43
These gold and silver sources are Viet Nam's properties including you too.
Huy V Tran MD PhD
lucinka (9976) 2005-07-02 7:48
Nhiem, what a great scale of colors!! It would be great picture only thanks to those beautiful colors, but the waterfall adds something really special!! Well done.
Salocin51 (0) 2005-07-02 9:19
Absolument magnifique, une authentique peinture que cette photo, c'est le meilleur compliment que l'on puisse faire à ce tableau très pictural, tout en finesse et en onirisme, félicitations !
fixed (3836) 2005-07-02 10:02
incredible landscape with realy nice warm tones!
ducnc (814) 2005-07-02 11:28
Khen ảnh của anh Nhiệm thì hơi thừa nhỉ. Bái phục.....:)
banyanman (7789) 2005-07-02 12:02
What a beautiful landscape Nhiem. No wonder you have clocked up so many points on this in less than 24 hours. The workshop that Mike has done certainly improves it by cropping a little from the top and correcting the tilt, but I wouldn't crop so much off the bottom as I like the contrast between the fields that are in the sun and those that are in the shade. Cheers . . . David
s65 (261) 2005-07-02 17:45
extra fotografia :-)
kabe (2011) 2005-07-02 18:18
It looks like a nice painting. I really like this photo. Perfect composition and really nice color. Regards.
bnallama (3763) 2005-07-02 19:42
Impressive shot. looks like painting. Bala
joshack (455) 2005-07-02 21:15
Fantastic. I have been impressed by just about all of your photos so far. There is a lack of sharpness to this shot which actually only adds to its dreamlike painting quality. It does appear there is some right-angle rotating here that could be corrected (which I noticed in another of your shots). The texture of the water and grains are beautiful though.
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-07-03 1:00
another fantastic photo, you probably are one of the best landscape photographers here, have built a good fan base and your work is admired by many,.... having said that this community isn't only about receiving but more about giving, you may consider that to fully take advantage of this site, I am sure many lanscape photographers would benefit from some of your knowledge or advise.
sarju (5324) 2005-07-03 21:11
you have captured Vietnam in your Lens like no other person that I have come across
I must add you to my favourite members today
IT is a pleasure to look at your gallery
cheers .... Sarju
shirgold (2485) 2005-07-05 2:53
Impressive - such nice composition, light, details.
joeydrops (2659) 2005-07-25 7:25
This is a gorgous photo. The colours are fabulous and I really like those silky smooth waterfalls. It is like a painting. The mood and atmosphere you've captured is wonderful. Excellent work!
donluicu (24724) 2005-08-08 4:15
this is an outstanding picture very well composed. all is good here.
garrbus (210) 2005-08-24 2:43
I like this photo very much - I can watch and watch and watch... impresive
baudinm (349) 2005-08-26 17:37
This is a fantastic landscape !
The colors are incredible and the composition is very interesting !
stefi (1230) 2005-09-06 5:23
This is one of the best landscapes from Viet Nam that I have seen on TE.
Really nice composition, with those golden fields and the human and the buffalo to give the sense of immensity.
I think that 6x6 photography has really something more...
Aazragi (1927) 2005-09-06 5:39
Lovely shot great composition. well done.
Macapuf (119) 2005-09-06 5:48
Very beautiful picture! The colours and the texture of teh water are astonishing! I really love it!
jrleborgne (1554) 2005-09-22 5:58
This picture is really amazing. Very well composed !
ylivny (179) 2005-10-31 9:38
A beautiful composition of an amazing location! I will certainly not miss these waterfalls when I will travell to your lovely country
rosaline (0) 2005-11-07 9:06
Excellent again. It's tilted, but who cares, it's superb - 1000 points!
federico_hyo (60) 2005-12-11 21:53
yeah another point..
i have add you at my preferred photographers.
thank you very much
Mistral (15402) 2006-01-15 16:26
It's a waterfall, yes but of colours too!
Really well done!
shal (944) 2006-03-16 23:26
Awesomely serene location,
what a shot and such a lovely ambience,
great work, I'm sure you would have had a absolutely great time shooting there...
Cheers Thanks for sharing,
arnoud1976 (1191) 2006-06-28 13:53
wonderful shot, really very warm and nice image... great colors, nice light, good comp and dof. amazing place! tfs arnoud
jmdias (69250) 2006-07-09 17:08
What wonderful place. TFS
MartaW (703) 2006-07-28 17:21
This place is full of magic, I like it very much.
Wow, Vietnam must be really beautifull.
But I thing, your photo nead noise removement.
