A street photography in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera Province, a cool mountain town encircled by three majestic volcanoes; Mt Merapi, Mt Singgalang and Mt Sago. This easy going town is a centre for Minangkabau culture and a popular stop over town for travellers heading north from Java. This town was also a former Dutch colonial stronghold known then as Fort de Kock.
What a better way to enjoy the streets and watch the world go by, by taking a leisurely joy ride on one of conservative forms of public transport- the vintage two wheeler horse-drawn carriage locally known as 'bendi' driven by the friendly and helpful driver known as 'kusir' There are dozens of them operating on short runs all over the town, being part of the streetscape and very popular amongst the local residents and visitors alike. Less expensive and there is no doubt that they are nice, relaxed and exciting way to get around. It is quite comfortable and a more environment friendly.
I love panning shots when I get the chance and the more unusual the mode of transport or even vehicle the better. The 'bendis' actually were not going very fast, I followed them down the street trying different shots and looking for a decent background. As it was drizzling the lighting was pretty dull. But that's the joy of panning, capturing a moving subject at its speed depicting the sense of motion from the blur. Used a monopod to rotate around while triggering the shutter at various speeds when the 'bendis' went passed.
This is one of my favourite from dozens of firings..
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emilbo (22616) 2013-09-30 6:28
Une photo inhabituelle mais très intéressante. La prise de vue est bien réussie pour nous montrer l'impression de mouvement. J'imagine que c'était sous la pluie mais j'aime bien l'effet et les magnifiques reflets.
Cordiales salutations et bonne semaine,
InasiaJones (31498) 2013-09-30 6:41
Panning shots aren't easy to achieve, and the slower your "vehicle" is moving, the more difficult it is. But by using a monopode, you were putting the chance on your side, and indeed, this capture is quite successful.
Actually, it is always interesting to have some movement even on the subject that you are panning, like vibrating wheels or blurry bumpers, otherwise, what's the use to develop such techniques and you might do better by shooting a parked car...
So congratulations for that nice shot, full of dynamism and vibrancy.
serp2000 (40612) 2013-09-30 7:06
smart title for this expressive photo, I don't know, this is a special idea or just a snapshot, but the result is excellent! Outstanding capture, it really looks like a painting picture.
Greetings from Arizona!
gervaso (10829) 2013-09-30 8:40
Interesting panning, with the colorful subject making the image much more attractive! The reflection of it on the wet ground is also a beautiful detail! Wonderful composition! Excellently done!
CLODO (30702) 2013-09-30 8:48
You've taken the opportunity of a dull day to try a shot with a long exposure, following the subject in order to get the feeling of the movement (the 4th dimension!). Is the speed is low, it's more difficult to freeze it. The background helps to give the impression of speed, and I like particularly the reflection on the wet road and the blurred wheel which color bursts out on the overall grey hues of the post.
Thank you for trying new techniques, what is very uncommon in this site.
mesutilgim (86006) 2013-09-30 9:27
Great capture from Sumatra. 1/15 was a good choice giving the speed perfectly.
TFS and best regards
ktanska (25076) 2013-09-30 10:04
Long exposure and careful panning gives impressive result. I especially like the reflections from wet road that alos look reasonably sharp. Red details of the cart catch attention well.
Fis2 (86723) 2013-09-30 10:20
A long shutter speed, excellent effect.
Good POV, composition and colors.
Very impressive picture!
rbassin (18722) 2013-09-30 10:21
une très belle réussite, j'aime le flou de la scène qui crée le sentiment de vitesse.
Très bien fait, de plus les reflets sont superbes.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-09-30 10:23
un bel panning , anche se non perfetto, per la scelta del soggetto, i colori e l'uniformityà dello sfondo che pone il rilievo il calesse con il ragazzo.
Come al solito molto curata la resa del colore con relativa saturazione e insieme ad essi il contrasto.
Ciao e buona serata
pajaran (52952) 2013-09-30 10:32
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan trenutak.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Interesting and good article about the place and time, with the given data ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful moment shown.
All the best in the new week that started.
danos (87873) 2013-09-30 10:46
nice the snapshot from the passing carriage and with this speed.I like the created reflections as the excellent light and colour management of the image.Well done.
SWEETFREEDOM (22878) 2013-09-30 11:30
beautiful the effect of the low shutter speed. great colors.
ourania (32763) 2013-09-30 14:09
such a beautiful and fascinating image, the effect of the movement is amazing and I love the way it has spread all over the frame. Going through the blurry pattens and colours and discovering details that will compose a comprehensive scene is so interesting and delightful. The warm colours are very attractive against the greys and define the bendi effectively. The horse looks like walking in the air, the reflections are mesmerizing but I think that the whole picture gives the impression of a fluid reflection and that's absolutely fascinating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great month,
kato (11630) 2013-09-30 15:45
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see this horse-drawn carriage with two wheel. It's also interesting to hear that this is used as transfort of local residents over the town. It's tasteful for motion effect by slow shutter speed. And, the shadow projected to the road draws out a good impact in this image as well as red wheel.
jjcordier (76916) 2013-09-30 23:03
Bel effet de mouvement créé par ce bon panning et le sujet photographié est très intéressant également.
SnapRJW (31613) 2013-09-30 23:38
The blurring gives the feel of movement very well Abmdsudi and you have managed to keep the wheel hub pin sharp as the wheel spins. The reflections on the wet road add enormously to your composition and I like the warm colours of the bendis against the soft greys. Have a fine day. Rosemary
sevy (15365) 2013-09-30 23:56
One of your new panning shot, something I never really succeeded to do.
