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Many thanks for your comments on the photos of this HíMong man up-loaded yesterday. Iím very chuffed.

A very special THANK YOU to David (DeSilver) for his Use Award.

Hospitality is very important in the culture of the hill tribe people in Vietnam. While I was walking in a village a few miles from Yen Minh, this man invited me and my Vietnamese friend to come in his house. He offered us a small cup of hot water because thatís all he had. After the drink, the hospitality ritual is to smoke the ďdieu cayĒ (water pipe).

He only put a pinch of tobacco (thuc lao) in the pipe and smoked it in one long inhalation. Kept it in his lungs for a short time and exhaled it slowly, enjoying the moment.

He had a good laugh when I showed him the series of photos with the smoke coming out of his nostrils. His grand children could not stop laughing either. The visit of this village will remain in my memory for a long time.

Hoping you like this second series of photos,

Tags: Smoke North east Travel photography Vietnam Hill tribe Landscape and travel Hímong HA GIANG PROVINCE BAMBOO WATER PIPE YEN MINH

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
20 Jul 2011 8:59AM
Another superb set, Jean-Noel, perfectly captured. Carol

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20 Jul 2011 9:02AM
Lovely set of images.
20 Jul 2011 9:04AM
All great images but V1 + 2 are superb, well done indeed, very impressive portraits

20 Jul 2011 9:21AM
I love these photos, the lighting on the man's face and the perfectly captured smoke create a very powerful, mysterious effect
20 Jul 2011 10:05AM
A fine set Jean-Noel,
AnnChown Plus
8 203 1 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2011 10:06AM
Another great set of image; what a wonderful experience this must have been for you.
Term Plus
12 86 9 England
20 Jul 2011 10:24AM
incredible image, great contrasts of shapes and tones, incredible details, nice one Jean-NoŽl

Sucha wonderful character study and the lighting is just wonderful and enhances a wonderfully natural pose - Jo
20 Jul 2011 10:50AM
A great image. I have used my weekly award - sorry. You would have had it for this one. Pete
8 10 10 England
20 Jul 2011 11:14AM
This is a wonderful experience for you and so for us through your excellent images.
20 Jul 2011 11:45AM
Beautiful sets of images, and images to take you back every time you pull them out to look at them.
Cheers Allen, Smile
20 Jul 2011 1:22PM
Cracking set of images. John
20 Jul 2011 1:23PM
Fabulous set of images, View 1 and 2 are outstanding natural portraits. Sylvia
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
20 Jul 2011 1:54PM
Excellent light in the first two images. A superb set..............Sandy
20 Jul 2011 3:21PM
V1 and 2 super portraits , v2 esp ................Rob
paulcr Plus
13 1.5k 9 Ireland
20 Jul 2011 3:23PM
V2 for me. Lovely detail on the eyes. Paul
lobski Plus
6 2 1 Philippines
20 Jul 2011 3:27PM
Excellent images and superb detail!

Fred Grin
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
20 Jul 2011 4:38PM
Intimate light Jean. Ron.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2011 5:18PM
Stunning series. Carole
20 Jul 2011 7:27PM
A lovely set of shots JN. My favourite has to be V2, love the eyes in that shot. Such character in the man's face. Moira
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2011 9:20PM
excellent work in this one

cassiecat Plus
9 39 46 England
20 Jul 2011 9:27PM
the lighting is excellent. v1 is my fav.lesley
Superb shots in beautiful lighting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
21 Jul 2011 9:49AM
I feel that V2 is an absolute stunner. Smile

21 Jul 2011 10:42AM
21 Jul 2011 1:10PM
Great set of images. Yes V2 would be my favourite because one sees all his features.
10 Oct 2011 6:29PM
I can only hope to get images like this, love the smoke trails. it+++++++
19 Dec 2014 12:10PM
Hey Jean-NoŽl ,

Thank you for sharing this to my travel photography thread.
This is a first class , national geographic worthy image..

Gareth Smile

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