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Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7668 W: 150 N: 16606] (73376)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-07-01 1:01
Viewed: 446
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In her best togs and a life of toil at the terrace rice fields in a slight misty mountainous Sapa - 1500m asl. It was a cool morning that day and this Black Hmong farmer was probably looked so surprise when a camera was pointed at her....

The Black Hmong hill tribe can be identified by their indigo dress and long belts worn several times around their waists. Wrap their legs from ankle to knee, in black velvet which is held in place by a colourful band, embellished with embroidery. They usually decorate themselves with many silver bracelets and large silver hoop earrings, often spotted with head gear, a tall round black hat and finishes off with colourful comb embed in their hair.

A simple quick snap shot zoomed at 300mm, whilst recognising the hard conditions that this woman lives under..

papagolf21, snunney, jean113, jean113, jhm, Fis2, PiotrF, bukitgolfb301, danos, ChrisJ, adramad, CLODO, fritzi007, maloutim has marked this note useful
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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9481 W: 57 N: 16136] (59726)
  • [2018-07-01 1:19]

Hello Abmdsudi,
An excellent capture of this farmer at work high up in the fields. The timing was excellent, right when she was looking into your camera. The hazy view of the fields down below is a great background.

Bonjour, cher Abmdsudi,
C'est difficile de faire mieux pour rendre compte du travail pénible réalisé par les habitants.
La composition est superbe.
Le visage de la femme est suffisamment parlant pour comprendre la vie difficile qu'il faut mener.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12105 W: 126 N: 21889] (111705)
  • [2018-07-01 1:30]

Hi Abmdsudi,in effect she's seems very surprise by you and your camera,a rare situation to live there i think. The pic is beautiful,not only the woman,but the amazing view of terrace fields in background,another time a top class pic. Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello abmdsudi,

Its quite a surprising portrait from you, as you mainly work with tight cuts, showing fewer from the environment. And now we get a lot of environment.

Nice work!
Best Wishes,

Hello Abmdsudi,
Her face suggests she has a hard life and seen in this position we can understand why. The image is well framed and the capture made at an opportune moment. The terraces stretching into the distance put the scene in context but are not overly obtrusive thanks to the hazy atmosphere. Excellent technical realisation as ever.

Hi Abmdsudi
Superb portrait, so well timed and with an accessory of this lady's daily life. Her traditional clothes are very beautiful and the landscape behind her, slightly out of focus, makes for a perfect background.
Best wishes

Hello Abmdsudi, an excellent study of this lady at work; the viewpoint with the valley behind her is wonderful.
Her dress is quite elaborate considering that she is working on the land.
I notice that this was taken 11 years ago, I wonder if anything has changed?
Thanks for sharing, regards Jean.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24818 W: 520 N: 41789] (179260)
  • [2018-07-01 6:25]

Hello Abmdsudi,

Nice daily life picture with the lady nice looking to the camera.
Colours and presentation are amazing
Excellent sharp and clear photographed.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14271 W: 0 N: 16256] (173634)
  • [2018-07-01 7:27]


Avec son panier quelle vue et iamge quelle compo fantastique elle travaille et quel habillemetn et la pente en fond sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely daily life scene with woman at work, fantastic landscape, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3526 W: 0 N: 8228] (58469)
  • [2018-07-01 8:53]

A very good photo of this hard-working woman, a very good portrait and the far/low BG is slightly blurred, very well done
regards Ryszard

Dobro vece.
Interesantan pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepa narodna nosnja i polja u pozadini, lep trenutak sa zenom koja radi tezak posao.
Zelim vam lepu i mirnu noc, sve najbolje.

Good evening.
Interesting view and a moment, good text ...
Beautifully shown, good perspective and contrast, nice colors, nice caught moment.
Nice folk costumes and background fields, a nice moment with a woman doing a hard job.
I wish you a nice and peaceful night, all the best.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10081 W: 161 N: 16609] (128447)
  • [2018-07-01 12:10]

Witaj Abmdsudi!
Excellent scene from daily life.
Good frame, composition and colors.
Woman makes impression.
Well done.
Have a good new week.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4259 W: 2 N: 7334] (35722)
  • [2018-07-01 14:37]

Hello Abmdsudi,
An interesting capture of this farmer at work.
I like good composition , perfect exposure and good color saturation.
Good work

Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH

As usual and as always your portrait for Asian people is quite masterful and this is another your signatured shot. Her face and eyes arer so appealing. The rice terraces of the background and the harvet or something in the front makes so nicely Black Hmng lady vividly.

All the best and have a good day! Takero

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-07-01 22:59]

Hello Abmdsudi,
a very original and unique snapshot from the daily life of the woman that works under these hard conditions.I like her carefree placement of her body seeing you, that looks like as to pose for you.


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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14662 W: 1049 N: 29891] (140565)
  • [2018-07-02 2:19]

Hello Abmdsudi,

She looks more envious and slightly annoyed than curious. I guess she thinks it's unfair she has to work in the fields collecting tidbits whilst a lot of people have plenty of leisure time and more spending money than her. Can't say I blame her for being bitter, but it doesn't help her situation in the slightest. Better to be cheerful and happy imho. Tfs!

Hi, Abmdsudi.
Magnificent composition, with the foreground of this woman surprised while performing her hard work at that considerable height, a typical wardrobe enhances its charm, great background with those staggered fields.
A fantastic photo, with beautiful natural colors, very good lighting and excellent sharpness.
Well done. I love.
A happy start to the week ..
Very best regards.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10528 W: 146 N: 26477] (127325)
  • [2018-07-02 23:51]

Hello abmdsudi,

Beautiful view from the Sapa area. I knew it was interesting but Had not time to visit the place. Beautiful picture of this woman in traditional dress against the rice fields.

Kind regards MAlgo

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2747 W: 1355 N: 3133] (39705)
  • [2018-07-03 22:43]

Hi Abmdsudi

Your long lens discovers the real hard life of this woman , wondering why a stranger is taking her in picture. We can see the steps in background where she operates.

Hi Abmdsudi,
first-class photo (fantastic colors) and commentary, well done!
Have a nice day

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10294 W: 174 N: 18363] (81809)
  • [2018-07-29 14:24]


the face of this woman and these terraces ahead remind me something of peru. nice details of the wide landscape ahead and the personage in evidence with her work.

take care


I love this portrait with the very clear person in the foreground against the subdued background of terrace plantations.
She looks beautiful in her traditional costume. I am amazed that they wear such ornate clothes for everyday toil.
Here, where I live in Brittany, France, some women wore their traditional clothes up to the 1980’s, but colourful clothes like on this picture were kept for best !
Indeed, her work must be hard if only climbing on those hills and carrying those baskets full of ? It looks like grape, but I doubt if it is that.
TFS and have a good week.

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