Photo du Jour: Dirt Roads & Sunbrellas in the Laotian Countryside

While having a traditional noodle soup lunch in the Laotian province of Xieng Khouang, these ladies strolled past us. Laotian ladies – like those we met in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam –  go to great lengths to protect their skin from the sun’s vibrant rays.

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Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

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Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene. A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia. Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.

9 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: Dirt Roads & Sunbrellas in the Laotian Countryside

  1. so beautiful and even nostalgic! The first and parting images are my favourites. If only Australians could pick up this graceful habit of using an umbrella ;) Lovely images Tricia!

    1. Marina, and the pretty parasols are so much better than the alternative products found on Southeast Asian shelves – skin whitening and bleaching creams! Surprised that they’re even marketed for the male consumer here…

    1. Vijay, the ladies do look as though they are from another time and what a compliment about the pics having such a quality! Perhaps it’s the vintage look of their parasols and the antiquing function I processed them through.

      1. Tricia – I wanted to ask you about the above comment. The antiquing function ~ is that on your camera? Does it alter the edges of the photos or colour too I like the photos so much above. They do look like paintings – I agree with Vijay.

      2. Marina, when I uploaded the photos to iPhoto, I then used the ‘antique’ and the ‘edge blur’ effects. I like to snap the photos as is, and then from time to time, change the effects later (black & white, sepia, etc.) to create a more vintage look, etc. I’d love to delve more into the photo editing software that’s more sophisticated than iPhoto, but right now it’s more fun just capturing our adventures! I have Aperture as well but have yet to explore its features. Have you found any photo resources lately online that you’d recommend?

      3. Tricia – beyond the camera’s retouch program, I am clueless. I haven’t used iPhoto or anything else. I guess we’re kind of thinking the same things – taking pics, adjusting a little here and there. Bare minimum. I do like the idea of not retouching my photos though sometimes a story really calls for it! Thanks for replying. Keep on documenting all that beauty!

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