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People of Sapa

People of Sapa
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Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4385 W: 17 N: 10342] (42339)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-04-05
Categories: Daily Life
Exposure: 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2017-09-23 23:54
Viewed: 874
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
People of Sapa

As mentioned at one of my previous pictures the city of Sapa isn’t beautiful at all.
These days it’s undergoing a construction boom and most new buildings look downright ugly.

The town is especially popular as a starting point for the surrounding villages and for the rice terraces in the area.
On the other hand you will see many colourfully dressed hill-tribe people who come to town to sell their products which are substantially handicrafts.

As mentioned earlier in the note to a picture of a child in Bac Ha (a picture that afterwards has been inactivated by TE) also in Sapa I was surprised to see very small children alone on the streets, even late in the evening. (I don’t mean homeless children)
Apparently parents are confident that nothing will happen to them.
Perhaps my surprise came from being raised in an overprotected society but I found it strange to see young children alone until late in the evening.

More pictures in the workshops.
All five photos are taken in the center of Sapa.

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Hello Paul, nice portrait of these two Vietnamese village girls. Well done.

Hello Paul,
What an inquisitive look you got from the older sister ! A fine moment caught, great close-up portraits, charming traditional hat forb the older one with beautiful pink for the baby, agreeable colors.
Wish you a nice Sunday,

Hello Paul,
It's Sunday, so it's time for four workshops. ;-) You give us today five interesting photos of people in Sapa. Possibly this was the best choice for the main upload, thanks to the good eye-contact with the small girl already given the responsibility of taking care of her baby sister. It's a clear advantage that she doesn't smile but acts naturally, indicating that life is tough in spite of the beautiful clothes.
Kind regards,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14065 W: 0 N: 16135] (171632)
  • [2017-09-24 1:56]


quel doubel portrait quelle jeune qui porte l'enfant et ce regard assez triste et quelle couleur et habillement colorée fantastique compo et iamge.
Bravo et amitié

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11904 W: 126 N: 21539] (110347)
  • [2017-09-24 2:03]

Hi Paul,a great post with 5 pics showing us the people of this city,a great fest of colors and smiles,for me the most beautiful is the old people in the 1st WS but all are very very interesting and well done! Have a nice SUnday and thanks,Luciano

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9297 W: 57 N: 15732] (58268)
  • [2017-09-24 2:35]

Hallo Paul,
Ook al is de stad zelf niet aantrekkelijk, je hebt hier toch een prachtig dubbelportret weten te maken. De patronen van het hoofddeksel van het meisje die ook weer terugkomen in de draagzak zijn heel mooi, zeker met de heldere en aantrekkelijke kleuren. Het roze pak dat het jonge kind draagt zorgt wel voor een mooi contrast.

Bonjour, cher Paul,
Merci de nous faire le récit de vos pérégrinations, cela aide à une meilleure compréhension du moment.
Belle image de la femme et de son enfant.
Image très naturelle.

Hello Paul,

I love the colours, the patterns and the decorations of these hill-tribe people.
They are links to native peoples around the world.
It must take hours of work; I wonder how well they are paid for their produce!
This is a great close-up of the two 'youngsters'. The details of expression and clothing are very well captured, with vivid colours.

I'm curious as to why you had a photograph withdrawn.
It doesn't seem to be happening as often, these days.

Have a great Sunday,
Bev :-)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24617 W: 523 N: 41317] (177562)
  • [2017-09-24 4:48]

Dag Paul,

Een van uw mooiste foto's dat ik van u gezien heb, echt proficiat.
Heerlijk portret van de beide kinderen.
Zo scherp en duidelijk gefotografeerd.
Pracht werk bedankt.

Prettige zondag nog,

Ciao Paul, great double portrait of cute couple, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello, Paul!

The city may not be beautiful, but this portrait of the girl with the baby on her back is wonderful, with the colorful typical clothes making the image very attractive! Perfect sharpness and a great use of this narrow depth of field! Wonderful job!

Hello Paul, this is a true eye catcher!
The pose of the girl who is looking straight at you is so wonderful, but it does make me wonder as to what she is thinking.
Excellent sharp quality.
The colours are beautiful.
Very interesting notes.
Regards Jean.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14481 W: 1045 N: 29259] (138344)
  • [2017-09-24 9:03]

Hello Paul,

A charming head and shoulders dual portrait of the mother and her baby carried on her back. Good color, sharpness and saturation. The colorful hill tribe costumes are wonderful. Tfs!

