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Sapa rice fields

Sapa rice fields
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Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4385 W: 17 N: 10344] (42345)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-04-07
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Exposure: f/0.1, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2017-09-11 20:31
Viewed: 891
Points: 56
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Sapa - Rice fields

The period in which I visited North Vietnam (last week of March and first half of April) was too early in the year to see green rice fields. At least for the famous rice terraces of Sapa it was too early.
It was not even the planting season. Most fields looked brown.
In some places you could see the walls being restored or the fields being plowed to prepare for the planting of the rice.

Despite the fact that several sources on internet claimed that this time of the year is in terms of the weather a good period to visit the north of the country, I don’t recommend it to any who can choose his holidays.
It was very often foggy and most days the views were not brilliant.

I remember I discussed this with a Vietnamese person and that man said that there’s only one month with clear weather: November. This really seemed to be a very small period of the year and I don’t know if it’s true but the fact is that on internet you can find a lot of foggy pictures of Vietnamese landscapes.
Anyway, in autumn I always have to work …

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A farmer and an artist made this beautiful pattern over the terraces, Paul.
taken from a higher point, scaled by the working couple, wonderfully shown.
Have a nice new day,.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10378 W: 146 N: 25981] (125665)
  • [2017-09-11 23:22]

hello Paul,

A few years ago I was first in Myanmar and then in Vietnam. I was very surprised that these countries were relatively near each other and so different. In Myanmar we had all the time wonderful sunny weather and then in Vietnam it rained most of the time. It was early in December. The other difference was religion. In Myanmar they are very religious, Vietnamese seemed unbelievers.
I wanted to see the rice fields like this in China but I read it was not good time for it.
But here on your picture it looks fantastic and I am a bit envious :)

Kind regrad s Malgo

Salut Paul,
Ces terrasses cultivées sont toujours un sujet photo intéressants, bon chox de PDV avec cette vue plongeante, bel effet avec ces courbes et surtout très bien d'avoir ces quelques personnes qui animent (et travaillent !) ce panorama.

Dag Paul
Deze foto met de sawas van dichterbij en de wonderbaarlijke kleurencombinatie geeft een schitterend schilderachtig beeld. Het grillige lijnenspel zorgt voor een sterk grafische voorstelling.
Prachtig werk, Groet Rob

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14073 W: 0 N: 16143] (171698)
  • [2017-09-12 0:45]


des oiseaux noir un homme dans ce rizière quelle vue quel effet et dessin de cultures mervielleuse iamge et ocmpo fantastique cpatage avec les différentes couelurs sur l'eau sueprbe image.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Paul,
I haven't been this far north, but when I was in Hanoi in November and April the weather was nearly always cloudy and dull. In the south it was nearly always sunny. A mountain pass between Hue and Da Nang seems to be a kind of climate barrier.
Even though these fields were not as green and bright as you may have hoped for, they create a marvellous pattern of very attractive colours. The two farmers preparing for the new season are fine focal-points. The workshops are also nice photos.
Kind regards,

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9300 W: 57 N: 15743] (58306)
  • [2017-09-12 1:43]

Hallo Paul,
Ook al waren de omstandigheden niet ideaal, de rijstvelden maken een prachtige foto hier. De verschillende tinten zijn aantrekkelijk en de gekromde lijnen vormen een heel mooi patroon. De twee mensen zijn ook een mooi detail.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11914 W: 126 N: 21547] (110389)
  • [2017-09-12 2:16]

Hi Paul,2 points are not enough for this magnificent trio of pics!! What a geometries of the terraces there and in the 2nd WS too,i like a lot the atmopshere of the foggy morning of the 1st,great quality and interesting note as usual. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Paul,
a great view on these rice fields with their different colors and forms - very nice

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9354] (52987)
  • [2017-09-12 5:22]

Dag Paul,
prachtig abstract schilderij geworden. Mooi hoe je alle verschillende stadia hebt castgelegd. De twee figuren in het veld geven het extra cachet,
groet, Gerrit

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14486 W: 1045 N: 29278] (138426)
  • [2017-09-12 5:53]

hello Paul,

A wonderful pastiche of colors and patterns formed by the undulating rice paddies. A superb aerial shot looking down and the solitary farmers add scale. Tfs!

