This picture is for the house-wives of our hunters whose weapons are not gun and bullets. I could not give a head-count because they are over 300. They are from all corners of the world. They arrived by bus, by train, by private aircraft or by tuk-tuk like me. All of them had same purpose: shoot the sun and clouds over terraced fields. And I had different reason: shoot them, because they were armed with the best and latest version of photographic technology while my camera maybe cheaper than their tripod.
You don’t need to pay me as an informer. Here is the free info for you:
• Location: 25 km from Yuanyang town [元阳] which is 337 km SW of Kunming and 200 km NW of Hekou.
• Time: sunrise
• Date: Feb 21, 2005
Note on destination:
Yuanyang is famous for cultivating terraced fields and Hani minority has created an environmental wonder in mountain area. Their culture is a terraced field agricultural civilization, which has a perfect agriculture system and an agro-worship system as well, the concept of worship is built on the basis that man and nature are in harmony, countless terraced fields are an evidence of this belief.
Terraced fields have a long history. From the data in Chinese characters, they have already had a history of more than 1,300 years. Hani connecting terraced fields are seen from mountain to mountain with great momentum. In Yuanyang, the area of terraced fields amount to more than 11,000 hectares, and for more than 3,000 steps of which stretch from the foot of a hill up to the top.
Yuanyang is on a high ridge between two valleys. It's mainly a new town dominated by unimaginative cement buildings and two long streets. Its buildings rise so steeply that stairways connect many roads. Strolling through the market was visually intoxicating. Ethnic minorities, who make up the bulk of the people in town and the rural scenery are Yuanyang's attractions. The town was a bustling mosaic of brilliant color. Women in dazzlingly embroidered outfits toted bushel baskets of produce that seemed to glow in the alpine light.
Yuanyang terraced fields has been placed into the preparatory list of World Heritage in China. Application of Hani Terraced Fields for World Heritage has been committed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
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vineet_d (37) 2005-03-30 6:00
Great photo, excellent. thanks.
faubry (35405) 2005-03-30 6:01
very good shot with sun colorful, i like it, good composition and contrast,
i suppose waht this people with last teshnologie from Japan....
jbweasle (9373) 2005-03-30 6:09
A wonderfully misty shot and well lit. It's not surprising there are so many people to photograph it!
emanuela (1257) 2005-03-30 6:56
looks like a film setting, great composition and colors
Well done thanks for sharing
steveegg (418) 2005-03-30 6:56
This is a fascinating shot Thanh. It not only shows the interesting scenery at a beautiful time of day, but also has something to say about photo-tourism.
I think the image might benefit from a little PP attention - levels to improve the contrast a little and there's a lot of noise that a programme like NeatImage would help remove. These actions should help make the figures in the foreground look a little clearer whilst retaining the misty look in the distance.
olopez (4959) 2005-03-30 7:04
Very good shot, you show perfectly the landscape and besides all the activity to capture the great moment.
Very good seen
fiedziu (1764) 2005-03-30 7:35
PSYOPS (0) 2005-03-30 7:49
Had I been there, I would photograph you shooting other comrades while they were "killing" the sun and clouds...
Albrecht (11281) 2005-03-30 8:27
Very good note to go with the picture; wonderful detailed and beautiful colored picture. There must be a lot of good picture been taken by theat army, regards Albrecht
tongapup (0) 2005-03-30 8:46
An excellent shot. The composition is great. There are three interesting layers to look at: the sky, the rice paddies, the photographers. Good job.
lebich_1972 (1656) 2005-03-30 9:57
Amazing photo , Wish I were there!
You think we can find this sense in Sapa ?
Thank for sharing Thanh
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-03-30 10:19
Pictures of photographers at work have became a bit of cliche, but this one is awsome. They really are like hunters, waiting for the perfect moment to shoot. Great colours and exposure.
KevRyan (22956) 2005-03-30 13:40
A very nice perspective - how many of these guys are on TE? Have you seen their pics of this here yet!?
Thanks for a really informative note and image.
toni_al (15875) 2005-03-30 16:29
Fantastic composition with the mixture of the photographers and the landscape. Pity about the noise. Try Neat Image.
