In the closing days of December 2011, I received a tantalizing email from the the cruise line, Yachts of Seabourn, inviting me to serve as a cultural enrichment lecturer on board the elegant cruise ship Seabourn Odyssey. The cruise was to depart on January 6, 2012 for a twelve day cruise to Papeete, Tahiti, and I would have to give seven lectures during the ship's eight days at sea. (The assignment gives new meaning to the expression "working vacation.") Despite the fact that the cruise was commencing only a week later and I was expected to give so many lectures, I accepted, albeit with considerable trepidation. The legendary American baseball star and popular folk philosopher, Yogi Berra, had expressed a curious aphorism that has long fueled my own decision making process, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it!" The Roman poet Horace was less ambiguous, when he wrote, "Carpe Diem!" In retrospect, this turned out to be one of the most exciting decisions I've made in years.
Moorea, where I shot this photograph, and Bora Bora 160 miles away, are known as the two most beautiful islands in the world not just suburbs of Paradise, but Paradise! And the lovely Polynesians, they appear to step out of Gaugin paintings.
In the next few weeks, as I find time, I will submit additional photos from the cruise. I will also begin a new group theme, "PARADISE ON EARTH" with two of my previous photos, "Suburb of Paradise I" and "Suburb of Paradise II". I welcome others to upload photos into the group theme from other genuinely beautiful exotic islands.
If anyone is interested, the titles of my lectures were "The Two Leonardos: and Neither of them DiCaprio"; "Leonardo's Universe", "The Greatest Englishman... Ever", "Patterns in Creativity: Right Brain-Left Brain", "Plate Tectonics and Search for Noah's Ark", "The Evolution of the Calendar: Julian, Gregorian, Maya and the Atomic Clock", and "Einstein: His Life, Work and the Manhattan Project."
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ikeharel (51533) 2012-01-20 2:12
The clouds on far back forming a unique light and ambiance on image, Bulent, shaded area on water's silhouette the trees and huts, to creat an atmosphere.
Lovely evening shot, I assume it was evening.
Have a nice friday,
Buin (42256) 2012-01-20 2:25
That's what I call an atmospheric photo! Really wonderful! The rendering of this vivid sky simply is captivating. A gorgeous place! Thank you also for the excellent comment to your photo. An exemplary contribution!
Greetings from cold and rainy Germany!
brianmcc (6005) 2012-01-20 2:26
what an incredible opportunity, too good to miss. your notes are excellent and very informative, just like your lectures no doubt.
your picture gives the impression that it is a wonderful place to visit. palms trees are always a good sign. the clouds here are quite dramatic. love the huts, what a place to stay. great composition.
papagolf21 (82982) 2012-01-20 2:49
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Peinture ou photographie ? la beauté de la composition est une réussite, sans conteste.
J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance que vous avez su reproduire avec talent à travers cette réalisation.
Il se dégage une émotion toute particulière.
Meilleurs voeux 2012.
Zengi001 (2325) 2012-01-20 3:15
Neredeyse SB renktonları ve güzel bulut şekilleriyle etkileyici bir manzara,
JFS (32459) 2012-01-20 3:18
Some people told me that this is the true paradise. I like the silver light and reflections on the sea. A very special shot! thanks Bulent!
jhm (134518) 2012-01-20 3:34
I read about your "work vacation" this have to pleasant with contact with the visitors every day.
"Plate Tectonics and Search for Noah's Ark", shall perhaps the most interesting, perhaps for my.
A pity that I always speaks very bad English, I try a lot but I am a very bad student.
Your picture is a very well image, we use this type picture for the weather reporting on TV.
Lovely composition, perfect presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
snunney (78821) 2012-01-20 3:36
Sounds an interesting and no doubt informative set of lectures, what a lucky man you are to have working holidays like this. I find the atmosphere in this well composed shot quite sublime. The palm trees, the deck chairs, the lovely sky and the peaceful waters all come together in perfect harmony. Beautiful presentation.
isabela_sor (47539) 2012-01-20 3:38
Looks like this composition is painted in silver
Must be a wonderful place and as usual your note completes the picture
The palm tree is a good detail , nice inclusion
All the best
Fis2 (81536) 2012-01-20 4:58
Interesting place, curious view.
I like colours and light.
Photo has climate.
Have a nice weekend
bukitgolfb301 (34262) 2012-01-20 5:17
Hi my dear Bulent, how are you?
Sorry for my late reaction weekday.
