This picture has been taken from the Phnom Krom hill above the floating village of Chong Kneas on the Tonlé Sap. It it the view behind the offering from my yesterday's post.
The Tonlé Sap is a combined lake and river system of huge importance to Cambodia. For most of the year the lake is fairly small, around one meter deep and with an area of 2,700 square km. During the monsoon season, however, the Tonle Sap river which connects the lake with the Mekong river reverses its flow. Water is pushed up from the Mekong into the lake, increasing its area to 16,000 square km and its depth to up to nine meters, flooding nearby fields and forests. This provides a perfect breeding ground for fish and makes the Tonlé Sap ecosystem one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world, supporting over 3 million people. At the end of the rainy season, the flow reverses and the fish are carried downriver. The Cambodians and their fish are so interwined that the country's currency, the riel, is named after the small silver carp that is the staple of many diets here. Images of fish and fishermen are etched into the walls of stone buildings around Angkor Wat, the majestic temple complex that was once the center of an ancient empire nearly 1,000 years ago.
The receding waters also leave nutrient rich deposits of sediment in the surrounding area creating prime agricultural land for the rest of the year.
Reducing the size of the picture had the bad side effect to reduce the detail level quite a bit, at the house level on particular. Although it is likely to be unavoidable, I found it annoying and hesitated posting after seeing the result of the size reduction. After a second thought I decided to go for it, since the overal atmosphere of the picture is kept intact especially when it comes to the combination of blues, pinks and greens at a distance.
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SchwebagMike (1490) 2006-09-02 4:50
Hi Vincent, great view you shot there! The picture really captured the atmosphere, did you take it out of a plane? Welcome to TE and thanks for sharing your impressions, I'm already curious about the next post !
Angshu (56760) 2006-09-02 5:51
This is a great view of the great lake Vincent. Your POV from the top of the hill gives us an almost birds eye view of the lifeline of Cambodia. It's amazing how the houses form almost a + like shape, or as it appears in the shot. There are so many details here which I really like. Quite wonderful!
You had writted about the reducing the size & hence losing the detail. One possible way out is to crop this picture to a pano format i.e 2.5:1 ratio & then post the larger version of the picture alongwith it. I've never tried that, but it's possible. Maybe the larger version (4000pix) will do justice to the picture more
ngythanh (8456) 2006-09-02 7:51
Very good work with informative notes.
Thanks so much, Vincent.
I am looking forward to see your photos of the floating village Chong Kneas.
Leonie (8809) 2006-09-02 8:09
Wow, what colours! Reminds me of my trip to this wonderful country 2 years ago!
sothy81 (9630) 2006-09-02 13:48
This picture is very good in terms of its color balance and overall view of area around Tonlesap. I heard about flooding in Cambodia. So this picture shows me how it looks. Thanks for sharing this current picture.
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-09-03 2:38
Good POV, I love the lights here and the contrasting colours. The background is beautiful with its soft and pastel colours and the foreground with contrasting vivid colours. yes the details are lost due to the size reduction, but I think it is not so important as we can even feel the atmosphere very well.
Thanks for sharing
koray (607) 2006-09-03 7:45
nice pictures. i like it
Graal (103038) 2006-09-04 2:21
great landscape, good POV, colours and sharpness. Interesting note. Well done photo.
abulafia (4900) 2006-09-04 3:15
Interesting scenery and a very thorough note.
quite a viewpoint you found there.
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2006-09-04 4:10
Its not easy finding your feet on TE but you have started off on a very sound footing with a series of fantastic images from Cambodia backed up by some very informative notes. Excellent POV. This image reminds me so much of the Dal Lake in India which enjoys a similar eco life being connceted to the River Jhelum.
With Greetings from India
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2006-09-04 8:24
I really love this panoramic views.
Good sense of depth & colours!
alainh (33205) 2006-09-04 11:38
et s'il n'est pas trop tard, Bienvenue sur TE !!!
tres graphique, elle est de plus extrement colorée et la vie s'en dégage !
Bonne soirée à toi
Paolo (41230) 2006-09-05 11:59
Salut Vincent, and welcome on TE.
excellent shot, my favorite in you pretty new portfolio.
a long long view on the pond and the river, with amazing colours and a beautiful light.
excellent note too.
delkoo (68) 2006-09-06 4:49
great landscape with floating village making a cross in the middle of the view.
very interesting note.
yhanks for sharing
jhm (158892) 2006-09-06 7:45
Today I browsed to your gallery as a result of your visit to my picture, I took this picture and not your last post through the splendid panorama view and wonderful quality, you did very nice work!
Merci du partage,
Benedict (7076) 2006-09-08 21:48
very intruiging! are these houses really afloat or built on stilts? one must be a good swimmer to live in here, huh?
picture perfect! love it!
ChrisJ (117201) 2006-09-09 3:51
I took a few shots from this superb vantage point, too. Exceellnt colour, sharpness, & pov. Tfs!
macondo (19804) 2006-09-09 22:53
Hello Vincent. I like the fascinating photos in your gallery. In this one, I really like the way the houses on the T-intersection are lit by the sun, in spite of you own notes about the lack of detail. The varying shades of brown, blue and green all make the suggestion of fertility and the profusion of life at this time of year. A beautiful photograph and great notes.
danyy (0) 2006-09-15 12:11
Tu nous proposes ici un aspect très original de la vie au Cambodge, à savoir la vie sur l'eau.
De très beaux jeux de couleurs qui rendent la photo séduisante.
Un pov très bien choisi pour nous faire profiter de plusieurs dizaines de Km2.
Des conditions de vie qui ont l'air difficiles.
Bien à toi,
scalerman (26900) 2006-09-30 14:34
Detailed note for your hillside shot. I know the Tonle Sap is receeding annually, but I haven't been there in five years. Detail is there and the note makes the shot. regards, c
marietom (34609) 2006-10-01 16:11
que de belles couleurs dans ce paysage.
Très bien vu.
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-10-09 6:14
Salut Vincent, je découvre avec plaisir cette photo, elle est vraiment très réussie, le POV est déroutant (en avion ?), et permet de voir ce village presque englouti, wow ça doit pas etre évident de vivre dasn ces conditions, déjà qu'en france un p'tit coup de froid et c'est toute la france qui tousse s'enrhume et choppe la grippe, alors la bas j'imagine meme pas, entre l'humidité et la moiteur, ouch !
Techniquement elle est d'excellent facture, la luminosité est très bien gérée et les contrastes sont très intéressant :
Une très belle photo, bravo !
Captain (514) 2006-11-28 5:01
A good picture of the lifes blood of Cambodia. There are more fish per sq metre here than anywhere else in the world. Thanks for sharing. Ian
dareco (17134) 2007-08-31 0:44
This is an incredible shot. I have never seen anything quite like it. So much to see in this one picture. Also, I like the colors and of course the POV is fabulous!! TFS
Stepan (27210) 2007-12-27 22:54
A défaut de grives...
Ce pov aérien est pas mal et permet d'apprécier un paysage typique de la région. Et ce village où la rue est un bras du fleuve est étonnant.
- Copyright: JM Hullot (vincz) (19113)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: One week in the Angkor area
- Theme(s): From the sky /3/ [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-09-02 4:02