Look at my Workshop.
mfonda (891) 2006-07-28 17:53
This picture is simply amazing. The lighting is perfect.
MLINES (12516) 2006-07-28 17:56
Well composed from this angle. The coloured crop and the waterfall come together in a unusually good manner. Murray.
shrink (0) 2006-07-28 17:58
This is fabulous.The square format initially took a little getting used to, but suits the composition beautifully. I love the way the scene is divided horizontally in thirds, the bottom being reddish brown and grass green with a vangough type of color/texture. The middle 1/3 has this stunning bright yellow, and the top 1/3 has this light blue light, giving great aerial perspective, light and vibrant and interesting on the right side (the waterfall) and dark and dull on the left 1/3 with the trees.
The three central trees are offset by the green pyramidal bush in the foreground. and there are interesting lines/curves in the fields. The other real gem is the scale provided by the farmer and his ?buffalo in the light, against the dark shadow of the hedge near the lower right corner. Many little pictures in pictures. You could crop this in a dozen ways! Wonderful!
sharnah (6) 2006-07-28 18:04
OH WOW! This is a terrific shot, Well done!
Bluejeans (64251) 2006-07-28 18:05
OLa Nhiem Hoang linda paisagem , muito bela
snowfalken (1116) 2006-08-04 2:24
One word: Perfect!
andeweg (139) 2006-10-04 2:28
JonteW (190) 2006-10-07 0:44
I love how the fields in the foreground look like an van Gogh painting! The waterfallis soft and nice. But the forest in the background doesn't quite fit, it look a bit "shrubby".
nitinjamdar (522) 2006-11-05 10:52
Superb naturescape.The colours are amazing.Thanks.
asajernigan (21427) 2006-11-07 19:01
What a breathtaking landscape. The colors and lighting are very good, I appreciate the landscape in front of the waterfall.
A great photo of a beautiful location.
qpochet (1412) 2006-12-04 7:27
The colours of that shot are really wonderful. Splendid landscape and very nice composition with those waterfalls in the background. I also like how the fields are partially lit up.
daryoush (87) 2007-01-06 12:30
HNIK (1104) 2007-01-06 12:50
Is it Heaven??
It's so great and nice scenery that you captured in excellent way Nhiem,Very good contrast between yellow and green,I like the view of the waterfall,great work.
sabin (0) 2007-01-06 13:02
Great colors. Love the composition with the waterfalls ath the end. Seems like a painting, more than a photograph.
Slightly tilted to the right? Maybe...
carlab (2097) 2007-06-12 12:35
che meraviglia! it's wonderful!
lovely3 (0) 2007-06-12 12:56
thanks for sharing,..
scientific (405) 2007-06-13 15:35
very nice scenery. Wonderful waterfalls. Color, light and composition are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Giedra70 (963) 2007-12-29 12:45
Fantastic colors, fantastic water fools, fantastic picture.
Happy New Year.
bigboroboy (1098) 2008-03-07 3:10
The upload quality isn't great but the image is. Wonderful colours and really well composed with the waterfalls making for a spectacular backdrop. Really nice work, PHIL
marine-coeur (772) 2008-03-08 13:36
Wow dream land,amazing POSTER,warm and excellent colours,very nice and beautiful details
with good frame,bravo nhiem.
zahoor_salmi (1053) 2008-08-16 14:28
Beautiful rich colors, Lovely lay of the land.
cielo (61) 2009-07-30 1:46
This is incredible scenery.
onphoto (1253) 2013-01-24 6:28
peterpap (1021) 2016-04-12 4:05
Ihis is in deed a great scenery because of its colorful fields. But I have trouble to focus on the centre, which should actually be the waterfalls according your title. Difficult light situation with too bright waterfall area. Also I am not totally happy with the half-half proportions.
Because the foreground is so dominant, I would have given it the lower 2/3 of the frame, making it to the main subject and leaving the waterfall to be an addititon .
I am doing HDR pictures, I think this situation could look better in HDR to help controlling the overexposure and let the waterfall come out a bit stronger.
- Copyright: Nhiem Hoang (hoangthenhiem) (2531)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-00-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: BRONICA SQ 6x6, Mamiya 150mm, Fuji Velvia RVP 50, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/11, 1/8 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Rice is Life /1/, My favorite photos (1) (Gatti Matti), My favorite photos (6) (Gatti Matti), Inspirational Vietnam photos, trekks' favorites 1, BitterMoon favourite`s I, Waterfalls, Photo's to remember IV [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-07-01 23:05
- Favorites: 39 [view]