SUBURB OF PARADISE II
Two years ago I had submitted the photo, SUBURB OF PARADISE I, from the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea.
The present photo from Maya Bay on the Thai Island of Phi Phi Leh may not be Paradise, but it could well be another suburb of Paradise. The unimaginably beautiful scenery served as the location for the 2000 Leonardo di Caprio film, The Beach. What is ironic is that just six years ago Phuket was render into a suburb of hell by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Just four days ago, on July 20, 2010, I was on a full day boat trip around the Andaman Sea, visiting Phi Phi, Maya and Bamboo Islands. The highly salty water is as clean and pristine as one would hope Paradise would also feature. I went swimming, gorging on spicy Thai food, and shooting photos at abandon.
I was in Phuket to give a talk at a conference. I thought that taking a boat ride would energize me for my upcoming lecture the next day (although perhaps others in my shoes would have waited until the day after they gave a keynote speech). As it turned out, the choice was the right one for me. I thought I gave an inspired talk, and all 24 copies on hand of my books on Leonardo (da Vinci", not di Capreo"), Math and the Mona Lisa sold out quickly.
I had with me a small pocket Nikon S600, and a HD Flip (video camera), but in this instance I used my Nikon D200 with a 28-70 DX Nikkor lens, capped with a circular polarizing filter. The camera was set on ISO 200, and otherwise in Program mode.
In the next few days and weeks I will post other shots from Phuket, Thailand; as well as from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Agra (site of the Taj Mahal) in India, which I also visited the days before going to Thailand.
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emka (104216) 2010-07-24 12:11
Hi Bulent, you are very lucky to have lectures in such places! The islands of Thailand are really piradise islands. I was near Krabi and also went for two boat trips, one was to the island known from James Bond movie. I visited also the village on the sea. After it was this terrible tsunami there, I fear some of the places exist no more. Very beautiful shot, I am looking forward to seeing more from India.
Warm regards Malgorzata
tober (8797) 2010-07-24 12:56
Uzun bir aradan sonra cenneten bir parçayla dönmüşsünüz hocam. Burası sanırım tsunamiden en fazla etkilenen yerlerden biriydi. Umarım toparlanabilmişlerdir. Saygılar, Tolga
Aviller (3866) 2010-07-24 12:57
A truly stunning picture. I like how beach and the hills are sort of lurking behind the palm trees. As a viewer you almost get a sense of anticipation and giddiness, as if you can't wait to get on the beach. The difficult lighting conditions have been handled really well. The sky looks great even though we can see the details in the dark foreground as well.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-07-24 13:01
I see you've been travelling... this looks like the famous James Bond island, it is the one ? Good peep through the bushes giving a glimpse of the paradisiac beach, the sand near the water is possibly a little too bright
Have a nice day JY
adores (46299) 2010-07-24 15:13
You have visited some great places :)!
You found a good pov here, I like the way you framed the beach, with all these plants in foreground. These islands must be really great for photos!
bukitgolfb301 (44279) 2010-07-24 15:30
Hi my dear Bulet
Another wonderful great senery shot!
Perfect framework and well calculated superb composition as usual. Fresh but very reasonable color coordination and apropriate light management. Calm atmosphere description is also splendid. blesssing on your finest job. Thanks for sharing with your finest job and have a good weekend, best regards form everday hottest (35 ℃）Tokyo, Takero
BWJ (3094) 2010-07-24 19:32
What an eye catching shot of Maya Bay! I love the way you framed it with the tropical vegetation. Your POV makes the way to the beach very inviting. The colors seem perfectly natural, details are clear and sharp, and the DOF is excellent. Your travel sounds fabulous! I look forward to seeing more of your pictures.
Urs (14082) 2010-07-24 22:54
And you did it again, you framed a very well known destination very different from the usual, your shot is very attractive and has a very powerful DOF. Very nice color hues and sharpness. Good light management as well. Good photo job. Thanks for your critique of my monsoon cloud shot. No I did not use a CPL, and I almost never use it. Olympus is very good in natural color hues ...
danyy (0) 2010-07-25 0:03
une magnifique carte postale de cet endroit où rien ne manque, pas même ces impressionnants rochers. Dommage que cette zone soit la proie des tsunamis.