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9856 W: 157 N: 16038] (126419)
  • [2017-09-24 12:55]

Witaj Paul!
Excellent portrait.
Good frame and composition.
Super colors.
Very impressive picture!
Have a nice new week.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3446 W: 0 N: 7969] (57313)
  • [2017-09-24 20:38]

A very nice double portrait of Vietnamese children and a beautiful series of photos also in WS. It is a very good photo reportage, fantastic traditional costumes and a lot details from daily life of these people
regards Ryszard

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13702 W: 295 N: 27475] (110381)
  • [2017-09-24 22:34]

Hello Paul,
Nice the view of the girl;woman; as carrying on her back a child.I like the colourful head caps with their face characteristics to are captured and presented perfect.

PS thank you for your wishes for my 1000 uploaded photos.The colours of the Egypt flag are red,white and black

Hi Paul,
Charming double portrait, a fine image with those cute children. I like the traditional hat. Good catch!


Oi, Paul!

Bela foto, a nitidez é perfeita e as cores são muito bonitas. A expressão da menina de verde está bem marcada. Boa luz e enquadramento também. O fundo desfocado ficou legal.
Boa captura!

Hi Paul
wow, these are all wonderful photo to view, must have been a great experience and memory in capturing them.

my question is, are these people 'real' or just dressed like this to gain attention from tourists in the hope to get money.
We all know this happens alot, especially in Cusco in Peru.
Its often hard to tell what's real or fake, are these people just walking around doing their daily routines? or dressed up with motive in mind?

regardless, its still a beautiful scene, especially the children aspect, and how they're carried :)
interesting comments about the children walking freely.
great TE post

Dobro vece.
Interesantan i lep pogled, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazana deca i zena u narodnoj nosnji, dobar kontrast i ostrina, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak. Lepe fotografije u radionici.
Lepa deca i narodna nosnja.
Zelim vam mirnu noc, sve najbolje.

Good evening.
Interesting and beautiful view, good text ...
Beautifully shown children and women in folk costumes, good contrast and sharpness, beautiful colors, beautifully captured moment. Nice photos in the workshop.
Nice kids and folk costume.
I wish you a quiet night, all the best.

Hello Paul.
Sensational this gallery of portraits in the WS, undoubtedly this is the one that most seduces us by the charm of the two girls, a powerful color in their wardrobe, which gives an amazing chromatic, ideal details of the photo and the faces of the girls.
A pretty colorful, powering image.
Magnificent management of brightness and sharpness, to enjoy with the details.
Well seen and fulfilled. I like it.
You have a good day.
Very best regards.

Hello dear Paul,
I'd missed this wonderfull doubleportrait in your gallery.
Pefect sharpness and perfect layout. Such beautiful faces.
Nice framed
TFS and best regards

Hello Paul,
I like this colorful duo, and your tightly-framed presentation of them. The head-piece is very elaborate, and impressive. I also like the two tourists in the WS photo who are trying on the "exotic" costumes.

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 715 W: 129 N: 1144] (7625)
  • [2017-09-29 11:16]

Hi Paul
Beautiful details and colors, as well as a perfect sharpness. The ws photos are excellent too.
I think that knowing people in our trips is the best.


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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10378 W: 146 N: 25979] (125663)
  • [2017-09-29 21:28]

Hello Paul,
Wonderful all portraits of the people of Sapa.
Fantastic compositions. I had troubles with Internet so I missed some pictures. Kind regrads from Albania


Hello dear Paul and have a nice time
and a happy new day new week
and new month October 2017
so sweet and delicate
no comments this photo is
like one thousand words
welldone and wellseen

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15707 W: 159 N: 27472] (144116)
  • [2017-10-01 9:09]

Bonjour Paul
Quel beau double portrait de ces enfants, ils sont beaux les personnes de ce pays a voir les WS,
j'aime son regard, sa coiffe qui est vraiment belle, le bébé en rose , c'est joli et plein de gaieté se qui donne un atout au village pas trop beau , comme tu dit dans ta note !
belle soirée

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