Early in the morning, I boarded a riverboat in Battambang and began the long trip to Siem Reap. It would be one of the most amazing days of my life.
In the dry season, the river is extremely low, sometimes only 2-3 feet deep. Even flat-bottom boats sometimes need to be pushed over mud banks.
This part of Cambodia is totally undeveloped. I saw no signs of civilization or infrastructure from the river. The people living along the river looked to be surviving on the barest of essentials, including fishing in the early morning for small catches from the polluted water.
Along the river, there were numerous signs of the optimism and ingenuity of human beings. But there was also filth, toil and isolation. I feel like this image captures the latter.
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DrorAngkor (164) 2005-05-23 20:34
Beautifull dreamy composition.
I like the misty atmosphere.
Excellent note that really takes you to the place and time.
Very well done !
Aazragi (1927) 2005-05-23 21:42
Lovely shot. Nice composition, lighting and beautiful colors. Well done.
gringofil (0) 2005-05-25 9:18
Hey Sam. Such a wonderful moment you've captured here...the light is so warm it really makes the image jump out at you. The man on the boat makes for a nice focal point. The misty atmosphere just adds a touch more quality as well. Good work.
paulartus (832) 2005-06-07 3:17
Great shot. Worth far more than three lousy smileys. As far as the concept of Tek Earth goes, this shot tells me far more about Cambodia than some that seem to score ridiculous high points.
evanrizo (456) 2006-06-21 15:01
Nice morning light, the composition is really very good and I agree it is to dream.Nice moment with the man on the boat.
MLINES (12516) 2006-12-20 17:23
Hi Sam. I love the ambiance you have captured in this river scene. The boat and man balance the jungle. Although the sky is a bit white, as i get very often, it does not detract. Good presentation. Murray.
PS I got your link from the glossary page on DOF etc you contributed. Thanks.
sjofre (123) 2006-12-31 0:42
salvator (19102) 2007-03-15 5:33
Your work is very impressive, no wonder you are a prefessional.
The composition, pov, the colors, and the silouettes are very very nice, and so are the colors of the river and the reflections.
Best regards. Salvator.
fredleal (54) 2007-03-16 23:40
I love how you can feel the dampness through the morning light.
- Copyright: Sam Willard (sam) (897)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-01-19
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Canon 20D, EF 50mm f/1.4
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Thailand & Cambodia ~ 2005
- Date Submitted: 2005-05-23 19:00