While running around in a small canoe scouting out the waterways of Martapura River, I came across this quiet scene along row of houses of stilt. She obviously caught my attention and indeed hard to ignore with her blinding red dress and the distinctive big hat or tanggui' worn only by local Banjarese woman to protect from direct sunlight. A small river vendor attending to her customer, she would ply her trade, goods laden to the brim on a small canoe from house to house selling everything such as fruits, veges etc, A sort of mobile convenient store on a small scale, and constantly on the move along the edge of the river searching for customers.
I'll wager she does a good business there, just glimpses into strangers' different way of lifestyle focusing on the subject of all the human activity and express the third world way of life without ever intruding on their privacy of course. She also has a sense of elegance imho, which seems to isolate her in the setting.
A quick 200mm shot and a tight crop I thought is immediately apparent that they are floating on water.
Not sure if the image says much, but I aimed to portray a specific aspect of life and scenario that may provoke some thought.......
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npecanhuk (63594) 2013-11-08 8:44
Very beautiful daily life photograph, with special regards to the excellent colors, exposure and, of course, above all, composition!
TFS - congrats,
rbassin (17317) 2013-11-08 8:54
Une magnifique composition, la scène est superbe avec de très belles couleurs et une bonne lumière.
EstudioChispa (1898) 2013-11-08 9:44
The tight crop is good and yes, it is very apparent that we are on the water. Your eye is "right on!" Her hat and dress are fantastic and the neutral background of the wooden house is perfect.
Romano46 (16682) 2013-11-08 10:00
giorno dopo giorno ci accompagni nella conoscenza di questa terra ancora in gran parte sconosciuta.
Anche oggi hai fatto centro con un bel ritratto della vita che si svolge sull'acqua e delle sue eleganti figure.
E'incredibile soprattutto notare la finezzadei costumio che queste donne indossano pur essdendo essi poco consoni all'ambiente nel quale si trovano.
Eccellente, come tuo solito, ogni dettaglio tecnico e sempre molto accurata la messa a fuoco e la nitidezza.
Complimenti per l'ennesima volta.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Fis2 (83990) 2013-11-08 10:05
Good reportage shot.
I like this daily life shot.
SnapRJW (30687) 2013-11-08 10:29
Good Evening Abmdsudi - The colourful clothes really pop out against the more subdued tones of the house and boat. I find these every day 'life on the water' shot exotic and fascinating and in their way quite romantic. I know though that the reality is not so easy! Nicely seen and composed and a shot with lots of local flavour. Have a good weekend Rosemary
ourania (29417) 2013-11-08 10:36
"business as usual" in this place looks so exotic to me. We sometimes have vans and motorbikes taking bread, fruit,vegetables or fish to neighbourhoods and the vendors call out to tell us what they've brought this time:) The scene you captured here is so peaceful but the vendor's glance gives it a lot of intensity. I like very much the brief but accurate and intriguing decsription of the setting. The two ladies stand out superbly against the dark tones of the ambience. Despite the open door and window, the interior of the house remains a total mystery. You've handled lighting and contrasts in a most effective way. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
jjcordier (75174) 2013-11-08 10:37
Intéressante photo de cette "boutique flottante" et de ses vendeuses. Un instant de vie bien saisi....mais tu as été repéré!!
holmertz (39529) 2013-11-08 10:54
A rather ordinary snap-shot of some extraordinary people, from a western point of view. It's the ordinariness I like. There is nothing arranged, nobody posing, just a glimpse of real life, people working hard to make a living, a fascinating insight into the conditions of life in a place very far away from me. And a most impressive headgear, I might add.
pajaran (50518) 2013-11-08 12:10
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka sa tele-objektivom.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Reka je izvor zivota i daje hranu.
Sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the place and moment ...
A good moment recording with tele-lens.
Good work, nice place and time indicated.
The river is the source of life and gives food.
All the best for the weekend, good luck.
daddo (23603) 2013-11-08 14:53
Salam Abmdsudi.I remember from my uni days being told by my Indonesian friends that the most beautiful women in Indonesia were to be found in Kalimantan.I ca see why they thought this as these women are quite stunning and even with a slight frown, the one on the right is striking. It's a lovely shot, a moment in the life of the local people who are far from the exhaust fumes and noise of the city. Regards. Klaudio.
dkmurphys (48088) 2013-11-08 23:21
Another spectacular everyday scene through it' s simplicity. I like the colors and the depth created by the good contrasts. Well done.
