This was taken on a slightly cloudy day during my usual early morning photo routine on one of the many small canals which form a huge network of waterways surrounding Chau Doc river town in the vibrant Mekong Delta. Set among lush landscape of sprawling rice fields and flat wetlands, the Mekong river and its branches shape life in this region, people live, shop, sell and eat from and in their boats, canoes and homes on the water. It is along the smaller canals that most of the rural population lives since the soil is fertile and rich with abundance of fresh water.
This image is a glimpse of traditional way of rural life associated with river acitvity in the delta which has not changed for generations probably, and the comfort we are used to is not to be seen here. This is certainly different but it's a wonderful slice of local flavour to a different way of life and for the Vietnamese, Mekong Delta remains a way of life -the heartbeat of the land and its people.
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papagolf21 (103764) 2012-09-11 8:43
Oh ! voilà une bien jolie composition fort bien présentée.
Le cadrage est parfait à tous points de vue.
Le résultat est excellent.
holmertz (54961) 2012-09-11 9:51
This is a fine composition and not quite the usual picture from the delta. The green water plants are shown on a diagonal, which is strengthened by the wooden construction and the boat is well placed and has created another, opposing diagonal. It is a fairly plain but attractive picture of daily life on the Mekong.
rbassin (23407) 2012-09-11 10:15
Une très belle vue sur une scène, la lumière et les couleurs sont magnifiques.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-09-11 11:59
This is a wonderful view of river. It has all the elements associated with the boat. Superb character to the greens, wonderful details, and of course the boat. Excellent point of view with the boat stretching be the main theme.
Fis2 (100668) 2012-09-11 14:05
Curious place, nice climate.
Good frame and colors.
I like reflection.
rbellemare (2109) 2012-09-11 17:17
Another very nice picture of yours. I like the contrast between the greenery and the darker colour of the water. The touch of blue in the boat adds a lot to the beauty of this picture. Great composition.
kato (11630) 2012-09-11 18:06
You're capturing well this daily life scene of Vietnam by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the canal that the green plant is floating and the woman who is collecting grass into the boat from the canal. And, the shadow projected to the canal gives an additional good effect.
Have a nice day.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-12 1:38
great atmosphere once more, the composition is splendid, the colours and lights are beautiful. An excellent photo work, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
TopGeo (38216) 2012-09-12 1:45
This is a fine composition of boat picture from the delta. The green water plants are shown on a diagonal,very impressive photo, very atmospheric, with a beautiful peaceful feeling! Technically ! Great composition and framing, outstanding light management, wonderful blue colours! Top quality photo! Congratulations!
aliabazari (16230) 2012-09-12 1:53
The composition of this picture is very well done, with excellent exposure. Good depth.
Thank you for registering for this nice picture
dkmurphys (60709) 2012-09-12 3:28
A splendid scene in great colors. I like the POV and the deepness created by the strong contrasts. Well seen!
jhm (155264) 2012-09-12 4:09
A very quiet place with garden on the water.
Color and subject are pleasant.
Excellent composition, nice presentation, TFS.
lpi (4857) 2012-09-12 6:52
Une très jolie scène de vie avec de très belles couleurs et une excellente lumière.
Silvio1953 (146643) 2012-09-12 6:57
Ciao Abmdsudi, great view of fantastic natural enmviroment, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-09-12 9:27
I heard a lot about those river and delta people. Human beings are so adaptable and creative. One has to make a living and we find ways to make it so. I only saw to type of water lilies when I live in New Orleans, I think they only grow in warmer climate. Nice capture of this delta person with good lighting and dof with nice details. I like your composition. Well done, tfs.
sacimar (26851) 2012-09-12 9:42
I like this image, the composition is interesting with the boat and the plants over the water, the angle is well chosen, nice job,
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-09-12 14:04
I like your idea to omit the horizon line and cloudy sky and to put stress completely on the life on the water.The outcome appeals to me.You have excellent sense of situation how to present us the daily-life on the water.
