This is a close up view of a working barge widely used for trading in the vast Mekong delta. The bow is traditionally crafted this way with the prominent eyes painted brightly for good luck. The modern version of traditional wooden barges in Vietnam are all powered by diesel or gasoline engines. Today these modern wooden barges still preserve the features and charactaristics that is only unique to this area. The "eyes" is a trademark and pride of Mekong Delta.
I made this image because of the way its colors work as expression. It is accented by a subtle dominant vivid red with handsome and contrasty two watchful eyes in black and white. All of these colors, imho not ony add up to express a sense of happiness but also add life to Mekong Delta, where rivers and canals are lifeline to the people and economy who are so dependent on this vital natural source.
WS1: Another view of the "eye"
WS2: Sacks of rice being loaded onto a barge alongside a small canal on the delta. The rice field is in the background & observe a working mother and child on another barge.
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holmertz (55007) 2012-09-09 7:21
This is a smart close-up of one of the typical boats of the Mekong delta. Indeed it is a kind of portrait, since these "eyes" actually give the boats a kind of personal character. Besides, they're also extremely colourful and contribute strongly to the excitement of a tour on the delta.
Schnappilic (9692) 2012-09-09 7:41
Perfect framing for an interesting picture. Splendid eyes! Lovely vivid colors and sharpness!
All the best!
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-09-09 7:55
This shot really demonstrates your impressive photographer's eye and flexibility, Abmdsudi. You've isolated a great and small detail from what must have been a scene overflowing with opportunity, and taken the time to craft this beautiful shot. Just wonderfully framed, with bright vibrant color and an engaging subject. The way the lines radiate down from the spear haed at top - the planks with the eyes, and then those darker ones below it all casting outwards at different angles - creates a nice flow. Very well done.
chriswhitley (2027) 2012-09-09 8:31
Hi Abmdsudi. Nice detail of the barge. Well thought out and executed. Chris
ciakgiak (30431) 2012-09-09 8:32
excellent close-up, il taglio è perfetto, i colori magnifici e molto ben resi, davvero eccellente la resa cromatica e la qualità dell'immagine, hai avuto una grande idea.
Un caro abbraccio
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-09-09 9:37
Very artistically presented with splendid color saturation and light management. Your composition is very well thought out and I find this photo tvery creative.
Have a nice week,
Fis2 (100734) 2012-09-09 12:51
Very impressive picture.
rbellemare (2109) 2012-09-09 17:29
Another very nice picture of yours. This is a nice close up of that barge. Beautiful colours. Nice composition. Those eyes are impressive.
Have a nice week
annjackman (21899) 2012-09-09 18:31
I like those penetrating eyes and the vivid red colour. There is plenty of fine detail in this well framed 'face' and I particularly enjoy the textures and blue tones on the wood. Interesting boat design on the Mekong Delta - I look forward to seeing it myself very soon.
Best wishes, Ann.
emka (100907) 2012-09-09 23:43
Hi abmdsudi abmdsudi, Very beuaitufkl detail from the vietnamese boat. Also the eye but different than in Hoi An. Superb presentation.
Graal (103034) 2012-09-09 23:58
unusual "eyes" here, good shot and presentation of fragment the barge. Well composition. An interesting complementary photos in WS. Good note also.
Have a nice week.
carlo62 (50872) 2012-09-10 0:17
l'attenzione viene colpita in pieno, impossibile non accorgersi di questa foto, i colori sono splendidi ed il soggetto si distingue splendidamente.
mauro61 (52857) 2012-09-10 0:35
molto bella la ricerca del cromatismo e la geometria dei disegni,
Foto di grande qualità,
complimenti e buona giornata
bayno (18344) 2012-09-10 1:26
also here in Italy was the tradition of making the eyes on the bow of the boat....
your close-up is gorgeous, very sharp and with beautiful colors...
my best regards,
dkmurphys (60769) 2012-09-10 1:42
What a splendid detail. The colors and the textures are just amazing. Well seen, enjoy a fine week.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-10 2:39
a very impressive photo with splendid colours and graphic details, the composition is very attractive. Effective photo with superb realization, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-09-10 2:53
really perfectly noticed and so fine executed close-up picture.After a longer looking at the bow it appears to us almost like a warrior in a helmet.Really eye-catching effect created.Another thing are these fabulous,vivid colors which only intensify the strong graphical effect.Looks like the life on the Mekong river were very colorful.
Have a nice day
bukitgolfb301 (42966) 2012-09-10 3:52
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH
Ya another great shot indeed! Whatever you shot, every work is always good. You always make me admire your high sense and inspiration. Nice synmetrical appraoch too. Thanks for your shring with great posting and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo
marcan44 (6307) 2012-09-10 5:25
grande cromatismo di tinte e colori per ravvivare la prua di queste chiatte del fiume.