Have a fine weekend.
Silvio1953 (119639) 2013-11-09 1:39
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely daily life composition, nice scene, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
saxo042 (37226) 2013-11-09 6:07
An attractive picture with many good details. The women here provide very good colours, as well as life and interest. The building adds a fine background with its dark colour and its special architecture. Excellent!
marabu61 (8063) 2013-11-09 6:50
Your thight crop give a rare glance in the every day lives of the local people indeed. That hat looks really practical to keep out the fierce sun. It is always good to see, that so many people can still live a traditional live far from our big cities rat race. I bet they are far more content with their life than we are.
have a great weekend
danos (85187) 2013-11-09 6:54
nice the snapshot from the daily life of these women in the river where they live in.I like the beautiful scenery,with the red clothes of the right woman to contrast perfect with the green and dark parts of the image.Well done.
Noel_Byrne (22787) 2013-11-09 8:15
The red dress and hat are eyecatching but what drew me immediately in this is her eyes. They are so intense and look like they are gazing out at me from my screen.
A brilliant moment to capture, and I love your title too, really great thought on that.
rychem (21699) 2013-11-09 8:35
Very attractive and colorful photo, the hat is really an eyecatcher, beautiful scene
Cricri (104461) 2013-11-09 9:07
Belle scène de vie, j'aime la présentation qui me rappelle le marché flottant de Damnoen Saduak en Thaïlande, bonne lumière, netteté et couleurs, très belle image
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-11-09 11:16
Very good reportage picture with occupations of people in those places. Well composed!
adramad (36959) 2013-11-09 12:07
Master composition with this scene so real and magnificent, of daily life in this remote place, I love the image of the woman in the red dress and hat that curious and rare, sensational textures, wood and roof of the house have as a background.
Lovely colorful in these tones so natural.
Very good brightness and sharpness is also excellent.
Very well done. I love it.
Enjoy good weekend.
All the best.
nikkitta (14354) 2013-11-09 17:15
The crop is a good one, leaving space to notice they are on the water
I read with interes your informative note, not knowing the meaning of the big hat and red dress, she is looking at your lenses not sure if you are a posible customer, it seems to me
Well taken daily life scene, a glimse at the life in the Martapura River
Well done, enjoy watching
Have a great Sunday
mirosu (13174) 2013-11-09 20:42
Excellent to the small house and local women with very nice details, superb colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions. Well done.
MIRO’s BEAUTIFUL ANDALUSIA
eldancer1 (26786) 2013-11-10 7:46
It is simple image but this says a lot about life of people from different parts of the world. To some especially in developed countries this scene looks romantic but for the people who live this kind of life it's a struggle. I like the low pov and it has good details with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
delpeoples (52929) 2013-11-10 20:42
What a different way to lead one's life: on the river. Or even always being at sea. This reminds me a little of how the people of Venice must live, although of course the way they deal with the water is very different. I love the colour, the tight framing and the reflections. A great shot, that makes one think about the different ways people eke out a living.
bukitgolfb301 (35236) 2013-11-10 22:54
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH
Sorry for my late reaction as usual as already---.
Great shot, typical Kalimantan image. I like trhis deep and taseful and also powerful color touch so much.
Nice expousre makes the main subject so clearly, great work as usual.
All the best and have a good start of new week! Takero
kato (11630) 2013-11-11 18:09
You're capturing well this place and scene by a good low angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle which the woman is selling them house to house loading fruits or vegetables on canoe. It's also impressive in her red dress and hat made of braided straw. And, you catch well the situation of seller and customer.
mcmtanyel (12029) 2013-11-12 19:49
The red dress stands out against the grey background. She does not look too happy about her photo being taken, though. A nice snippet from life along that river.
jemaflor (83014) 2013-11-14 23:50
A scene well taken and composed with people and traditionnal house, interesting contrsat with the lady in red.
mjw364 (7276) 2013-11-18 4:35
A good capture of a scene from daily life that is a record of a different culture to the one in which I live so it is interesting and informative.
I love the overall composition - the lady in reed does stand out but I like how she contrasts with the darkness around her.
adores (35693) 2013-11-20 15:36
It's a very nice shot! The hat and the colourful clothes really stand out and I like the composition with the traditional house in background and the reflection on the water. She's watching you:)!
kiks (11749) 2014-01-27 7:26
Such a simple daily scene but so well done that it results in a wonderful photo.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (41998)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-11-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: NIKON D200, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 100 RAW
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-08 8:15