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Under the dull sky of North Vietnam

Under the dull sky of North Vietnam
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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: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-04-12
Categories: Nature
Exposure: 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2017-09-28 12:06
Viewed: 846
Points: 40
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Dong Van under the dull sky of North Vietnam

When I was in Dong Van the weather didn’t help much to take beautiful pictures of the fantastic landscapes.
So often it was hazy and the skies were real dull.

However I had informed in advance about the climate before I left for North Vietnam. Different information sources said that the end of March and the first half of April would be a good time to visit that part of the country. But that wasn’t my experience.
Of course it could have been worse. It wasn’t too cold or too rainy.
As I wrote earlier November would be the ideal month.

Hereby three more pictures of the landscapes in and around Dong Van located near the Chinese border.

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Hello Paul,
I think I told you that I was in Hanoi in April and November and the weather was constantly dull both times. But as long as the valleys are not filled with thick fog nothing can really hide the immense natural beauty of this area. In fact the weather seems to be fairly nice in these photos. The light seems quite warm and the reflections in the pond could hardly have been better. I find all three photos very attractive.
Kind regards,

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9297 W: 57 N: 15732] (58268)
  • [2017-09-28 12:19]

Hallo Paul,
De witte lucht is inderdaad niet de beste achtergrond, maar er valt toch een heel mooi, zacht licht op de grillige heuvels en de vele rotspunten. Het contrast van het ruige berglandschap en de velden en het dorpje in de voorgrond is ook erg aantrekkelijk.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11904 W: 126 N: 21539] (110347)
  • [2017-09-28 12:25]

Hi Paul,i disagree with you for the choice of the main pic,this is lovely but the 1st WS is absolutely fantastic with a great view and rich and colorful composition. No problem for the white sky,this is another winner trio of spectacular pics! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9856 W: 157 N: 16038] (126419)
  • [2017-09-28 12:39]

Witaj Paul!
Very interesting landscape.
Mountains make impression.
Good POV and composition.
I like colors and light.
Well done.
Good evening.

Dag Paul
Zo’n bleke lucht waar veel licht in zit zijn het moeilijkste om een echte top foto mee te maken. De lucht zorgt altijd voor enige overbelichting die lastig is te corrigeren met fotoshoppen. Maar toch hebben deze foto’s een bijzondere sfeer die past bij het landschap op zo’n dag.
Mooi werk van een opmerkelijk landschap.
Groet Rob

Oi, Paul!

Paisagem fascinante! As colinas fazem da paisagem muito interessante, assim como os seus reflexos na água. Bom enquadramento e bonita cena.
Bom trabalho!

Bonjour, cher Paul,
J'imagine le dépaysement que l'on doit ressentir en voyant de tels paysages.
Une impression d'être dans un autre monde. Grâce aux reportages TV et autres, nous voyons ce genre d'image, mais, je pense qu'il faut être sur place pour en éprouver toute la beauté !

Hi Paul,
That is a very beautiful area, quite spectacular and picturesque. It surely deserves a visit. Well taken.
Have a nice weekend.


Hello Paul,
marvelous sight from the fields in the FG, village houses and the far side with the unique earth formation upon those mountains.
DOF and the clear sight wonderfully rendered.

*** Due to PC problem, I will not be able to post photos in coming days.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14065 W: 0 N: 16135] (171632)
  • [2017-09-29 1:44]


quel reflet dans la flaque quelle image et vue sueprbe et ces maisons en fond quelle iambe et ces champs la belle végétation quelle image et compo.
Bravo et amitié

Ciao Paul, fascinating landscape with fantastic mountains, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24617 W: 523 N: 41317] (177562)
  • [2017-09-29 4:44]

Dag Paul,

Uw tweede foto is ook heel mooi.
Zowel als panorama als van kleur.
De kleur van de hemel is bij deze beelden niet echt storend
Maar het panorama is mooi om naar te kijken.
Drie mooie foto's Paul. Bedankt.

Groeten uit Oost Vlaanderen,

Bonjour Paul

Un spectacle extraordinaire nous est offert par ce paysage mi-humain, mi lunaire avec ces montagnes aux formes torturées qui partent dans toutes les directions.



Hello Paul, great view of this interesting and beautiful valley, very well composed and captured in this good and beautiful photograph. An interesting image, with good clarity, light, color and quality. Excellent and beautiful work perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thank you for sharing this interesting work.

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

Ciao Paul
non sono un geologo, ma le punte di queste montagne sono veramente incredibili, sono molto aguzze e vicine tra di loro, creando un paesaggio straordinario.
Buon we

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14481 W: 1045 N: 29259] (138344)
  • [2017-09-30 11:13]

Hello Paul,

A wonderful reflection of the rocky karst peaks in the fg rice paddy. I like the high pov and excellent sharpness. The dull weather has compensated you with a soft diffused light and no harsh shadows. Tfs!

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10378 W: 146 N: 25979] (125663)
  • [2017-09-30 23:13]

Hello again,

The landscape similar to China,fantastic view even when the weather was not specially good. Beautiful pictures.

Here in Corfu, like in Sarande, I hear mainly Polish language. It is not that I like going abroad, haha.

Best regrads MAlgo

Hi Paul,
wow this is a very impressive landscape. I like very much the extraordinary shape of the mountains. You have also managed to include their reflection in the water which made the foreground so very interesting.
Very interesting place, I love it.
Have a great weekend,

Salut Paul
Un agréable paysage à contempler
Je n'étais pas sur place pour voir si le ciel était vraiment voilé, l'appareil a capté la luminosité de l'avant plan
Je me suis permis un WS

Hallo Paul,
interessante vietmesische Landschaft, gut gemacht!

Einen schönen Tag

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