Living by the sea has its true meaning here in Maiga island for the sea Bajau and Suluk folks. You can see the huts built on stilts in the shallow waters of the sea. The tide comes up as far as the stilts, so at such time, the water level is literally at the doorstep. The Bajau and Sulu child is born natural swimmers, they live and sleep by the sea. Each child knows how to swim, harvest from the sea, and play by the sea. Each day, the child will find some joy to play in this natural environment without any restraints, not from the family or visitors. Complete freedom. Early morning is often finding the child swimming to catch fish or play around in the waters.
The waters always crystal clear in green where the depth is shallow, blue where it is deeper. These huts are away from land and really is an interesting feature of Maiga island. I should avoid cropping the hut at extreme right. I came to know about Maiga Island through Rabani's gallery. And this trip was done from his useful tips on how to get there.
Thank you for viewing. Regards, Bill
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diegomach (531) 2008-03-19 21:58
Bill te felicito por este estupendo disparo. Es realmente hermosa la composicion.
skippy007 (12510) 2008-03-19 22:08
A very beautiful scene well captured it looks like Paradise but it must also be a difficult life.Regards
avishek_khan (544) 2008-03-19 22:08
This is a crystal clear snap. Such a lovely pleasant atmosphere you captured with great skill!
Wanda1 (15140) 2008-03-19 22:10
The boat in the foreground is a nice introduction to the rest of the beautiful scene, and the water is so nice and clear and so is you shot. The image is well balanced and there are some great elements like the children with their boats and the stilt houses. It looks like an idylic place to spend a few days.
fabio_ts (13696) 2008-03-20 0:42
First I love the natural tone of colors here, ...a really well composed picture, all works great, compliments!!
have a nice day,
snunney (96721) 2008-03-20 1:58
A very appealing well balanced composition. I like the soft light and understated tones.
bobocortis (16024) 2008-03-20 2:02
Light paints and calm mood.
A tribute to the slow living.
BennyV (16363) 2008-03-20 2:40
Another great shot from one of my favourite countries on the planet...and this shot again adds something new. Great!
(I wonder if you have a version without the boat in the front. The line of stilt houses in itself could also make an intresting composition, I think.)
hatti52 (12786) 2008-03-20 2:54
wonderful seascape with excellent natural tone of colors,sharpness and depth
azaf1 (15929) 2008-03-20 3:06
This is just wonderful in its simplicity and POV. The colors are very attractive and the foreground with the old boat very beautiful
ChrisJ (111548) 2008-03-20 3:42
I like the colour contrast between the red tinged canoe, & cyan coloured sea. A superb daily life scene showing the stilt buildings or fishermans shacks, in the bg. Tfs!
gracious (20025) 2008-03-20 5:23
A very neat and clean image of sea!
good fg perspective with great depth, sharpness, good colour and details!
delkoo (68) 2008-03-20 5:51
Well composed in wonderful light.But of course this is enough good technically to produce a great effect on my eyes, such a powerful scene, soft and serenity .
Paolo (41222) 2008-03-20 5:54
Hi Bill, beautiful view, colorful, with excellent composition, POV and full of light. Amazing colours too.
cfreire (11741) 2008-03-20 6:01
You're right, this water is as crystal. Very beautiful shot about this seascape. Color, contrasts and lights were well captured. Good job, regards, Consuelo
Waylim (25496) 2008-03-20 9:28
This is very beautiful image fill with a sense of calm and tranquility. The colors are nicely saturated. Good to see that you not tempted to push the saturation too far. The boys on the boat provide the human element and fun spirit to the scene.
robob (3646) 2008-03-20 10:25
Un décor de rêve ici avec ces très jolies petites maisons,
On a vraiment l’impression qu’elles se promènent tranquillement dans l’eau,
Excellente composition !
Bonne soirée à toi Bill,
izmirli (3989) 2008-03-20 10:27
merhaba dear bill
excellent interesting houses and reflections.excellent colours and landscape.well done.
jorgi (3810) 2008-03-20 10:38
it is outstanding and most poetic image of Maiga islands. Captured through your lens looks absolutely fantastic, a paradise. Colours are fabulous and the whole pallette is beautifully seen due to brilliant POV, from close-up detail of a boat to marvelous houses on horizon. Exceptional and of excellent technical quality.
atsouth (253) 2008-03-20 12:17
hi, v nice composition, the transparent water looks great and i like the boats leading to the huts
lucasgalodoido (21906) 2008-03-20 12:51
uma foto interessante, mostrando bem como é o fantástico mundo das pescarias, a qualidade da foto ficou excelente, belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço!
siamesa (28117) 2008-03-20 14:34
A perfect scene and a perfect picture.Amazing composition. TFS.