Great fantastic shot! Very moodylight twilight secenery shotvia perfect light management. Good framework and splendid composition as usual. Thanks for your sharinig with finest work and have a good day!
Takero from very cold and snow Tokyo
worldcitizen (6415) 2012-01-20 8:46
Welcome back from paradise! I can only imagine the beauty of French Polynesia. In this composition I like the one tall palm that bends towards the water, and the two empty chairs inviting us to sit and enjoy the view. I look forward to more photos from your most recent adventure!
quillo (11850) 2012-01-20 9:17
Hola Bulent ...
C'est un excellent travail avec
des silhouettes et du rétroéclairage,
qui ont forte composante esthétique
sur les nuées du ciel.
Une bonne gestion de l'exposition.
Composition de Nice, puissante et attrayante.
Saludos y feliz tarde.
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-01-20 10:07
Ola Bulent ,
Uma bela foto neste paraíso na terra , um fantástico lugar para umas férias , boas cores e luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
Royaldevon (25916) 2012-01-20 10:50
My husband, also a Leonard, must be the other person about whom you are talking!
One of the tantalising aspects of this site is that so many places are posted that one would love to visit. This is no exception!
It is verging on the monchrome, with its long shadowy reflections, giving a very distinct character and is beautifully composed. I like how the singule palm tree is cocking its head invitingly, saying, " Welcome to my World!"
Your notes vibrate with your enthusiasm for the place.
My warm regards,
emka (72306) 2012-01-20 14:00
Welcome back from Paradise! The sky with clouds looks fine but I maybe prefer a more blue sky and green palms. But probably even in Paradise there is evening probably. Very interesting set of lectures, in various themes. The Greatest Englishman... Ever. Who could it be? Shakespeare? ;) Two Leonardos and neither of them Di Caprio - were there others? I am joking, of course. Einstein and Manhattan Project - I remember funny stories about Feynman and MP.
My dream is also to go somewhen to Pacific islands, so I wouldn't hesitate even a second. But at the moment I plan to realize other dream - Africa.
Sonata11 (33111) 2012-01-20 20:14
Composition is marvelous. Fantastic management of color, clouds,perfect sharpness, clarity, POV and DOF are an amazing. Beautiful picture of gorgeous place and unique ambiance atmosphere. Wonderful work. My congratulation. I love it. Thanks for sharing and informative note.
All the best and have a nice WE,
sabermonajati (8845) 2012-01-20 21:22
amazing paysage with cloudy sky you captured.
MLINES (12516) 2012-01-21 1:08
Hi Bulent, Well composed with approximately 1/3 water and balance sky. The tropical ambiance of this place flows from the image. Good notes. It looks like that movie called Bali Hai or similar? TFS Murray
patdeph (35748) 2012-01-21 2:54
in my mind, the paradise is blue and green, with some white, I have never thought that when the night is coming, this is grey everywhere ,even in paradise.And here, I can only imagine what it could be.It must be different when we are really in the place.Anyway, the sky is fantastic,and it must be very nice to be in these bungallows on the water.
I will never know how is Bora Bora nor Moorea, too much expensive for me, but nevermind, I have met another real paradise in small islands near Borneo.
For you, it was surely a great and exciting opportunity to spend time and give conferences during a cruise.
Have a nice week-end
ebingul (1898) 2012-01-21 10:27
Merhaba Bülent bey,
Bu foto gerçekten cennetten bir köşe.Harika bir kompozisyon ve ışık yönetimi.Neredeyse siyah beyaz bir foto.2 beyaz şezlong,göğe uzanan tropikal ağaç ve gökyüzü resmin güzelliğini artırıyor.
Tebrikler ve esenlikler,
mesutilgim (79420) 2012-01-21 15:38
Selam dear Bülent,
Something different in your gallery !
Wonderfull scenery with the taste of an eighteenths century oil canvas !
TFS and have a nice weekend
Didi (54705) 2012-01-21 15:40
Salam dear frien
Curious No sun in this paradise place but your picture is very interesting with this dramatic sky
I think that the rain is not far.
Greetings from Orleans
mursaloglu (8261) 2012-01-21 17:53
Sevgili bulent bey
son yorumunuza tesekkürler. Cok gitmek istedigim bir yer. umarim bir gün kismet olur. mükemmel bir kare harika bir fotograf. bir tablo gibi ellerinize saglik ihsan
delpeoples (52305) 2012-01-21 23:24
Merhaba dear Bulent
Happy New Year to you and let me say how glad I was to hear that you were not on the Concordia and instead were spending time on our side of the equator. I hope you enjoyed the armth. I love the softness to this photo, the reflections on the water and the romantic palm trees. Isn't it amazing how they don't fall over at unbelievable angles like the one on the right?
