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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8123 W: 465 N: 15895] (72381)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03
Categories: Daily Life, Food
Camera: Canon Digital Ixus 750
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-18 7:15
Viewed: 3429
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a very ordinary sight from a street anywhere in Vietnam. Live poultry of all kinds, as well as live fish, can be bought anywhere.

This photo is from Duong Dong, the only town on the island of Phu Quoc off the Vietnamese southwestern coast. The island is actually much closer to Cambodia than to the Vietnamese mainland and is claimed by Cambodia. To ward off any possible (and rather improbable) Cambodian attack, there is a heavy military presence on the northern part of the island, which is strictly off limits to foreigners.

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hi gert. did you use some dynamic range tools too? the details are incredibly sharp and crisp, the colors are delightingly saturated. i like your careful narrow crop on the top corners and the great diagonal composition.

Hej Gert,
Man undrar just vad svenska djurrättsaktivister skulle sagt om detta förfarande? Förmodligen ointressant, men bilden är ju rätt talande. Dessutom är det ju en väldigt bar bild, både fotomässigt och som reportage från en annan värld. Trottoarkanten bildar en stark diagonal i kompositionen.

The 'chicken lady' has a lovely serene and far-away look here Gert and I love this composition as she seems quite isolated from all the goings-on around her and you have really made her the main feature in a lovely DL shot. Beautiful details throughout and lots to enjoy here. warm regards Rosemary

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3449 W: 0 N: 7971] (57329)
  • [2013-11-18 8:15]

An interesting scene of the local folklore. This lady seems to be accustomed to waiting on customers.Very well done
regards Ryszard

Ciao Gert
bello scorcio di vita quotidiana ricco di dettagli ed interessante anche per il particolare cibo messo in vendita.
Ottima nitidezza e colori ben saturi.
Molto buona anche la composizione.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana

Hi Gert
This low pov and closeness really takes me back to Vietnam - the smells, colours, hustle and bustle of the street.. There is so much to look at here; her concentration, expression and dignity shines through and of course the well stocked up baskets look so colourful, vibrant and full of detail. Really interesting to view I feel as if I have just been there, indeed a wonderful insight into the street vendor's way of life that make one really feel the atmosphere. Well done shot, Tfs
Best regards

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14081 W: 0 N: 16143] (171764)
  • [2013-11-18 9:45]


Avec les motos en fond de couleur queel portrait de cette dame avec son châpeau rond en paille et le foulards et quelle scène ces oiseaux dans lea paniers grandiose photo et scène.
Bravo et amitié

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9874 W: 157 N: 16079] (126553)
  • [2013-11-18 9:56]

Witaj Gert!
Next excellent scene.
Good frame and colors.
I like this daily life shot.
Very well done.
Nice evening

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2013-11-18 10:21]
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Hej Gert,

En helt enastående bild kompositionsmässigt. Verkligen full av liv och massor att titta på. Skärpan är också perfekt. Ett litet minus enligt min mening är det inte helt naturliga lyster som bilden har. Annars en av dina absolut bästa bilder i ditt galleri och det vill inte säga litet det med tanke på mängden helt suveräna bilder. Ha en fin vecka!



Hello Gert,
A daily life scene well captured and good portrait of this lady. Well done!
Best regards,

Hello Gert,
this certainly is on the list of my least favourite jobs but I really admire your picture for the interesting daily life scene and the captivating portrait it offers us. As I mentioned in my comment on your previous posting, I appreciate very much the point of view you chose. It brought you to the same level with your subject, made your composition richer and created a very effective sense of intimacy that increases the impact of the portrait and the scene. Perspective and details are superb, lighting and colours give vibrancy to the moody place. The lady's dramatic expression inspires concern and respect, her hands say so much too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,

Hello Gert,

The lady is daydreaming, maybe hoping for customers or wishing herself to be elsewhere! Whatever, she certainly creates a storyline about which the viewers can speculate.
The f/g is so alive with details!
I like the delightful composition; the kerb edge leads on one diagonal, whilst the gaze from the seated figure follows the lady's gaze, on the opposing diagonal.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

what a fiesta of colors!

