This was a shot in late afternoon of ordinary 'street people' in a village in Muang Hoa Valley around Sapa, Lao Cai province 330km northwest of Hanoi near the Chinese border at an elevation of 1500m, and home to the Red Dzao, one of the largest ethnic minority groups around this valley.
These are the Red Dzao, waiting for local transport with their famous identity, the distinctive eye-catching bulky fiery red head-dresses which supposedly determine how rich they are depending on size with shaved eyebrows and foreheads. The red colors are almost omnipresent here and a true delight for the eyes.
A quick grab using 300 mm lens, focused on the left fig and the lighting was slightly overcast on a cool weather.
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daddo (23793) 2014-03-13 4:36
Salam Abmdsudi.Large or small minorities, long may they exist in the seas of the 'majority' since they bring, to a world increasingly homogenized, their own colour and beauty.Once upon a time it was fashionable in parts of Europe and Japan to shave the eyebrows. Looks good in my opinion. Brilliant shot and to have these two young ladies in opposite relation to the camera is a treat. Did you alter the background or is this a wall of some sort?There is something odd about the fuzzy way the elbow of the girl on the right overlaps the cheek of the one on the right. but who cares when the overall result is stunning. Regards. Klaudio.
sevy (15359) 2014-03-13 4:41
I like the full white background, it is underlining and increasing the perception of the red color. It is like to see a studio shot.
Sergiom (58579) 2014-03-13 4:57
La 300mm donne un très beau résultat et isole très bien les deux sujets. La faible profondeur de champs les isole aussi de leur environnement . L'arrière plan tout blanc est superbe.
marina7 (8053) 2014-03-13 5:06
fantastic capture! Those bright red headpieces are amazing. Love the girls' postures too, the frame is very elegantly composed.
My biggest compliments and best wishes!
Oceania (4766) 2014-03-13 6:08
I rarely see your picture in white background. The red head-dressings are extremely beautiful. Two women, one was facing you, one with her back. It's a very artful picture.
pajaran (51164) 2014-03-13 7:31
Dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku, lep pogled na zene u narodnoj nosnji ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazane zene u narodnoj nosnji, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
A good article on the place and time, a nice view of women in traditional costume ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast nicely demonstrated women in folk costumes, beautiful colors.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
Cricri (105197) 2014-03-13 7:34
J'aime l'arrière plan tout blanc qui met la couleur rouge en valeur, détails extra de face et l'autre de dos, belle expression vers vous, belle réalisation
yquem46 (38666) 2014-03-13 8:28
definitely a part of Vietnam in the north that I regret not having seen with all the colorful clothes of the ethnies living there
An original shot here with one face and one back, nice neutral BG
Bravo, have a nice evening
rychem (22145) 2014-03-13 8:59
Beautiful shot of these young women and their head dresses, they are really impressive, the red color is very well managed, very eye catching
Fis2 (84498) 2014-03-13 11:09
Interesting headgear, good details.
I like POV and composition.
Excellent colors, good portrait.
Noel_Byrne (23248) 2014-03-13 12:01
Your compositions in portrait are a constant source of fascination. Once again, the level of interest in the ladies eye captivates me, and the vivid reds explore against the light white backdrop. Fantastic, thanks as always for your lessons in photography. Beautiful result.
All the best
ourania (30063) 2014-03-13 12:47
you captured a very intense gaze and a captivatingly mysterious expression in this portrait, shot from a distance. The blank backdrop and the absence of any other context make the impact of the portrait even stronger. It's great how the other girl allows us to see what the impressive red head-dress looks like in its back side. It's like you captured the two sides of a coin. The colours, especially the red tones, are wonderful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
holmertz (40007) 2014-03-13 12:52
With these bright head-dresses and the white background this is a photo that really stands out among the crowd. Although a "quick grab" with a 300 mm lens, the woman to the left still had time to notice you. Luckily she didn't bother to turn her head away. It's a beautiful and also very informative shot. Is the white background natural, or is this the result of clever PP?