Warmest regards and all the very best for 2012
Cricri (100395) 2012-01-22 10:14
J'aime l'atmosphère qui s'en dégage, le ciel dramatique qui fait briller la mer, les silhouettes des cabanes, les transats blancs qui ressort de la pénombre
nikkitta (12818) 2012-01-22 13:15
What a super trip. great landscapes, a cruise ( not the Concordia and your lectures
Funny the Two Leonardos...
Your capture is very well composed with the palm on the left as a kind of frame
Color almost grey with a mix of argent and blue is unique to create a different image ( not the classical golden beach-blue sky)
Greetings and Congrats
Thanks for taking your time to made suggestions to my post ( I answer it)
Cretense (68681) 2012-01-23 9:35
Hello, dear Bulent!
Beautiful exotic place, beautiful, very atmospheric photo, you took great advantage of this "heavy" sky! Wonderful silhouettes, great composition and framing, great light management!
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-01-23 10:04
We rarely shows in French Polynesia under a dramatic sky. The picture is very beautiful with a desired frame. The exposure is excellent, as the overall quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-01-23 19:42
Hello Profesor Atalay,
I cant believe that you almost went to Bora Bora. From what I have heard it is the most beautiful Island on earth. James A. Michener spoke of this Island just as you have described the island to be in your most captivating Photographers Note. The image provided is full of fascinating texture. The deliberately under exposed photo contains the most attractive image, so unexpected and intriguing. I welcome most warmly the image that you have provided for us all. Welcome back from Paradise. It is always very nice to hear from you.
With my very best wishes for the year 2012!
Have a very creative week as always, professor!
Graal (95083) 2012-01-23 23:49
very interesting and nice image from "paradise". Pity that weather was cloudy. Amazing palm and bungalows in BG. Good photowork and informations in note.
Have a nice day.
kordinator (14831) 2012-01-24 4:51
Gorgeous landscape with nice gray colors and fantastic silhouettes.
Lovely evening shot.
Excellent work with nice composition.
Best regards my friend
Uhu (8387) 2012-01-24 10:06
Great photo, as usual, and taken in a very hard lighting conditions! Composition is just perfect.
Paradise, well... People were adding some cannibalism to this paradise, no? Or it was in other islands in Pacific?
Human nature are so very nice.
Great work, as usual!
Ricx (13495) 2012-01-24 21:49
Hello Bulent my friend.. what a super way to visit paradise.. This appears the quiet part of the world that is hidden away.. what a lovely part of paradise TFS Rich
danos (82675) 2012-01-25 0:36
really the invitation from the cruise company must was a great surprise to you,with the cruise to the French Polynesia to was the destination of it.Moody the presented scenery,i don't know the hour of the shot,with the famous islands of Moorea and Bora-Bora,to are worldwide known.Your audience must was very interesting from all these lectures you describe in the note.
eldancer1 (24769) 2012-01-25 9:37
Wow! This reminds me of my old country...the Philippines. Awesome capture with good lighting and wonderful colors. Very well done, tfs.
kato (11630) 2012-01-26 8:45
You're capturing well the atmosphere of this island by a good composition and tasteful deep tone, so it's impressive to see some cotages, sand and bay. Here seems so peaceful and calm place. And, a coconut tree seen at right side draws out and additional good effect as well as thick cloud in the sky, too.
jemaflor (80026) 2012-01-27 1:47
Interesting light and reflectiuosn on water, good silver tone, well composed with the palm tree, tfs.
mkamionka (29155) 2012-01-29 8:28
very atmospheric capture. An original presentation from the paradise. Low light and sky covered with clouds makes it so different from typical sunny and colorful photos from this place. Charming palm tree so nicely bed to form diagonal. Very well spotted,
aliabazari (10994) 2012-02-01 18:48
Hi Dear Professor ... ....
The picture is beautiful and the heart.
