A solitary traditional fishing canoe resting at the end of a hard days work, photographed from a small fishing village in Daruba on the western coast of Morotai Island facing Molucca sea with Halmahera Island in the backdrop. I simply love what nature has offered before my eye as the sun is about to dip at end the day, a peaceful and calm brief moment and the atmosphere is begging to be caught by my lens.
Brief infor about Morotai Island:
Least known even among the Indonesians, Morotai Island is located at the northern end of North Maluku Province or known as the Moluccas in what was then the Dutch East Indies and is part of the Halmahera Group and directly adjacent to Pacific Ocean. Visiting this scarcely populated island - the native Gallela and Tobello are the major ethnic groups here- is like taking a journey back in time to World War II. This island was a minor Japanese base, leapt to prominence when it was captured in September 1944 by the Allies and used as their headquaters.
Morotai became famous as the important base from where Gen MacArthur launched his assault against the Japanese to liberate the Philippines with his famous pledge "I shall return" His command base is located at Zum Zum atoll, about 25min ride from Daruba village. US Forces operated many different type of fighter aicrafts such Spitfires, Beauforts etc including B17 bombers from two parallel 3km air strips at Wama and Pitoe not far away from where this picture was taken. Interestingly both are still in good condition but of little strategic value nowadays.
The island is mostly ringed by mangroves, but on its small, spongy white-sand beach you’ll still find the rusty foundations of a wartime pier. Unfortunately there is little left to see from this period - the once plentiful war relics have now mostly been sold for scrap metal. During my scouting around I could see the islanders still ‘fish’ for WWII metals from machine guns, shell casings and other valuable scrap such as, steel helmets, dog-tags etc An amphibious US tank still lies rusting sadly in a hidden palm grove
Among the Japanese defenders who retreated to Morotai’s crumpled mountain hinterland was the famous Private Nakamura, the last soldier, the absolute last soldier of WWII, a man who never surrendered who spent more than twenty years in complete isolation, did not know the war was over, and was convinced he would be killed if he was found. Nakamura was coming out of his little hut on the morning of 18 December 1974 when he found himself surrounded by Indonesian soldiers. He handed over a well maintained rifle and his last five rounds of ammunition. He was a Formosan who had been drafted into the Japanese Imperial Army early in 1944, and he was repatriated to Taiwan and died three years later
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BennyV (13058) 2012-03-19 4:15
Hi again Abmdsudi
The vessel seems to be made of gold. That's how valuable a sense of serenity can be in these hectic times. A well-balanced contribution.
npecanhuk (56350) 2012-03-19 4:16
Very beautiful picture!
I love the colors - they're wonderful all over this image!
Perfect management of light!
Sharpness, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition are all excellent too!
TFS - congrats,
williewhistler (9787) 2012-03-19 4:43
Hello Abmdsudi,the late evening light that is striking the vessel brightens a peaceful and tranquil scene.
Your note is of real interest,thank you.
Best regards Les.
papagolf21 (79512) 2012-03-19 5:23
Bonjour, Abmdsudi ,
Félicitations pour cette très belle composition emplie de poésie et de douceur.
La lumière éclaire délicatement la barque solitaire.
Une composition de très belle qualité.
notrap (4986) 2012-03-19 5:23
beautiful light and perfect your composition. My compliments!
Have a nice week,
aloyho (6798) 2012-03-19 5:38
The simplicity of the various elements in this composition all helped to enhanced that feeling of quiet and solitude. I like the boat which honestly I have a soft spot for and the stong local flavour as shown in the shape of the boat. It also helped to differentiate from the many boat scenes that we so often see. Lovely shot indeed!!
