Coc Ly, North Vietnam...
Coc Ly Market in Lao Cai Province always turns colorful and festive on Tuesdays, when ethnic people gather there to buy and sell goods, dine and drink, or just wander to enjoy the ambience of the montagnard market.
Many ethnic traders from Bac Ha and other parts of Lao Cai Province dress up in colorful costumes and bring horses, chickens, buffaloes, vegetables or whatever they can sell to the festive market in the wee hours, and will not return home until 1pm. Therefore, it is common to find yourself face to face with a buffaloe while strolling in the crowded main street of the bazaar.
Certainly, what catches the eyes of visitors most are the different colors of the costumes worn by ethnic people and the handicrafts they sell at the market, about 95 kilometers from Sapa in the northern province.
You can see young and old Hmong women, wearing skirts and hats with different types of embroidered flowers, crowding the market during the opening hours of Coc Ly. Scarves, clothes, decorations and other items made of tho cam (ethnic fabric) on sale also add color to the bazaar by the Chay River.
Source: Coc Ly
When we visited Coc Ly in 2007, road construction was under way, which, when finished, will not only shorten the trip between Sapa & Coc Ly, but most probably also hurt the authenticity of the market.
Cropped, increased sharpness and saturation.
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carlo62 (41357) 2012-03-14 1:06
bel ritratto, colori molto belli che fanno da cornice ad uno splendido sorriso.
annjackman (21402) 2012-03-14 1:07
The umbrella has made a wonderful frame for this portrait. Super colours and a super smile! Your composition is well constructed and delightful.
Kind Regards, Ann
bachapi (369) 2012-03-14 1:11
Beautiful picture!!! Absolutely perfect.
danos (92682) 2012-03-14 1:16
Good morning Erdem,
very nice the portrait of the native woman sitting under her umbrella,with her red to cover her head,being the eye catcher of the image.I like the good placement of the woman in the image, as the excellent light and colour management.
Have a good day,Danos
baclama (18679) 2012-03-14 2:28
great portrait rightly framed, fine colors...and original background
GREGG (7888) 2012-03-14 2:29
Good portrait of a girl under an umbrella, a good light and shadows and colors,
siolaw (38292) 2012-03-14 2:58
Really good tribal portrait with nice clothes, a great, direct smile and tight framing around the umbrella.
Haymotion (2753) 2012-03-14 5:34
The umbrella do a good effect behind the woman..
And teh contrast of colors between the woman and the dark umbrella is very good..
NuriGiray (4) 2012-03-14 5:39
Merhaba Erdem Bey,
Kadrajı çok beğendim.
Façamız yerinde, altın dişimize kadar.
"Ben güzelim" diye bakıyor.
notrap (6037) 2012-03-14 5:54
einfach hübsch! Sehr gelungenes Portrait!
chrisostomou (568) 2012-03-14 6:09
magnificent portrait..the way you put the umbrella as a font is marvelous and gives emphasis, as a grey background, to the colors of the girl great position and expression..beautiful clarity and contrast..very nice work!
timecapturer (49288) 2012-03-14 6:38
a delightful portrait this, full of stand out detail and colour. Love the composition with the bg umbrella making the image so effective and attractive. Excellent work!
Regards - Brian.
lpi (4857) 2012-03-14 10:32
Un joli portrait avec un bon contraste de couleurs.
Bartleby (13552) 2012-03-14 10:50
Th dark umbrella is the perfect backdrop to this joyful and colorful portrait. I like it a lot.
yquem46 (38750) 2012-03-14 11:51
Un portrait superbe de cette femme très souriante et aux habits et chapeau très coloré, sur un arrière plan de parapluie noir parfait pour bien la mettre en valeur
everlasting (14734) 2012-03-14 11:59
The umbrella makes a prefect backdrop t highlight her colourful clothes and details. Good sharpness and well balanced
jjcordier (79289) 2012-03-15 1:15
Très jolie photo de ce petit vietnamien au joli costume traditionnel. J'aime la composition et les tons de l'image.
GFSSD-1 (3952) 2012-03-15 10:11
Bakış, ifade, arkaplan, renkler her şey tam kararında..
selam ve iyi dileklerle
Waylim (25444) 2012-03-15 19:03
And this place too I want to see, but I may end up in Nepal for this year.
Lovely portrait, and the smile that brighten up the screen.
JFS (32459) 2012-03-15 22:40
I'm fascinated by the smile of this woman and by the colors, the umbrella provided an excellent light. Good shot!
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-03-15 23:46
Hello Erdem - Beautiful portrait. The parasol makes the perfect unobtrusive backdrop to this lovely lady. Super. Warm regards Rosemary
abmdsudi (48878) 2012-03-16 6:51
This is very lively portrait in equally pleasant clarity and of course her smile kills. The effect is further enhanced by that stunning red, eye connections, delicasy of the fabric and so much joy depicted. An evocative image and simply stunning that speaks volumes, the background is good prop but not overpowering. What a happy moment captured, Great shot. Congrats
macjake (63250) 2012-03-21 5:49
I can see why this one is your most popular photo :)
love how you used the entire umbrella to fill out the frame.
this is one of those photos that inspires me to try the same.
photographydoc (92) 2012-03-28 17:04
hi Erdem, Just beautiful, I love the colours of her traditional
clothing and her great smile. The umbrella is a very interesting subject and the dusty old style of the umbrella blending in with the colours of the clothing of this women is a very interesting blend of the whole image. Well done.
quillo (11850) 2012-03-29 9:13
Hola Erdem ....
This frame is a success, in color, contrast,
sharpness and smile that fills the whole picture,
I love it.
muratcaloglu (2) 2012-04-02 1:14
Merhaba Erdem Bey,
Hem fotoğraflanan kişinin özgünlüğü, hem onun kadrajlanış biçimi, renkleri, grafik özellikleri ve daha bir çok açıdan, çok başarılı bir fotoğraf,
jmdias (60030) 2012-04-06 3:24
this image is a masterpiece of portrait, excellent details, you used the contrast of colors very well and I liked the lines of this umbrella covering the empty part of the compo. excellent details of the typical clothes, a beautiful and natural smile. TFS.
risblis (312) 2012-04-06 12:04
just amazing photo that brings back memories of my Sapa visit few years ago. I love the colors, expression, naturallity. And yes, great umbrella background!
ebingul (1980) 2012-04-14 11:29
Merhaba Erdem bey,
Harika bir portre çalışması.Siyah şemsiye önünde harika canlı renkler güzel bir kontrast oluşturmuş.
Güzel gülüş ve yüz ifadesinin yakalanışı,ışık ve netlik için tebrikler.
ryno (6865) 2012-04-15 1:29
Another lovely one from Vietnam...here I like the strong contrast between the shabby old brolly and her intricate and colourful clothes. Your good crop made the most of this image. Excellent!
ckuhn55 (2670) 2012-10-12 8:20
Excellent editing with contrast between umbrella and colors of Bac Ha. I was here in 2006 and it was the highlight of my trip. Well Done
shamajit (115) 2013-03-08 3:42
wonderfull portrait. Love the color contrast and loved her expression.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3913)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-02
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
- Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): People scenes of Coc Ly, Vietnam [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-14 1:01
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