My best regards.
kdialyna (3148) 2010-07-25 1:03
I found, through this very nice photo with the strong holiday's smell, a good opportunity to tell you a "good morning" and to wish to you and your wife, a very nice holiday time.
ymrk (15085) 2010-07-25 1:31
Merhaba Sevgili hocam,
Bu sefer Tayland demek...Harika kareler gelmeye başladı,ve de devam edecek şüphesiz..Burada ışık kullanımı enfes.Ve sağ ve soldaki palmiyeye benzeyen ağaçlar bizi denize doğru taşıyor adeta..Sevgilerle
paololg (31448) 2010-07-25 2:25
Yes, dear Bulent, this beautiful and interesting image well shows us this terrestrial paradise, in which the nature is still owner of the world. Pleasant POV and excellent photographic quality. Thank you for sharing with us, with your beautiful images, your trips around the world!
Ciao, have a nice week!
snunney (104729) 2010-07-25 2:26
A pleasant glimpse of paradise through the framing palm trees, which create a good sense of depth and invite you on to the beach to explore further. A very nice ambient light with good colours and sharpness. A lucky man indeed!
dta (81084) 2010-07-25 2:31
Hello Bulent ,
I like the way how you've chosen to show us this little paradise . Only a little part , by this window between the trees . Excellent idea .
Fine natural colors and superb DOF .
resat1972 (7576) 2010-07-25 2:48
sıcak sıcak bir kare. kartpostal dan fırlamış gibi. doğa, kayalar kum, muhteşem..
Devamı da gelir diye umuyorum
jhm (157892) 2010-07-25 3:58
A wonderful place, what a dream place for vacation, sun, beach, green trees and lovely white sand.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful.
Depth and perspective are superb, also a nice panorma view.
Composition and presentation, are very well TFS.
sabermonajati (11357) 2010-07-25 6:06
you captured vivid colore and nice frame.
Didi (60590) 2010-07-25 8:14
Hi dear friend
Nice adventures in paradise.
Interesting POV on the beach with good lights ambiance.
Longroute (19396) 2010-07-25 8:51
If this is only the suburb I can't imagine what paradise would have looked like! (:-) You chose a very good point to frame this lovely coastal scenery, showing only few people, the boats and the incredibly picturesque hills behind. The fresh plants in fg enhance the impression of a wild tropical forest and give the feeling of seeing the beach through a key hole.
ciakgiak (30433) 2010-07-25 13:55
I really enjoy that you visited such splendid places, and that you show these places to us. I'w watching to this scenery with a great pleasure, also because the quality of the photo is superb, and you found a perfect POV here. Congratulations and TFS.
npecanhuk (76927) 2010-07-26 5:08
That's a very beautiful and interesting photograph!
You really took us to paradise and I truly enjoyed the composition for all those elements you had in hand (all wonderful elements)!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts and horizontal format are all excellent too!
TFS - congratulations!
patdeph (35748) 2010-07-26 5:30
I went on these islands in 1988,and stayed 3 days on Phi Phi Leh,and believe me,it was still more beautiful,as it was still not yet touristic,and nobody was here,me and my friend were completly alone!I came back 5 years ago,and it was a disappointment to see so much people!Anyway,this is a spectacular and splendid landscape,and it stays in my mind as one of the most beautiful place in the world!And your picture shows this very well with hte cliffs appearing through the trees,the white sand and the blue water!Superb!
erhan1958 (15767) 2010-07-26 9:37
son derece provakatif buldum
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-07-27 0:00
nice to hear that you have just visited our country, though it is a very short trip. Thanks for your visit. Love to see your India photos in future. Here you have presented a nice shot of Thailand. Great POV. Nice perspective. Light and depth are perfect. Excellent job. Tfs.
Best wishes to you.
jafadabret (56501) 2010-07-27 2:17
Il y a des paradis sur terre et ta photo en est la preuve. J'aime la trouée qui fait voir la plage avec bateaux et promeneurs. Ta note est des plus complètes pour ce monde de rêve.
delpeoples (59434) 2010-07-27 3:10
Hello dear Bulent, welcome back I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday. What an idyllic little hideaway you;re sharing with us. It looks like it's out of a dream. I like the POV, the management of light and the depth. Great shot, TFS and I hope you have a good day...happy sorting of those 2000 photos. A hug, Lisa
Leconte (5795) 2010-07-27 10:13
fantastic framing where it looks to you to discover this wonderful beach, gorgeous color, which contrasts well with the white sand, we already feel the heat on the colors, beautiful composition,
yedirenk (11244) 2010-07-27 20:55
merhaba Bülent hocam,
harika bir yer,saklı bir cennet gibi..kadraj ve bakış açınız etkiyi daha bir arttırıyor..detaylar ve renkler gözalıcı..huzur verici bir atmosfer.ellerinize sağlık.selamlar,sevgiler
Graal (103038) 2010-07-27 23:21
beautiful beach. Nice composition, good idea. An interesting note. Well photojob.
