This picture has been taken on March 5, 2005. I flew back from Asia to find out my computer dead, and post processing totally new to me.
Borrowing a pc from my friend, I messed with the first posting on March 12, 2005. Not until this weekend I had chance to rework on it, and here is the repost. Please critique. Thanks.
Phnom Kraom located near Tonle Sap Great Lake — the Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake that provides livelihoods for over 10% of Cambodia's population. Its water level varies considerably so the inhabitants of 6 of the 7 villages at Chong Kneas live in houseboats. The 7th village is perched on the side of a road embankment running south from Phnom Kraom, an isolated rocky outcrop rising about 140 meters above the otherwise flat terrain of the seasonally flooded land bordering Tonle Sap.
For those whose live on water, life is extreme hardship and vulnerability. In spring, melting snows in the Himalayas spark off a remarkable chain of events in distant Cambodia that affects the livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest people.
Boosted by monsoon rains and with its gradient now too flat to retain the flow within its banks, the river spills out over large parts of Cambodia, where up to 65% of cultivated land is covered each year by floodwater. The Tonle Sap River, which joins the Mekong at Phnom Penh, acts as a safety valve by absorbing part of the excess. It reverses its flow from mid-May to October, massively expanding the volume of the Tonle Sap Lake, 100 km “upstream,” close to the famed temple complex of Angkor Wat.
In the dry season, the floating villages anchor in a small inlet at the edge of the lake, where there is ready access to fishing grounds and some protection from storms and waves. When the water level is high, residents of Chong Kneas cluster at the base of Phnom Kraom where is often heavily congested with regular traffic, floating houses, fish cages being towed, and tourist boats coming and going. As a result, the area is clogged with floating trash, rotting organic matter, and fuel and oil spills, making it a stinking repository of solid and liquid waste.
The annual shifting of the lakeshore by some 6 km has created a highly unusual living pattern for the people in the community of Chong Kneas at the northwestern end of the lake. Some 5,000 people live on houseboats moored within the lake during the dry season and move “inland” along a narrow channel as the waters rise. Other families, who live along the road embankment beside the channel, load their houses onto the backs of trucks to seek higher ground as the water rises. The whole community settles around an isolated hill at Phnom Kraom when the lake is at its highest level.
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nopoint (878) 2006-02-26 9:59
Great capture of the children playing in the water! Thank you for sharing the information about the Tonle Sap river...Kiet
erofili (18) 2006-02-26 10:05
Very very nice! And the children are just so expressive! Nice moment...Good work
dokufoto (419) 2006-02-26 10:51
A narrative and very well composed photo. Mycompliments!
TRASH (0) 2006-02-26 10:54
Through the media, everyone knew that Camdodia is a poor country that is on its way to rebirth after years under Polpot's hands, but this simple shot still strike to my eyes with its real face of poverty reflecting on the daily life of these people.
I wish all the best for Cambodian people and nation.
Thank you for bringing to light something beyond imagination.
klennon79 (0) 2006-02-26 11:30
Beautiful photograph. Nice vivid colors and lighting. Great capture of facial expressions.
tola_ch2004 (549) 2006-02-27 7:02
Cute girls! and Nice shoot!
I wonder what are they doing?
They must clear up some thing, I think...
Captain (514) 2006-03-09 23:44
Cute but what are they doing ??
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8456)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-05
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm L, RAW @ ISO 100
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/180 seconds
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- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-02-26 9:37
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