Watching people going by in the streets of Hoi An....
In Vietnam, the conical hat is called nón lá - leaf hat. It is a traditional symbol of Vietnamese people. Everyone can wear one, it’s a garment without age, sex or racial distinctions. The iconic conical hat has many uses : fan off the heat of summer, becomes a basket for carrying fruits or vegetables or a bowl to relieve the thirst when passing by a well.
There is also a romantic use: young couples can kiss behind nón là so that no-one can see them.
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Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-09 8:15
great portrait of two people. Their hats are very eye catching and original. I like the blurred background which makes the scene standing out even better. Lovely colors and nice tight framing.
Thanks for sharing
Fis2 (83360) 2014-04-09 9:28
Your photo is interesting.
Curious "duo portrait"
Good composition and depth.
Excellent colors and light.
Romano46 (16584) 2014-04-09 9:28
ritratti dal Vietnam centrale e il pensiero va immediatamente a questa regione dell'Asia che pur senza disdegnare la modernità dopo la fine della lunga ultima guerra non ha dimenticato le tradizioni del passato come dimostrano questi copricapi che fanno pensare alla vecchia Indocina.
Anche gli abiti, con i loro disegni variopinti sono quelli della tradizione.
Un doppio ritratto sempre perfetto nella sua ripresa.
Ciao e buona serata
Cricri (103385) 2014-04-09 10:43
Belles prises de profils avec un bel effet de la lumière matinale, bon cadrage et DOF, belle présentation
pajaran (49824) 2014-04-09 11:13
Dobar tekst o sesiru, lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazane gospodje sa sesirima, lepe boje.
Lepi i korisni sesiri.
A good article on the hat, a nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast nicely demonstrated lady with a hat, beautiful colors.
Beautiful and useful hats.
All the best.
siudzi (32837) 2014-04-09 12:47
You have seen a great scene here -- these people looked unique and interesting and they were photographed with a superb sense of the moment. Excellent image was achieved. TFS!
carlo62 (29677) 2014-04-09 14:35
mi piace molto la composizione, un misto tra forme geometriche e ritratto.
Bellissima la luce calda e perfetta l'inquadratura.
delpeoples (52877) 2014-04-09 19:38
You really are one of the best people watchers here on TE and your people shots reflect that. I love the anonymity of this photo and the beautiful symmetry and graphism that these two people wearing their traditional hats make. The low light and shallow depth of field have worked well, as has you positioning the couple to the far left of the frame. Excellent work, thanks for sharing.
PS: Sincere apologies for taking so long to critique your photos. My mum has been in hospital for more than 3 months and was released during the week. SO hopefully I will now have more time to spend with my friends on TE :)
npecanhuk (62726) 2014-04-09 21:22
Beautiful picture with special regards to the exposure, colors and composition!
TFS - congrats,
jjcordier (74662) 2014-04-09 22:39
Un excellent cadrage et une très belle façon de jouer avec la lumière du matin.
kato (11630) 2014-04-10 3:14
You're capturing well this daily life scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the traditional conical hat with triangular pyramid shape which two women are covering on head, and clothes with a good design. It's effective for light control.
dip (23532) 2014-04-10 6:46
nice capture of the two women with the traditional hats,
well framed and good light management as well,
marina7 (8051) 2014-04-10 6:50
very nice work! Excellent symmetry,the frame's composed really well. Love the way we can't see their eyes but only the lower part of the faces:)
A very original and interesting image!
eldancer1 (26246) 2014-04-10 7:38
Simple but powerful composition! I really like they way you play with lighting, it makes ordinary items beautiful. I like the repetition of the shapes. Good details. Well done, tfs.
holmertz (38883) 2014-04-10 8:09
This is an emblematic photo from Vietnam which puts the conical straw hats in the limelight. We only see small parts of the women's faces and nothing of the deliberately blurred background, just the hats catching the light very nicely. Surely these hats are the most typical symbol of Vietnam, even more than any rock in Halong Bay or any portrait of Ho Chi Minh.
rychem (21033) 2014-04-10 8:22
I like the attractive light and these hats covering the heads, very nice composition,
danos (84517) 2014-04-10 8:42
very nice the 'portrait' of the two natives with their conical hats to dominating the scene.I like the beautiful event as the excellent presentation.Well done.
adramad (36447) 2014-04-10 9:36
Sensational is diagonal, with the profile of these two people, their faces almost disappear, with those typical conical hats and large, I like playing as the lights and shadows in the image.
A magnificent management brightness, sharpness also
Very well seen and well done.
Have a good day.
Silvio1953 (118553) 2014-04-10 11:25
Ciao Abmsudi, lovely double portrait, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
annjackman (18621) 2014-04-11 1:58
This really captures the spirit of Vietnam with those distinctive conical hats. The light has just caught the profile of these people and I like the way that they are positioned in the frame and the shallow DOF.
Very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
mesutilgim (81604) 2014-04-11 3:32
Wonderfull double portrait with very good light and layout.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Didi (55697) 2014-04-11 6:44
Interesting scene a good backlights into a dark background
Nice selective setting DOF on the hats
ourania (28616) 2014-04-11 13:30
a wonderful quiet composition that gains dynamism from the iconic conical hats. There's a mesmerizing rhythm in this frame and the lovely warmth of the colours and the atmosphere enhances it's impact superbly. The soft backdrop has set off the two mysterious figures and there's an agreeable 3D effect. The light touches the hats and the people in a gentle and pleasing way. An atmospheric, timeless scene. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2014-04-11 14:43
so masterly taken so the light will play the most important part in this exquisite composition!!
a theme that is very intriguing already but it becomes more than interesting with the special touch of light!!
with the signature of a great artist-photographer as yourself!!
thebest (4272) 2014-04-12 0:49
Vietnam what an amazing place to be...? I have a brother who lives in Ho Chi Min City & one day I hope to visit him & his beautiful bride...
I have to say that you are a MASTER of these wonderful street shots - ALL TERRIFIC... & it is a real treat to look through your library of images.
CLODO (29814) 2014-04-12 10:47
The essence of Hoi An with this backligthed vision of the cone hats, and a superb blurred bokeh to enhance them.
nikkitta (14036) 2014-04-15 15:30
Charming capture preceded for a useful note, where the matching hats are the protagonist with the sun lighting them (in a creative way)
Like the obtained contrast given by the blured backgrown
Well done, regards
adores (35220) 2014-05-05 15:22
These hats are always so special! I like the composition and the light here! You captured the two persons very well, with good focus! There must be something interesting getting their attention!
Cloud__Warrior (387) 2014-10-19 9:02
Two hats, two ladies, two patterned shirts, love how all the elements blend toggther. A great double portrait.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (41434)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-07
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-09 7:08