Have a nice day.
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-07-28 23:58
Yes Bulent, It looks a paradise
I like a lot palms and greenish water colors
Excellent POV and details
Have a nice day
MLINES (12516) 2010-07-30 0:49
Hi Bulent, Well named beautifully coloured photograph. The various levels of sand,sea, mountains and sky come together well. A veritable natural land of wonder well captured and displayed. I'd like to visit this place one day. The Nikon 200 was a good choice. TFS, Murray.
Cricri (123740) 2010-08-02 8:17
Une belle image de Phuket, joli coin de paradis, j'aime la vue depuis les arbres exotique sur la mer et les impressionnante montagnes
saigon (6443) 2010-08-03 9:20
un endroit paradisiaque !!
voila un endroit ideal pour se reposer.
riclopes (35577) 2010-08-05 0:57
Olá Bulent, I have a strong feel of adventure while looking at this image. Even before I read your note, the famous film "The beach" came to my mind immediately. I guess that it's this very well thought framing that shows the beach as if it was a secret place and only few people know about it. Instead of pirates I see tourists but the feeling is still there. Or may be you're the pirate that found out that your spot was invaded and now you'll have to do something about it to protect your treasure...
Anyway, it's an exciting photo and a great way of starting your gallery from Thailand.
siolaw (38292) 2010-08-05 2:33
Nice view on Eden's neighbourhood through the pandanus plants... Light and colours are vivid and realistic, sharp details too.
Angshu (56760) 2010-08-07 5:15
Dear Professor 'A'
We know o this beach because of the beauty & made famous by the film! Nicely framed with the trees, providing us a peeping view of the karsts and the boats. Difficult to control the exposure on the white sand, but you've done well! Look fwd for your pictures from my country!
With Warm Regards
paura (47186) 2010-08-07 18:54
The scenery is quite beautiful even more from your excellent POV. You brought together many interesting things in a single framework, all in good photometry settings.
Greetings from Brazil, friend.
daddo (27628) 2010-08-11 5:07
Greetings Bulent Bey. Interesting POV, as if you were Robinson Crusoe looking at the new arrivals from your safe spot. Nice combination of vegetation, sand, sea and cliffs. Lovely light near and far. Selamlar. Klaudio.
Docarmo (9767) 2010-08-11 17:36
It is very impressive the strong light in places like that - the sun exposure level is incredible - no need to take pills of Calcium or Vit D... ;-)
You chose a good POV here, very artistic.
Thanks for sharing,
PaulVDV (31177) 2010-08-15 13:49
A glimpse of paradise !
A very beautiful framing with the tropical vegetation on the foreground. These plants occupy a big part of the picture. Yet we get a great view of those high rocks that rise steep out of that blue green water and we also see a bit of the beach and water life.
It looks like a great place to relax for a while. This picture certainly looks very inviting.
Best regards, Paul
lpi (4857) 2010-09-30 11:02
Superbe endroit, ça donne envie de s'y baigner!
RPoole5552 (1812) 2010-11-06 10:16
Beautifully framed and eye catching shot of the Thai beach. Truly does look like paradise. Thanks for sharing!
selay22 (254) 2011-03-16 8:58
Almost cant believe this place is real
what an amazing shot of the tropical scene
love how the trees frame the view and the greenness of the mountains take you there
sacavem (18620) 2011-06-09 9:54
This is like a paradise.I like this composition and pov.Fine natural colors.Well done...
serp2000 (45312) 2012-03-20 10:17
Wow! Superb! Just a poster on the wall of some travel company, Bulent! I love this work. Good choice of point if view, impressive nature... TFS!
I am going to Thailand and Laos at March,24.
ikeharel (76145) 2015-09-13 6:43
Excellent view through the beach vegetation, Bulent, revealed a fine seashore and blue bay and than, a rising green covered rocks.
Impressive sight of a known "paradise" location, people added human scale to this.
My best regards,
*** Just for your information: in Israel we see seagulls only from late autumn till early spring.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (39927)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-20
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): PARADISE ON EARTH [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-07-24 11:54
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