Back to the land of a 'thousand rivers' in South Kalimantan Province, characterized by rivers and canals meandering through about 1 million hectares of vast wide open wet lowlands of Barito delta - a place with abundance of water resource that can easily quench thirsty Africa! - makes life of the indigenous Banjarese so dependent on this great waterways.
It must be laundry day, every day....
A routine dailylife activity here, washing clothes in a small river, a tributary of the main artery, the mighty 900 km long Barito River. This is the place by the river bank -way way off the digital age- watching her engaged in the rigorous activity and I was able to immerse myself in the lovely tranquil setting unnoticed allowing me to watch the whole proceedings without intruding the privacy and her precious time. I couldn't help but be struck by the difference between my life with it's modern appliances and the peaceful simple scene being played out before me.
And jobs finally well accomplished....
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pajaran (48959) 2013-10-18 9:54
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu, sa datim podacima ...
Lepa igra boja na vodi.
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i refleks na vodi.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Interesting and good article about the place, with the given data ...
Beautiful play of colors on the water.
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice place and showed reflex on water.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
dta (63484) 2013-10-18 9:55
Hello Abmdsudi ,
Really attractive and quite artistic reflections for this fine scene of the daily life .
Great capture !
Fis2 (82394) 2013-10-18 10:09
I like fantastic colors and light.
Excellent composition and reflections.
I like this daily life shot.
SnapRJW (29358) 2013-10-18 10:25
Hello Abmdsudi - I think that there is something inherently romantic about shots like this as we yearn for a peaceful lifestyle and escape from the hustle and bustle of modern living. I wonder how we would feel though if we had to do our laundry in such circumstances. What looks enchanting to us is a necessary drudge to the woman pictured here; she would probably like some modern appliances! A fine shot which examines life near the water and the importance of a clean, flowing river. Beautiful vibrant reflections contrast with the deeper dark tones. Nicely seen and well photographed with your long lens. Have a great weekend. Rosemary
krzychu30 (15344) 2013-10-18 10:34
life goes on,you´re right.But while looking at this absolutely unique water we can very easy become engrossed in meditation and loose sense of time.
Beautiful and very evocative scene.The water,its textures and above all vivid colors make the shot spectacular.
And of course the woman making laundry in very traditional way.Well done!
rogerl (1544) 2013-10-18 11:15
Abmdsudi, a lovely shot with great colors both in the woman's clothing and in the sharp colorful reflections in the water. I was just squatting down like that for about two minutes today trying to take a photo. I can't imagine doing so for several hours while doing laundry. Thanks for posting.
mesutilgim (80586) 2013-10-18 11:16
Amazinf daiy life scenery from Indonesia with perfect pov and timing.
Only the bottom part with wonderfull colors and reflections could be a separate compo !
TFS and best regards
Romano46 (16580) 2013-10-18 11:24
il tuo solito bel ritratto con la particolarità che in questa foto protagonista non è solo la figura umana ma insieme ad essa spicca la bellezza del colore che si distende in belle fasce tra i riflessi dell'acqua regalando belle sensazioni.
La solita bella nitidezza e cura della composizione.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
cargus (8028) 2013-10-18 11:32
Light ,color and contrast are excellent, superb reflections in water, very good clarity, excellent picture
ourania (27174) 2013-10-18 12:23
I like very much the tight framing that leads us to focus on the lady and her work as well as on the mesmerizing, vibrant reflections. Bright and dark colours interact in a fascinating way describing a highly graphical scenery. You've created superb depth and given the impression that the water and the reflections are endless. I love the association between the blue clothes and the blue reflections, it's like the colour is dissolving in the water:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
PaulVDV (20711) 2013-10-18 12:27
Presumably, this lady is too busy working to be aware of the fact how her colourful clothing reflects beautifully in the water.
Together with the reflected blue of the sky and the many small ripples, the water surface looks really very nice.
Splendid shot of an ordinary task in the daily life.
Best regards, Paul
kato (11630) 2013-10-18 18:42
You're capturing well this scenen by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle which which the woman has washed the clothes of her family in short pier of the riverside. We can find it basic life style although it seems to primitive method. It's effective for the ripple of water and the reflection. And, the bubble of detergent draws out an additional good effect.
mirosu (12676) 2013-10-18 20:38
This is I scene I've seen many times from the ship during my recent backwaters excursion in Kerala.
You have captured the woman washing the cloths very well. The light is excellent and the colourful reflections in water superb. It looks like that the woman does not care about your boat and camera. Excellent snapshot.
Wish you a very nice weekend.
mjw364 (7004) 2013-10-19 1:32
Another excellent capture - the woman is perfectly positioned bu those reflected colours in the water are amazing - really like this. Well done.
Valensiaa (240) 2013-10-19 3:17
Water is amazing, reflections and color looks like some art.
Thank you for sharing.
Didi (55145) 2013-10-19 4:18
Nice local scene
Good frame quality of the woman in a strong point of the composition
Nice deep foreground
bayno (18342) 2013-10-19 5:41
beautiful scene, excellent composition and nice reflections filled with color, light is well managed and the details are great, shame about the water that looks really dirty, but that's a universal problem...
holmertz (37671) 2013-10-19 5:46
I am glad we have left the time of doing the laundry in the river behind us in my country, but this traditional style of washing certainly provides better photos than a white machine. The smooth transition between the woman with her laundry and their reflections is fascinating. It's hard to tell where the wood stops and the water starts. All over the foreground there are very nice reflections, mainly from unseen sources.
