Here is another quick grab portrait of a young Red Dzao woman I met from the same remote hamlet from my previous posting where she helps her parents in the field. There is a saying, that if your subject has a face you should focus on the eyes. Thus at the moment I am just concetrating on the eyes and hoping the rest follows. Although her eyes are not the most loveliest but I thought she has a wonderfully interesting face that makes a natural portrait for me, bright, full of hope and vigor and most important is her self confident and responsive to my lens. Dressed in her best attire, the usual black indigo clothing with her elaborate headdress, she was a great energetic and I have always loved the intensity in her look.
The Red Dzao are the 9th largest ethnic group in Vietnam with a population of just under 500,000. They belong to the Hmong Dao language group and are believed to have started migrating from China in the 13th century. The women wear some of the most colourful and diverse costumes of all ethnic groups but can be identified by their black trousers richly embroidered with flower or small star patterns. Their jackets can be red or black usually with embroidered borders. The ensemble is topped by a black or red turban together with chunky silver jewelry. In addition most Red Zao women shave off their eyebrows and foreheads as this is traditionally regarded as a sign of beauty.
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rodgerg (55767) 2011-10-17 7:10
An another excellent portrait with subject, well off-centred on the right, which arise very well in the black of the BG. Here too, you have very well collected the details, the expression and especially the impressive glance.
Have a nice week,
holmertz (49004) 2011-10-17 7:12
She certainly has a beautiful face and her beauty is enhanced by her colourful traditional clothes. The carefully handled light and the dark background also contribute greatly to the success of this portrait.
smarcell (19963) 2011-10-17 7:16
A very beautifulportrait, with a special attention to the composition of the image, where you nicely placed the subject aside in the frame.
JFS (32459) 2011-10-17 7:16
Another beautiful portrait, regards say so many things...Her regard tells innocence. Light is wonderful and quality of image too.
SnapRJW (31629) 2011-10-17 8:45
Just beautiful Abmdsudi - The vibrant colours are perfectly displayed against the large chunk of black negative space. Top class. Best regards Rosemary
lousat (87202) 2011-10-17 8:50
Fantastic portrait,i like this half black pic that leave space at imagination,magnificent capture whit a special light and beautiful colors and sharpness,very interesting from Vietnam.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
stevesaba (8163) 2011-10-17 9:46
A very lovely portrait of this young Red Dzap lady. The blackness of the background in this case is great! Perfect colorations too. I loved the Sapa area when I was there in 2006. Very fine, warm regards,
scalerman (26900) 2011-10-17 9:55
A: I like your Red Dzao portrait here - I would change a thing, not even the crop. Regards, c
bayno (18344) 2011-10-17 10:40
Hello Abmdsudi, beautiful title that reflects the image, nice background almost completely black, it seems that the woman come out of nowhere, I see that she is completely comfortable with your lens, fabulous colors and sharpness, her is beautiful and has a very interesting face, lovely portrait with, I add to my teme...
Warm regards, Valter
BennyV (15903) 2011-10-17 10:48
A strong portrait, but with the background it's a bit like a studio shot. I don't know what the original background was, but I just might have prefered it that way. Still, this is top quality picture, of course. Sharpness, colours, etc...no worries there!
patdeph (35748) 2011-10-17 11:41
Wonderful portrait where I love the way it's poping out from the black bckground.I also love the completly decentered framing,making it very orginal.The natural colors and the light are splendid.
Sorry for my last critique that I let as comment I don't know how it's happened.
yquem46 (38750) 2011-10-17 12:57
another nice portrait in your gallery
Excellent definition and colors
Stands out perfectly on the black BG
all the best
quillo (11850) 2011-10-17 13:01
Hola amigo Abmdsudi ...
A wonderful smile, great, honest,
friendly and adorable.
I love how you captured the moment.
the girl has expressive eyes,
seem to want to leave my screen.
sevy (15367) 2011-10-18 0:24
Very nice portrait with a soft lightning sharing natural color.
I like the originality of your composition in horizontal frame placing the face on a half part.
I works, I guess because of the look going slightly toward the opposite side of the composition.
dkmurphys (55933) 2011-10-18 4:23
Another charming portrait. So simple and attractive. Good work, enjoy a fine day.
sacavem (18620) 2011-10-18 7:42
This is one great portrait.I like your sharp and good portrait.Good colours and well cropped and simple framed.
Bartleby (13552) 2011-10-18 8:02
another fine portrait with an engrossing gaze from this young woman. I'm in two minds about the dark background. It definitely helps to emphasize her face but at the same time I wish there was a little more than just black. Anyhow, great portrait!
peppe59 (14551) 2011-10-18 8:39
wonderful picture for the excellent quality and perfect technique.
jemaflor (93299) 2011-10-18 9:58
Good black fg for this portrait well managed, perfect sharpness and good focus on these eyes, well done.
