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Ms Light Green, Ms Dark Red & Ms Blue

Ms Light Green, Ms Dark Red & Ms Blue
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7853 W: 440 N: 15425] (70772)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03
Categories: Daily Life, Food
Camera: Canon Digital Ixus 750
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-12-01 10:40
Viewed: 3553
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Three ladies working at the food market in Duong Dong town on the island of Phu Quoc. The island belongs to Vietnam but is situated a short distance from the Cambodian coast.

Swedish members (at least one) will realize that I was inspired for the title by a classic Swedish book for children, "Auntie Green, Auntie Brown and Auntie Mauve", written by Elsa Beskow and published in 1918. I wanted to steal that title straight off from Ms Beskow but I just couldn't make the colours fit.

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Hej Gert
An excellent one !
nice colors and light on this daily life scenery, well composed in the diagonal
have a nice sunday evening, best regards

these fruits look fresh : cabbages, cucumbers, pumpkins, sweet potatos, I like the traditional hat the ladies wear, high definition and bright colors, a remarkable market scene for Mekong delta, thanks, good evening

Hej Gert,
En annan trio med triangulära hattar och ett överflöd av färger. Ett myckent fin bild igen. Men det är nog inte så många här som har hört talas om dessa tanter, knappast heller om en hund som heter Prick!
Hälsningar från Schwabstedt

Hello Gert,
your title immediately made me think of a children's story. Your composition is rich and colourful but the perspective you gave it make the three ladies stand out and hold our attention. We could certainly make a lot of stories about the three heroines and the setting they are in, I try to ward off ideas even as I'm writing this comment:) I like very much the colours, the details and the textures, brightness and moodiness are combined in an intriguing way. I also like that the image doesn't stop in the eye-catching foreground but there's depth beyond the ladies. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,

Great daily life scene with such flamboyant colors

Hello Gert,
The markets in Vietnam offer great images of the daily life.
The variation in colours and shapes in the fruit and vegetables is also found in the colours and patterns of the clothing of these women.
I have the impression that it was quite easy to photograph the people in Vietnam.
Best regards, Paul

on n'a que l'embarras du choix pour avoir des vitamines!
tres belles photos

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2013-12-01 11:52]

Hello Gert,
nice colorful image. Interesting reportage and portraits of sellers in one. You have rich archive. Photo I like.
Have a nice evening.

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  • emilbo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2051 W: 498 N: 2162] (22616)
  • [2013-12-01 12:06]

Allô Gert!
J'adore les marchés de fruits, surtout en vacances. Celui-ci est trčs intéressant et bien pensé le titre de ta photo. Belle prise en diagonale, superbe étalage et merveilleuses couleurs.

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2013-12-01 12:08]

Hi Gert,
This is an excellent street life scene! All have been executed so perfectly with great details and perfectly managed colors to achieve such an eye catching result. Well done!


Ciao Gert
il colore č l'elemento preponderante di questa fotografia ed appare evidente sin dalla visionbe della miniatura.
Anche il soggetto č ben inserito in una bella composizione che fa perno sulla diagonale delle mercanzie esposte alla vendita.
Una bella ripresa che si sviluppa prevalentemente sul tema del colore, come evidenziato dallo stesso titolo.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana

Hello Gert,
Very natural scene from this far Eastern market place.
Thé colors are fantastic. Very good sharpness also.
Nice shot!

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2013-12-01 12:52]

Hello Gert,

I'm not aware of the book whose title you quote but I do like this picture of these three ladies who only appear to differ in appearance by the different coloured tops they are wearing.

For one dreadful moment, I thought that the lady nearest to the camera was talking on a mobile 'phone but, thankfully, she appears only to be touching her face. The stock of fresh vegetables before this little trio is amazing with probably a lot more variety than we would ever find in a supermarket in the west.

A very nicely composed photograph with excellent light and colours and superb details too - a real capture of daily life!


Kind Regards,


Hello Gert,
this is such a colourful market scene with all of those lovely fresh vegetables on offer and the ladies in their traditional clothes.
I`m just a little surprised that they seem unaware of your presence.
It makes for a most interesting and charming travel photograph with an imaginative and enjoyable title.
Best regards Les.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9590 W: 157 N: 15499] (124027)
  • [2013-12-01 13:29]

Witaj Gert!
Great scene from everyday life!
Excellent frame and colors.
I like it.
Good work.
Best regards

Hej Gert!

Vilken intressant och färgstark bild! En veritabel fyrverkeri av färger och ett vackert porträtt av dessa kvinnor!

Hälsningar från den boreala skogen


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 602 W: 0 N: 868] (6619)
  • [2013-12-01 13:49]

Wauw! I would call this a big colorshow Gert,typical chaotic marketscene like all over Asia,and I know it very well,because my wife is Indonesian,from Sumatra,love the markets overthere ;=]

Good night!


