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Flower Hmong, at Sapa Market (North Vietnam)
Lens: Pentax 55-300 Camera: Pentax k-5 Photo Location: Sapa, Vietnam ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F5.8 
Posted By: Schraubstock, 01-14-2016, 06:04 AM

Hi
Unlike Kerrowdown who works in stealth mode to capture people unawares, I usually (but not always) like to approach people and ask them if they would allow me to take a portrait of them. The response is usually positive. I think it may have something to do with the way I look harmless to them with my Pentax gear.

The other reason why I ask people is I like natural light portraits and that usually requires a bit of cooperation by my "victims" to put them in the right light. The portrait here is of a young Flower Hmong, an ethnic minority people from the southern part of China now living in the mountainous region of Sapa, North Vietnam. This young lady here, shall we say, needed a bit of monetary encouragement in the form of $2.00 U.S. Money I had no qualms of spending because these people are dirt poor. And in the end we both had a lot of fun.

I am very fond of this image because it reminds me of the pleasant day at the time.

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01-14-2016, 02:56 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by First Poster Quote
a bit of monetary encouragement
The Kerrowdown works out in the open in full stealth mode... cos he's not a rich photographer like you, especially with FF looming.

But hey at 300mm who needs stealth mode, you could have been on the other side of the street for this shot.

Nevertheless it's a fine portrait my friend.
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you could have been on the other side of the street for this shot.
Thanks for that.
True but he wasn't. A long lens like this one is very visible and these people are very much alert to such equipment and as soon as you aim the cam at them (or they think it is at them) they turn their back to you. With a lot of people milling around one has to hold the camera for a long time to get a clear shot and this makes it even more conspicuous. Not that they mind being photographed, it is just they know they can make a dollar. So I don't mind giving them a Dollar or two and usually it is graciously taken and you get your shot (the way you want it) . Don't forget they are pretty poor people.

In Scotland you would need to sling them a tenner or more I suspect.

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In Scotland you would need to sling them a tenner or more I suspect
Good luck with that...

Me... I'm more in the vein of “Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes” and use “Mistress" or "Good Lady”.

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nice profile shot.
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Good luck with that...
What ? You you must, of course, point out that the monetary offering is only meant as inducement for taking a photo. Nothing else. I have learned my lesson that from a certain age on you must make this clear.

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nice profile shot
Nice words, thank you
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That is a nice portrait Schraubstock.
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That is a nice portrait Schraubstock
Heinrich, for these kind words I thank you very much.

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