continuing my little public transport theme...
The tuktuk or three-wheeler or auto rikshaw or autorick, bajaj, rick, tricycle, mototaxi, or baby taxi...is a motorized version of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw. They are an essential form of urban transport in many developing countries, particularly in many Eastern countries.
Be it in crowded city centers (if you can avoid the exhaust fumes) or on lonesome countryside roads, the tuktuk is a great way to travel. For kids tuktuk rides are a highlight on any trip in the Far-East. They offer an easy, convenient and personalized way to get from A to B, plus many people try to make a living driving them.
I hope their governments make the wise decision to promote them rather than try to ban them from public roads to make more space for large busses, trucks and private cars, as is argued sometimes, mainly by major transport companies and rich people with big cars.
LONG MAY YOU TUKTUK!
This picture was taken in Haputale up in the hill country. Trains for longer distances, tuktuks for shorter.
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yquem46 (38382) 2011-12-18 11:04
Funny and pleasant shot of this series of rickshaws of various colors
Nice texture of the BG wall
have a nice sunday evening
SnapRJW (29408) 2011-12-18 11:19
Hello Benny - This is super. The tuktuks look almost like children's toys in their bright primary colours and particularly because they are parked under a very high wall. The wall is typical of many we saw in Sri Lanka, looking worse for the humid climate and showing the remnants of many posters.... lovely detail. Have a great week Rosemary
rigoletto (34225) 2011-12-18 11:31
The rotten wall by itself would be a perfect background for the passing by figure, but in addition you had the tuktuk gallery in between. I like the quality of the lines, very sharp and no pixelizations.
holmertz (37739) 2011-12-18 11:37
I love (at least I used to) the excitement of travelling by tuktuk in the hectic traffic of a big city, squeezed between a truck on one side and a bus on the other, the driver alway managing to steer into an empty space while suddenly changing lanes.
These tuktuks in their bright colours are nicely lined up below this wonderfully Asian wall, stained from years of faded graffiti, posters and and painted advertisements.
Charo (51210) 2011-12-18 15:27
It seems that in Asia are very common these little cars, I had the opportunity to travel in some of them in India and the experience was fun and sometimes a little dangerous ...
Very well captured this stop, you stand on the gray wall with color.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-12-18 23:17
nice framing by the walking human beside the auto stand...like the different colors of the auto with textured wall in BG...
nice candid shot with a nice POV...
Bartleby (13528) 2011-12-19 0:16
I think I wouldn't have had the idea to include a character, which adds extra interest here. Nice job!
timecapturer (45691) 2011-12-19 4:35
love this shot! Simple but it has a charm and appeal all of its own. Executed perfectly and a compelling presentation. Well seen and taken.
Have a good week - Brian.
lousat (72855) 2011-12-19 14:30
Hi Benny,very brilliant capture,face to face whit the tuktuk,i like the lot of differents colors and the man walking to complete the nice composition.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.
batalay (34801) 2011-12-21 9:19
Your vantage point gave you a multi-colored display of the tuktuks, I guess similar to the ones in India. Presenting so much wall helps in emphasizing the diminutive size of these vehicles, which I saw in India loaded like sardine cans, 12-15 travelers. The presence of the man adds a human touch as well as scale.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year marked by health, happiness and prosperity.
JFS (32459) 2011-12-22 5:54
Funny and splendid shot, I like your composition very much. The BG is very interesting too. Good work!
sandpiper (6788) 2011-12-22 21:02
Yes, they are great little vehicles to get around in and the drivers are always chatty. Good composition against the stark wall
abmdsudi (40258) 2011-12-24 20:09
Excellent, intelligent and expressive composition, the elements blend together. Really like what you've done here by merging the basic RGB colors so well with the casual passers by as these elements add to the strength to this street scene. Simple yets effective, striking and harmoniuos and the stained wall makes these tuk tuks standout. Good piece of work and very effective treatment. Congrats
A very calm and peaceful festive season to you
Ricx (13495) 2011-12-31 5:37
Aaah what tremendous vehicles. you have captured them well in all their glorious beauty. The dull wall does not distract and therefore contributes to the wonderful image. all the best in 2012 Rich
Wanda1 (14978) 2012-01-03 2:13
Your title suits the shot well as these great little modes of transport are so neatly lined up like for an identity parade with their bright colours gleaming in the sun. The guy walking past was well timed and adds that touch of human element. And the peeling textured wall behind makes a great background.
All the best for 2012.
macjake (52982) 2012-01-05 18:31
How on earth could i NOT stop and give you credits for this photo!
love these TukTuks.
this is the first time i've seen them lined up like this, it makes for such a compelling visual, its like a color wheel!
and the textured wall is a great backdrop.
well chosen subject.
stevesaba (8135) 2012-01-07 9:16
Very well seen. What a catchy photo! Just great and a real classic! Warm regards,
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-01-09 14:40
Good idea and very funny.
Excellent result with all colors.
A good composition.
mafegan (8624) 2012-01-27 15:58
Simple but very eye-catching. Even in the harsh light this photo is striking. Tfs, Marlene
cavli (1874) 2012-01-29 3:21
very good composition I like it very much. very good background. human effect is great. very colorful tuktuks joyfull :) tfs
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (13546)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-08
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Sri Lanka 2011
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-18 11:00
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