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This photo was taken in Jun Village, not far from Lak lake. This man belongs to the Mínong hilltribe in Vietnam who best known for their skill in hunting elephants and domesticating them. Today the elephants are used for transporting tourists on short tours of the Lak Lake area.

I visited this man in his traditional ďlong houseĒ house built on stilts. This visit was possible thanks to my friend Loc Mai (a fellow photographer and guide).

Mínong craftsmen are reknown for their basketry, printing textiles and copper, tin and silver jewellery worn by both sexes.

f7.1 1/30th sec zoom at 70mm natural light

The room was dark and the light came from the opened door. I had to use the camera set on ISO1600 which explains the grain in the photo.

Many thanks for your comments on the dugout canoes at sunset. Much appreciated.

Hoping youíre going to like the portrait of this friendly man.

Have a good evening,


Tags: Vietnam Central highlands Landscape and travel Portraits and people Jun village Lak lake Dak lak province Mínong hill tribe Basket maker Long house

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Barbaraj 12 450 England
28 Jul 2008 6:48PM
A face with a story and interesting hands.

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Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
28 Jul 2008 6:56PM
What a fantastic set of shots, lovely expressions and interesting hands.
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
28 Jul 2008 6:58PM
The face showing his genial nature, the well developed hands showing diligence and hard work!
well done, once more, Jennnn
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
28 Jul 2008 7:00PM
I agree with Barbara, a face with many story to tell and a hand full of hard work. You captured it very well JNC. Excellent work.
Sahyadri 11 61 2 India
28 Jul 2008 7:26PM
amazing that you thought of taking a shot of his hands.. keeps one wondering what they woudl have weaved.... beautiful as ever JN. knew it was yours from thumb nail though a bit different from your other images.
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
28 Jul 2008 7:31PM
A great warm set of pictures

danbrann 15 640 17
28 Jul 2008 7:53PM
The grain is hardly noticable on this lovely warm portrait.
lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
28 Jul 2008 8:03PM
4 great portraits. #2 and #3 really stand out
jdenman 11 19 5 Spain
28 Jul 2008 8:33PM
Very nice captures, he has a great face.
robway 14 318 Wales
28 Jul 2008 8:55PM
A lovely study of this gentleman - a great character observation.
bayleaf 12 8 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 9:07PM
Super set yet again

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4052 Canada
28 Jul 2008 9:11PM
Great set of images, - the hands are really interesting.

Rock 17 10 2 England
28 Jul 2008 9:20PM
This indeed must have been a to remember.

Gezina 13 3 6 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 10:22PM
Hi JN this is truly beautiful - he looks humble and shy and you've captured that beautifully - his hands are obvious evidence of hard work, again beautifully captured. Ina
28 Jul 2008 11:47PM
This is truly superb.. lovely light and essence of character captured.... so very beautiful..

Nikki !
faraidoon 11 1 Afghanistan
29 Jul 2008 9:34AM
Outstanding & Superb close up i like the lines and forms on man's face.

ChristineL 14 39 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2008 7:05PM
a great character and a lovely set of images,
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
29 Jul 2008 7:09PM
There are signe of a life in that face Jean. Nothing plastic about that. Great portrait.
piccy 13 8 Wales
29 Jul 2008 7:51PM
Very well taken considering the lighting and even though the iso so high still great images.
dianah 13 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2008 9:10PM
Superb photos Jean..a wonderful expression on his face and the colours are superb in the subdued light.
Squirrel 12 461 7 England
29 Jul 2008 11:29PM
The best.
Nettles 12 England
30 Jul 2008 8:47AM
A great set of images, super expressions and interesting hands.
norton 15 2 6 Jersey
30 Jul 2008 8:51AM
Superb captures JNC with great detail and clarity,nice work.............

Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
2 Aug 2008 8:16PM
An interesting character study JNC, you are so good at these
pascalg Plus
12 37 France
3 Aug 2008 5:39PM
3 & 4 are superb !
Thank you. I'm so pleased many peple liked the photo of this very kind and gentle man. JNC

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