This was where I ended up in the fabulous verdant Muang Hoa Valley at 1500 m elevation out of Sa Pa, on a cool slight cloudy afternoon during my photo routine after a slow bumpy ride along the muddy unpaved mountain road on my rugged Minsk Russian motorbike.
Located at the foot of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range - also known as Tonkin Alps- it reveals endless valleys of sweeping undulated rice fields and amid the tender greens, you could make out clusters of small huts, they are the tiny villages and hamlets on steep hills populated by the colorful Black Hmong and Red Zao ethnic minority groups.
I was told that at this altitude the farmers only get one rice crop a year as compared to three crops in the lowland area.
These very natural crafted rice fields, a testimony to all their back breaking labour intensive work, could tell the tale of many generations revealing like the ridges of fingerprints,,,,
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adidas5nb (4502) 2014-04-20 3:58
wow this is a stunning pov and shot.love the graphic effect created.very nicely seen and thought of.
pajaran (49053) 2014-04-20 4:17
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na princana polja i kuce ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perpektiva, lepo pokazana pirincana polja, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepa polja pirinca.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting and good article on the site, with a description ...
Nice view of the princana fields and houses ...
Good time recording, contrast and Perspectives, demonstrated good rice fields, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment, beautiful rice fields.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
willperrett (6246) 2014-04-20 4:18
Your viewpoint, and decision to fill the frame with the rice terraces, has given your photograph a graphic strength and an almost abstract quality. The tones seem realistic, and the "monotony" is nicely broken by the few scattered dwellings. A compelling image.
papagolf21 (83534) 2014-04-20 4:45
Bonjour, cher Abmdsudi,
Ces rizières sont toujours un spectacle étonnant. La note contribue à mieux comprendre la prise de vue générale.
Un grand merci pour ce partage.
Sergiom (55477) 2014-04-20 5:20
Un paysage de rêve vu d'un point de vue sur les hauteurs qui montre bien tout le travail exécuté par les humains pour se créer des rizières sur mesure. Tout simplement fantastique.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-20 5:29
amazing structure made entirely by man yet enriching the landscape. I like how the tight framing focuses on the lines of the terraces and how the whole composition has been diversified with some single f=houses scattered around. Lovely picture with excellent colors and superb sharpness.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Easter weekend
samson (1355) 2014-04-20 5:52
Terraced rice fields on the slopes of mountains and hills always make good photographic study. And you captured this well. And I was lucky too to have captured some scenes at China Longsheng mountains.
npecanhuk (61688) 2014-04-20 6:01
Hi! WondeRful place and picture! Sharpness,,exposure, colors, chosen pov, contrasts and composition are all excellent ! Tfs, Congrats - cheers, Neyvan
Cricri (101941) 2014-04-20 6:07
Fantastique paysage des rizières et les quelques habitations, j'aime les couleurs , l'effet graphique et le POV
carlo62 (28525) 2014-04-20 6:47
fantastica panoramica, ogni piccolo spazio ha un suo colore e una sua sfumatura.
L'effetto totale è meraviglioso.
Noel_Byrne (21568) 2014-04-20 7:05
That you mention fingerprints, that was what I thought of when I saw the thumbnail, finger prints or perhaps animal scales! A beautiful sight, and really a testament to what people can achieve. Its so cool when something created for such a real world purpose ends up being so beautiful to view as well. I love how it transitions from green to brown as well.
macondo (18551) 2014-04-20 7:45
A lovely shot of the pattern of rice paddies taken from your elevated viewpoint. The range of soft colours is a wonder to behold. It's hard to believe that the curved lines and reflective sheets of water were not arranged deliberately as some huge work of art. Good note, too.
rychem (20127) 2014-04-20 8:37
Wow, what can I say, simply fantastic, the rice fields look like puzzle tiles, splendid photo
holmertz (37793) 2014-04-20 10:08
Indeed this is a testimony to generations of hard work and the ingenuity of the farmers. Necessity has created fabulous patterns along the valley and hillsides. Fvourable weather conditions will probably create beautiful reflections in the hundreds or thousands of small dams. I don't know if the difference of colours are due to different crops or different soils, but in any case there are very beautiful tones of green, yellow and almost pink seen here.
Didi (55145) 2014-04-20 10:12
Great dominant point of view
Fantastic place never seen before in reel in my life
Interesting colours separation
federico (2169) 2014-04-20 11:04
hello abmsudi, again a great picture you show us, a complete palette of green colours wonderfull reflections,
everything well done
siudzi (32709) 2014-04-20 11:07
This view is absolutely amazing and unique due to the perfectly executed lights, colors, details. Love it and its strong visual effect of composition. Superb work! Many thanks for sharing!
Romano46 (16582) 2014-04-20 12:31
un paesaggio straordinario che mette in rilievo tutte le capacità dell'uomo di dominare la natura.
Le risaie disegnano degli splendidi motivi grafici che grazie ai riflessi della luce vengono messi in particolare evidenza in questa tua ottima fotografia.
