Halong Bay, on the Vietnamese coast east of Hanoi, is one of the most beautiful places in the world to see a sunset. The many small fishing boats and the odd landforms make for a magical experience. Unfortunately there are most often clouds or thick haze, so you have to get a lucky day.
Confession--the colors here are a little enhanced, to mimic an orange filter which I didn't have.
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Bien (4745) 2005-12-13 11:18
Hi Ken, Thank you for showing this picture and making me discover Halong Bay after all! You are right, I guess you have to be lucky when you go there; and I wasn't: I saw a thick haze for 3 days while cruising around, but it was magic all the same. The colours here seem very surrealist for me as I can hardly imagine it being like this of course, and that is probably why I like it so much. Lovely composition with the charming boat on the foreground! I mainly enjoy the lovely sparkles of the sun in the water, they look very precious! Thanks for sharing! Sabine
jp80 (8443) 2005-12-13 11:20
Wonderful warm colors and very nice framing with boat on a high point. Very well done !
gaby (19819) 2005-12-13 14:52
Ken bonsoir - I like this color and the framing - nice compo -
The background is fantastic
Cormac (26563) 2005-12-13 23:44
Great shot Ken! I've always admired your shots from this beautiful place, and this is another good one. The rock formations are almost unreal, and the fishing boat makes a perfect subject in front of that wonderful scene. Great work!
banyanman (7789) 2005-12-14 20:08
Hi Ken. A classic shot from Halong Bay which you have composed well with the fishing trawler in just the right place. I guessed you had done some PP on this as soon as I saw it, but it adds a lot of atmosphere and I am sure there really are some days like this. It is a bit noisy (from the scan I suppose) but I don't mind noise in shots like this because it adds to the atmosphere. Cheers . . . David
buzelman (0) 2006-01-04 12:27
Very nice!!! I like the smooth orange which makes your picture to a thought-provoking artwork!!! Even there is nothing in particular it's obvious that this picture is from a poor country, I don't know why!!!
sanalytis (1634) 2007-01-01 12:48
You are right Ken, It was sunny when you visited Halong Bay.
I love this sunset shot, well composed, great colors and of course interesting subject.
Happy New Year!!