The feeling of movement and speed is well shared and you have in more the colors contrast with the red colors against the blue-grey of the street.
claudeD (33584) 2013-10-01 2:25
very fine picture from Sumatra with an excellent composition and fine managment of the picture. Very well choosen title.Really a "Need for speed shot".Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
gojo (1769) 2013-10-01 2:40
You are a master when it comes to panning!
This is simply stunning!
(must practice this....)
adramad (38830) 2013-10-01 8:06
Sensational as you have captured the feeling of movement in this beautiful composition, the vivid color of the coach gives a great impact to the composition, which has a greyish dominant as background, with that feeling as oil painting.
Very well done.
A superb management of the brightness, sharpness is also perfect to enjoy it, along the beautiful color.
Have a good day.
Noel_Byrne (25222) 2013-10-01 9:08
Normally when I see an impressionist image its of something quite placid, a pond, some flowers, a nice garden which is what makes this image so much more intriguing as it contains action and excitement but combined with that soft surrealism. The colors are vibrant and jump off the screen too. Excellent creative idea that has worked to perfection!
All the best
eldancer1 (28961) 2013-10-01 9:22
You are very good in panning, I wish I could say the same about my panning technique. So much action depicted in this image. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
holmertz (42235) 2013-10-01 11:02
I know that panning shots are among your favourites, and I also know how difficult they could be. Long ago I did some when going to horse-races, and I find it amusing that you managed to create the same impression of speed from this leisurely strolling horse as from the horses I photographed, that were really running fast. The wet surface certainly was an advantage, creating such fine reflections.
Silvio1953 (124525) 2013-10-01 11:42
Ciao Abmdsudi, great panning, fantastic sensation of speed, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (14992) 2013-10-01 12:51
Obviously you are a master at the technique of panning, having try sometimes , know how difficult is to obtain a good capture
And here you did it and more capturing some reflections on the right
Sense of movement or more precisely movement indeed is quiet eye catching , colorful bendit in a green ambiance
Captivating, informative note
My preferred on your gallery?not so sure but between them
mjw364 (7512) 2013-10-01 13:34
Very effective shot, Abmdsudi
Almost like an impressionist painting - I love the symmetry of the horses legs and their reflection too. Imaginative! Thanks!
mirosu (14954) 2013-10-02 6:14
Excellent dynamic photo. The applied panning is excellent. I also try from time to time but not always with success. I like this photo, it is not only excellent but also very cute.
Thanks for your comments to my Gruyere Welcome Board.
Some people asking why this ugly train is included on the board and why not also Swiss Chocolate. Following short explanation:
This train is not just a train, it is famous Swiss Chocolate Train.
The Swiss Chocolate Train is a joint venture of GoldenPass Services and Cailler-Nestlé. Ride in first-class comfort in a "Belle Epoque" Pullman car, vintage 1915 and/or the modern panorama car affording stunning views of the vineyards surrounding Montreux and medieval Gruyères.
Depart Montreux (on Lake Geneva) on the Swiss Riviera, ascend to Gruyères, home of the famous Gruyère cheese, and eventually continue to Broc, where the chocolate factory is situated.
Beside of this, today I found that my son Roman in Switzerland started posting to this gallery.
Can I ask you and your friends to give support to him? I'd happy to see more of his photos here (as you may know I'm staying in Malaysia).
You can find Roman photos under:
bayno (18342) 2013-10-02 7:28
beautiful image full of dynamism and lovely reflections, I like the vivid colors, excellent execution with low time...something different...appreciate...
Cricri (107991) 2013-10-02 9:49
Bel effet dynamique de la calèche aux couleurs et détails attirants, très joli avec les reflets sur le sol humide , très belle réalisation
mkamionka (30866) 2013-10-02 13:32
very impressive photo. You did a great job. I like the fact that the carriage is red which helps it to stand out from the busy background. You have also captured the reflection in the wet road and even the reflection is quite sharp. Amazing work, very encouraging to try by myself,
Thank you for sharing,
Waylim (25362) 2013-10-02 19:10
I love the sense of motion here and with the rain that make the color so saturated with deep color and contrast, make the whole image more eye catching and visually captivating. I have not try panning shot, but it doesn't look very easy.
tatadalou (6421) 2013-10-03 15:41
Nice capture ! It's not frequent to see such pictures on TE, and this one is really attractive due to the effect of movement and the vivid colours of the "bendi".
Good job !
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-10-04 22:40
another excellent and eye-catching observation of daily-life!
It´s just great how you´ve created here the feeling of movement and dynamic of the scene.The graphical effect looks almost like we´d admired some kind of painting.
Have a nice weekend
jemaflor (85980) 2013-10-06 0:16
Well managed and presented, interesting dynamic effect and also with reflections on the wet street, nice red colors.
mcmtanyel (14217) 2013-10-09 22:04
I love blurring all the nonessentials of your photo. The aliasing on the wheels is lovely
ikeharel (58847) 2014-10-31 9:16
Saw this long ago, Abmdsudi.
A speedy horse with a cart through town, and you managed to convey it's fast motion on photo.
magnificent compo., and the young carter face expression shown in fine clarity.
Have a nice weekend,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (44238)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-06-27
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: NIKON D200, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX, ISO 100 RAW
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/15 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-30 6:15
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