For a place such as this charming little river town, Hoi An is abound of colored and characterful boats flanking the row of old historical shop houses, a sight to behold especially during sunrise when the sunrays bathe the entire area in a glorious golden warm light. As a photographer, I am always on the lookout for beautiful locations to make pictures and this spot is one I have bookmarked in my brain for the right moment.
Thu Bon river is a source of livelihood here since ancient times and on this particular early morning during my routine photo hunting tour I see the potential subject of a true delight for the eyes, a stunning blue stationary boat along the riverside waiting for passengers, a regular ferry boat destined for off-shore Cham Island. This opens up the opportunity for a photo shot within the small area that catches my immediate attention.
As if being watched closely by the bold serious looking big black and white eye, I wait so patiently to strike the balance from some distance when this lonesome kid appears and takes the most front seat on the bow having a moment of his own. Wondering what goes through his mind and so immersed in the golden hard warm light that shines all around him. But I love his pose who is looking away from my lens, his yellow shirt just leaps out of the frame and impossible to ignore while allowing him luxurious space ahead before releasing my shutter.
Part of the joy of photography is also enjoying the moment of capture, arriving at the location early before picture time to enjoy the gradual changes in lighting that occurs as the sun slowly rises above the horizon.
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carlo62 (43557) 2012-08-26 10:45
molto bella questa immagine, la barca con i suoi colori è splendida ed il ragazzo contrasta molto bene con il suoi colori.
Molto intenso e concentrato lo sguardo del giovane marinaio.
Highmountains (2674) 2012-08-26 11:10
The bright blue paint on the boat is captured with clarity and detail - and makes this a bright sharp picture. The contemplating boy is taken - almost from behind. Te face with the cap is a side view. The poise is of calm thoughtfulness. I think the loud colours of the boat and the bright shirt is in contrast to the mood of the boy and this diverging moods makes the photograph a pleaseure to view.
Thanks for sharing.
holmertz (48936) 2012-08-26 11:14
Not really a portrait but a very nice composition. For the sake of the boy's safety I also hope it is well balanced :-)
There's a slight touch of pink on the surface of the water matching the pink details of the boat very well and to some extent also the shaded parts of the boy's cap. My compliments to the boat's owner for finding very nice colours.
fotoguy22 (4794) 2012-08-26 11:52
Nice use of primary colors: yellow in the boy's shirt and the blue boat. I like the profile of the young man as well and the low sun angle is perfect.
Greetings from Florida............Greg
jemaflor (93239) 2012-08-26 11:54
Well framed, good choice for the presentation, great light and color, sharpness is perfect, well made.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-08-26 12:28
It's quite a unique scene you've captured. You've got the essence and expressions of the scene nicely covered and that's what counts here. This is instructive, colourful and quite charming.
Have agood week,
papagolf21 (95497) 2012-08-26 14:06
Très bonne prise de vue de cet enfant à la proue de la barque.
L'image est fort bien rendue. La posture de l'enfant est naturelle.
Un cadrage réalisé avec talent.
Très bien observé.
Fis2 (93833) 2012-08-26 14:19
I like composition and frame.
Superb colors and sharpness.
emilbo (22616) 2012-08-26 17:16
Ton oeil d'artiste a bien vu cette magnifique scène. Le garçon sur le devant du bateau semble prendre çà relaxe. La composition est excellente avec le garçon et l'oeil du bateau placés aux tiers. Le bleu est merveilleux et beau contraste avec le jaune.
Cordiales salutations du Canada,
bayno (18344) 2012-08-26 23:53
the little captain is illuminated by the last light, beautiful shades of blue, very nice close up on the lovely boat, beautiful expression pensive and near worried of the child...
CLODO (33422) 2012-08-27 0:28
Yhis is an evocative picture, the boy seeming to be in his own world. Good framing though you cut a little the bow of the boat, and nice blue hues of the hull well lighted by a lateral sun contrasting with the yellow Tshirt. The "eye" of the boat seems to prorect the boy.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-08-27 1:50
great photo with splendid composition and amazing colours, excellent framing and the atmosphere of the photo is fascinating, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
willperrett (9401) 2012-08-27 3:57
Lovely simple composition; peaceful, tranquil scene. The blue and yellow work well together, and the pushing of the "rule of thirds" past its "normal" position was brave and effective. Great work.
rbellemare (2109) 2012-08-27 5:02
Very nice picture. I like the textures provided by the sharpness of this picture. The colours of the boat are perfectly clear. The presence of the boy add to the value of this picture.
Have a nice day.
sacimar (26205) 2012-08-27 6:20
this is another good image with the painted boat and the boy as main elements, I like the composition, you captured a nice moment, well done,
Graal (101714) 2012-08-27 6:21
nice colourful image. Good composition. Good "human accent" on the boat. photo I like.