Thank you and best regards
Silvio1953 (115175) 2012-02-02 0:51
Ciao Bulent, fascinating composition, superb sky full of lovely clouds, splendid light, beautiful reflections and wonderful soft colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
vasilpro (40701) 2012-02-02 14:31
Hello dear Bulent,
Wonderful composition, beautiful cloudy atmosphere, exotic place, excellent POV, lovely light and color tones, very good sharpness and contrast, very nice framework, TfS!
resat1972 (7134) 2012-02-03 5:52
Merhaba Bülent Bey
harika bir fotograf
anesugur (18789) 2012-02-06 12:06
Saygıdeğer hocam, çok güzel yerler gezip görüyorsunuz.
paololg (31448) 2012-02-06 13:29
Ciao dear Bulent,
I understand what the title means, surely you have returned after seeing the most beautiful place in the world: French Polynesia. Your picture is quite rare because it shows only the silhouette of the village and the palm trees, but it is certainly interesting and enjoyable, creating a very charming atmosphere. excellent management of the light, especially in the sky. Sincere congratulations for this beautiful image, dear friend, I am also sure that the guests of the Seabourn Odyssey were lucky to be able to listen to your lessons.
Ciao, have a nice Tuesday!
cavli (1874) 2012-02-07 11:11
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Manzara muhteşem. gün batımında ortya çok güzel siluetler çıkmış. bu zamanlar çok soğuk geçiyor :) fotoğrafınızı görünce yazı özledim bir an..
selamlar & saygıalr..
josepmarin (57465) 2012-02-08 9:33
such a weak luminosity gives a strong personality to this fantastic tahitian landscape, creating an atmosphere of really suggestive calmness. If this place is not the paradise, really seems it, and I congratulate you about the invitation of the cruise line, because this cruise trip across the French Polynesia must be magnificent.
I like the combination of elements in this composition, especially the huts on the water, the great sloping coco-palm at the right side, and the gorgeous cloudy sky.
It's a beautiful work, my friend.
Schnappilic (9686) 2012-02-12 12:35
Lovely atmosphere with impressive light. Great effect!
All the best,
ChrisJ (94462) 2012-02-13 23:39
Love the silvery color tones in this superb South Seas image. It nicely breaks the standard mold of clear blue skies seen more commonly in postcards. Superb graphism & the leaning coconut palm at right adds dynamism. Tfs!
Afsanehbagheri (3206) 2012-02-14 8:19
سلام دوست من
از نظر شما بابت عکس من متشکرم
شکار ابرها و لحظه طلایی خیلی خوب با رودخانه آرام
Kielia (22913) 2012-02-14 9:24
this is a very poetic and very well composed impression with the strong silhouette of the palm tree against this very moody sky. Excellent photo work accompanied by an interesting note! Thanks for sharing!
Vasa (16732) 2012-02-16 16:44
You are in paradise, dear friend Bulent. I said many things in my previous reaction. And I am happy for you, world citizen!
TRB (13545) 2012-02-20 10:19
Kadraj kullanımı ve renklerine bayıldım.Gökyüzü harika,
duvara asılacak güzellikte bir tablo..
tebrikler, emeğinize sağlık.
Selam ve saygılar
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2012-02-25 9:15
Excellent silhoettes and contrasts for sure!!!
kennyblack (4207) 2012-03-04 5:32
Fantastic image of the end of a day, very nostalgic, but a great emotional impact. Very beautiful coloring despite the 'lack of daylight. Really a great job ... compliment:)
Greetings and best wishes for good Sunday ... Marino
pinakie_slg (861) 2012-03-06 9:01
hi, do u remember me. returned to TE after a break of 5 yrs and amazed to find this pic of urs. Good work. Congrats.
corjan3 (2021) 2012-03-13 5:26
Looking at the recent additions to your portfolio, this image and the one immediatel;y following it stand out for me. And what a pleasure to view and to read your notes. What an assignment too! The themes of your lectures are very interesting and I would have given the proverbial for an opportunity of attending them. Will they be incorporated into a new book or is there any other possibility of getting access to the content in published form in future? Congratulations on a meaningful contribution here.
mirosu (12290) 2012-06-20 5:07
Hi Bulent, I really enjoy watching your photographs. You have very good eyes for excellent photo subject selection and composition. This one is a very good example with great viewpoint, light and shadows. What I like in the composition? The arrangenet with sky reflections in the water, well place palm tree and great sky.
P.s. Your Austrian Alps photo is teriffic.
elenimavrandoni (14197) 2014-04-25 15:00
Bulent, even with the cloudy day it still a very inviting place for vacation...great reflection and play of light and shadows...
I hope that you had a nice trip back home!!
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (34575)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-01-17
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200
- Exposure: f/10.6, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): MOODS OF THE SEA, PARADISE ON EARTH [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-20 1:01