This was taken from the main pier at Victoria Point in Ko Song (Kaw Thoung), the southern most tip of Myanmar (Burma). Local people actually use these walkways carrying heavy sacks of rice etc. I wasn't brave enough. Nor did I have the time to wait for anyone to appear. As well as the very narrow planking, the wood actually bends & sways as you walk on it.
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Josh69 (1431) 2004-03-15 5:02
Reminds me of someplace I know I've been with something similar... wish I could remember where it was!!
It's a well composed photo of a very interesting scene. The only bad point is that the houses and the water are a little dark - you could consider playing with the curves control (Photoshop) or doing a contrast mask to make them a bit brighter. Good photo, thanks.
papagolf21 (80932) 2004-03-15 18:08
Très jolie composition. Un peu sombre. Je vais essayer un atelier.
Très bien Chris.
Luko (13978) 2004-03-16 9:43
The kind of places I like and I'm familiar with. Reminds me Borneo Kampung Ayer or Penimbawan stilt villages.
I almost dropped one of my lenses on theses kind of planks. I wish there was someone walking on the alleys, meeting the people and seeing them in their daily life are more than half of the pleasure. Usually there's a whirlwind of children around the photographer...
mdchachi (1617) 2004-03-17 12:31
Obviously it would have been ideal to have somebody walking through here with a heavy load but it's still an interesting shot and perfect for TE.
taivo (1843) 2004-04-21 4:05
This photo reminds me very much of the times that I visited my relatives in Vietnam, as the houses in their village were also connected to each other with similar walking "paths".
About the photo: The scene and dof are very nice although some part are quite dark. Maybe you can adjust some curves to bring out the darker parts more. The curved "path" is well highlighted in this photo.
sohrab (7439) 2004-08-26 2:54
personally i feel that the dark tone of this photograph is really nice and there is no need to brighten this up.
this is a very good capture. i wish you had seen more of myanmar as well
rabani (9645) 2004-10-11 1:52
In Malaysia, specifically in Sabah, villages such as like this, we called water villages or Kampong Air to a malay speaking orang putih like you :) And I imagine you are pretty tall person. I wouldn't walk on this plank if I were you. The plank could be pretty small to you.
Knowing your photography style and handling,I think you purposely underexposed by 1 stop to get all this in.I'm just not happy with the washout clouds and I guess you felt the same thing too.
pranab (5354) 2006-05-30 1:49
this one is one of your earlier postings and it tells the stories of people who are not present in the composition. a daily life moment which goes on regardless of the changes in the world. nice composition.
jmdaoudal (82) 2006-11-27 11:58
"Lacustres" are realy nice curiosities and this part of a village is well shown with the special paths in it.
Really attractive and spectacular.
MLINES (12516) 2009-03-09 1:54
Hi Chris. An amazzing place. The locals are likely thinish and light folk who run around here very well, but imagine coming back after dark. I like the POV. TFS. Murray.