South Kalimantan is a province in Indonesia known as the Province of a Thousand Rivers. Characterized by rivers and canals meandering through the lowlands of Barito delta makes life of the indigenous Banjarese and Dayaks so dependant on this great waterways. This province has about one million hectares of wetlands which include tidal mashland and freshwater swamps. Barito is the main artery, being largest and the longest river in Indonesia which is abt 900 km long and one of its tributaries is the Martapura river which in turn has two tributary rivers of its own, the Riam Kanan and Riam Kiwa rivers.
Rivers are their lifeline, this is one reason why there are many floating markets on the delta. Making trips along the mighty Barito and Martapura rivers will provide a unique unforgettable experience. Lok Baintan, some 20km north of Banjamasin provincial river town, offers one of the most scenic traditional floating market on Martapura River least known to the outsiders. The view at day daybreak is so breathtaking when swarms of traditional canoes almost fully laden with market produce fill the riverscape in riots of colors and soon after buyers would arrive also in small canoes where buying and selling transaction is done on spot.
Most of the traders are women and some can be seen wearing their distinctive big hats called 'tanggui' but watching them skilfully manouvering the canoes is admirable and their traditional clothes seen from the distance are a true delight for the eyes; a colourful inspiration for any creative mind. Even from the distance you could see the colourful buzzing business of the market. Unfortunately the lively activity lasts for only about two hours till 8am but but it was at least as colourful and quite unspoiled with me being the only outsider.
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Highmountains (2255) 2012-08-10 10:21
"Colours of Life" I would say ! The brightness of the colours, the sharpness of the images and the uniqueness of the composition is thrilling. The waves and ripples in the water makes the photograph 'action packed'. As stated in the notes - its very well conveyed that the river is a lifeline to the people here. Great take. A true travellers document.
Thanks for sharing.
holmertz (36451) 2012-08-10 10:44
You are a hard-working contributor...:-)
This is a wonderful view of life on one of the thousand rivers. The wide-angle has captured an amazing number of canoes paddled across the brownish water. I would love to take a closer look at all those fresh vegetables, many of them probably totally unknown to me. It's a colourful and exciting show going on and it has all been captured with a perfect sharpness that allows us to see even the minor details.
Cricri (100367) 2012-08-10 11:42
Bien pris toutes ces barques avec fruits et légumes, cette image me fait repenser au marché flottant en Thailande, bonne lumière, beaucoup de détails et de couleurs, très jolie
adramad (34939) 2012-08-10 11:46
Pride and image of this fantastic floating market, a wonderful picture, which reminds me on my travels, when I visit floating markets also in Srinagar and Thailandia.
The image is razor sharp, enabling us to recreate this great number of canoes and the products they carry, the view from a high point, gives a great perspective.
Both the sharpness and brightness are great.
Have a nice weekend.
ourania (25532) 2012-08-10 12:16
a great picture, a whole world with its own unique habits and rules in a frame with amazing perspective. It's impressive how you have filled the whole frame with this vibrant view of the floating market, the canoes, the people, the colourful products against the textured backdrop of their "lifeline", as you say, their river. I love the colours, the atmosphere of the busy market and the sense of movement that is perceived so naturally. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
ACL1978 (7467) 2012-08-10 12:31
Fantastic peek into a little known way of life, Abmdsudi. The clarity and color here is fantastic and bright, and the arrangement creates a sense of movement despite the crispness. Amazing array of wares here - hopefully you stopped to sample something!
Schnappilic (9686) 2012-08-10 12:52
An exceptional composition with a lot of boat and colors.
A great graphic effect! Congratulations!
All the best!
Fis2 (81530) 2012-08-10 13:02
A very interesting scene.
Corious POV and composition.
lpi (4857) 2012-08-10 13:32
Un joli cliché haut en couleurs!
