Fishermen on bamboo rafts use cormorants to catch fish. The birds have collars on, can't swallow the fish, and bring them to the men in exchange for small pieces.
This shot was taken before dawn on the Li river, about 40 minutes upriver from Xingping, a town near Yangshuo.
photos of this trip at:
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Budapestman (82620) 2006-05-27 20:37
Fantastic impression. Beautiful photo.
jmdias (53647) 2006-05-27 20:37
Nice photo. We can feel the landscape and the humidity in the air.
markoci (3927) 2006-05-27 21:04
quite magical. beautiful composition, i love the converging lines towards the center of the frame, the blueish hue is gorgeous. how early did you have to get up for this?
roamermark (1590) 2006-05-27 21:04
I have been to Yangshuo many many times and have never taken a photo like this. Composition is gorgeous with the fisherman just where he needs to be and the reflection of his boat and the light are great. The blue tones are gorgeous and although it is misty all the elements are distinct and sharp. Immediately into my favourites.
hizbul (171) 2006-05-27 21:18
Hi Ian, I love the blue mood of this picture, looking forward to see the bamboo rafts and the birds on details, nice pic
moxon (78) 2006-05-27 21:52
Beautiful. The blue tone is lovely and I love how the hills recede in the background. The silhouette of the fishmerman and the comorant is just perfect.
mezz (249) 2006-05-27 21:59
Georgeous image. The mood is wonderful and the composition is just perfect. This is definately one of the prettiest part of China. Someone told that in fact these limestone peaks feature in one of the Chinese (currency)note.
stewils (481) 2006-05-27 23:32
Great shot, the mist rally give a feeling of atmosphere and the light on the boat provides a nice contrast to the wonerfull blues.
macondo (18551) 2006-05-28 0:23
A truly wonderful image of a spectacular place, with all those peaks emerging to different degrees from the mist. The obviously moving raft is very well defined despite the fairly slow shutter speed, and I think the lamp at the back and its reflection are crucial to the success of the shot. You must have rehearsed this! Whatever, it's really great. Why the hell has it not moved more of those 99 viewers so far? It's going into my favourites.
rafelito (3648) 2006-05-28 0:23
Hi Ian, this shot look like a ficcion film, is excellent in composition and monochromatic blue color,superb well done.Many regards, Rafael
jussipee (10) 2006-05-28 2:18
Absolut fine blue-white picture. Your horizont tilting little, and thats good with boat opposite-angle, they are really sliding to forward.
This boat silhouette works also alone, just only that man and his birds. But with exciting landscape, fabulous wonderful.
I can't find any problem, morning dust gives more feeling, composition works, good balance.
gren4 (603) 2006-05-28 2:20
I love the atmosphere and direction the photo has.the landscape looks stunning in this light.Beautifully perfect.
leo61 (0) 2006-05-28 3:49
Great shot and wonderful atmosphere.You placed the boat perfect.Colors are nice and the mist adds some mysterious.
Didi (55681) 2006-05-28 4:01
Very interesting subject and your picture is fantastic !
I not a very good control of the exposure and the bamboo raft is very well positionned on a strong point of the frame.
Lisas_world (1232) 2006-05-28 7:59
Good morning, Ian, I tried to critique this last night but my computer crashed right in the middle of a sentence! So I am back.. I love the deep and exquisite blue of this scene. You managed a flawless composition with the angles of the shoreline and the raft converging toward the opening in the background; your subject is so well placed that it is the first thing the eye rests on yet it gives an unobstructed view to its magnificent setting.. a very harmonious balance. The mists and the gentle ripples grace it to perfection. I like that the silouhettes of the man and cormorant on the basket are so distinctly shaped. Excellent all around. Congratulations.
Kind regards, Lisa
daddo (23242) 2006-06-17 3:08
Hi Ian. Like Macondo, I am absolutely flabbergasted as to why this superbly crafted and evocative piece hasn't scored beyond a hundred points. That light on the boat, the blueness of the atmosphere,the marvellous misty distance and the detail-rich silhouettes of both man and birds are all special- something timeless and poetic. Mesterly work. My sincere regards, Klaudio
Joffre (527) 2006-08-05 21:57
Hiya Ian, absolutely superb shot, delightful light, colours, fantastic detail of the fisherman, birds and lamp, the mist really creates a wonderful mood, outstanding capture!
ChrisJ (95202) 2006-08-08 8:23
A fantastic blue monochrome, with superb sharpness & lighting. I like the fg silhouettes of the cormorant & fisherman. Good work & tfs!
iGirl (1223) 2006-08-21 12:23
Hi Ian, this shot has nice atmosphere with the reflection and the dominance of the blue color. The silhouette of the boat and its occupants seems just perfect, and I love the detail of the lamp and its reflection. I think you managed the perfect exposure!
Thanks for sharing!
RandAlThor (123) 2006-08-21 12:47
keribar (43841) 2006-08-21 13:35
This is an extraordinary picture taken at teh hour when few people are out with their camera. I appreciate the blue tones, and I wonder if there is a fog often at that hour.
Nabt thanks for the inspiration - Izzet Keribar
rui_seabra (205) 2006-10-10 8:08
What an amazing scenary!!!!!!!!
And the poto is very well composed!
I'd like to see some more sharpness though...
Even so, it is just amazing! Seems like those "virtual" walpapers!
ruisc_pt (10525) 2007-12-21 12:50
a fantastic shot announcing a mythic country..
joelptrs (0) 2008-07-05 4:54
Beautiful, I like the ripples on the water. well done
- Copyright: Ian McAllister (ianmcall) (1213)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-05-02
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 18-50mm f 2.8
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/13 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): BLUE COLOUR 3 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-27 20:28
- Favorites: 10 [view]