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-13 14:42
that is not only very nicely taken picture but also very interesting. I loved the note which accompanies it too. Very pretty combination of white and red colors make striking contrast.
rogerl (1544) 2014-03-13 15:01
Abmdsudi, the reds in this photo are just so deep and eye-catching, especially against the pure white/gray background - nothing other than the central subjects to distract the eye. Beautifully captured. Thanks.
kato (11630) 2014-03-13 22:32
You're capturing well this portrait by a good angle of the front and the rear, so it's interesting and impressive to see bulky fiery red head-dresses and its decoration ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. It's also mysterious for shaved eyebrows. And, it looks like simple for the blouse which they wear.
jjcordier (75562) 2014-03-13 23:49
Les couleurs rouges de ces coiffures sont éclatantes et contrastent superbement avec ce fond blanc. Un très beau face à face.
jurek1951 (42014) 2014-03-14 0:58
an another attractive photo of this festival with superb details, a cheerful and lovely atmosphere,
mirosu (13340) 2014-03-14 5:43
Excellent photo of beautiful Vietnamese girl. Superb direct eye contact. The color contrast (especially the red) against white background is perfect. Superb composition as well. I like it.
Very well done.
adramad (37285) 2014-03-14 5:50
Fabulous and very well thought out this portrait, with the two girls together, so to show us, the front and back view of this unique and curious head covering, strong red color gives it a large chromatic impact the composition.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Good job. I love it.
Enjoy a good weekend.
Silvio1953 (120494) 2014-03-14 12:50
Ciao Abmdsudi, great portrait of lovely couple, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
danos (85715) 2014-03-14 23:51
very nice the view of these red Dzao women with their red head-dresses to are the eye catchers of the image.I like the created contrast as the shot that was taken the most decisive moment.Well done.
sandpiper (6788) 2014-03-15 2:04
Great capture of this exotic scene. A simple composition but the red is very striking. Good composition
jhm (138176) 2014-03-15 2:10
Wonderful portrait of these two young ladies
Everything is perfect as well as light and composition.
An interesting image of a nice place with good sharpness, depth and quality
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
eldancer1 (27121) 2014-03-15 5:14
It might be a quick shot but you actually did a wonderful job of getting the front and back of this red headgear. I like the facial expression of the person, I think this woman saw you. Good lighting in spite of the cloudy condition. Well done, tfs.
krzychu30 (15496) 2014-03-15 9:31
in most cases the completely white backdrop would distract out attention and annoy us,but here it works perfectly with these red dresses as it helps to enhance its vivid and colorful character.
Beautiful and very expressive portrait!
Have a nice weekend
Graal (96730) 2014-03-15 10:19
good shot. Attractive portraits and decorative elements on heads of women. Amazing contrast. Photo I like.
Have a nice evening.
subhendu_bagchi (25579) 2014-03-16 0:00
a very nice portrait shot of this lady. Interestingly dressed up with fine colour combination. Great to see this scene with white backdrop. A very good one. Tfs.
shreya2000 (1065) 2014-03-16 2:14
Extraordinary picture. Very nice. I like the exposure, contrast, colours. Congrats to you for such a nice pic.
Angshu (55373) 2014-03-17 4:28
This is a good capture using the long end of the zoom...focus is well achieved and the red is strong and hits the eye. The white BG actually accentuates the effect of red...its an interesting shot and a note which provides good information as well!
COSTANTINO (54357) 2014-03-17 7:05
Hello dear friend
impressive ethnic traditional shot
the red head dressings are extremely
beautiful and the chosen point of view
the best nice idea and inspiration
the framing is elegantly presented
have a nice evening
adores (36113) 2014-04-11 14:56
Nice shot! I like the expression of the one that is looking at you and the way you captured them, looking in opposite directions. It's a good way to see the details of their original hat.
fritzi007 (4451) 2014-08-05 14:49
a photo with very high quality and good information, fabulous job!
Wish you a nice day