Bluejeans (64243) 2012-03-19 5:59
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Uma bela foto em tons dourados , gostei muito deste barco solitário neste mar bem calmo , belo reflexo , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
dale54 (5731) 2012-03-19 6:07
abmdsudi hello,great pic,late nite color and light,which gives us a lovely warm feel.beautifull scene,great POV!have a great week! dr
danos (78036) 2012-03-19 6:23
very nice and peaceful the scenery with the lonely native boat to be lighten from the falling warm afternoon light of the end of the day.I like the tranqullity of the image with the colour tints of the sky to are captured superb.Well done.
ciakgiak (30379) 2012-03-19 6:44
Questa è un'immagine di assoluta bellezza, poetica e romantica al tempo stesso.
Quanto è bella quella imbarcazione messa lì, solitaria si, ma importantissima al tempo stesso nel contesto di un paesaggio magnifico.
I colori sono molto soffici e naturali, la qualità eccellente.
Un caro abbraccio
siolaw (37640) 2012-03-19 7:15
You caught a nice golden light on the boat's hull, contrasting well with the sotf pinkish sunset sky.
Simple but efficient compo, following the rule of thirds.
claudeD (26906) 2012-03-19 7:22
very fine and interesting picture. Perfect informative note. I like the calm scenery very much. Perfect colors and sharpness.Very well done.Have a fine week.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
cavli (1874) 2012-03-19 7:26
great colors. I like the golden tones on the boat very much. quite sharp and clear picture. nice capture.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-03-19 7:52
Awesome capture with nice composed shot.like the back light over the lonely boat in the sea.
like the texture cloudy sky.
Just beautiful colors, contrast and sharpness.
TFS such a nice photo.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-03-19 8:06
great atmosphere, the composition is very nice, the colours and lights are fantastic, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
cornejo (22432) 2012-03-19 8:22
Abmdsudi Hello, very good capture of this lovely postcard with a wonderful light. Excellent picture, beautiful and very well done with technique and mastery. Very good and nice job, congratulations. Good afternoon and happy start to the week. Tfs.
SnapRJW (23510) 2012-03-19 8:42
Hello Abmdsudi - The sunlight striking the hull of the outrigger adds a splash of brilliance to this finely managed image. Serene and lovely. TFS and warm regards Rosemary
dta (56526) 2012-03-19 9:12
Hello Abmdsudi ,
A simple , but wonderful composition , with a great mood and fantastic light and colors .
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-03-19 10:09
Trés belle texture et superbe atmosphere que ce cliché.
Les couleurs et la lumière sont splendides.
saxo042 (33856) 2012-03-19 10:40
The low light from the setting sun is beautifully illuminating this interesting boat. Your composition is perfectly balanced and harmonic.
everlasting (14023) 2012-03-19 12:35
It looks like a golden bird gliding on the water. Just beautiful!!
holmertz (31208) 2012-03-19 12:41
The evening has painted the sky and water in interesting colours. Not quite the typical colours of sunset. This has more of pink and blue, but maybe in a few minutes the light was quite different. The fishing canoe with its simple but elegant shapes indicates the part of the world and stops our eyes from getting lost among the water.
patdeph (35742) 2012-03-19 12:49
nothing in this peaceful picture can remind the war,this is only pure beauty in a splendid light.The sky is full of softness, contrasting with brilliant water,and I like this typical boat in a perfect position in diagonal.Magnificent!
Bartleby (13238) 2012-03-19 14:02
THis golden light is truly gorgeous! Add to this this well-placed boat and you got a superb picture, with some sort of soothing atmosphere. Love it!
brianmcc (5786) 2012-03-19 14:33
the atmosphere in your picture is very tranquil. the colour tones are superb with subtle changes throughout the picture. the little boat is placed perfectly and illuminated beautifully by the sun light. lovely composition.
bayno (18334) 2012-03-19 18:22
beautiful golden light, the scene is well framed, I like the catamaran craft, great job in PP, a great atmosphere of calm and a note always interesting, beautiful tonesin the sky...nice title...
have a good day...
rabdelnoor (3421) 2012-03-19 18:46
Fantastic golden colours on this impressive sunset shot. A great composition and a very informative note too.