You composed also the image very well.Especially captivating look these plants drifting on the water and smooth reflections on the water surface.Morover you capture perfectly the colors.They´re well-saturated,especially green shades are so vivid and make the scene so nice.
bayno (18344) 2012-09-12 23:43
a photo that makes want to get a good paddling around in these charming canals, very nice reflections and light, perfect framing and beautiful colors with the green that stands out very well on the water gray, it seems that shines with its own light, a charming backlight,
Graal (103034) 2012-09-12 23:46
nice reportage and theme about the daily life. Fine contrast here and saturated colours. Also good POV and composition. An interesting note.
Have a nice day.
josepmarin (58359) 2012-09-13 2:07
a good scene of the daily life in the delta, perfectly caught early in the morning, with a soft light and a magnificent effect of chiaroscuro in foreground.
The green one of the plants on the water and on the canoe they add a good chromatic power to the composition, and the reflections on the water increase its aesthetic level.
It's a beautiful work, skillfully executed.
Janusz1974 (2824) 2012-09-13 2:30
Beautiful impression, I like tha many fine greean tints and the attractive details. This is an excellent composition and splendid atmosphere,
ourania (47784) 2012-09-13 6:13
this is a beautiful, elegant and artistic composition that makes excellent use of the the theme, ambiance and lighting. The boat is excellently placed in the frame and directs our glance to the elements that surround it. The longer we observe the picture the richer it becomes as we constantly discover details. I love the perspective, the mysterious boatwoman peacefully absorbed in her work, the rich deep tones of the water and the way the other colours stand out against it. The fading of the dark tone and the luminosity in the upper part of the frame are magnificent. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
adramad (46944) 2012-09-13 9:53
A magnified image with the lifestyle in the delta, perfect touch to the composition the presence of this man in his canoe, which seems to collect plants, which float on the water.
I really like this degradee water color, from lightest to darkest in the foreground, the green of the plants that seem to float in the river, are a perfect touch.
A superb job with superb quality. Well done.
Have a nice day.
Nard (6972) 2012-09-15 11:30
A place how I like and a wonderful picture. The luminous green, the dark water with reflections, blue spots and good framing.
COSTANTINO (66531) 2012-09-15 11:39
I like your useful notes about this picture from Delta
the green water plants are shown on a diagonal
excellent point of view,I like the contrast between
the greenery and the surface of the water
mauro61 (52857) 2012-09-16 11:51
angolo del fiume che rende bene l'idea del luogo con la luce bassa e le foglie che galleggiano sull'acqua.
Buona la qualità e la resa
mkamionka (38357) 2012-09-16 13:20
your gallery is for me a great lesson of photography.
Excellent capture here with the blue boat standing out of the background. Very interesting scene. Great asymmetric composition.
A real masterpiece.
Waylim (25502) 2012-09-17 9:30
I have read and study about the delta since I was young, in geography and his history class. I have my curiosity of the place as it is the end of the Mekong before it goes into the ocean. This is a combination of wonderful daily life image as the woman is collecting vegetable from the bank of the river. I love the contast of the bright green of the vegetation and the dark inky river. Really wonderful shot full of atmosphere and mood of the orient.
pajaran (62506) 2012-09-18 23:56
Lep trenutak ...
Dobra ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lepi refleksi na vodi.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
Beautiful moment ...
Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good content and composition, beautiful reflections on the water.
Have a nice day, all the best.
Angshu (56760) 2012-09-19 1:26
A very interesting image by the way you composed. The light has been handled with subtlety & the exposure well achieved. The boat is well framed in a diagonal from the corner of the frame. It seems she's gathering the water plants which grow here aplenty. The lush green & the dark water contrasts well. Good work!
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-09-21 5:39
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Linda esta cena de vida diária neste rio , bom primeiro plano com esta canoa e o homem , penso que deve ir vender mercadoria para o mercado , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
fritzi007 (11155) 2014-06-19 10:27
really an incredible photo, very intense, well done
Wish you a nice day
Cricri (121227) 2014-08-29 13:57
Belle scène de vie, j'aime le cadrage, les reflets , la perspective, une image bien présenter et réaliser
mcmtanyel (24567) 2016-02-18 20:12
The little boat with its green cargo looks like a continuation of the water lillies. Well seen and nicely rendered.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (55604)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-17
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-11 8:16