The sun was slowly disappearing and I was mesmerized by the magical light reflected on the mighty Mekong River before dusk, capturing the stillness of that very moment and transmitted a fraction of its pure beauty. It seems like nothing is disturbing this peacefulness scene and nothing was. A view of a calmer side, a slow flowing of the river taken in Vientiane during the dry season when the water level can be very low, exposing some patches of islands or sand bars on the river as can be seen in the distance.
You can almost walk across the river in some areas and watch the locals coming home from fishing, some fishermen would still try to catch fish and some kids will be still swimming while youngsters and others will be taking a romantic walk. It's a fascinating place to sit alone, relax by the bank and soak up the calm atmosphere while watching the last sun rays and its tranquil glow.
And to the Laotians, Mekong is the river of life..
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bema (26425) 2012-04-22 6:22
Hi dear Abmdsudi,
wow! what a brilliant capture here, perfectly composed and a stunning moment with a lot of mood too..
thanks for sharing, see you around, cheers Bernd
jhm (154508) 2012-04-22 6:36
I can really enjoy of these very soft picture.
Wonderful reflections about the water, certainly with the sun in the corner.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too
very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
emilbo (22616) 2012-04-22 6:57
Une magnifique photo de fin de journée en toute tranquillité. Le soleil qui se fait timide à travers les nuages donne de merveilleuses couleurs à la rivière qui semble ondulée. Bien vus les bateaux en avant-plan et beau contraste de couleurs.
Toutes mes amitiés et bonne semaine,
BennyV (17650) 2012-04-22 8:43
Hello dear Abmdsudi
Like a still life, a distant dream
- a great view from my favourite river.
paololg (31448) 2012-04-22 9:18
Ciao dear Abmdsudi,
beautiful sunset reflected on the Mekong River, a wonderful and romantic scene captured with good photo quality. The calm water reflects the beautiful light and the warm colors of the sky. Great work, dear friend, congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice week!
bayno (18344) 2012-04-22 10:09
Hi dear Abmdsudi,
perfect time for the shot, the sun and him reflection is simply beautiful, i like so much the pastel colors and the light, excelent framing...maybe little bit more open was better with the two interesting boat all in the composition, but i don't know what was there...beautiful shot like always...have a good sunday...
lousat (92848) 2012-04-22 10:10
Great moment whit great lights and colors and a beautiful atmosphere,the example of how to builth a great pic whit simples ingredients.Perfect camera settings for a very professional result.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-04-22 10:37
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Belo destaque dado ao rio com estas canoas em primeiro plano , gostei muito dos tons dourados do reflexo do sol , é um belo momento este de final de dia o pôr do sol , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Graal (103028) 2012-04-22 10:57
nice evening here above the river. Fine composition. I like the warm hues and reflections. Image is well composed. I like it.
Have a nice evening.
ciakgiak (30431) 2012-04-22 11:01
Ciao caro Abmdsudi,
davvero splendidi i colori e la texture provocati dal sole sulla superficie del fiume.
Molto efficace l'apporto dato dalle barche in FG alla composizione.
Grande suggestione e grande qualità in questa foto magnifica.
Un caro abbraccio
holmertz (54243) 2012-04-22 11:14
The peaceful and quiet atmosphere you enjoyed here is well transmitted through the picture.. The empty boats, quite water and the sun soon about to set. Possibly the only disturbance would be mosquitoes.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-04-22 12:15
a picturesque atmosphere with beautiful composition, the colours and lights are splendid, the reflection is beautiful too, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday! Kellemes Vasárnapot kívánok!
everlasting (15238) 2012-04-22 12:19
Sunset is always a nice time of the day, a time for reflection and time for quietness. This portrays tranquility in its essence. The boats are an important element in this capture.
Fis2 (99652) 2012-04-22 12:44
Interesting POV and composition.
siamesa (28121) 2012-04-22 13:00
Boa noite Abmdsudi
More one picture with soul ahd beauty. When I was child I used to sail in canoes like these along our Parnaiba river. Superb composition. The sun seems shy. Congratulations.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-04-22 14:25
Wow! Indeed! The river provides life with great resources. Awesome capture of this sunset! Beautiful and peaceful scene. Love the colors of the water. Good dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.
bukitgolfb301 (42656) 2012-04-22 17:18
Hello my dear Abmdsudi YTH
Your endless stock are so marvelous!
Another very fantastic shot with tatseful color gradation and clear focisuing as usual. Very nice vertical format and usage of reflection. Thanks for your sharing with your best job and have a good start of new week, best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-04-22 18:53
You have always managed to capture the right atmosphere and mood in your composition. I like the feeling just by looking at this fine shot. The sky reflection on the surface is stunning with the sun looking like a small ball of fire. Impressive boats in the fg with their unique design.
Thanks and have a nice day.
CLODO (34720) 2012-04-23 1:03
horizontal lines = quietness
still water = quietness
sunset = quietness
dkmurphys (59951) 2012-04-23 1:59
What a splendid scene. The deep calm atmosphere is very attractive and the sun looks amazing. Well seen!
