My first days in Yangon.
I was impressed with the fast evolving august Monsoon weather in Burma, changing from a burning sun to a heavy rainstorm in a matter of minutes.
Another experience in Yangon harbor, waiting for a ferry to Dalla. My first meeting with Yangon's bureaucracy ended with a few bribery Kyats spent to the goodwill of the ticket officer. Meanwhile the good Yangon people waited for something, perhaps their main occupation for half or 3/4 of their life.
Five minutes later, rain and wind gusts battered the inside of the room. We and the yangonese people tucked in a corner of the dark waiting room... the ferry disappeared slowly behind a curtain of pouring rain.
Someone told me long ago there’s a calm before the storm,
I know; it’s been comin’ for some time.
When it’s over, so they say, it’ll rain a sunny day,
I know; shinin’ down like water.
I want to know, have you ever seen the rain?
I want to know, have you ever seen the rain
Comin’ down on a sunny day?
Lyrics by John Fogerty
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KevRyan (22956) 2006-05-07 9:58
I haven's seen an image that has affected me as so laden with feeling ( like a sense of longing but also of acceptance in the human condition) for a while here on TE - the care you have taken with composing this picture from what you saw first as possibility is well deserved of praise Luko - the contextual elements that are seen here ground the image well and prevent it from becoming more of a symbolic cliche - my initial readings and feelings can easily change to see a different story in what's there - in some ways a simple image that also hints at and begins to reveal more complex layers - I like this a lot. Your note - as usual, gives us further insight - the whole thing begins to excite the response of other senses.
best wishes kev
Furachan (0) 2006-05-07 10:04
That is a STUNNING shot, Luko. Pure cinema - the opening shot of a Werner Shoendorf film (like WHite City). Man, now I'm in trouble - I had to shoot in 40 degrees heat and blinding sunshine, so weak imitation Webb is what you might find quite a bit. This is quite simply one of the best if not THE best rain shot on TE, and partly because of the piss-yellow, sad "amertume" of the thing...That face on the left, which I totally agree with, really helps, almost calls for that damn Credence Clearwater song which I also love. Don't have much space left in my FAVs but surely enough space for this baby...
rowanb (864) 2006-05-07 10:39
great shoot luko, love the rainy mood and the dull yellow toning of it really enhances it.
arindam_thokder (3987) 2006-05-07 12:13
Great shot and light, no doubt. And the raindrops in the glass...the first impression of the monsoon the quite moment is just nice. I just wish the frame in the glass just behind the face would not be there, which somehow is disturbing me to see the full shadow of her face. I love the soft tone and the layers of visibility in the BG.
dolin (15619) 2006-05-07 12:14
Ca fout le cafard...et si t'es un peu dépressive, tu sautes en bas un pont après le vision de cette photo,....mais je m'en fous, moi j'ai la pêche ;)
Elle est splendide cette compo. Moi je pense que j'aurais tenté d'avoir ce visage un peu lumineux, histoire de le faire ressortir, et j'aurais eu tout faux !
L'ambiance est forte et les teintes un régal.
mhdesbois (0) 2006-05-07 12:55
Très belle image pleine de mélancolie.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2006-05-07 17:46
This is a truly poetic image, Luko (oops!), and one full of longing and reminiscences for me. There was a cafe (may still be there) in Calcutta near its port area where we used to go on occasion in late afternoons in windy wet days. There was a row of windows overlooking the river, large glass panes that would be wet and frosted in the rain. Oh those undergraduate days of intoxicating present, painful separations, and uncertain future....thanks for bringing back that memory.
Here the subtle color of a Yangoon monsoon is superbly framed through the sharp droplets on the glass, the enticingly young face lost in her thoughts and the rain, oh the rain of an August cloud that came down on a sunny day....
A poem in light, no less.
greg (2835) 2006-05-07 18:07
I like this a lot, too. Reminds me of a Russian film - Cruel Romance
everlasting (15162) 2006-05-08 2:18
At first glance I thought it was the second upload from Francis - however, it does follow on nicely from his shot. The silhouetted face and the sharp droplets together with the dull yellowish tones provide the atmosphere here - WAITING. Your note sums it up.
Zepi (22848) 2006-05-08 2:19
Ah, ça j’aime !
Ca me rappelle ta série sous la pluie dans le taxi à BKK.
La lumière du soir en moins.
Une image à atmosphère, on peut se faire plein de films en la regardant…
Ca transpire d’anecdotes ce genre de vue
Galeota (10338) 2006-05-08 4:20
For me, your rainy side is paradoxically (or not) your brightest side. Francis asserts this might be the best rain shot on TE. I could have agreed if I hadn't seen this , or this , or this last one which I suppose is no longer part of this site.
I wouldn't say you are prown to nostalgia, but I always almost feel the taste of tears in the rain drops emprisoned by your lens. Beautiful in its poetical dimension.
Homerhomer (4080) 2006-05-08 8:18
this shot evokes more emotions in me than most of your images, Gal however brings up good links, which again calls for pbase gallery of yours, this time called rain.
besir1 (2470) 2006-05-09 8:36
this is a classy picture indeed
PeterC (2242) 2006-05-09 10:10
A superb shot really does let you feel the sheer wetness of the monsoon. Love the shadows and the really muted tones.
donluicu (24724) 2006-05-09 12:24
excellent note, pour une superbe image.
Je suppose que l'on ne peut pas dire que l'on a vu la pluie, tant que l'on a pas vu la PLUIE de la mousson....
nicoz (1979) 2006-05-10 7:28
A bit affraid to leave a message on one of your posts after reading your intro... But hey, I can't help it. Everything's been said about this moody gloomy shot. I like it for all these reasons that I can feel but can hardly write.
veronika (6058) 2006-07-02 6:11
Not in Myanmar Luko.. :)
I have particular feeling when looking on this picture, with the taste of nostalgy, i like that!
- Copyright: Luko G R (Luko) (14000)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-07
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 17-40mm/4L
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2006-05-07 9:37
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