there is a crazy amount of things going on in this shot and yet in the midst of it all, this woman sits with such a patient look on her face.

what a moment to have captured, it could almost be a painting.

kind regards,

Hello Gert,
A very beautiful and colourful busy street scene with a very nice portrait of this lady selling the poultry.
The picture is well detailed and shows different aspects of life in the streets from the the traditional woven baskets to the hectic traffic of the many motorcyclists.
Excellent sharpness and very colourful.
Best regards, Paul

great street shot from vietnam.love the elements and the insight into the vietnamese culture.thanks for sharing.

Hello Gert,

I love this presentation of daily life from vietnam.The country side hens have vanished from the cities only to be replaced by the less tastier and bulky white poultry.Here I am amazed by the colors of the scene with the hens in the basket in the focus.The looks on the lady's face is also interesting.A feeble smile aimed at you only to mean that you wont buy anything,but will takes images.Good shot and just a little joke with you.TFS.


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  • Wanda1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1312 W: 50 N: 2538] (15142)
  • [2013-11-18 21:56]

Hi Gert,
Simply a great daily life street scene you present us here. I am surprised the chickens don't try and escape. Not sure if she is happy or not or just in thought with her expression. Good sharpness and square format works well to just include what is needed for this street scene.

Good November morning, Gert,
First of all I want to say about her face. She looks like a Holy maiden from a Christian icon. Thanks for another interesting register of a street daily life in Vietnam. I'd like to visit this country and there is the constant charter flights from Perm to Vietnam... I just don't have the time for this corner on the Earth.

Hi Gert
Oh man you're going to laugh when you read what i'm about to tell you....

believe it or not, i was initially interested at the green colored garbage bin in the bg!! I held the laptop close to my face to see what the white lettering is on it. (then i realized i could just look at the larger format!)

Yes, i really enjoy my 'garbage' and junk subjects :)

I also like the funny smile on the man in the bg.
for some reason there is a strong hdr sort of feel to this photo, i really like it.

cool to have subjects upclose, and yet also set back into the scene as a secondary focal points, lots to see here. nice shot

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2013-11-18 22:39]

Hello Gert,

You're capturing well this daily shot by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which woman's seller is selling the live poultry included in the bamboo basket on the roadside. Although it looks cruelly, a buyer will cook it at home. It's also impressive in a hat made of braided straw peculiar to Vietnam in which she covered on the head.

Kind regards,

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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2013-11-18 22:41]

Hi Gert,
Excellent street snapshot with interesting content. You have perfectly captured the chicken selling woman.
The composition is spot on with good sense of space and she is really gorgeous so well detailed, I love the face pose and the look of concentration. I also like to see the man in BG watching your photo action. What a gorgeous street market photo! Well done.

Love the narrative in the Photograph.
The roadside chicken vendor waiting in anticipation for customers. The headdress is expressive - especially the piece of cloth running below the chin, holding the sun shade in place.
The sharp details of the wicker baskets with the fluttering birds makes for a lively scene.
The broom and the cigarette butt at the side corner is an interesting piece of detail.
The cane baskets behind her give a variety to the picture.
The motorcycles and the locals sitting or trudging along the road, present a scene of Daily Life with all its simplicity.
Thanks for sharing, Gert.

Hi Gert,
Simple scene but it has it's own charm, especially for us who don't see this kind of images on our streets.
Well taken, enjoy a great day.


Bonjour Gert,

On sent la fatigue de la journée dans les traits de cette dame qui tente de vendre ses poulets. Les bras semble pesants et le sourire timide. On était au début du numérique et cela parait dans la texture.



Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar nacin da se prodaju kokoske.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za lepim secanjem na posetu Vijetnamu.

