Stunning Vietnam

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© michael matlach
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UploadedJune 5, 2008
TakenMarch 19, 2007
ModelCanon EOS 5D
Exposure1/60 sec at f/14
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length26 mm
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This young girl caught my attention while exploring the villages near Sapa in North Vietnam. The mark on her forehead is a form of cupping performed with the horn of an animal. It is not permanent and is intended to be medicinal.

16 responses

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (5 Jun 2008):

    AMAZINGLY beautiful image! Love the vastness of it and how the DOF directs us to the beautiful soul.

  • Kate Blood

    Kate Blood said (8 Jun 2008):

    Painting with light...

  • Robin Smith

    Robin Smith gave props (9 Jun 2008):

    beautiful portrait!

  • Virginie Maillard

    Virginie Maillard (Deleted) said (16 Jun 2008):

    Whaouahhhh!!! so strong, lot of emotion!

  • Brian Ach

    Brian Ach said (16 Jun 2008):

    So many times photographers take portraits of ethnic peoples focusing entirely on their faces-close up or with a long lens-which leaves the viewer without any context...this picture, happily, does not do that. The girls' environment is as much a part of the shot as her beautiful face. Kudos!

  • Diana Lemieux

    Diana Lemieux said (18 Jun 2008):

    amazing portrait

  • Jeni Stembridge

    Jeni Stembridge gave props (30 Jun 2008):

    beautifully done, love her expression and the soft light

  • Michael Wesley

    Michael Wesley (Deleted) gave props (11 Jul 2008):

    Great shot, love it!

  • Christine Corrigan

    Christine Corrigan gave props (4 Aug 2008):

    Really beautiful! ..They say the eyes are the window of the soul.........

  • Eric Finster

    Eric Finster (Deleted) gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    This is an instant favorite. Perfect image, the softness, depth of field, content...perfect.

  • Peter Abzug

    Peter Abzug gave props (12 Nov 2008):


  • Daniel Stancin

    Daniel Stancin gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    great work with the blur and tonality

  • Kathryn McDermott

    Kathryn McDermott gave props (6 Feb 2009):


  • Bystander

    Bystander gave props (25 Mar 2009):

    She leaps out of the shot. Great depth.

  • Milo Hess

    Milo Hess said (27 Jul 2009):

    Wonderful image... IMHO I think the soft blur is a bit much though.

    When I see strong images like this I prefer the natural National

    Geographic documentary approach.

  • Alexa Poletti

    Alexa Poletti (Deleted) gave props (14 Oct 2009):

    This is stunning. Wow, I love it.

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