Sanford Morse  

Rice Paddies by Sanford Morse

November 2023 - Rice Paddies

November 2023 - Sanford Morse


About the Image(s)

This is from a Muench Workshops 14 day trip to Vietnam. We had four photographers, two group leaders, a Vietnamese guide, and a Vietnamese driver. We landed in Hanoi and drove to the Sa Pa area of rice paddies, and then further north to the mountains. We concentrated on landscapes and portraits. The Vietnamese people were very friendly and photogenic. The scenery was amazing. We were in the race paddies when I turned aounnd to see these sun rays. Some dodging and burning to bring out the contrasts.

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6 comments posted

Gordon Watson   Gordon Watson
You do get around a bit Sanford! Wonderful crepuscular rays and I think your cropping and editing from the original are spot on. I have seen it said that in Landscape photography, we photograph the light on the landscape rather than the landscape itself, and this image demonstrates that - it's all about the light. Well done on capturing this fleeting moment.   Posted: 11/11/2023 05:06:35
Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
I do get around, but age is gaining on me. Some of the hiking in the rice paddies severely tested my diminishing balance abilities. Next up: Bhutan in February on another photography workshop, this one with John Greengo. Maybe after that I can find something to do that is closer than a 30 hour journey.   Posted: 11/12/2023 09:55:28

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Well done Sanford. It's great that you can be in a location to capture a pre-thought out image, but also capture an unexpected moment when it presents itself. Those light rays are like rainbows, they appear then disappear while you are watching them. To act quickly and capture them is a good thing. As Gordon says, your processing and presentation is first rate. Congratulations on a good image.   Posted: 11/11/2023 23:35:32

Sophie Pouillon   Sophie Pouillon
A pre-thought image? An instinctive image?
I too like to be surprised by an attitude, a landscape, an action. I don't expect anything, and at the same time, I'm ready for (almost) anything.
This image shows the flow of light, the early-morning breakthrough. It's pleasant to look at, and I notice all the details of the groves at the edge of the rice paddies, the well-defined furrows characteristic of rice paddies.
It's very well done. Well done.
  Posted: 11/12/2023 03:37:36

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Outstanding photograph. The scene is beautiful. The sun rays over the rice paddies and the sun striking the edges of the paddies are great. The mountains in the background draped in fog also add a great deal to the picture. Nice work in post-processing to bring out the whole photograph.   Posted: 11/14/2023 19:45:39

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Sanford, this image captures the light beams and the haze creates a dynamic DOF. The terraces in the foreground present a dynamic contrast in shape with the background. The beams and the slopes of hills lead the eye to the middle hill. Is that what you intended or was your primary focus on the foreground terraces? No doubt, those beams of light are to die for, and you captured them well. IMHO I would have used Spot Healing on the lower right corner with the grassy knoll or brought the bottom edge up to get rid of it.   Posted: 11/19/2023 12:02:38