Have a nice evening.
sacavem (18620) 2012-08-27 6:55
Good photo of the daily life, good moment.
kato (11630) 2012-08-27 7:16
You're capturing well this scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see a boat with colorful blue and a boy sitting on tip of boat. He is looking at the long distance while doing meditation. You have caught the difficult psychological description well.
Have a nice week.
eldancer1 (35501) 2012-08-27 8:52
Simple but so powerful a composition! I like the contemplative mood and the bright colors. Great lighting and dof with sharp details. Very well done, Tfs.
Sonata11 (33737) 2012-08-27 8:55
What a fantastic captured this decisive moment. You where in thid place in perfect time. Wonderfully executed this snapshot of this a little boy with his thought. Magnificent work. I like it a lot. Fantastic executed image.
All the best,
Cricri (115557) 2012-08-27 12:22
Vous avez de nouveau capturer un joli moment , doux, naturel de ce petit bonhomme le regard lointain, belle lumière sur son visage et sa blouse jaune en contraste avec le bleu de la barque, deux couleurs qui ce marie très bien ensemble, très jolie scéne
marabu61 (10273) 2012-08-27 13:13
Superbly framed shot with strong and vivid colors. The boy, unaware of your camera, sits in a perfectly natural pose on his great boat. The framing is absolutly spot on and the shallow DOF makes the boy and boat stand out nicely.
adores (43869) 2012-08-27 18:11
Another good shot of these original and colourful boats! I like the way you framed it with the little boy sitting there, so unaware of your presence! Good focus and light!
dkmurphys (55867) 2012-08-28 1:50
Wonderful detail of an every day scene. I like the colors and the quality. Nice catch, enjoy a fine day.
mesutilgim (92364) 2012-08-28 2:05
Very nice capture of this young boy deep in thoughts.
Perfect pov and layout.
TFS and best regards
lousat (87134) 2012-08-28 2:53
The moment,the lights,the colors,the atmosphere...this pic is a beautiful masterpiece,what a composition and what a quality,a great pleasure for my eyes,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
delpeoples (56726) 2012-08-28 6:12
Hello dear Abmdsudi
What a wonderful note to accompany this exquisite photo. The tight framing and the light are absoutely flawless. The shape of the boat and the beautiful chromatic rendering is a masterpiece. Magnificent.
ourania (41234) 2012-08-28 14:16
the composition is very effective and elegant, the light has a lovely warm quality, and the colour of the boat is so vivid and attractive. All these wonderful features offer visual pleasure but also show a tender feeling towards the serious little boy, as if wanting to cheer him up and reassure him that what worries him will soon be over. I love the vividness of the colours and texture of the boat, the boat and the little boy bound together against the soft, blurry and vague backdrop. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
karacabeylis (1465) 2012-08-31 7:08
exactly! will i be able to sail somewhere far away or take somebody there.... nice shot, emotional.
yaya13baut (3344) 2012-09-01 6:49
a nice "street" portrait of this child set on the head of the boat.
a nice light which gives a calm feeling ; we imagine the little boy is dreaming to travels by the seas.
lovely blue boat, interesting "eye" painted on the side... I saw this kind of signs in Malta : the fishing boats have an Osiris eye on their front.
Waylim (25488) 2012-09-05 22:31
What a lovely photo of the boy on the boat, and yes he is so deep in his thought or just simply day dreaming. Gorgeous colors of blue tone and the warm sunset light illminated it nicely. A very poetic mood and atmosphere you have captured.
npecanhuk (73492) 2012-09-06 19:51
Wow! That's great!!!!
You had a superb idea, did an excellent photo job and the visual results are so beautiful and lovely!
Another great work of yours!
TFS - congrats,
mauro61 (52855) 2012-09-09 2:51
grande senso dell'inquadratura e immagine dall'ottima resa con il colore brillante della barca e lo sguardo del ragazzo verso il mare.
fabianoleite (10464) 2013-02-07 17:15
Goo ddepiction of solitude and meditation with great colors and texture, and good blurring of bakcground. Nice work, congratulations!
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-02-25 20:35
worries free and peaceful mind of youth...a very remarkable and touching daily scene with great color and contrast!!
simple, spontaneous and beautiful!!
fritzi007 (10401) 2014-08-31 13:24
very good color management and quality, congratulations!
ikeharel (67205) 2014-12-10 0:34
A daydreaming younster on the edge of his boat... a wonderful moment captured, and well under daylight with fine clarity.
The yellow shirt of him, contrast the multi-blue tones of the boat and sea.
Cheers for such a charming picture.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (50496)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-10
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW, Tokina 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/6400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-26 10:39