Another photo from my journey by public transport through the so called backwaters of Kerala in 1988. I travelled the most popular section of the backwaters, betwen the towns of Kollam (in those days known as Quilon) and Alappuzha (then Alleppey), a journey of about 8 hours. By bus or train it would probably have taken me just an hour, but the views would have been far less interesting.
The backwaters are a long series of rivers, lakes and canals protected from the sea by low barrier islands and reefs along the mouths of the large number of rivers crossing the state. Today tourists usually enjoy the beauty of the scenery from comfortable houseboats, crew included, but in 1988 only flat boats looking like floating buses were available to tourists.
I have no special memory of this photo, but it seems to be from one of the stretches of relatively open water. I have scanned it from a Kodachrome slide.
You can see a larger version here.
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mesutilgim (95558) 2014-03-26 11:08
Hello dear Gert,
A lecture fot perfect pov and layout and of course for perfect scan !
Again many good and interesting notes.
I don't know if you ever had the chance to make a capture of the same point with a time difference of 30-40 years. But it should be quite interesting.
TFS and best regards
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-03-26 11:18
Fine view of the Kerala backwaters with lovely rippling reflections and great light. I had visited Kerala once in the early eighties and still have memories of the beautiful green landscape and the Kovalam beach and regret I didn't have a camera then.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
dta (79148) 2014-03-26 11:21
Hello Gert ,
A scene out of time ! It could have been taken many decades ago . the composition and teh reflections are superb . Colors are a little curious , but this is a good scan .
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-03-26 11:36
A great old Kodachrome picture with lovely light and colour. You have a nice depth of field in this image that sweeps in from left to right. The boat is a very attractive main subject with a fine grain of wood and beautiful well-worn sail.
imageme (1790) 2014-03-26 11:53
Hi Gert, Nice view of this backwaters of Kerala. This old fashion boat is very attractive. The line of pine trees in the BG gives a clear cut line to the water and the sky. Awesome reflections in the water. I like the warm colours and the fade out tones in the image. Thank for sharing
macjake (69245) 2014-03-26 12:02
so are you saying you were traveling in a boat similar to this?
now that would be a trip!
can't help but wonder what type of condition the same boat would be in today - its already looking a bit on the rough side, but perhaps thats the norm.
I feel a sense of mystery or mystique, such an interesting place indeed. love the sail the most.
cornejo (43591) 2014-03-26 12:34
Hello Gert, Excellent photo of this beautiful scene of daily life in the river, beautifully captured in this excellent and beautiful photography. A beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Disabled_A (0) 2014-03-26 12:35
thanks so much for commenting on my previous "snow mountain" photo! today I finally got some spare time to be a bit more active (day off tomorrow!) :)
This scene reminds me of the book about Robinson Crusoe (don't know why) :)
I especially like the very warm colours of the image and the perspective.
Looking at the sail which is full of holes we can imagine what sort of life people had - imagine a whole long story!
cargus (10273) 2014-03-26 12:51
Light ,color and contrast are excellent, superb reflections in water, very good clarity, excellent picture
pajaran (61950) 2014-03-26 13:08
Dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku sa opisom ...
Dobar rad skeniranjem slajda, lepa fotografija i secanje na -1988.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
A good article on the place and time of the description ...
Good work by scanning slides, beautiful photos and memories of 1988.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
Fis2 (99832) 2014-03-26 13:24
Curious sailboat, curious scene.
A very interesting colors.
I like POV and composition.
ourania (47206) 2014-03-26 13:42
I absolutely love the colours and the sense of timelessness they add to the scene. A colour photo that has the allure and mystery of a timeless monochrome. Although the scene looks simple, this photo seems so exotic to me and I consider it a fascinating time and space travel. The landscape and the boat give us interesting information and at the same time excite our imagination. An elegant composition with great depth and lovely reflections too. I also like the people's response to your camera. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
kasianowak (9357) 2014-03-26 14:03
The light and colours are very beautiful in this image and I really like the reflection, especially the clouds reflected in water.
I'm looking forward to seeing more images from that part of the world!
Have a nice evening
Silvio1953 (145773) 2014-03-26 14:12
Ciao Gert, fascinating composition with fantastic reflections, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-03-26 15:04
une très belle lumière éclaire et de très belles couleurs pour ce magnifique paysage. Les reflets sur l'eau et le bateau ajoutent de l'intérêt à l'image. Une superbe photo.
carlo62 (50181) 2014-03-26 15:17
la foto è ben composta, con la linea delle palme a dividere cielo e acqua, ottima ripresa della barca e dei suoi uomini in azione.