Gerrit (51935) 2008-03-20 15:03
beautiful scenery and excellent composition.
vincz (19113) 2008-03-20 15:22
Beautiful one. Such a quiet atmosphere. Looks like a place to really rest and enjoy the beauty of nature.
lilimih33 (9918) 2008-03-20 16:37
Another wonderful composition from Malaysia!
Lovely point of view and great atmosphere!
Good light and nice colours!
jusninasirun (17162) 2008-03-20 18:52
You have brought back so much goodies for us to share after your trip. Pristine composition of these stilt houses with the old sampan hitting the sweet spot here. Gorgeous landscape again with crystal clear water for the lucky sea bajau to enjoy. Well done and best regards. Jusni
Benedict (7076) 2008-03-20 21:38
golden colors and amazing clear and vivid composition. sabah is a stone throw from my native zamboanga city and the houses on stilts remind me of home. vivid, well managed lighting.
zhelach (3626) 2008-03-20 23:15
Lovely place! Nice atmosphere! Good composition and POV! Beautiful natural colors and details!
TFS, Best regards, Zorica
flory (4848) 2008-03-20 23:33
completely beauty !all the elements in your image fits well and love the freedom of those children..:)
Miha2ou7 (5162) 2008-03-21 0:27
Just something I`d want to see once in my lifetime. The way you`ve captured it is nigh perfect. Wonderful composition, with great lighting, vibrant colors, a motive that sticks, great FG and BG, and a nice angle. Nicely done yet again.
faubry (35447) 2008-03-21 2:19
very beautiful image with these little houses at the top and boats.. may be a little bit too surexposed sky??
kpav (5031) 2008-03-21 3:44
Hello Bill, amazing shot, so beautiful place and so beautiful composition. I like a lot the color and transparency of the water and the very well placed in the frame boats that lead the eye to the huts. Very nice depth too. Thanks for sharing. Greetings,
feather (51130) 2008-03-21 7:50
There is something very pleasant and serene about the light and subtle colours here. Although there is some over-exposure in the sky it doesn't seem to matter as it is all part of this beautiful scene. I like the inclusion of the boat in the foreground as it anchors the image in all that water. Good work
alaindiveu (210) 2008-03-21 14:56
Your country is fantastic. I like it so much
With this picture we can understand the daily life of these people. Light is quite good.
Instead of you, if I took this photo, I put some more water under the boat and a little bit less sky.
Anyway, don't worry, your shot is quite good.
crckt (7218) 2008-03-21 18:44
A really fantastic shot! Love the compositional elements here.Very well composed.
jafadabret (56501) 2008-03-22 1:53
Cette photo nous montre un paysage de rêve. Les enfants y sont heureux comme des poissons dans l'eau. La barque du premier plan est bien en place devant les maisons sur pilotis. Les couleurs sont superbes.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-03-22 6:41
It does not have there an other expression, your image is superb! An exemplary composition and incredible soft colors. I like much the water which ends up merging with the Félicitations sky.
Have a nice day
Dragut (14) 2008-03-22 10:07
Nice shoot. Good idea to keep the boat in first plan.
bakes888 (18499) 2008-03-23 15:28
Hi Bill. What a wonderful place and wonderful photo. The glass clear and calm water is a real invitation to explore this scene. Great composition with the canoes in the FG and huts further into the scene. Good colours and sharpness also. Thanks for sharing.
PerR (1513) 2008-03-24 6:59
Very interesting view of these huts. The note is also very good and infomative. Very good point of view and composition with wongerful light and colours as well as sharpness and contrast.
Thanks for sharing.
avene (12675) 2008-03-24 10:54
love the clarity in this photo, the water in the foreground looks like well-polished glass. beautiful colours, I particularly like the contrast between the rust brown colour of the boat in the foreground and blue cast over the distant mountains. the composition creates a nice sense of depth, and although I agree about the house on the right, it's not a major point for me. very nice work, my compliments.
with kind regards,
p.s. "Maiga" is woman's name in Latvia, but also feminine form of adjective "gentle", "soft".
