Sapa, in Northern Vietnam near the Chinese border, differs from the rest of the country because of its mountainous character and its diverse ethnic background.
The region is home to many tribes such as H’mong and Dzao, which migrated from China centuries ago. Some of them still don't speak Vietnamese.
This lady escorted us during the whole trekking we had in the countryside of Sapa, sometimes under the rain, with her baby-girl on her back.
The little one seemed quite amused with the only toy she had at that time: a rice stick.
Cropped, applied sepia, gradual toning and local burn.
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papon (1487) 2010-08-25 23:28
What an image...
No words to describe this...
Great eye contact and very innocent face of the child..Beautiful sepia tone..upper portion is bit over exposed, but still it is a very strong image.
Have a nice day,
kris47_200 (37) 2010-08-25 23:46
Beautiful picture. The sepia tone give a fabulous dramatic effect.
Hellas (6897) 2010-08-25 23:54
Sepia refers to past perfectly!
What to say, this portrait is great! You created an amazing mood!
Very good focus and background blur!
smarcell (19963) 2010-08-26 0:00
A high class image, Erdem !
Congratulations ! The soft light is perfect, as well as the composition. The sepia choice is also perfect.
delnaja (2056) 2010-08-26 0:36
excellent of course. Professional result.
Love the sepia tones choosen and the overexposure.
A great one !
yquem46 (38750) 2010-08-26 0:51
Nice shot turned to sepia
I like the way the characters turn their heads towards you and how the stand out nicely on the burnt out sky
faubry (35447) 2010-08-26 2:10
wonderful photo, superb soft color, really i am "scotchée"
Bartleby (13552) 2010-08-26 2:25
nice sepia toning and an interesting portrait, with a classic composition.
baclama (18781) 2010-08-26 4:54
very nice portraits sepia...with great emotion
macondo (19265) 2010-08-26 5:19
A very impressive and evocative photo - the pale sepia conversion is very suitable for portraying this quite delicate image. The two figures look quite vulnerable. I like the tall pointing leaves to the woman's right, and the way the image fades towards the top - I don't mind the over-exposure. It looks as though the woman just turned around to look at the camera at that very moment, and the baby too! Lovely picture.
zmey (7335) 2010-08-26 8:57
a beautiful shot of this mother and her baby in their field; the sepia rendering has worked really well here.
sayeed_rahman (6370) 2010-08-26 15:28
more than the subject itself i quite admire the logic and aesthetics behind the pp, the visualization sets the tone and charm, the encounters often are more than just meeting them in the eye, isnt it ? - a few words exchanged and it is all worth it..the photo is but only a small fragment of the time and space that surrounds you..small..
take care mate
Merou (4726) 2010-08-26 15:43
This a very beautiful shot. I like the posttreatment.
ajayrawat (660) 2010-09-06 7:04
Hi, this is yet another brilliant photo contribution to TE. I noticed that your photos have unusual softness to them. at times I feel that a lot depend on what kind of person you are that also reflects a bit in your work.
Juzo (4349) 2010-09-18 3:55
The sepia gives this a timeless feeling. The expression of the moment is beautifully captured, with the composition in thirds working well, especially with the light - which, is like their destination as such.
BennyV (15903) 2011-02-02 1:02
Hello again Erdem,
Well, this is almost the opposite of the other shot I just commented on. This is very subtle work, great eye to eye contact, a very gentle picture. Great also how you included the blades in the corner. Here's another thumbs up from me.
bachapi (369) 2012-03-22 5:04
On dirait une peinture, Erdem. C'est un cliché magnifique! Bravo, très réussi comme toujours.
fotka (4221) 2012-07-17 4:45
An excellent portrait woman caring her baby. The sepia works very well on this photo. Perfect composition.
fabbs99 (17129) 2012-08-09 3:36
Fascinating sepia tone to make this portrait all the more interesting.The mother and child duo speaks clearly about the culture and ethos of the Viet people.
Regds ~ Farhat
avigur_11 (22087) 2012-10-08 1:40
This is a great one, Erdem. Wondeful choich of sepia tones. Sharpness and DOF are perfet, but most important -n the timing.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3913)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-10-03
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
- Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Sapa, a region of ethnic diversity [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-08-25 23:08
- Favorites: 2 [view]