Bello il riflesso, nonostante la luce che non è al meglio.
jcpix (13930) 2014-03-26 15:21
Now this scan definitely has a color cast suggesting a more dated image, but I actually like the antique quality it possesses. There's a virtual painted effect from the faded colors and finish, which renders quite an intriguing an nostalgic mood. The relatively simple, but attractive reflection on the river matches the deep golden tones of the boat beautifully. I bet this would look neat with frayed or burnt edges, giving it an even stronger and textured appeal. Just as well, this turned out fine as is! :) Whew, 8 hours on the water...but as you mention, I'm sure the views were worth the time spent. Enjoy the new day. All the best.
Loved your last notes on my picture, you have a great imagination. :)
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-26 16:48
A beautiful and simple photo here, Gert. The boat itself is quite similar to the one in your previous shot, though the sail is less colorful and has certainly seen better days. The framing and coloration, though, are timeless. Thanks!
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-03-26 19:12
wow..this is superb photography, and on top of that it is from the by gone era.amazing pov light and composition.
worldcitizen (8818) 2014-03-26 20:16
I like the tropical feeling of this photo. I once had a friend from Alleppey, and she used to tell me how beautiful it was. The boat and sail are interesting, and I like the reflection. The water does look very calm. The pace of life must be relaxed in this location, but I would assume there are also a lot of mosquitoes!
emka (100071) 2014-03-26 23:20
marvelous view of the Kerala backwaters. How they know where to go in this water maze I couldn't understand. The calm waters provide nice reflections. Lovely palm and this dirty sail with holes looks very attractive. The trip in the houseboat is marvelous and so lazy but to go with locals is always for me fascinating even when there is no comfort.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-27 4:08
splendida nella composizione è la rappresentazione di un bel sogno con il paesaggio indiano come protagonista.
I colori caldi gli dando un senso di antico anche la foto a distanza di tanti anni credo sia ancora attuale.
Ciao e buona giornata
Nicou (144352) 2014-03-27 4:16
Quelle compo et vue sueprbe ce tout vieux bâteau avec cette voile le reflet et ce rendu dans les tons la nostalgie quelle découverte e tiamge sueprbe bravo.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-03-27 4:30
another very good one from Kerala. I like the composition here, perfect positioning of the boat in the frame with reflection. Interesting colour tone. Excellent clarity and sharpness. Superb one. Tfs.
saxo042 (37900) 2014-03-27 4:36
En stillsam bild med denna gamla båt. Seglet ser ju tämligen trasigt ut men intressant att notera att det är ett vanligt sprisegel-
Royaldevon (39802) 2014-03-27 5:16
The colours are quite amazing considering it was scanned from a slide!
I love the calm, relaxed atmosphere that is evident in your photograph. The boat is nicely positioned, moving towards us on a diagonal and having a reflection reminiscent of a lake rather than a river. Such a beautiful place.
Do you remember 'japiey' (jean paul) who used to post glorious photographs from Kerala. I do miss his input.
Have a lovely day,
Kielia (24077) 2014-03-27 9:08
I cannot resist boats and here you are presenting an incredibly fascinating scenery. Attractive in its simplicity with very beautiful and moody colors. Nicely managed light too, and the composition is excellent. Congratulation!
Graal (103032) 2014-03-27 11:04
another interesting and nice slide from your archive. Amazing boat. I like the colors and reflections in water. Good comment and photo-work.
Have a nice evening.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-27 11:05
Beautiful view of the Kerala backwaters lined with coconut trees. I have been to Kerala twice once in 2000 and the next time in 2010. During my first visit I saw many of these kind of boats but in 2010 it was difficult to spot boats like these in the maze of tourist house boats. Here you present a nice view of nature as well as daily life from the backwaters. Perfect placement of the boat in the frame. I like the yellowish tinge fitting for an old photo as this. Good one, thanks for sharing.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-27 11:13
Hello Gert - A timeless scene and one that appeals to my romantic notions of simplicity. Life looks idyllic but the calm, leisurely aspect of your photograph is, I am sure, deceptive. The grass always looks greener so they say!
siudzi (34141) 2014-03-27 12:19
What a brilliant shot! Absolutely amazing exotic scene taken with a classy and interesting composition. Very well done. TFS!
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-03-27 19:49
The sail maybe full of holes but it serves the purpose especially for those poor people. I like your pov and good lighting coming from the side. Nice details considering it is scan with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
PaulVDV (29537) 2014-03-27 20:06
The luminosity and the colours make it a very good image of this tropical part of India.
The lush green waterfront looks so attractive.
Remarkable is that almost completely worn sail.
Excellent daily life-picture.
Best regards, Paul
Sonata11 (33927) 2014-03-27 21:41
Wow! fantastic composition of this spectacular place and the reflection. Amazing colors, sharpness, clarity and light. Wonderfully composed image. Perfectly well done. Tfs.