Ho dovuto guardare i WS per capire dove erano sistemati gli occhi del Mekong.
E' vero, ravvivano il panorama del fiume e anche il fondamentale commercio sul fiume ne esce rafforzato per l'economia del delta del Mekong.
A nice day
timecapturer (49288) 2012-09-10 5:30
superb shot this, looks like a warrior mask and you have presented it so artistically and cropped it for the greatest impact. Excellent detail, colours and textures make it an eye catching image. Well done!
Have a great week - Brian.
saxo042 (37902) 2012-09-10 7:31
A very good observation and capture! The boat gives an impression of a theatre mask with the strong eyes and the bright colours. Excellent.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-09-10 7:50
Awesome capture of this old tradition. Love the colors and the addition of the strong contrasting blue added to the appeal. Good lighting and dof with sharp details. WEll done, tfs.
ourania (47844) 2012-09-10 9:30
you have framed this wonderful picture in a superb way so that the graphism of the traditional painting of the barge is exalted, the colours and the expression of the watchful eyes become more powerful. The marvellously rendered textures give to the graphism feeling and warmth and we realize what this painting means for the owners of the barge and the local people. Your lighting is most effective for the capture and rendering of the colours and the textures, as well as of the use and the history of the barge. The workshop pictures are lovely and useful for our better comprehension of the subject. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
adramad (46986) 2012-09-10 10:47
An interesting note, to introduce us to the understanding of this unique and wonderful composition, this perfect symmetry in the composition, the dominant red, with white and black "eyes", works very well and gives a very potent.
Very good sharpness, which gives a nice range of textures in this painted wood.
Perfect management of light and color.
marabu61 (11119) 2012-09-10 13:48
Back from my weekend hike ..
Great and funny, at the same time somewhat scarry, closeup on a boat in the Mekong. Great colors, this looks almost like a mask.
have a great week
Silvio1953 (146725) 2012-09-11 1:03
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely composition with eyecatching colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mesutilgim (95834) 2012-09-11 9:33
Very nice capture ! Perfect observed and captured.
Great effect. Almost a contemporary art work.
TFS and best regards
Waylim (25502) 2012-09-12 18:09
A very strong graphic image, with great colors and abstract a nice close up study of the boat, I love how we give thing a lively charactor and personality to it.
delpeoples (58836) 2012-09-12 23:17
Hello dear Abmdsudi
Again a great title and a very different composition from that which we're used to in your gallery. I like it alot, the close up was well seen and well- composed. Excelent strong saturation has brought out the interesting textures in the old boat and as you say, we seem to be being stared at by the eyes from the Mekong. A lovely, imaginative shot.
Suppiluliuma (3913) 2012-09-13 6:47
Very vivid, colorful image with a nice narrative.
It looks like the "evil eye" tradition of the Middle East à la Vietnamese...
COSTANTINO (66581) 2012-09-14 7:15
impressive composition with those two beautiful eyes
painted brightly for good luck
original version,clever shot
have a nice weekend
josepmarin (58359) 2012-09-17 4:09
in this gorgeous close-up, with a visual very explicit angle on this peculiar element of the prow of the barge, we can enjoy its strong graphism, its vivid colors, and especially the worrying effect created by these eyes of penetrating look.
The result is a very powerful and very aesthetic composition.
A beautiful work.
pajaran (62548) 2012-09-20 9:27
Vrlo interesantan detalj na brodu.
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lep detalj sa ocima.
Lepe fotografije u radionici.
Srecan ti put, brodu sa ocima.
Very interesting details on the ship.
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good content and composition, nice detail with the eyes.
Nice pictures in the workshop.
Happy you the way, the boat with the eyes.
All the best.
adores (45889) 2012-09-21 14:18
These boats are really unique! I like this detail a lot!Colours and textures are just perfect! A really good shot and "really Vietnam".
BennyV (18129) 2012-09-27 11:30
What a joy to catch up with the Vietnam pictures you've been posting! These boat eyes are a theme I like a lot too. Here I like the fact that they are so, so close (almost a bit threatening) and also the textures of wood and paint are just terrific. Congratulations.
gus72 (3719) 2013-10-19 23:05
Hi abmdsudi !!!
I am glad that you got so many excellent reviews for this photo..... it is a good creation on your part to isolate just what we see.........
very nice textures and colours........ and yes..... I have the feeling that the barge is looking at me.........
Cheers to my friend
Cricri (121273) 2014-05-06 10:18
Tout bon le cadrage serré, l'on dirait un masque, des yeux qui nous regarde, une couleur attirante, de belles images en WS
mcmtanyel (24567) 2016-10-11 20:25
The predominant red in this photo attracts the eyes. Indeed, this portion of the barge looks like a theatrical mask. Well seen and rendered, congratulations!
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (55658)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-07-14
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-09 7:16