J'aime les détails de ton shot!
carlo62 (26884) 2012-08-10 14:05
impressionante panoramica, tantissime le barche piene di colori vivaci che risaltano benissimo.
eldancer1 (24761) 2012-08-10 14:48
I've heard and seen pictures of those floating markets but I think this scene tops them all. Looks like a rush hour on the highway in the middle of Las Vegas. I like your pov and this must have taken with a 16mm, good perspective. Good lighting and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-08-10 16:15
great shot, the composition is very spectacular, splendid details and the POV is excellent, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
ciakgiak (30405) 2012-08-10 16:42
Mi spiace molto non aver ben compreso il senso delle note, ma l'immagine è molto bella, interessante e ben ripresa! La vista delle barche che si perde in lontananza è molto bella ed efficace grazie al POV perfetto ed all'eccellente qualità.
Un caro abbraccio
bukitgolfb301 (34252) 2012-08-10 17:27
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH, how are you?
This is another great shot!
Ya saya juga sudah pernah di sini beberapa thaun yang lalu, ini Lockba intan, kan? Saya mau pergei ke sana lagi. Ingin mau dong. Marvelous panfocus, nice daylight catch and perfect framework.
Flood of colors and vigor. Thanks for your sharing and have a nice weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
npecanhuk (60192) 2012-08-10 18:47
Wow! Great picture!
You had such a wonderful idea and did a superb photo job!
I specially enjoyed the chosen pov, composition and colors!
What a heavy traffic!!!!
TFS - congrats,
aliabazari (10964) 2012-08-10 20:19
This is one beautiful shot. Very good frame with beautiful lighting and colors.
papagolf21 (82978) 2012-08-11 0:04
Quelle image offerte à travers cette composition. Les félicitations sont de rigueur.
Un moment privilégié avec cette nuée de pirogues chargées de produits alimentaires.
Un mot : superbe !
Graal (95079) 2012-08-11 0:06
amazing floating market here. Good shot from fine POV. Beautiful colourful image like from post card. Also fine perspective and composition. I like it.
Have a nice WE.
Wanda1 (14922) 2012-08-11 0:54
A busy waterway here and captured so nicely with your wide angle and view from above giving us a great sense of the place. It almost looks like they are in a race. The spots of colour from the produce and clothing are a nice contrast against the brown water and really jump out and grab the attention. Just love the life and activity in your image.
siudzi (31789) 2012-08-11 4:40
Wow! What a superb view on this fantastic market! Love the way you presented these boats with people and colorful stuff. The visual effect is superb. Very well done.
Have a nice day!
kato (11630) 2012-08-11 4:41
You're capturing well this scwnw by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see a lot of boats loading with fresh vegetables and peddlers. Good daily life shot!
Have a nice week.
TopGeo (38168) 2012-08-11 6:07
Hello Abmdsudi,very impressive photo, Technically !POV and diagonal perspective, great light management, great choice of corner and toning!
Beautiful place, great landscape photo, with an impressive "touch" of dramatic atmosphere Great POV,Excellent perspective! Great light management, Great composition and framing, outstanding light management, wonderful colours! Top quality photo! Congratulations!
jemaflor (80000) 2012-08-11 8:50
Well framed, good effect for the depth with the lines and the direction of these boats, beautiful colours.
SnapRJW (28909) 2012-08-11 10:29
Wow a great POV Abmdsudi - The boats all seem to converge at the top of the frame and this gives the shot a lively feeling of movement. Colourful both in atmosphere and content. The fruit and vegetables are surely fresher and more wholesome than any I can buy here. Super DL shot and a great note too. Warm regards Rosemary
Gigidusud (13161) 2012-08-11 13:21
Fantastic shot on this splendid floating market.Excellent POV and nice colors.I like it!
Thanks for sharing.
janraiski (546) 2012-08-11 13:30
I like intensive sense of moving beneath using composition with wide angle, very nice.
ahmet54 (3039) 2012-08-12 1:50
great shot of that swimming market. It shows a world so different from what we usually know in Europe. (We never see green bananas). Well Done!
Besides, have you already posted the picture of that Uzbek woman? The women you posted already are definetely not the same.
mesutilgim (79394) 2012-08-12 13:05
Amazing capture of this floating market.