Thanks for sharing.
mauro61 (52545) 2012-03-19 23:35
fantastica la tonalità di questo cielo e scena che si presenta magnificamente grazie ad una perfetta definizione.
Mi piace l'inserimento dell'imbarcazione a dare vita e profondità all'immagine,
emka (64110) 2012-03-19 23:39
How different constructions of boats we see here on TE. This looks very peculiar. Wonderful shot in the evening light, the boat looks as made of gold. Warm regrads
TopGeo (38080) 2012-03-20 0:43
Very beautiful picture!
A very wonderful photograph! It has beautiful dark but low light and colors and great and contrast. The point of view you selected is superb. I love the idea -Thanks for sharing this beautiful capture with us. Bravo!!
jjcordier (67146) 2012-03-20 1:36
Très jolie photo avec une lumière et des couleurs superbes et une excellente composition.
bukitgolfb301 (32586) 2012-03-20 1:50
Hello my dear Abmdsudi YTH
Ya Hebat Hidup Datang ya MASTERPICE!
Wonderful great shot!
Sharp and clear presentation by nice color touch and delight light management. Thanks for your sharinig with finest posting and have a good day!
Takero relaxing a national holiday in Tokyo
gita (243) 2012-03-20 5:02
An eye catching shot from beautiful location, the golden sunset rays flows over the boat looks just magical.Lovely scene with neat composition.
lousat (64053) 2012-03-20 5:14
Spectacular choice of the moment to take at the best this place whit this gold light.A minimalistic and artistic composition,what a class and what a quality,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
gildasjan (39558) 2012-03-20 5:23
Quelle superbe image!
Un très beau rendu des couleurs et une image parfaitement composée.
adramad (30851) 2012-03-20 8:50
Stunning beauty of this composition, ideal present that curious boat alone in the quiet waters, very nice these color tones of the sky, the boat catches a fantastic golden color, which projects its pretty good reflexes.
Dim light, which gives a quiet and relaxed. Beautiful image.
Have a nice day.
marina7 (7160) 2012-03-20 9:44
I'm drawn by the unusual blazing color of the boat here. It's like it's made of steel or some other highly reflecting material, great effect. The most peaceful scenery for sure. My compliments.
Fis2 (76908) 2012-03-20 10:17
A very interesting boat.
Good frame and superb colors.
Very impressive picture.
josepmarin (56471) 2012-03-20 11:24
a magnificent composition, with the simplicity of this traditional fishing canoe, which offers us its beauty under a low light of the sunset, which provides a few nice golden tones to it.
Its reflections on the water are precious.
The ensemble has a high aesthetic quality, a fantastic light and a very well caught colors.
A beautiful composition. Bravo!!
Cricri (92041) 2012-03-20 12:14
Vous avez capturé le bon moment, la lumière douce du ciel et un éclat sur la barque de pêcheur, j'aime la douceur et le calme du moment
adores (30775) 2012-03-20 19:35
Another beautiful sky and composition! What really catches my eye here is the sunset light on the little boat! Surely a magical moment to take this photo on such a peaceful atmosphere!
federico (1603) 2012-03-20 23:11
hello abmdsudi, really nice and colourfull picture, I like the lonely boat hitten by sunrays, alos nice reflections and good background complete your work
really well done
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4612) 2012-03-21 0:23
Love the solitude feel of the image. The last rays of the sun create a nice golden glow to the boat which is really nice. The drama, ambiance, mood is perfect. Seems to be a very nice place to relax. Well captured!
all the best,
jhm (127883) 2012-03-21 4:26
Only the lonely, these boat middle of the water.
It seem of the boat is totally leave.
Colors and environment are pleasant for look at.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
sevy (14267) 2012-03-22 1:06
Eye catching the golden tones over the boat, it makes it well visible and defined in the wide water place close in far background by the mountains.
Moreover, the contrast on the boat is also in opposition with the overall soft rendering of the environment which participates to put the boat in evidence.
foozi (7101) 2012-03-22 7:28
very special view indeed. The yellow bot really gives an exciting contrast. thus making the colourful sky more intersting and pretty.