Hello dear Gert,
Amazing and mouthwatering scenery perfect captured ! Good pov and good compo.
The most comfortable one is that at far right with blue coat !
TFS and best regards

an abundance of riches here, gert ~
i'm sorry it didn't work out for your book title, but despite that, it is quite the eye-catching photograph. normally, scenes like this are too busy for me, but this one really works nicely, possibly because you have such an attractive diagonal visual line running through it, delivering reward upon reward to the eyes.
and now that i've feasted on all the food in this shot, i'm quite hungry!
please excuse me, i think it's time to go prepare dinner ;)

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2013-12-01 15:41]

Hello Gert,

You're capturing well this roadside market by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which three women wearing traditional hat are selling fresh vegetables and fruits on the roadside. So, we can see cabbage, pumpkin, long potato, banana etc in here. The color is vivid and keeps s good combination.

Kind regards,

Hello Gert,

Another great shot from the viet bazaar.Lots of colors in this frame.Very well done.TFS.


Dobar dan.
Lep pogled na pijacu i prodavce ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra ponuda robe, prodavci sa karakteristicnim sesirima od slame, cekaju kupce.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepo secanje na posetu ostrvu i -2008. gpodini.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.

Good afternoon.
A nice view of the market and sellers ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good offer goods retailers with characteristic straw hat, waiting for customers.
Good work, nice place and shown the moment, nice memories of visiting the island and -2008. gpodini.
Have a nice day, all the best in the new week that started, good luck.

Hi Gert
A vibrant side market scene full of lively array of colours, equally attractive vendors and the layout of stuff. The shooting angle gives us the opportunity to exploit the scene deeper, lots of great detail to savour and the clarity is just so pleasing on the eyes. Excellent daily life shot, of typical Vietnam, Well done. Congrats
Best regards

Hi Gert,
A traditionnal market well framed, Good Fg on the vegetables, well too the human presence with sailers and good light and colors, tfs.

The colours, the perspective and the details are awe inspiring !!
The multitude of vegetables neatly arranged in groups by the three sales women, their distinctive moods, their different postures, make the scene interesting.
There is another intriguing aspect of this photograph. The three buckets - green, red and blue - on top of the wall behind, matches the nomenclature of the three women sitting ahead of it.
It is another of those excellent clicks that narrate a story.
Thanks for sharing, Gert.

Bonjour Gert,

Que de beaux produits ā vendre.Presque tous des fruits et des légumes que je ne connais pas vraiment. Mais quelles belles couleurs. Les dames sont magnifiques sous leurs chapeaux coniques.



Hello Gert - The vegetables which feature so prominently here make a wonderful rustic display... no plastic packaging or sorting according to 'regulations' just fresh produce full of goodness and bright with colour. The ladies seem quite unconcerned about where their next customer is coming from as each is occupied with their own thoughts. A super DL shot. Warm regards Rosemary

Hello Gert,
A nice colorful market scene with fresh fruits and vegetables... and the ladies. I like the one with blue jacket. The angular pov has been very effective.
You shot this before purchase or after, I wonder.
Excellent title.

With best regards,

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3348 W: 0 N: 7665] (55939)
  • [2013-12-02 8:53]

A very nice street scene, the plenty of vegetables is amazing, nice clothes of these three sellers, well seen, well done
regards Ryszard

Those are very fresh vegetables straight from the farm to the market. The squash and tubers looks very good. Good documentation of the daily life of people and it's sad that even in the 21st century we still a lot of poor people trying to survive. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.

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

Hi Gert
another one of your interesting pieces from far away places. and you tried to bring it 'home' sort of speak with your Swedish book title :)

I wonder what these 3 ladies would think of Stockholm?

interesting technique to have the colorful fruit on display cut wide open to attract more attention.
the purple on the bottom is really cool!

a great post for TE, fits the bill perfectly.

Hello Gert. This exotic photo has everything that makes a good photo. Everything is informative, realistic and authentic. Really a successful snapshot.
Rgds, Wolfgang.

hello Gert
une superbe scčne, le titre est bien trouvé; c'est vrai que le chacun sa couleur fonctionne bien ici.
Belle qualité de couleur dans tous ces légumes présentés.
Bonne soirée

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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2013-12-03 22:53]

Hi Gert,

Classic daily life image on the market, there are so many opportunities walking around the market place in Asia, sometimes there are so much going on it is hard to know where to focus. You have chosen well here with these three lady merchants with their colorful vegetables and squashes and roots. Excellent scan.


Hello Gert,

No matter, this is still a most charming title and thank you for the book reference.
How different this is to a supermarket veg. stall, where all is weighed and carefully wrapped, ultra clinical. There is more similarity with an outdoor market but, even then, there are significant differences: food piled in bowls on the floor, little evidence of plastic carrier bags.
I do like the inclusion of the ladies, they all have such different attitudes and one, significantly, is proving that the food is safe and enjoyable to eat!
A fine viewpoint creates good leads and sense od perspective. Lovely colours and ample sharpness to the details.