Cricri (115557) 2011-10-18 10:09
Un bon cadrage de la dame avec le coté sombre ce qui met encore plus en valeur les couleurs et la lumière sur son visage, une note très intéressante, joli portrait
nikkitta (17066) 2011-10-18 15:59
I admired the previous one
This one is interesting for the way she looks at you, a half smiling portrait ( Like Monalisa from Leonardo)
Like the way ( to the right) you framed the girl
Nice colors and interesting clothes
Congrats and TFS
delpeoples (56726) 2011-10-19 0:00
The light is is exquisite, as is the face of this angel. I love the tight cut, the beautiful colours and her obvious rapport with you.
muunal (792) 2011-10-19 4:18
Waylim (25488) 2011-10-19 9:49
Last night I wrote a rather long comment/critique on this photo, when I sent it, something went wrong and it was not sent and I lost all my words :(
Anyway, here I try again. I love it. One of the most beautiful portrait, you placed her off to the right just perfect space and she seem to appear out of the darkness. Not it is not really clear on her face but I see that smile in her eyes, her facial expression is kind and gentle and sweet. The direct eye contact is very engaging. She is looking right through the monitor at me.
I love her feature, she is more beautiful than any model featured on magazines. She is beautiful without all the artificial make up and air brush. Love all the details in her face, the freckles, the blemishes, even some scar on her chin, but that didn’t take away her beauty. And those full lips, put some of the movie stars to shame.
My admiration and complements.
ashres (1055) 2011-10-19 10:33
As always, a great portrait with great lightening and wonderful colors. The little stretch lips hides a great happiness within her. The black background is great for the shot which enabled like the happy face popping out from the dark. Wonderful shot.
have a great time,
siolaw (38292) 2011-10-19 23:01
Good portrait again with strong eye contact and quite an enigmatic expression, Gioconda style!
The black background works well in isolating your subject.
Graal (101738) 2011-10-20 0:08
very nice portrait. Good classic composition. Nice smile on the face and costume. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
mauro61 (52855) 2011-10-20 1:07
ottimamente colta l'espressione con un perfetto posizionamento nell'ambito dell'inquadratura.
Viso in luce e contrasto con il nero di fondo,
danos (94310) 2011-10-20 1:52
nice the portrait of the young red Dzao woman as is placed perfect in the frame.I like the light and the colour management as the details of her face.Informative your note about this 9th largest ethnic group in Vietnam,with her native clothes to complete the beautiful scenery.
shevchenko (19444) 2011-10-20 1:57
Creative frame to put her face onto the right side, very beautiful oriental face, I like her traditional costume too, distinct portrait shot, well done.
everlasting (14850) 2011-10-20 2:47
An informative note, thank you. Even with her eyebrows she exudes beauty and radiance. I like the negative space , perfectly framed.
COSTANTINO (62697) 2011-10-21 23:18
a wonderful portrait that says too much
a shot that needs no more comments
it is amazing indeed
have a nice week end
Silvio1953 (136797) 2011-10-22 3:17
Ciao Abmdsudi, beautiful portrait of lovely girl, beautiful expression, fantastic smile, splendid light and wonderful clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (35535) 2011-10-22 9:17
Awesome portrait! Good use of negative space. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-10-22 12:30
very nice child portrait shot...like her calm expression with innocent eyes...like her outfit also...
good DOF controlled with nice light management...good color tone & sharpness also...
nice informative Note...
CLODO (33422) 2011-10-24 9:50
Do you know Roland and Sabrina Michaud? Your picture is their mood!
adramad (43153) 2011-10-25 14:50
A fantastic portrait of this girl showing off her colorful headdress, black totally cool that fund, which makes the figure highlight and 3D, as you have captured great look, with great intensity and conveys a great naturalness.
The sharpness of the image is superb, as we see every detail of the skin and its texture, color, fantastic. natural and beautiful, a great job. And as usual a good note.
Most cordial greetings.
Fis2 (93889) 2011-10-28 2:56
I like frame and composition.
tatadalou (7445) 2011-10-28 10:08
Beautiful portrait and very nice note. The side light illuminates the face of this pretty girl. We can see both the sweetness and self-confidence through this regard.
Thank you for sharing,
claudeD (37322) 2011-10-30 12:48
Very fine portrait shot with an excellent composition. My congratulations for this perfect fotojob.I like the picture very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
fabianoleite (10464) 2011-10-30 18:40
Deep and intense eyes, very well shown by your camera, well highlighted, great expression;
axiotea (21651) 2011-12-12 8:07
You had a fine BG on which the young lady stands out perfectly! I like her sweet expression & her decisive look at the same time, how she is positioned in the frame. Good colour rendition as well!
ourania (41292) 2012-12-21 23:51
this is a wonderful portrait as far as both composition and naturalness and expressiveness are concerned. The black backdrop and the large space you gave to it exalts the soft hues of the girl's face, the character in her eyes and the bright colours of her attire that frame her face. Sharpness and lighting are exquisite. The intensity of her gaze and the suspicion of a smile make her portrait captivating. Your work and interaction with your model is superb. Congratulations and thank you!
Thank you also for your wishes, all the best to you and your dear ones!
fritzi007 (10401) 2014-11-10 11:37
Mirror of the Soul, good title.
Very well photographed from the Dark, perfect!
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (50554)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-02-00
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Portrait [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-17 7:03
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