Excellent omposition with position of the boay allow the manifestation of crative work.
Selamat ketemu semula, selepas sebegitu lama saya menghilang.
Waylim (23310) 2012-03-22 10:27
I detect some noise, and the crity of the image is not your best, perhaps its my monitor or I need glass as I get older. But what is the most imaportant here is the mood that you have captured, the feeling of peacefulness and solitary moment. The moody sky, the golden light illuminated the whole scenery. Just beautiful.
dkmurphys (42409) 2012-03-22 13:34
Very beautiful composition. Artistic shot with that deep calm atmosphere. Well done!
eldancer1 (20690) 2012-03-22 14:20
Solitary and so peaceful! Awesome capture with great lighting. Wonderful colors and good saturation. Very well done, tfs.
jusninasirun (17146) 2012-03-23 1:17
This is top drawer composition with well crafted framing for strong visual appeal. The golden light catching on that unique boat is fabulous against the dreamy natural tone.
Thanks and have a nice day.
Nard (6915) 2012-03-23 5:25
Magnificent and spectacular picture. I like the light on the boat, the pink tones, sky, silhouttes of the mounatins and the texture of the water. Nice atmosphere, would like to be there...
danyy (0) 2012-03-23 7:45
des eaux très cuivrées et dorées, telles du métal liquide, dansant doucement et donnant ces reflets troubles.
J'aime aussi beaucoup ce ciel finement dessiné grâce à des réglages de l'exposition vers les lumières basses.
Une photo qui respecte les règles du cadrage.
SWEETFREEDOM (19900) 2012-03-23 12:53
very nice composition with a very good light over the boat.
delpeoples (48568) 2012-03-24 1:12
Hi dear Abmdsudi
This photo really exudes tranquillity and solitude. I love the golden tones and pastel colours. The lone canoe and its reflections accentuate this feeling of peace and isolation. A superb shot, congratulations.
Silvio1953 (105343) 2012-03-25 11:21
Ciao Abmdsudi, fascinating composition with lovely boat, fantastic reflections, wonderful warm colors, splendid light, magic atmosphere, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
SteveH (6187) 2012-03-25 19:16
Hi Abmdsudi, Great shot from this remote location, using the warm evening sun (or was it morning?) - BTW how did you get there? cheers, Steve
sacavem (18604) 2012-03-28 11:42
A dreaming composition with fantastic light and splendid colors.
mkamionka (27045) 2012-03-28 14:08
very atmospheric photo. I like the purple color tones plus the warm light on the side of the boat. The boat adds a very important element to catch the eye.
Great composition, very well done,
nikkitta (8885) 2012-04-06 11:46
As Benny said the color of the canoe seem made of gold
Very beautiful capture with for different layers of colors
Also great reflects on the water
Informative and interesting note
Greetings and TFS
Robert1969 (6650) 2012-05-09 0:26
With a little imagination, this boat looks
like a giant crab, that comes to you.
The layers in the picture (including the
boat) creates a nice depth in the picture.
The open space makes the picture nice
calmness and the light management is also
great. The lower sunlight is a nice extra,
that makes the colors extra warm.
wolf38 (29116) 2012-06-03 9:55
Hello abmdsudi. A very pleasing photo with beautiful colors and fantastic light. With this photo you have achieved a masterful shot. Rgds, Wolfgang.
ourania (18506) 2012-11-22 9:49
this is a fabulous photo, so simple and so captivating. Depth and perspective are exquisite and the natural environment is defined effectively by only three horizontal layers, sea, mountains and sky. I love the harmony of the chromatic tones all over, especially the silvery sea and the golden canoe. The light and the atmosphere are just magical and the contrasts have been managed with great skill and sensibility. A work of art, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-03-19 22:19
Nature's solitary moment disturbed in a very delicate and elegant way by the sole canoe!
Beautiful image, very interesting note!
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (32471)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-07
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8
- Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-19 4:09