Very good pov and perfect layout.
Many interesting notes as well.
TFS and best regards
maria-v1981 (10420) 2012-08-13 1:26
How many boats and each carries a different products. The angle is perfect because it gives the image depth. The colors are just magnificent. Quality work.
Thanks for sharing,
delpeoples (52301) 2012-08-13 1:39
Hello dear Abmdsudi
Fantastic POV with superb perspective. The patterns of the boats and the wide-angle lens make a winning combination. Excellent colours and sharpnes. Everywhere I look within the frame, there is something new to discover and notice. Thanks for sharing, have a great start to your week.
sevy (15287) 2012-08-13 9:40
I was looking to your last post, but in the right column I then noticed this one which really attracted my attention.
It is a view and a subject very unusual, at least for me. Very good effect with the point of view from above and the almost wide angle to provide a strong depth effect. And all those colors!
Looking to your shots from Indonesia, I realize I saw only a small small part of this country.
marcan44 (6223) 2012-08-13 23:56
una testimonianza magnifica e coloratissima di questo mercato fluviale ripreso con un POV dall'alto di grande efficacia e realizzato, come al solito, con grande tecnica fotografica.
annjackman (17541) 2012-08-14 0:09
This has tremendous visual impact with the colourful canoes mostly all going in the same direction - a very well chosen POV. Technically excellent. TFS such a super image and writing such an interesting note.
Kind Regards, Ann
siolaw (38018) 2012-08-14 2:44
Impressive view with strong dynamism created by the countless boats converging towards a point placed high in the frame.
I like the colourful scene a lot!
mauro61 (52623) 2012-08-14 5:58
complimenti per questa composizione ricca di elementi e dalla grande forza cromatica.
Il taglio è perfetto per presentare al meglio la scena,
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-08-14 8:19
This scene is typical of life quotidinne superb. The picture is outstanding with many details and many colors. This is an interesting document. The quality is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
siamesa (27703) 2012-08-14 14:26
Boa noite Abmdsudi
Fantastic scene that you registered. The point of view is fantastic. Superb register of daily life.
adores (33936) 2012-08-14 15:46
Really Asia! Reminds me of Thailand! It seems almost like a race, with all these boats full of colourful products. Rivers can have so much life in Asia! I like your pov a lot. We can almost notice them moving along the muddy water!Great daily scene!
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-08-16 17:35
Wonderful array of colours. I like how the boats are all headed in lone direction forming lines that lead to the upper centre of the photo. Nicely done.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4768) 2012-08-22 2:17
Hmm, excellent tweaking on your vibrance. Sliding it just a little bit could've make the scene unnatural already. Anyway, i loved the colors in here especially those greens as it really catches my attention. Love the busyness in this canal, the boats scattered creates a beautiful effect. Great POV and compo too, as always! TFS!
Angshu (54513) 2012-08-22 4:26
Its been quite a while since I visited your gallery & missed some glorious shots!
Its difficult to choose the picture to comment on, especially when you have posted 11 high quality pictures since my last commented post of yours.
This place appears to be a much more authentic & wider version of the touristy floating market of Damnoen Saduak. The muddy waters of the river creates a contrasty backdrop to the fresh green vegetables. The bridge or platform from which you took this shot seems to be quite high as well...given a wider span for viewers to appreciate
The converging perspective of the boats aligned almost like an arrowhead has been well composed.
A fine shot with an excellent note!
Zuzana_Stefkova (997) 2012-08-29 13:09
great point of view to capture this busy scene. Beautiful and colourful, market so much different from what we are used to.
kiks (11749) 2012-10-04 5:19
You bring this dayli scene in a beautiful way to us. Difficult to imagine thati would doe my groceries in this way!
Robert1969 (6832) 2013-04-13 1:06
This picture shows very good the daily life
on the river. Striking and beautiful are
the warm and bright colors. Light management
and the composition are as always excellent.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (38862)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-11-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-08-10 10:03
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