Have an enjoyable day,
Bev :-)

namaste Gert, another nice daily life from streetside vendors. Lovely colours, which made this frame really special. Like the depth and sharpness. Superb composition. Tfs.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24402 W: 523 N: 40817] (175634)
  • [2013-12-04 5:06]

Hello Gert,

Ms Light Green, Ms Dark Red & Ms Blueis, a wonderful title for the three ladies with the same hat.
I like the colour of the fruits maybe everyday fresh of the fields.
I find your picture very pleasant
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well presentation, nice done, TFS.

Best regards,

hello gert. what a colorful scene from the local market! i like the slight saturation coming with your pp work, now everything looks much more yummy and irresistable, just like in profi food ads :) it was an incredible coincidence, the colors of the three ladies and the colors of the complementing three baskets up there. no need to say that i like the squareish crop.

Hola Gert

Creative title for this well composed, plenty of color ( both local and saturated ones)
Well taken in a diagonal way with a good vegetal exibition, not fruit
Like the way they are exibed, cut in the midle to show they are in good shape
Congrats and regards

Hello mh friend
different customs different life
from those three ladies working
at the food market
I like this freshness and lightness
of all those fruits and legumes
nice idea and your notes are very useful

Hello Gert,
There is so much to see in this photo. I can spend a while looking at all of the vegetables and the different baskets. The three women, with their traditional hats, blend right into the scene. It's a burst of colors and shapes.

Hello, Gert,
I am a vegetarian and I'd like to taste a local food. But when the Vietnams to prepare a fried herring... Oh, no. This is not my cup of tea ;) Very picturesque photo. TFS!
Have a great new week!

Hello Gert,

This photo can best be appreciated in the large version you kindly provided. The exotic vegetables and fruit are seen in with all their inner and outer detail. Excellent slice of daily life photo from the market.

Have a good weekend,


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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 908 W: 0 N: 1372] (12667)
  • [2013-12-09 12:35]

gert hello..wonderful all around pic..love it. color,composition,plus i like this close crop..excellent work! tfs. dale

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10127 W: 144 N: 25335] (123385)
  • [2013-12-14 10:12]

Hi, Pity that the colours do not fit :). I love this typical scene from Vietnamese vegetable market. I could go around for hours, making shots by the way. The women have funny expressions. I do not recognize what is next to cucumbers. Nice daily life scene .
Rgds M

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46935)
  • [2013-12-17 15:59]

Hi Gert!
Seems they don't care much about cameras:)! Each one has a different expression and is doing something different. So many colourful vegetables around, I really like the way them put the pumpkins in piles. A real Vietnamese market, I like this a lot!

Hello Gert.
This is a fascinating daily life scene.Three women, each in a different position and colorful vegetables, congratulations.
Best Regards Robert.

Hallo Gert!
Very beautiful and attractive daily life photograph!
I specially enjoyed all those colors! Those of those vegetables are so eye-catching!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Season's Greetings!

Hi Gert,
I love this colourful market scene as these ladies are surrounded by their fresh produce. They all look very relaxed and I like that. So many nice details to observe in your daily life scene.
Wishing you all the best for 2014.

Hei Gert

Et meget flott bilde med utrolig fine og rike farger. Selv om jeg er født en god stund etter 1918 husker jeg godt bøkene til Elsa Beskow fra min barndom, så onkel Blå holdt seg trolig i bakgrunnen, haha. Mange detaljer å studere her; de tre selgerne er en studie verdt i seg selv, alle tre ser ut til være opptatt av forskjellige ting og har sitt blikk i hver sin retning. Fantastisk!

Et Godt Nytt År ønskes deg og dine:)

Hilsen Erling


Perfecta mezcla de vida habitual y colorido.

Un saludo y feliz aņo 2014


What interesting and different fruits, greens and vegetables they have for sell!! Color scheme is wide that makes photo beautiful. They probably didn´t notice you took a photo of them because each one of them do something or are in own thoughts...well done!
Hälsningar, Kaisa
P.S Jag förstår svenska ganska bra, men jag vet inte hur man skriver eller talar....väl kanske lite ;-)

Hi again,
I thought that you were playing clour space RGB,,,Wonderful colour and detail. I can't imagine the smell there, where they sit with dry fish all day..

A stunning abundance of colors, and a fine take from a side POV on this street market corner, Gert.
The faces expression of the ladies-sellers show patient-waiting for customers, and maybe time to take a calm moment before the tumult on the street.
Good afternoon,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15437 W: 159 N: 26991] (141698)
  • [2017-11-10 9:26]

Hi Gert
Une image riche en couleurs et en détails, trčs jolies scčnes cool et différentes des vendeuses , belle scčne de vie, bien remise en image
Belle soirée

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