Angshu (56750) 2008-03-24 22:29
A very interesting post Bill...the stilted houses which we saw in your earlier post form a good BG, but what's interesting is the FG with the empty boat & the couple of them with the fishermen. Beautiful BG as well with the hill. A lovely place...well captured!
Silvio1953 (139775) 2008-03-25 4:01
Hi Bill, fascinating view with lovely boats and beautiful wooden houses on sea, splendid colors, superb light and excellent DOF, wonderful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio
edytungkal (4551) 2008-03-27 21:34
This shot is fascinating indeed, the bajau's house and children playing with their boats is the best combination and even the lonely boat on front make it more special. I like this shot alot, tfs.
Guntin (1325) 2008-03-28 13:18
Wonderful!!! It's so nice. The colours are great. Perhaps, the image it's a bit too clear on the top-left. But in general, it's amazing.
The composition is simply perfect.
emka (94320) 2008-03-28 15:49
Wonderful landscape, with island and houses on the sea. Very interesting. it reminds my Thai village near Krabi. I like the atmosphere of this photo. Thanks
Bluejeans (64251) 2008-03-31 11:21
Está magnifica esta tua foto ,estas casas em cima de agua seguras por estacas com um povo aquático que vive aqui, ficou muito bonito este primeiro plano com a canoa ,boas cores, parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
LamCam (3603) 2008-04-01 7:39
This is a marvellous vision of a world made of water and light. Life must be very different, lived in these huts above the water.
You have captured the colours and light beautifully, and the boat gives 'weight' to the foreground.
TFS Best wishes....Maggie
marcdemoulin (1870) 2008-04-05 10:19
REally amazing shot and place!
MLINES (12516) 2008-04-25 16:55
Hi Bill, This is a very interesting place to see, ideal for TE. The colours are very good and the photo is well balanced. It always worries me what happens when these places get a severe storm even if only a couple of times a year? This composition exudes a feeling of peacefulness. TFS. Murray.
chulasantos (251) 2008-06-14 17:38
great picture, i like the composition, good pov, a powerful foreground who increases the impact, beautiful colors.
in my opinion you should used a ND grad filter to decrease the sky brightness and that would increase the contrast between the sky and the white clouds.
foozi (7101) 2008-06-15 4:41
im always amazed and in deep appreciation for your photos. The beauty of the spot is one, but the composition, the timing abd colours are just brilliant. You PP is superbs.
You tips are really great and useful.
Thanks for your support and help.
mikele_pl (2400) 2008-06-15 7:01
this is another brilliant photo of yours. I like the com position, with the boat in the foreground. I hope to see this place myslef when I next go to Sabah.
steliosk (4802) 2008-06-28 4:56
Smooth atmosphere, great exposure outstanding colour managment and superb POV.
RADEEH (2802) 2008-06-30 21:11
Wonderful shot of this wonderful place and it's people.
Your image tempts us to at least have one night at these houses over the sea.
One can feel the crystal clear water of this place.
The note gives us a clear insight to the living style of these people of sabah.
Thanks for this great image of Sabah.
testmaniac (13508) 2008-07-30 18:57
Hi Bill,wonderful landscape with great composition,colors and details. Very interesting place!
npecanhuk (74406) 2008-08-08 2:40
That's one of your most beautiful photographs!
The scenery is wonderful and you have done such a great job by the way you have captured it!
TFS - Congratulations!
CMJC (4036) 2008-08-13 6:24
it seems peacefull but it must be also very hard somedays to live here. for the children it's nice but the live and the world are so hard... how will be theyre futur ?
the view is so nice... the water so clear... I wish them a clear futur
COSTANTINO (63647) 2008-08-15 1:24
Thanks for sharing this photo seeing that there
is another side of the sea,a difficult life.
War and nice colours
thaks for sharing
jmdias (62891) 2008-08-15 9:15
it is like a surreal painting, these fragille homes over the sea. Very nice pov, subject, colors, light, framing, etc.. marvelous work showing us a unusual place on Earth
wolf38 (31296) 2008-08-19 8:20
Hello Bill. This aesthetic motive is something special. Light and colors are unusually beautiful. Also the composition is exemplary. Absolutely worth seeing. Best regards, Wolfgang.
turansezer (1027) 2008-08-25 5:36
Very good composition, Beautifull naturel tone and colour.