Good afternoon, this afternoon.
interesting article about the place and time ...
A good time recording, perspective and contrast, beautiful colors.
A good way to sell chicken.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the beautiful memories of the visit to Vietnam.

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1442] (7899)
  • [2013-11-19 9:00]

Hej Gert,
jag håller med de andra här, det är en mycket fin bild. En kvinna som säljer höns på gatan är ganska vardagligt i Asien kan man tycka, fast egentligen så är det så mycket mer den här bilden innehåller. En till försäljare bakom kvinnan, mopeder i kö, gående folk, restauranger, den här bilden säger mer än tusen ord som man brukar säga:) Härligt låg bildvinkel ger också en känsla av att vara där. En utmärkt bild Gert!


Hi dear Gert

Sorry for my late reaction.
Not 30 years ago's archives but still precious at all.
I like your thick and deep colro touch as such as usual so much. her appealing eyes ate so asstarctive, nice snap full of thier life.

All the best and have a good day! Takero from TOKYO

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2013-11-20 2:37]

Hi Gert
Interesting local scene
Impossible to see such scenes in my town
Nice perspective of the chickens baskets
Well done
Kind regards

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2013-11-20 7:27]

Dear Gert,
you are presenting a very interesting daily life shot with fascinating details. The place looks messy and this could be the reason why the chicken lady appears absent minded. Maybe she is hoping for better times?
Warm regards

Bonsoir Gert
Une belle scène de vie bien animée avec les différents personnages composant cette image.Très bon rendu des textures au premier plan.
Bonne soirée

Hi,an excellent,finely detailed scene with vivid colors that catches the market atmosphere perfectly.I like what's going on in the distance too,best regards Wolf.

Hello Gert,
The way that you have composed this image certainly makes the woman with her chickens the main focus but at the same time provides us with a lot of interesting contextual detail in the background.
Best regards,

Ciao Gert, lobely daily life composition, nice market scene, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Awesome documentation of the daily life, this scene can be seen in my old country, the Philippines, as well. Good pov and nice details with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Hola Gert

Like markets and steet sellers not being angry at a photo but dreaming like this seller, while the man at the back smiles

Lots of details to watch, to begin with the poultry in the basquets and the motors at the back

The woman is offering her merchandise at the street, in what seems a caotic scene

Well done, enjoy weekend

namaste Gert,
here is another great shot in your gallery. Like the lady selling those chicks. Great atmosphere. Vibrant colour tone. I love her facial expression and enjoyed that of the man behind her. He is relishing the situation. Excellent moment captured which is worth seeing. Very well done. Tfs.

A chick selling chicken in Mekong delta area, I like the baskets, beaitiful handicraft and also the atmosphere of the streets. Don't consider the picture itself as I'm completing my series day after day, you know I've many difficulties to select what to post, have a good start of week Gert, with respect

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2728 W: 1352 N: 3103] (39291)
  • [2013-11-27 1:33]

hi Gert

The street pictures are so fascinating, almost in foreign countries where the habits are different. You knee down to have a low POV, the the lady eyes level, to show us what she is selling and have a view on the street life. A merchant is smiling at you!

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5755 W: 64 N: 11341] (46939)
  • [2013-11-29 16:05]

Hi Gert!
A common but a very good daily scene, so full of life and colour. I like your low pov and there's so much to see here. The poor chicken just want to get out from the basket and the man on the right is really enjoying the moment and your interest on the baskets! It must be really strange for them, to see a foreigner taking photos of a basket full of chicken:)!

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  • fotka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 502 W: 9 N: 1211] (5751)
  • [2013-12-10 6:09]

Hi Gert,
Well, this is her business sitting on the curb and selling chickens.
I love these kind of daily life photos from other countries.
Well captures with vivid colors, light, sharpness and informative note.
Kind regards,

Wonderfully captured image, the colour and detail are excellent. Interesting expressions...I wonder what you were saying to them..Thanks.

Hallo Gert,
sehr gute Strassenszene, wirklich sehr gut gemacht, gratuliere!
Viele Grüße

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