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Children of Sapa by Suppi-lu-liuma Children of Sapa by Suppi-lu-liuma
Sapa, in Northern Vietnam near the Chinese border, differs from the rest of the country because of its mountainous character and its diverse ethnic background. Home to many tribes such as H’mong and Dzao, which migrated from China centuries ago, those picturesque highlands offer spectacular views of rice terraces...

We were trekking under the rain on a muddy road near Sapa when we saw an old lady at the entrance of a wooden house. Our guide asked for a permission to get inside. It was pretty dark there, -possibly- the daughter of the old lady was weaving a cotton bag, under the light of the only electric lamp of the house. The older child, her daughter was crying, we didn't know why. We gave her a pen and some candies to calm her down. After then, I had an opportunity to take some pictures.
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:iconafricanobserver:
This is a truly haunting image.

The intense tear-stained stare and rather vacant, out-of-focus open-eyed, open-mouthed little brother stand in tension. It's as if something terrible had happened. I'm glad of your description which dispels big disasters that adults might know and care about. But it seems there was a disaster in their world, no less traumatic.

As a photograph, technically great execution. The saturation and contrast drive this home, making great use of classical window side light. Personally, I think it is the finest lighting for portraits, bar none.
Compositionally, the left-right balance is strong, but inverted - I would expect the large image on the right. But this way contributes to the haunting, off-balance message. Very classical thirds, in an unusual configuration.

But the standout driver here is the use of depth of field. Pinsharp on the tears and the rubbed-red skin, with just the right amount of focus on her brother - we are aware of him, but he is clearly secondary in this story.

This is as good as it gets in recording life and emotions. Well done.
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cranberrycorners Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Powerful shot!
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:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012   Photographer
Another wonderful portrait! Love your work!
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:iconsuppi-lu-liuma:
Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Thank you... ;-)
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow !!!!and what a powerful capture dear friend :bow: :love:
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:iconsuppi-lu-liuma:
Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Thank you ! That's my favorite shot in Vietnam... :-)
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:iconlucilaleyla:
LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It is incredible beautiful :nod:
have a nice weekend dear friend :relax:
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KanutoX Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great job sir!
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:iconsuppi-lu-liuma:
Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Thank you Sir. :-)
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Nattygrego Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awwwhhh, another extremely good shot of yours buddy. Thanks for sharing this with us. cheers !
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:iconsuppi-lu-liuma:
Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thank you !
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:iconrezzanatakol:
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Harikulade!
Yüreğine sağlık:love:
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:iconsuppi-lu-liuma:
Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
;-)

Çok teşekkürler...
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GaurdianDragon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What a great shot, its jam packed with emotion.
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:iconsuppi-lu-liuma:
Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Thank you. That's one of my favorites from Vietnam.

The second is:

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GaurdianDragon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for sharing :) Your work is very impressive.
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BruceBachand Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Powerful and touching shot... thanks for sharing it.
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:iconsuppi-lu-liuma:
Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Thank you very much for your kind comment.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully caught, Squire :clap:
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:iconsuppi-lu-liuma:
Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Thank you...
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
'Tis a pleasure, Squire :ahoy:
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Aka-daisuki-Grell Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student General Artist
It's a beautiful photo.. There's not words to explain it :heart:
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Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Thank you. You said it all already. :-)
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Aka-daisuki-Grell Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, no problem :)
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bloodykiss7 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
these children are beautiful and i love the way you portrayed the feelings of the girl. and then the boy in the picture. i can really feel it. AMAZING!
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Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Thank you very much. They were wonderful models, natural and expressive. :-)
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JakezDaniel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009   Photographer
This is a beautiful and touching one!
The composition, the lightning and the focus are just perfect.
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:iconsuppi-lu-liuma:
Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Thank you very much. :-)

This is one of my two preferred emotive pictures from Vietnam.

You know the other one.. :-)

[link]
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JakezDaniel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009   Photographer
You're welcome
Yes I know it :)
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fiyonk14 Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
:rose:
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Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
:-)
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doctorwhatever Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009   Writer
very good photo
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Suppi-lu-liuma Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Thanks.

That'a one of my favorite photos of my trip to Vietnam.
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