By the way, the Congo river could also probably quench the thirst of all Africans. It is also more realistically estimated that it could provide electricity for all of Africa.
Silvio1953 (116895) 2013-10-19 6:24
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely daily life composition, fantastic reflections, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (21448) 2013-10-19 6:57
An age old chore, one which dates everything we know, but which still goes on. As you say, I sit here on my computer, seeing digital images of the world, and it does make me realize the difference in lifestyles. What strikes me greatly in this is that this lady is so intent on her purpose here, but as we look at the scene from this side, there is a kaleidoscope of color to be viewed in the water, the blue and green, and indeed the reflection of the lady herself. One place creating two worlds, depending on your position. Another cool shot, thanks
All the best
npecanhuk (61578) 2013-10-19 7:24
Wonderful picture specially for the chosen pov, composition and colors that are outstanding features here!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
marabu61 (7443) 2013-10-19 8:50
Live is very different in these rural places indeed. But sometimes I wonder if these people doesn't live a happier and healthier live than us modern city dwellers. At least, I am sure, the word "burn-out" is not part of their vocabulary.
This is a very pleasing scene that radiates a nice calm. The colorful clothes of the women and the reflections of the blue sky and tree in the water add a nice splash of color to the otherwise monochromatic surroundings.
have a great weekend
adramad (35641) 2013-10-19 9:10
A delicious composition with this magnificent scene of daily life in these recondite places, wonderful scene, lady washing clothes in the river, while its waters give us impressive and colorful reflections on the water surface.
Very nice colorful natural.
Perfect lighting and sharpness for details.
Very well done.
Enjoy the weekend.
All the best.
rychem (20037) 2013-10-19 9:10
Wow! Great photo, great scene, great reflections, great colors
Graal (95612) 2013-10-19 9:20
good captured scene. Fine theme about the daily life. I like the composition, saturation of colors and contrast. Well done photo.
Have a nice evening.
tatadalou (5641) 2013-10-19 9:41
Another good dailylife shot. Colours and reflections make this pic attractive.
Schnappilic (9686) 2013-10-19 11:31
I like your daily life scene with this ancient occupation. Your frame is superb composed with a splendid colored reflections. Congratulations!
Cricri (101805) 2013-10-19 12:36
Belle scène de vie, bon cadrage de la dame et des reflets sur tout l'avant plan, très belle réalisation
saxo042 (36918) 2013-10-20 1:45
The reflections are the most important part of this excellent picture. The reflected woman, doing her laundry, is well positioned in the composition and blue and green reflections are beautifully combined with the red from the woman. A very attractive and interesting scene!
CLODO (29316) 2013-10-20 2:14
a good "street" picture, describing the evry day life in this country. The black background enhances the vivid colors. The sharpness should have been on the lady and not the first reflections on the water.
Nevertheless, an eye catching shot
cornejo (28531) 2013-10-22 9:54
Hello Abmdsudi, very good composition of this interesting and beautiful scene of daily life of the place, very well captured in this great and beautiful photography. An interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and nice job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good day and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
mcmtanyel (10913) 2013-10-22 17:56
An excellent photo which has beautiful reflections, without being exclusively about reflections, the best kind IMHO!
COSTANTINO (51944) 2013-10-23 22:26
a shot that describes everything
a routine dailylife activity with
washing clothes in this small river
one shot is one thousand words
the reflections are amazing
the whole composition looks like
a palette of an artist painter
claudeD (30827) 2013-10-24 6:51
wonderful picture from Indonesia showing this interesting daily life scenery.I like your fotojob here very much. A picture like a paintoing.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
eldancer1 (25618) 2013-10-24 9:18
It's amazing that even in the 21st century some people still struggle, this practice of washing is still prevalent in some part of my old country. I used to wash my clothes this way. Great documentation of the daily life of people. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
jemaflor (81374) 2013-10-25 4:04
Beautiful composision with all these reflections and colors, great brightness, well managed.
adores (34736) 2013-10-26 14:00
Just perfectly framed! I like this daily scene, so common in Asia,and all these beautiful colourful reflections on the water. The composition is perfect!
Waylim (25162) 2013-10-27 15:20
This seem like a place with mostly water and no land. I love how water seem so dark like ink which make the reflection so vibrant with lots of contrast. Yes, life goes on in whatever condition nature brings. It is a way of life in many part of the world, unlike in the city, we have no idea where our water comes from, we just take it for granted. This is a lovely shot rich in color and also in the cultural aspect.
Angshu (54917) 2013-10-29 7:21
The designs created by the rippled water with its dark colour and the colourful reflections makes this beautiful. Of course the pier creates a good perspective and the lady sitting in the FG is a strong focal point...This is a scene which is quite common in South & SE Asian countries & you have captured it beautifully!
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-12-10 20:22
my dear abmdsudi,
you have outdone even yourself with this masterpiece.
it is indeed a different and simple life, but the lush and vivid colors you have managed to capture are just astonishing! they look like sheets of ribbon candy, like technicolor poetry swirling around the washer woman, as if her dreams and painted on the water. an absolutely stunning capture, congratulations!
all my best,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (40226)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-11-23
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: NIKON D200, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 100 RAW
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-18 8:40