Tonle Sap is lake and river system in Cambodia and designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997. This incredible ecosystem is the largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia which, in the dry season, drains into the Mekong river at Phnom Penh and shrinks dramatically. The area is characterised by the houses raised on stilts to cope with the dramatic changes in water levels. Tonle Sap is an essential source of fish for Cambodia and supports over 3 million people.
This picture was taken about 45 minutes drive south-east of Siem Reap. We were in a very rickety and small tour boat and were the only passengers.
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lousat (75049) 2014-01-17 2:34
Hi Ann,very nice capture of these 2 young monks on the boat,i like the perspective and the spectacular quality of detail despite the fast mouvement,very bright colors too,interesting and a bit funny! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
point-blank (156) 2014-01-17 2:40
Very colorful image indeed The illusion of motion is well created in the frame :).
rigoletto (34255) 2014-01-17 2:43
hi ann. looks like quite fun this boat trip. looking at your low POV, i guess you took this from your boat at the front, with a distance of 200 mm.s focal length. beautiful natural colors too. the timing is splendid, as you captured all the three faces without any disruptions.
tyro (19774) 2014-01-17 3:06
This is a delightful photograph because it has people in their own environment, it has splendid colour and it has action too. And, above all, it has a wonderful interaction between yourself, the photographer (and we the viewers), and the "three men in a boat".
The light and colours are amazing and you have portrayed this little scene perfectly against a nicely out of focus background which is also a good bit darker than the foreground features, so making your main subject stand out very nicely. Your exposure is spot-on and the details and sharpness are exquisite, particularly when viewed at full size of 1300 pixels wide.
P.S. If I have any criticism at all it would just be that, because this was taken to some degree contre jour, the faces of the main subjects are just a little too shaded. So I've done a quick workshop using the techniques I described in my email to you to try to lighten those parts as well as (though to a lesser extent) the front of the boat itself. I'll upload it reduced to 800 pixels wide so that you can see the whole picture, otherwise (if I remember correctly) the right side will get chopped off in the "new" version of TE. See what you think!
P.P.S. I've decided to upload two workshop pictures - both the same, actually, but one full-size and the other cut down to 800 pixels wide! So you'll be able to compare equally sized images if you want.
Royaldevon (28449) 2014-01-17 3:07
I am impressed that you were able to get such a fine, sharp shot whilst ensconced in a rickety boat!
Your dof gives the focal figures excellent clarity whilst the oof b/g helps give an understanding of the context.
I get the feeling that the occupants were as interested in you as you were in them!
Have a lovely w/e,
How's your little grand child progressing?
jhm (137652) 2014-01-17 4:36
These picture is wonderful taken, splendid with one point focus on the people and boat.
The blur background cares for a extra attention on your target.
Perspective and depth make these picture wonderful
This is a wonderful picture with a very nice sharpness and colours.
Very well done, TFS.
timecapturer (47486) 2014-01-17 5:02
this is wonderful. I love the originality of this image and also the contrast of ideologies here. The clarity and colours here are just so eye-catching and the whole image perfectly executed and presented.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
claudeD (31765) 2014-01-17 5:52
veyr fine picture with a perfect sharpness and clarity. I like the fresh colors and very good framing.Excellent contribution top TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
wolf38 (31258) 2014-01-17 6:33
Hello Ann. Cambodia is really worth a visit. Photographers can shoot so many interesting things in this exotic country. Your photo is a good example. The picture reminds me of my stay in this country many years ago.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
Cricri (104461) 2014-01-17 11:24
Superbe la prise en gros plan du bateau avec les deux jeunes moines, les couleurs sont merveilleuses, la réalisation excellente
Romano46 (16682) 2014-01-18 2:16
sei sempre brava in ogni genere di ripresa.
In questa alla particolare eccellenza del soggetto si unisce una notevole cura alla tecnica di ripresa con una nitidezza eccezionale.
Molto belli anche i colori.
Perfetta la composizione.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
photoray (11451) 2014-01-18 10:05
Interesting Cambodian scene with the young monks in classical orange robes, and the adult with the required cell phone attached to ear.
My Father taught me to fish in 'rickety' small wood boats like this one, but not with colorful paint jobs.
macjake (54934) 2014-01-18 11:18
looks like John is enjoying working on his new layering
:) Works well actually, because we can see the difference in the lighting on their faces.
For me, I like the boat! Good luck finding that boat here in Canada somewhere haha
very cool mode of transportation, and i like how you zoomed in to get this upclose and personal look.
excellent subject matter.
see you around
krzychu30 (15442) 2014-01-18 22:47
I´m not an expert in processing pictures,but this one looks really good to me.The light is well mastered and strong,vivid colors animate the whole scene so lovely.For me also the blurry background is a feature,which helps you to achieve so excellent end result and strong visual effect.
Interesting and perfectly captured image!
Have a nice sunday
RhodieIke (11552) 2014-01-18 23:08
What a super colourful and fun capture of the two Monks being ferried across the lake. They look like they are enjoying themselves with a hint of a smile. Great looking boat.
Love it, well done.
Nicou (119507) 2014-01-19 2:33
quelle iamge et compo sueprbe vue de cette barque colorée qui fend l'eau splendide et ces personnage qulle elle avance sur l'eau merveilleux.
Bravo et belle journée
Waylim (25182) 2014-01-20 16:44
Very good daily life shot. I love it to see the man also has a cell phone with him. Reminded me of a man on a donkey in Morroco talking on the cell phone. I couldn't get a shot of him at the time, but I always remember it.
Good quality photo with natural color and light and good composition.
fabbs99 (16151) 2014-01-28 23:52
Perfect lighting and a delightful composition of this Camobodian monks.You have captured the movement of the colorful boat extremely well. Excellent photography.TFS.
emka (76433) 2014-02-01 2:12
Hi Ann, \Nice photo of Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing about the mobile). Wonderful colourful boat and an interesting scene on the lake. You were very close, the young monks look at you with interest. beautiful photo.
Have a nice weekend
Didi (56061) 2014-02-01 8:02
Good selective DOF setting on the subject with a blur baclground
Very good lights ambiance
adores (35693) 2014-02-08 16:51
The world is changing fast, there's a modern guy with a mobile between the monks:)! That's the only detail that takes this shot to nowadays. It's a very good portrait of the three on the old boat. I like the focus, the colours and textures of the boat and even the water around it. A very good capture!