The is the main street of Battambang, one of the largest cities of Cambodia. I think Battambang used to be the second largest city but now it has been surpassed by Siem Reap and maybe also Sihanoukville, both benefitting from a rush of tourists.
Very few tourists seem to stay in Battambang, most just passing by on their way from Thailand to Phnom Penh. I didn't mind the relative emptiness. I enjoyed the quiet streets and a prize level almost half of that of the other major cities. It is a nice and pleasant city with a handful of restaurants and a few decent hotels. I was surprised to find a very nice modern café. Battambang is also a good starting point for excursions to interesting temples and villages in the near surroundings.
You can see two more pictures from Battambang as workshops.
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Nicou (109607) 2013-02-11 9:54
très belle compo et image superbe vue quelle perspective sur les façades des maisons avec l'animation et les personnages superbe ensemble.
bravo et amitié
leo61 (0) 2013-02-11 10:06
Hi neighbour Gert!
I like the collonial architecture here and the POV you choosed.
Good daylife with pedestrians , a bycicle and scooters.The ghosthouse on the left balcony is a nice detail in your composition.
I have been two times in Cambodia but never managed to go there,because I was reading the bus ride from Bangkok is a torture....
The ws Market shot is good,too.
lousat (67045) 2013-02-11 10:41
Hi Gert,the architechtures and the colors of these facades remember me a bit the old Habana,very nice capture and perspective,great details in the best exposure.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
photographer_sg (837) 2013-02-11 10:48
Nice perspective composition. I really liked the dashes of bright red along the length of the photo. The quiet and relaxed atmosphere very well depicted.
Waylim (24302) 2013-02-11 10:48
Sorry to miss many of your lovely photos. I've been busy. This feel like home for me. My house in Laos are just like one of these. This is a very nostalgic photo for me. I should plan a trip back home again soon, I hope.
Excellent photo that depict the daily life of Cambocia and many Southeast Asia Countries.
eldancer1 (22383) 2013-02-11 18:38
Very interesting capture of those architectures, do you think they were French influence? Good lighting and dof with sharp details. Nice catch of the local people going about their daily life. Well done, tfs.
Sonata11 (31879) 2013-02-11 19:26
Very beautiful composition of interesting architecture and calm street of daily life scene from fantastic POV. I like the excellent management of colors, great light, sharpness and the perfect clarity.Very well done.TFS
All the best,
abmdsudi (35250) 2013-02-11 22:31
Good choice of location seldom seen on TE as compared to other popular spots as you have mentioned but still not lacking of interests though. A colorful street scene indeed taken dynamically to maximise the impact depicting a fine visual description of everyday life, strong on details with nice touches of vivid colors full of local ambience. I enjoy the addtional pictures too particularly the market scene, good slice of real life seen through your eyes. Anothe fine shot from your collections. Well done
fabbs99 (13447) 2013-02-11 23:01
Excellent street shot.Great sharpness and contrast.Nice warm colors.Very well shot.TFS.
macondo (18465) 2013-02-12 2:08
A very pleasing daily life shot, from a well chosen angle. It's very quiet, but not devoid of life and movement. I found complete quiet and stillness almost impossible to find in SE Asia, although I've not been to Cambodia. There are some good colour highlights and a pleasant absence of motor vehicles. Your excellent note makes one want to visit this city, especially if one can obtain a good espresso there.
kasianowak (3752) 2013-02-12 2:32
Interesting photo, I always like to see images of places tourists rarely go to.
Great timing and sense of perspective. Also, very good title!
boa (5092) 2013-02-12 3:17
jag gillar den lugna stämmningen från den här gatan, inte stressen som kan vara i andra syd-Asiatiska städer av den här storleken. Förmodligen så påverkar saknaden av turister den här stadens utveckling, både på gott och ont. Jag personligen har inget emot att stanna till på platser som den här ett par dagar, en utmärkt möjlighet för att känna av "äkta" Asien atmosfär. Fin överblick av den här gatan med en fotobutik och de vanliga "kiosk-mopederna" som man ser överallt. Bra färger och äkta Asien känsla förmedlat här.
macjake (48279) 2013-02-12 4:14
I have to be honest, Cambodia has never really been anywhere near or even ON my travel destination list.
I don't really know what to expect, don't really know what the key highlights would be - guess i should educate myself on it one day :)
having said all of that, i do totally love and admire these shots....scenes of far away countries that I've never seen before. great to see the everyday life and the style of architecture, seeing how the roads and stores are all laid out.
One thing that caught my attention, not only in Cambodia i suppose, but in many asian countries - is how people allow young infants to sit up at the front of the bike, as this woman is doing in your photo.
Here in Canada, if we did that people would notify the police immediately! culture culture culture :)
tyro (16744) 2013-02-12 5:45
A lovely trio of photographs from Battambang. It might look a little tatty in your wider views of the street but that looks like a fine and busy fruit and vegetable market in your closer shot.
All three pictures are well composed and show fine snapshots of life in this city with perfect exposure, lovely vibrant colours and excellent detail.
I was pleased that you managed to find satisfactory accommodation and eating places at a more reasonable cost than in the more "touristy" areas.
