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Tarrafal traders

Tarrafal traders
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8423 W: 483 N: 16439] (74309)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-23
Categories: Daily Life, Food
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-03-12 2:13
Viewed: 1204
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
You will probably think this is nothing special, but I think that eight nice ladies wearing such colourful clothes are really very special.

This is from Tarrafal, a small town in the northern part of Cape Verde's main island Santiago, a couple of hours by bus from the capital Praia. In the workshop you can see more salesladies in Tarrafal, one photo also featuring large umbrellas, the other the country's president. All photos were taken in March 2006 with my first digital camera, a Canon Ixus 750.

Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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Bonjour, cher Gert,
Les photos sont très bonnes et les couleurs éclatent joliment (un petit appareil, mais de bonnes qualités à tous points de vue).
Les sujets sont bien présentés et criants de vérité.

Hello Gert,
A colourful and interesting daily life scene well captured under a pleasing ambient light. The vegetation in the background is nicely detailed and adds a touch of graphism. Optimal technical quality.

Hello dear Gert and have a nice time
and a happy new day
yes I agree with you that those
eight nice ladies wearing such
colorful clothes are really very special
colorful and impressive daily life scenery
with hu dred of impressive details
very well composed
optimal technical quality

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Interesantna prodaja na ulici, dobra ponuda.
Zelim vam lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.

Good day.
Nice view and a moment, good text ...
Good work with nice photographs in the workshop, a beautifully shown place and moment, a nice caught moment.
Interesting street sales, good offer.
I wish you a beautiful and successful day, all the best in the new week that started, happily.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14772 W: 1051 N: 30223] (141791)
  • [2018-03-12 3:20]

Hello Gert,

An image with a decidedly West African look and feel thanks to the colorful costumes worn by the women. Good sharpness and well framed and composed. Tfs!

Hello Gert
Indeed, very special these eight colourful and if I may say so, powerful women. I wished these women also represented women-power, but looking at the male faces on the election posters in workshop one, I think that was wishful thinking in 2006 and probably also in Cape Verde 2018.
Have a good week, groet Rob

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10209 W: 161 N: 16898] (129581)
  • [2018-03-12 3:34]

Witaj Gert!
A very nice scene from street.
Excellent frame and superb colors.
I like this daily life shot.
Very well done.
Warm regards.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14379 W: 0 N: 16314] (174773)
  • [2018-03-12 4:53]


quelle image et captage toutes ce dame sur la rue avec les marchandises posées et la couleur quelle scène ces habits de couleur ces foulard dans le cheveux superbe image et captage très animée
Bravo et amitié

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16066 W: 159 N: 28010] (147264)
  • [2018-03-12 5:38]

Hi Gert
Trois belles images, d'une belle scène de vie pleine de couleurs , beaucoup de détails aussi a voir, c'est trois images belles a regarder
Belle journée

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24936 W: 520 N: 42035] (180190)
  • [2018-03-12 5:52]

Hello Gert,

Your main picture is the most beautiful.
But your two additional pictures be a perfectly addition.
Indeed the clothing of the ladies has value for a picture.
Sharpness and clarity are perfectly.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Bonjour Gert,

Avant même d'ouvrir l'onglet , on constatait que cette photo était belle surtout au niveau du contrôle de la lumière qui est forte et dure à cette heure de la journée dans cette région.



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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 34 N: 4648] (25804)
  • [2018-03-12 6:19]

Colourful ladies are always a pleasure to see, Gert, so I'm with you on your "not nothing special" remark. At first I thought Tarrafel was WHAT they were trading...


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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10389 W: 174 N: 18540] (82599)
  • [2018-03-12 6:56]


during the 1990's I found many women immigrants from CV living in portugal and selling things in the streets. they built a flight line between the islands and fortaleza city in brazil to bring more products to sell in the islands too.
nice view of the group, the box is typical of chinese products of that years.interesting the african clothes mixed with other more usual here.

take care


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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3588 W: 0 N: 8388] (59347)
  • [2018-03-12 9:29]

If I counted correctly, you have 25 people in three pictures and only 3 men, photos on the occasion of the Women's Day?
Beautifully captured scenes, very nice women in colorful clothes
regards Ryszard

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2758 W: 1360 N: 3160] (39987)
  • [2018-03-12 10:20]

Hi Gert

I like very much the everyday streets scenes, even more when you have the colored cloth enhanced by the bright sunshine. The way they are sitting on the pavement is typical from the Africa and the East countries.

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 129 N: 1168] (7747)
  • [2018-03-12 10:25]

Hi Gert
The three photos show the authentic daily life in that country, at least that's my impression. Good work.


Hello Gert, very good picture of this interesting scene of everyday life, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. A great job perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy beginning of the week.
All the best from the south of Spain.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12184 W: 126 N: 21980] (112225)
  • [2018-03-12 12:01]

Hi Gert,3 beautiful pics from Cape Verde showing the street markets in a great way,a fest of colors and rich compositions too. The sceneries reminds a lot Senegal,and maybe more goods come from this country as i remember visiting the rare tourist shops. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9600 W: 57 N: 16384] (60548)
  • [2018-03-12 12:47]

Hello Gert,
An excellent streetscape with these traders gathered at the side of the street. They make a very colourful photo with their bright clothes and hair. They seem to be selling a wide variety of items. Fine sidelight too, which you handled skilfully.