Bonjour Paul,

Il prend toutes sortes de formes et arbore toutes sortes de belles couleurs ce champs de riz pour le moment inondé. On dirait une belle toile abstraite.



Spectacular panoramic view of the rice terraces. Amazing place, well taken.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24623 W: 523 N: 41333] (177614)
  • [2017-09-12 9:47]

Dag Paul,

De rijsttafels is opzich al een kunstwerk, de mensen hebben van een onherbergzaam landsgedeelte een vruchtbaar iets gemaakt.
Hun dagelijks brood zoals wij het zouden noemen.
De samenstelling van de foto is mooi opgebouwd en goed verdeeld.
Kleuren en scherpte zijn excellent. Bedankt.


Hello dear Paul,
Amazing capture of those ricefields with the taste of a modern painting.
TFS and best regards

Dobro vece.
Interesantan i lep pogled, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepa pirincana polja, lepe terase sa zelenilom.
Zelim vam mirnu noc, sve najbolje.

Good evening.
Interesting and beautiful look, good text ...
Good work with nice photos in the workshop, good perspective and contrast, nice colors, a nice moment.
Beautiful rice fields, beautiful terraces with greenery.
I wish you a quiet night, all the best.

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6092 W: 277 N: 11813] (91052)
  • [2017-09-12 14:30]

Bonjour Paul ,
En toutes saisons , ces paysages de rizières en terrasses sont intéressants . Superbe vue plongeante avec les hommes au travail.
Quant au temps , il est vrai que le nord du Vietnam n'est pas renommé pour son ensoleillement .

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4190 W: 2 N: 7159] (35044)
  • [2017-09-12 15:02]

Hello Paul,
A amazing picture of beautiful pattern over the terraces, unique place.
Very well captured with good sharpness, depth and good quality.Thank you for informative note.
Very well done.Fine presentation.

Hi Paul
Nice aeriel view as the contours of the paddies give a very graphical feel to the picture. Well done, Congrats
Best regards

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13700 W: 295 N: 27475] (110383)
  • [2017-09-13 6:45]

Hello Paul,
The view of the Sapa rice fields is spectacular with the colourful plants to 'decorating' perfect the whole scenery.The farmers add scale in the scene.Well done.


Hello, Paul!

Even with the rice fields not being green yet, this is a wonderful view of the terraces and all these curved lines that make the image so beautiful! The high POV is great to show it! Very nice composition!

Ciao Paul, fascinating landscape with fantastic graphic, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Paul, great photograph of this interesting composition with the drawings that form the terraces of rice, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work.

Good night and happy weekend.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

Bonjour, cher Paul,
Cette vue rapprochée permet de mieux comprendre ce patchwork de cultures.
J'aime également beaucoup votre façon de nous présenter ces lieux et les explications qui s'y rapportent.
Un grand merci.

Hello Paul.
What a marvel of composition, it seems that we contemplate a painting of modern art, with those capricious curved shapes of the fields, in an ideal range of colors.
Colorful, sharp and bright are captured excellently.
Very good composition, magnificent presentation.
Have a good weekend.
Warm greetings.

Hello dear friend and have a nice time
and a happy new day Sunday
wonderful composition
let your imagination freewelldone

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15712 W: 159 N: 27487] (144170)
  • [2017-09-17 9:51]

Bonjour Paul
Incroyable beauté de ce paysage paysage, les formes des rizières, les couleurs contrastantes, le plus avec la présence des personnes, belles versions aussi en WS,
belle soirée

Hello Paul,
The patterns in the fields are fascinating; they are like a work of art by Mother Nature. I like the different colors and textures, and your high POV shows them off well. It's perfect that one, tiny person in blue was standing there to include in your composition.

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