Dakota55 (392) 2005-03-30 17:47
This is a great dhot and i realy like your comment. The golden light is fantastic and the reflection of the sun in the water is great.
ChrisJ (102721) 2005-03-31 3:57
A superb vantage point, of this impressive view of the sunlight reflecting off the rice paddies. The entourage of photographers is well seen, & a humorous addition. Good work.
Luko (14000) 2005-03-31 6:23
Another photographic myth that crumbles down... the first time I saw those rice terraces on a NatGeo mag, I told myself i HAD to go there... Too late I see, one million people read that Nat Geo and told themselves hey HAD to go there before me. I've seen bunches of photographers at places but here, it's a crowd...(though I'd still like to see these terraces)
That leads me to another question : what is there genuinely untouched and left unseen in the world.. even though I couldnt access, it's IMHO a great feeling that there are still new frontiers in this world. I sometimes feel I'm born too late...
Perhgaps I didn't speak too much about your photo, but what can we say wrong about it?
...And for the best part, the best photos make people think and that's precisely what I've been doing so far, haven't I?
maciekda (19895) 2005-04-01 4:41
it is a very nice photo Thanh, I agree so much here with Luko - I would never imagine such crowd there... beautiful light here, good moment.. a bit noisy in shadow areas though. very good stuff
keribar (43841) 2005-04-02 0:20
Thanks for posting this incredible and so different picture. I will gladly note the secret for future use, because I really plan to go to Yunnan.
Keep well - Izzet Keribar
strangiato (10) 2005-04-02 22:15
Your 10D cheaper than their tripods? :)
A very good example of the scenes behind the camera. It shows how difficult and how annoying it can be when trying to get those special shots. (But that is what everybody in this pic is thinking probably.....)
Often sunrise shots appear to be very peaceful and tranquil, while in fact it is utter chaos and mayhem.
One note on the technical side though; given the used aperture and exposure you could have shot at a lower ISO value in order to reduce the noise.
I like it a lot.
quantabeh (5205) 2005-04-03 13:28
what an interesting perspective!
while everyone has been shooting the scenery, you shot them. I like that. but besides that, I can see why they were all eager to shoot. It's really a beautiful scenery.
kinginexile (2598) 2005-05-01 23:49
A very good idea, and you still end up with a photographic work as good as theirs, I am sure, albeit with a different subject.
You also show us enough of the rice fields to understand why it's worth going there to shoot, but what was really the occasion for all the gathering that day?
Paker (2650) 2005-05-04 11:49
Interesting perspective - i love it.
The REAL shot.
mrbialy (2568) 2005-05-04 12:04
Very good photo. colors and light beautiful. Atmosphere amaizing, but the most important thing it B A C K G R O U N D is really, really perfect.
battousai (827) 2005-05-16 6:23
Great note, excellent photo. Thanks! :)
NgocSon (282) 2005-05-30 9:27
You drawn more than 25 photographers to this page... to view your picture taken of photographers who were taking picture...
Well, I wish I will see the scene by my own eyes. TKS.
cyclope (16) 2005-06-27 9:37
WOW, what can i say!I really admire your work, the themes your perserverance, never ever quit, thanks.
coco (30439) 2005-07-04 15:11
Great idea and fantastic result.
Thanks for share.
Tristan-z (1053) 2006-01-14 16:42
Trés belle image, dommage que l'on voye tous ce bruit dans les basses lumiére. Bravo quand même.
gelor (3229) 2006-02-17 6:58
Très belle image tant dans sa composition que pour ses couleurs. Félicitations. Gérard
jsec (2154) 2007-03-22 21:33
Brilliant shot, I will laugh for weeks about this one.
Thanks for sharing
TRASH (0) 2007-04-15 17:16
Following your today posting (4-15-2007), I end up here with an old picture that offered great atmosphere of a remote location on our planet.
I simply wish I will be here in the near future.
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8582)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-02-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm L, RAW @ ISO 1600
- Exposure: f/22, 1/350 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Photographers at work II, Photographing the Photographer, Yuanyang — a best-kept secret /1/, Rice Fields and the People "II" [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-03-30 5:46
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