Another sunset photo from the Mekong River shore in Luang Prabang, taken on the same day I arrived. I was there for 3 weeks in December and January. It turned out that this was a really prolific time for me and sunsets. I ended up spending another 3 months there in April, May and June. During this time period I got only one decent sunset photo. One of the reasons for this was that the sun had moved and was no longer setting at the "end of the river" so to speak. Another reason was because that for that time period the sky is heavily laden with smoke from burning in preparation for the hillside rice planting. For a larger view: Click Me
A little story: There are many boatmen that will take you on the river for an hour during the sunset. Naturally they will approach you looking for business, but I must be a frustrating tourist because I much prefer the shore for photos. One of these boatmen in his pitch told me that he would get me “closer to the sun”! mmmmmmm......I am still puzzling over the logic........maybe he is right!
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ashres (1055) 2011-09-27 3:43
Wonderful capture of this evening scene. the setting sun's spreading light is wonderful. The foreground is little darker but it is obvious in these scenarios. Nice colors with sound ambiance, nice capture,
jhm (155330) 2011-09-27 3:46
Vietnam a wonderful country for visitors, with the different nice places and the great War history.
Splendid sunset with the fantastic pink colors about the picture.
Technical a very well image, splendid reflection too.
Splendid panorama view about these area
Sharpness and clarity are simple fantastic.
Excellent captured nice composed.
Very well done, TFS.
marcan44 (6307) 2011-09-27 4:06
a beautiful pink sunset over the calm waters of the Mekong River.
I really like the composition with the boats in the foreground and mountains in the background that hides the sun.
Great clarity and elegance.
Have a nice day
yzzabelle (257) 2011-09-27 4:31
Very nice composition, the boats inviting the eyes to the setting sun. Very good light management considering the low-light. Very well-done! Have a beautiful day, Isabelle
zipekci (343) 2011-09-27 5:15
very well compo and sunset...bravo.
cebe (1491) 2011-09-27 5:38
Very nice shot and interesting note with personal experience. Sharp and well composed with the sun in the middle and the several boats leading to it. Nice with different types of boats. Good exposure, and the pretty rays are the icing on the cake.
Have a nice day, Claude
baclama (18836) 2011-09-27 7:32
un bien beau coucher de soleil avec un beau contre-jour sur une eau tres calme
c'est reposant et invite au voyage
m (0) 2011-09-27 10:25
You caught those last rays of the sun so beautifully! Excellent composition with the boats pointing towards the central mountain and the sun behind it, lovely warm reflection, the water looks so soft and the colors are awesome. Great job and skill.
My best regards,
macjake (69815) 2011-09-27 11:16
a great atmospheric scene.
you've captured the mood and landscape very well.
love the sunbeam arrising from the clouds, something we don't get to see too often.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-09-27 22:59
very nice sun set picture with nice composition by the boats in FG...like the sun rays coming out from the texture clouds...like the orange tone sky...
very good exposure controlled with nice light management...
gmg (4202) 2011-09-28 11:10
A beautiful, calm view with gorgeous colours! I like the composition with the boats pointing to the same point.
TopGeo (38216) 2011-09-28 11:20
Very nice composition,Steve Thanks! Yes!the boats a beautiful sunset over the calm waters of the Mekong River with great strong light management, great combination of tones of contrast to create a sunset atmosphere! I really like the point with the boats in the foreground and mountains
williewhistler (16398) 2011-09-28 11:49
Hello Steve,this has a lovely serene look,the pink sky with light rays emanating is well seen and captured.
emka (100907) 2011-09-28 15:30
Wonderful sunset on Mekong. Very popular place when all tourists come to make photos, is from Phu Si, like this . Marvelous colours. And I like the view of the long boats. I went by such a one from Thailand to Louang Prabang. It was great fun! fantastic atmosphere. here mekong is so wide. In other places it was quite narrow and with rocks.
- Copyright: Steve Saba (stevesaba) (8165)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-27
- Camera: Canon 60D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM, RAW, Neutral density graduated
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-27 3:17