P.S. What would have been even better would have been an older picture from the 70s ot 80s of this place - had you visited it long before?
saxo042 (35146) 2013-02-12 8:17
All reklamen ger visserligen mycket färg till bilden men husraden hade kanske varit ännu vackrare utan dessa inslag. Raden är ju snyggt placerad i bilden. Gatulivet ser förvånansvärt lugnt ut. Alla tre bilderna du lagt ut är ju mycket bra, det måste ha varit svårt att välja en av dem.
Fis2 (78748) 2013-02-12 14:11
Good frame and perspective.
I like this daily nlife shot.
Curious reportorial work.
fabianoleite (9162) 2013-02-12 16:13
Great depiction of the interesting and typical architecture. I like the colors and the perspective, very diagonal. Good work, congratulations!
ACL1978 (6811) 2013-02-12 18:34
Nice daily life shot here, Gert - I'm constantly amazed not just at your travel list, but also at how you always seem to manage to get off the beaten path into places tourists tend not to go. It allows you a really impressive authenticity in these shots. I like how we can see here clear colonial influences as well as modern touches, and the one little birdhouse that's a reminder of the former glory of the region. A bit of sad commentary, really. Thanks!
pajaran (44294) 2013-02-12 22:10
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar tekst o gradu sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepe fotografije u radionici.
Lepe kuce sa prodavnicama i reklamama na fasadi.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na posetu Battambang.
Nice view and a moment ...
A good article on the town with a given data ...
A good time recording, sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, beautiful pictures in the workshop.
Beautiful houses with shops and advertisements on the facade.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best with the beautiful memories of the visit to Battambang.
dkmurphys (44044) 2013-02-12 22:55
Lovely old street. I like the colonial touch and the charming architecture. Well seen.
Kamilutka (5653) 2013-02-14 8:17
what I am trying to learn form your photos is the ability of making the very simple scene quite special. The composition in here is neat and POV seems to be carefully chosen in order to catch the most intriquing part of the street life. Very natural and vivid colors help to capture attention and plenty of details make the eye dwell on the image longer and longer.
Well done and thanks for sharing
thebest (4202) 2013-02-14 17:23
You have such a great collection of daily life images & always accompanied with interesting notes.
The architecture is a little bit Colonial in style.
I like mum & her child on the bike maybe heading off to buy some groceries.
Excellent sharpness & POV.
mvdisco (17416) 2013-02-14 21:58
Hi Gert, Bonjour,
Beautiful daily life scene in the main street o Battambang one to largest city of Cambodia,
Very nice point of view and perpective with nice tone of colors and light,
Very interesting capture and nicely done,
jhm (130608) 2013-02-15 7:56
I look to your both workshop pictures, the picture from the market place in Battambang, is the most beautiful picture.
Two other pictures have a nice depth and perspective.
An excellent composition, colors and sharpness make these picture attractive.
very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ourania (21360) 2013-02-15 9:03
an effective presentation of this daily life scenery with superb composition and perspective that offer dynamism to the tranquil view multiplying the focal points and interest. There's also a gradual discovery of details that makes the scene more vivid. I like very much the placement of the people in the composition and the sense of movement they offer. Lighting and colours are great. Both of your workshop pictures are informative and lovely too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
mesutilgim (75516) 2013-02-15 12:16
Hello dear Gert,
Nice capture from Battambag.
Good layout and many nice details with bright colors.
TFS and have a nice weekend
batalay (33859) 2013-02-16 13:40
I appears that there are some one spacious street in Cambodia. What a happy development that the country has returned to the pre-Revolutionary days of the Khmer Rouge. I like this street scene in Battanbang. I imagine your travels have taken you to Angkor Wat also.
Have a good weekend,
bayno (18338) 2013-02-16 15:40
both three pic is good...nice this of the market, i wish also Jaipur is in this quit mood but not possible also in the night...nice perspective and natural colors, the scene is perfectly framed...
UlfE (14445) 2013-02-17 5:46
Ja, det är kanske ganska lugnt för att vara på huvudgatan i en stad i Asien, men trots detta en bild som skildrar ett intressant folkliv. Jag noterar en man som tycks tala i mobiltelefon, en annan som handlar något ur ett gatustånd. Jag ser också att det tycks finnas affärer här som säljer tavlor men också kameror. De röda färgerna gör bilden rätt trevlig. Ha en bra söndag!
jacquest (17527) 2013-02-24 13:02
I like this oblique line of colorful buildings and the animation on the street. Yes indeed, it does look quiet and inviting for a stroll. The light, colors and sharpness are there for an image of high quality.
adores (32138) 2013-02-26 17:11
Need to put Cambodia on my list:)!Seems there are really no tourists around here. Even the markets seem much like those I usually find in the less touristic places - I like that!
It's a good photo of the street, with the houses forming a diagonal and so much life going on in the street and so many details to see. I specially like the red motorbike and the bike passing and the green house of spirits at the top.
Angshu (53659) 2013-03-06 3:22
Battambang is not an attractive place, as you rightly say...just another similar city in Cambodia. teh houses have traces of colonial designs. Seems strange about so less people on the road...wonder why? What time of the day did you take this shot? Nice daily life image
jusninasirun (17152) 2013-03-23 10:48
Lovely street scene of this fast growing nation. I like the beautiful colors with cycles and motorbikes are the main mode of transportation. Well depicted image of small town around this region.
Thanks for sharing and great weekend to you !