Best regards, Barbara
COSTANTINO (66226) 2014-03-27 23:11
Good morning dear friend
a great old photo from another journey
I like the used classic colors
the line of the pine trees gives a clear cut
line to the water and to the sky
have a nice weekend
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-28 3:53
The torn sail is probably a thing of the past. India is much better off now and the sails too have improved in quality.
Great retro look!
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-28 13:14
what is the most striking in this photo for me are the colors. You managed to capture this scene at the perfect time of the day and the warm light makes it very special. The boat has been nicely placed in this elegant composition and its delicate reflection on the water adds to the general effect. I like the row of palm trees on the horizon which frame everything in such a natural way.
Great picture! TFS
abmdsudi (55226) 2014-03-29 10:47
Another oldie record shot of daily life here that you have an excellent subject and a moment of peace looking at this and a good eye to see the link between people, the boat and the whole backwater making an interesting shot and carries quite an impact. A good realistic impression well shot, Congrats.
williewhistler (16398) 2014-03-29 13:53
Hello Gert ,
the warm golden colours of the original Kodakchrome slide have retained very well in this charming river scene.
There is a timeless appearance to the shot with the well used sail providing an unusual focal point.
Kindest regards Les.
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-03-29 14:09
Very beautiful painting-like photograph!
Warm light and colors pleased me a lot!
Level of sharpness, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all very good photo qualities with just one "but": maybe you could have tried to get the entire reflection of that boat on the left!
TFS - congrats,
jhm (154632) 2014-03-30 3:54
A nice thoughtful inclusion with the boat excellent to the left side.
Also pleasant reflections of these specially boat.
These picture is wonderful nature picture.
Very nice captured and lovely composition, good presentation too.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
annjackman (21899) 2014-03-30 12:40
Kerala is a place that I would love to visit so I was interested in your note. Your scanned slide shows a wonderful view before it became so very popular with tourists. The old boat is well positioned in the frame and the relections are well caught in the still water.
Kind Regards, Ann
mkamionka (37879) 2014-04-01 14:15
great quality scan again. Lovely composition with the boat and the palm trees in the back. I like the reflection so bright and vivid,
Very well done,
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-04-01 20:47
Your journey through god's own country continues.A wonderful colourfully image, excellent sharp and clear.Superb pov and exposure.Keep sharing.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-04-03 15:54
Follow this serie of Kerala with interest, good scans showing life of the waters with this tropical ambiance created by the palm trees
Hope only nowaday this is nor spoiled by motorboats and crying turists
Well done, kind regards
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-04-04 9:14
This is a fantastic image from back yonder, how things have changed in to days standards with the house boat, catering for modern times and clients. I particular like the colours and your splendid Pov,
Wonderful, an A star.
claudeD (39661) 2014-04-07 1:46
very fine picture from India with a very good composition. Colors are typical for a scan.Very good note and contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards fromn Luxembourg
amaryllis (37039) 2014-04-11 9:08
ces paysages en Inde sont fabuleux, les couleurs également; là une lumière sublime sur l'eau et ce bateau avec le reflet et de la végétation
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-04-17 8:54
It has oil painting's quality, even you had no memory of it... I would be scared if I stepped on that boat..:-D, you are a brave man , Gert.:-D
adores (45717) 2014-04-24 9:53
I believe it was much more interesting to visit the region on these traditional boats! An old one, with a good composition, light and reflection. You captured the beauty of the place really well and the place was surely very authentic those days.
mcmtanyel (24079) 2014-05-12 20:46
The reflections in this photo are what attracted me to it. A superb slide, as usual.
Robert1969 (7160) 2014-05-17 9:25
The picture looks a little bit like a painting:
clouds, mirror/reflection in the water and the
warm colors. Light management and composition
Angshu (56760) 2014-05-30 1:06
Oh, this place has changed for sure! Today its a tourist haven and I doubt whether we can see boats like this today! The landscape and the lush green surroundings remain as do the tranquility of the backwaters...they are for sure, an amazing experience.
Fine picture and a good scan result
serp2000 (44638) 2014-06-24 22:52
When I saw this thumbnail suddenley I recall the Thor Heyerdahl's boats. Although this ship is not copy of RA, but a sail and so exotic background remind me that famous project.
Another excellent scanned photo from your archive. Sometime I want to see your photos from Sweden, cause I miss Stockholm, but I also like your photos from different countries.
NorthernLight (2383) 2014-08-13 1:52
verkligen pittoreskt och mycket exotiskt(i mina ögon).
En fantastisk bild av en (för mig) andra värld.
Mycket vackert fångats!
Ha en bra dag