The Tonlé Sap is a unique combination of a lake and a river. 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.
Fishermen don't really have any other choice than following the mood changes of the lake during the year. That's why floating villages are common in this part of the world. Chong Kneas is such a village on the Tonlé Sap not far from Angkor. All houses there are floating houses including schools, shops and all what is needed in a village. When the time has come to move you can get your house towed to the new place where the village will float for a while, until the lake level has changed again.
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jmhullot (0) 2006-09-03 7:58
Magnifique paysage (j'aime beaucoup le ciel!) pour un evenement inhabituel sous nos latitudes.
chanjits (4454) 2006-09-05 8:36
nice shot dear but bit overexposed sky so doing some workshop please see and let me know you liked or not?
Angshu (56664) 2006-09-05 23:56
It's a very interesting perspective you show here, both from a photographic as well as reality point of view. It's a hard life for the people, but at the same time they don't want to get detached from their lifeline. This picture epitomises this struggle..you've taken the shot from a good vantage point. I wonder how it would look if the rule of thirds is applied here...An excellent, educative shot
prumod (8300) 2006-09-06 11:09
shot is very nice even subject is sad...
lots of people are suffering like this!
bazal (7900) 2006-09-10 14:21
Une belle composition qui vous happe por ne plus vous relacher. On a l'impression de tomber tant la profondeur vers l'eau est le ciel est bien gérée. Par la suite, l'oeil est attiré par ces maisons flottantes et cette barque de pêcheur.
Merci du partage.
arindam_thokder (3987) 2006-09-12 11:37
This one is nice, more of a Documentary kind than a simple landscape. Like the effect of 17 MM that made the sky so dramatic.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-09-16 16:24
Lovely composition. Very interesting place and the house here ;). In my opinion the clouds ae a bit to bright :).
zips (1958) 2006-09-18 22:00
Nice overall composition. I also think that chanjits workshop photo does it justice.
Stepan (27210) 2006-11-06 14:26
J'aime bien ce genre d'ambiances (ici un post en pano aurait été top), où le temps semble suspendu... C'est superbe et merci pour me rappeler mes souvenirs de voyage...
- Copyright: JM Hullot (vincz) (19113)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Event
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: One week in the Angkor area
- Date Submitted: 2006-09-03 3:37