Eccellenti anche i colori.
Ciao e buona settimana
dta (63564) 2014-04-20 12:37
Hello Abmdsudi ,
Terraces fields have been abandonned in many parts of the world , with the modernism . But not yet in Asia . I'm not sure that it will be the same in 50 years ...
A fabulous view on this wonderful landscape .
Corry (4508) 2014-04-20 20:24
Superbe point de vue en plongée sur ces rizières avec un bel effet graphique. Belles couleurs. Bien fait.
jjcordier (73824) 2014-04-20 22:28
J'aime beaucoup ces photos de rizières au fort potentiel graphique. Jolie composition et bonne exploitation de la lumière du moment.
emka (73925) 2014-04-20 22:44
Hell Abmdsudi, What a view of these paddy fields. Must be fun to go there on a old Russian motorbike. Stunning view.
Warm regrads MAlgo
kato (11630) 2014-04-21 3:47
You're capturing well this landscape by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the terraced farm compartmented by the slope at the foot of a mountain. It's also impressive in small huts seen in some places and color contrast of the lush green and transparent water.
subhendu_bagchi (25331) 2014-04-21 4:05
Wow... it is superb. You got a superb graphical one from this field of step farming. Great depth achieved with fine natural colours. Excellent work. TFS.
marabu61 (7481) 2014-04-21 4:37
This is a truly wonderful hommage to the ingeniouty of mankind and to the hardworking farmers in the mountains of Vietnam. It is amazing what man can do.
Superb view over those rice terraces that has created a graphically strong image.
have a great day
Silvio1953 (117063) 2014-04-21 5:24
Ciao Abmdsudi, fascinating landscape, fantastic graphic, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (25690) 2014-04-21 7:41
Every time I see pictures of those rice terraces I'm still in awe with creativeness of those early farmers who created them. We have a few of them in northern Philippines although I've never seen them in person. Great pov and good lighting in spite of shooting against the sun. Well done, tfs.
saxo042 (36920) 2014-04-21 7:44
A fantastic pattern from these rice fields. A very attractive and also interesting scene!
macjake (53090) 2014-04-21 17:28
i think these fields in Asia are on most photographers wish list :)
they certainly are for me personally.
i wonder if the light reflects on the water at any time of day, or is there a special hour thats best?
having some fields covered and some not is the key i suppose, that way the green colors pops up.
it would make for a fine jigsaw puzzle :)
shreya2000 (909) 2014-04-21 23:00
A very nice picture showing the fields situated on the mountains. These fields are quite similar fileds in hilly India. Good lyrics of the fields.
ourania (27344) 2014-04-22 4:20
this is a mesmerizing view, you filled the frame with this amazing landscape and we still have the sense that the patterns go on and on. The view through the mist is clear and well defined, there are wonderful shiny textures and fine, natural colours. The large and tiny structures dispersed all over the frame are intriguing focal points that allow our glance to rest for a while before starting wandering again. I like very much the thought expressed in your note, that the landscape tells the story of many generations. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
nikkitta (13556) 2014-04-22 12:48
A true dream landscape so full of graphics given by the descending terraces with so differents colors from white to brown
Like your composition with only some scatered houses where life, as you said, must be quite hard and lonesome
Exelllent POV, very well done and taken
Kielia (22967) 2014-04-23 7:46
I love aerial photographs because they give us information about the surface of a landscape we otherwise won’t get. Your high POV on that elevation works excellently!
This very spacious mix of fields and small settlements along the valleys is fascinating. Your composition is really successful. My compliments also for the notes!
rogerl (1544) 2014-04-23 13:52
This is an incredible image. The irregular geometry of the fields is pretty eye-catching. What a beautiful spot that you've captured very well. Thanks.
dip (23528) 2014-04-25 6:20
a really interesting motive for a photography,great graphic effect,
good point of view,
very well captured and composed,
delpeoples (52737) 2014-04-26 3:12
A photo that deserves all its admirers and the points. I love the graphism, the exquisite silvery light and the luminous greens of the paddy terraces. Excellent sharpness and depth, aswell as a superbly composed image. Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful day.
SWEETFREEDOM (21776) 2014-04-27 0:38
great high p.o.v. and Amazing human work. fine details as usual.
mcmtanyel (10979) 2014-04-29 16:42
It looks like a huge leaf with bugs on it, until one's eyes catch the buildings that have too angular shapes to be bugs. Beautiful patterns and colors.
If you don't mind me asking, do you do photography for a living?
mkamionka (29479) 2014-04-30 5:22
fantastic composition from a great POV which allowed to squeeze the rice terraces so that they create a very eye catching geometrical pattern. The presence of the houses in between helps to imagine the scale of the fields.
adores (34738) 2014-05-28 15:38
An incredible landscape of a fantastic region! Your pov is perfect to show the pattern of the rice fields. I like the composition with the green plants growing and the little houses around. Good shot!