I like your image
pally3100 (3413) 2008-08-25 10:34
i am looking your exellent album with plenty of pleasures , my eyes stopped now on this picture with a very good classic composition in "z" , the eye is attracted by the little boat and go through the image until the horizon line , it s really perfect .nota this picture have also very good pastel color .friendly Henri(i have added you in my favorites it s justified!)
brevbrev14 (140) 2008-08-27 5:15
Hi Bill, very good image!
i like a lot the soft tones of the image and there is a very good composition
Interesting note too
Disabled_A (0) 2008-08-31 2:17
well, this photo might be turned into a painting which I'd like to have in my house. I even wonder how I would paint it and with what colours: oil or watercolours. Perhaps, with watercolours:)
Perfect composition and wonderful absolultely perfectly balanced colours.
Tobias__Ortmann (2638) 2008-09-14 13:16
Wow this is the picture I really liked frpm your portfilio
great using of the pl filter and great compostion and depth too
I really like this daily life picture and the moment you got there
this picture shows a good story
well done Toba
DariaK (601) 2008-12-13 7:33
The stillness is almost hypnotic. Truly artistic shot, Bill.
envisage (207) 2008-12-26 3:58
This is a great photo. i like the POV and the details in the photo. Nice lighting and colors.
TopGeo (38216) 2009-04-12 22:55
Hi Bill,Yes!.. I prefer the picture here that with the simplicity and humble means of technology home and canoe present. Beautiful the prospect, and composition I like this paradise place!
ahmetgedikli (25603) 2009-04-13 0:31
Very beautiful seascape... The colors, reflections and details are superb. Nice work!
Have a nice week.
asajernigan (21427) 2009-04-13 3:47
I like your composition here with the inclusion of the empty boat in the foreground. The people paddling the boats add a nice sense of life to the shot. The lighting and colors are fine with excellent sharpness and detail.
Flavia (10352) 2009-04-14 7:13
Beautiful and powerful composition! The low POV is really good to capture the transparent seas. The sky was perfect.
paura (47186) 2009-04-20 9:11
Very beautiful photojob here, friend, full of interesting details. The boat in the fg is really beautiful. Excellent job.
johnmcc (126) 2009-04-24 9:14
I love the way the sky and sea almost blend at the left horizon. Truly a classic shot.
The best from Mill Valley
alainh (33201) 2009-04-28 23:32
a pleasure to travel throught your gallery !!
why this one, may be because i would like to be there some minutes !!
a nice day for you Bill
JudyR (1671) 2009-04-29 17:41
What a surreal and dreamlike quality this photo captures. Wonderful. Judy
Bruno40 (6658) 2009-05-03 23:49
A great photo, nothing else to add from all the comments before. I wonder if this picture were taken with a more impressive sky.. it would be fantastic!!
cheers and well done
Longroute (19396) 2009-05-06 8:25
Splendid composition Bill,
the place is very photogenic and the boat in the fg give a good sense of depth. How small and defenseless those houses appear! I'd preferred a lightly darker sky but it's only a mater of tastes. A fine work.
ingvar (2088) 2009-05-10 7:00
Thanks for your visit and I am pleased to meet you!
This is very beautiful shot, transparency is' incredible, excellent depth and the beautiful colors...
Hope to see You soon
Warm regards !
Ola_Kwiatek (0) 2009-05-11 2:58
Great idea, great shot. Wonderful effect.
Good bless You, God bless thise people!
Kostasls (72) 2009-05-17 7:09
thats a very nice composition!
was good that you kept the boat in the foreground!
fritzi007 (10409) 2009-06-09 10:18
Really great, nice simple clarity of the water, but a hard life!
kokoro-zukai (10) 2009-06-09 22:06
Everything looks transluscent, crystal clear, though a bit contrasty causing the two boats to look almost silhoutte, but just my opinion. Though everything works well and like the picture very well.
xramm (1831) 2010-07-27 8:08
nice view of abandoned boat in swallow water.
- Copyright: Bill Laucp (trekks) (14348)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-03-10
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni, 2Gb SD, HOYA 67mm CIR-PL
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Trip to Sabah - Land below the wind
- Theme(s): trekks' favorites 1, Best of Malaysia 1, 2 stars favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-03-19 21:55
- Favorites: 3 [view]