Glint (6171) 2012-04-23 2:26
I am sorry that I have not been keeping up with my favourite TE members recently. But it is a pleasure to revisit your site. Here I can enjoy the tranquility of this "river of life".A red setting sun that warms and illuminates the river.An enjoyable composition too, with the diagonal lines of the darkened boats and lines and reflections of the poles.Yes, a place to dream by.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-04-23 4:57
I can really enjoy of these very nice contrast and silhouettes! picture.Wonderful reflections on the water, certainly with the sun in the corner.Excellent composition,Very, very impressive photo, very atmospheric, with a beautiful peaceful feeling! Technically ! Great composition and framing, outstanding light management, wonderful colours! Top quality photo! Congratulations!
josepmarin (58359) 2012-04-23 5:29
an excellent capture at sunset, with which you have obtained a very attractive image, with a sublime effect created by the weak light, the warm tonalities and its reflections on the water.
The boats in foreground increase the graphical quality of the composition.
I like the sensation of relaxation and of peace that we can feel when we see this scene.
A beautiful work.
delpeoples (58574) 2012-04-23 20:26
Hello dear Abmdsudi
A photo very much in the style of Way Lim - and I mean this as a sincere compliment as Way's photos are inspirational. The pinkish tones are magical and I like the way you have tightly cropped the boats, allowing them to dominate the diagonal lines of this image. The haze in the background simply adds to this wonderful atmosphere of calm and of life's simplicity. What a wonderful moment you have captured, thank you for sharing it with us.
Didi (60588) 2012-04-24 9:42
Very pleasant deep foreground in the sunshine who gives a peaceful relax ambiance.
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-04-24 12:37
I specially enjoyed the chosen pov, composition, colors and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-04-25 3:54
The poetic and romantic, is very pleasant. I appreciate the quality of exposure, and natural colors. Sharpness is excellent. Bravo.
have a nice day
Cricri (120491) 2012-04-25 4:29
Toujours agréable pour moi ce genre de composition, l'eau, les barques et en plus prise au bon moment du coucher du soleil qui donne de jolies teintes a l'eau, très jolie réalisation, calme et apaisante
danyy (0) 2012-04-25 7:02
une belle aquarelle de ce moment privilégié de la soirée quand le soleil donne ses lumières les plus chaudes.
Des jeux de reflets succulents sur la surface des flots.
Un endroit très tranquille.
Waylim (25502) 2012-04-25 17:54
What a lovely shot, I love how you managed to include all elements that adds all the essenc of Laos. The wooden boats, the Mekong, the beuatiful sunset in this natural setting. The dry season provide a smoother and more peaceful surface water. The sunset give it week glow of red like a fire ball as I remember them.
A very nostalgic photo for me, but most of all a good quality photo with good composition as well.
Angshu (56758) 2012-04-30 6:37
The tranquil scene with the two flat bottom boats resting on the bank with the setting sun & the reflection on the water creating pastel hues. This image is all about simplicity & the soft colours...almost a melancholic feel to it!
mauro61 (52857) 2012-05-01 3:46
ben curata l'immagine con la tonalità scura del tramonto e le barche in FG.
Sole che appare a margine con il suo disco rosso,
Schnappilic (9692) 2012-05-06 13:10
Splendid composition and realization. Great result!
All the best,
COSTANTINO (66192) 2012-05-11 9:21
which is the best title?
river of life or life of river?
wonderful reflections in pale
tones,great view like a real
dream,you did your best
have a nice week end
kato (11630) 2012-05-21 22:52
You're capturing well this river scape by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the Mekong river dyed to the sunset and two lonely boats which are at anchor on the riverside. This is a atomosphere of timeless. And, the reflection of sun projected to the river draws out an additional good effect.
Have a nice day.
amaryllis (37039) 2012-05-23 23:26
j'ai pris un peu le temps de regarder ta galerie et j'ai vu plein de beaux petits trésors de photos comme celle ci avec ces deux barques, un fleuve tranquille comme la vie qui est un long fleuve tranquille, malheureusemen,t ce n'est pas le cas....
les couleurs de ce coucher de soleil sont sublimes sur l'eau
ourania (47092) 2012-10-25 11:01
this is a lovely, almost graphical impression of an incredibly peaceful place and its enchanting atmosphere. The dark distant view across the river is immersed in the mist but you have captured its character and atmosphere. The warm red sun is very eye catching and you have wisely placed it at the side of the frame. It's still attractive and vivifies the scenery but doesn't distract from the elegant shapes of the boats and the subtle hues on the water surface. The poles provide rhythm and fill in the space in a marvellous way. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-02-14 13:43
Abmdsudi, every day you are taking me to strange, exotic lands and places, where I discover amazing sceneries,all new to me.
Your pictures fill the senses and trigger the imagination in a very simple but fascinating way!
kiks (12735) 2013-03-15 7:12
Realy like the athmosphere of this image. So calm with the warmcolors of the late sun.
ikeharel (72867) 2014-08-16 7:29
Perfect fire-ball of the sun, and the glow over water.
Wooden sticks and their reflection marvelousely in fine sharp details.
Who would miss such a photographic moment?
Enjoy a nice weekend,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (55126)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-10
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW, Cokin P121 Gradual Grey G2 ND8
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-22 6:16