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6128 W: 277 N: 11966] (91892)
  • [2018-03-12 13:55]

Hello Gert ,
Hard to find a more colorful scene ! Those women are truly beautiful and very elegant .

Hi Gert,

You have captured well a daily activity. The point of view is showing the details of the items for sale and of the clothings of the women. The light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Gert
my favourite is WS # 2, but all 3 shots could easily be main posts - but I get it, we can only post 1 photo a day and there's so many photos and not enough days :)

I'm not complaining, but it would be great to see these photos on the MAP view :) But i think i remember you saying you've had problems with your MAP view? is that you? anyways, not a big deal.

this is where the colour saturation really works well, love the bright blues and reds popping off the screen. its an interesting visual, I completely agree with you here. same with the WS's. I'd be very happy here especially with a telephoto lens to get some close up shots from across the street - as long as it doesn't annoy people.

another fine TE addition.
I'll probably post a new shot later tonight/tomorrow depending on the time differences haha

Hello Gert,
Strange that you waited 12 years to upload these pictures.
They're all three very beautiful. Difficult to have a preference for one of them. They all deserve a main upload.
Daily life-pictures that are at the same time very colourful. Gorgeous!
Cabo Verde looks as colourful as India and it seems also easy to take pictures of people there.
Best regards, Paul

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-03-13 5:57]

Hello Gert,
nice the gathering of all these native women in the open air market with their colourful clothes to are the eye catching of the image.I see also and different colour skins as this on the right with her back to us as the other on the left with the red mirror in her hand.


Hello Gert,

Three excellent photographs, full of vibrant colours and in your main post, a group of ladies not only buying and selling but maybe, putting the world to right! I can't decide whether the lady on the left is trying to protect herself from the sun or whether she is being demonstrative! They all appear to be wearing modern clothes, the long skirts being saris that are very common with westerners, covering swimsuits or shorts.
I love to identify what I can learn from these shots, like the things that may just be traditional and those that are common to us all!
The outdoor markets where produce is displayed on the floor has probably not changed much in generations but the traffic signs and political posters are what we might all see in our own towns. And, of course, Coco Cola is just about as worldwide as it is possible to be.
I love surveying these shots of places that I am probably unlikely to learn about directly!

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hello Gert,
Very nice capture of this daily life scene in Tarrafal taken with good pov and perfect layout.
The vivid colors is a joy for the eyes of the viewers.
TFS and best regards

Hej Gert,
That is certainly colourful! I think it's good that this exposure is fairly bright even though there's a bit of overexposure on some spots. I also like dry looking reeds and painted wall in the background.

Dear Gert,

Somehow, the color rendition reminds to that of the Kodachrome. Or maybe I just see what I want to see. Anyway, the vividity of their clothes is really stunning.

Best Wishes,

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10619 W: 146 N: 26757] (128339)
  • [2018-03-13 18:42]

Hello Gert, How it could be nothing special! These colourful dresses and walls look very special. such view are something I haven't seen. In my African trip I almost haven't seen the people.

Kind regrad s MAlgo

Olá Gert,
interessante mesmo essa cena, com essas senhoras de roupas nada discretas. A fofoca deve ser intensa também. Belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço,

Hi Gert,
Nice view, a classical scene of a street market, so nice with all these colors, perfect light management, tfs.

Ciao Gert, beautiful market scene, lovely composition with nice people, fantastic colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2018-03-15 17:08]

Hello Gert,
Interesting daily life scene from Cape Verde .
I like the colors here. Another fine presentation from your archive.

Ciao Gert
non si può dire che mancano i colori.
La seconda donna da destra ti ha scoperto mentre facevi la foto, ma forse non ha capito bene.
Belle scene, tratte dalla vita quotidiana, difficilmente si vedono su TE, siamo tutti più concentrati a mostrare monumenti e chiese.
Buon we

Hello Gert,
You have a trio of very colorful frames. I love marketplace photo.

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5744 W: 64 N: 11341] (46939)
  • [2018-03-17 8:25]

Very nice photos of Cape Verde. It was Portuguese but I've never been there. I like these African daily scenes, always so colourful and with so much to see. They look very busy!

I think this must be the first time you called a photo "special", the antithesis of "nothing special". :-)
I also think it's very special because it's a fascinating daily life scene and because of all the colours. The three photos form a lovely series of colourful everyday life.
I must check how far down the list of democracies Poland is and how far it has fallen down in the recent couple of years...

Hei Gert

Tre flotte bilder med fargerike detaljer fra dagliglivet i denne afrikanske øy-staten. Som du er litt inne på i teksten din, rangerer de nordiske landene høyt på mange undersøkelser av denne typen - vi bor i et rolig hjørne av verden. Likestilling og kvinners deltagelse i demokratiske prosesser er nok viktige elementer høy grad av demokrati. Det er dessverre mange steder sterke krefter som virker i motsatt retning. Uansett - flotte bilder, og nok et bidrag til ditt stadig voksende TE-galleri.

Hilsen Erling

Hello Gert,
like a small market, colorful women's clothes and photo quality!

Have a nice day

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