- Location: Thailand
- Category: People, Decisive Moment, Daily Life
- Date taken: 2012-03-27
- Times Viewed: 56
- Upload date: 2012-06-24
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
- Lens: Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO
- F-Stop: 6.3
- Shutter Speed: 1/80 s
- Focal length: 50 mm
- Map: View
- ISO: 400 EV: 0
- Filter: N/A
- Tripod: No
- Flash: No
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It was a twisty long-tail speed boat ride though nearby canals and past temples & stilt houses...an unsullied glimpse into a charismatic way of life. Once we arrived at the market we got stuck in, enjoyed it for what it is: an aquatic cultural show festooned with abundant colour and souvenirs. The variety of goods - everything from rattan balls, traditional puppets and fresh fruits to embroidered handbags, noodle soup and wide brimmed bamboo hats - was impressive, and, much of what we saw, undeniably photogenic. Nice & chaotic, chaotic, the small "klongs" or canals are filled with small flat boats jockeying for position, expertly paddled by mature ladies ready to stop and bargain at a moment's notice. The sight of old ladies nimbly paddling sampans packed with tourists twice their size - and probably less than half their age - was a joy.
The original canals which now make up the Floating Market were built in 1866 on demand of His Majesty the King of Thailand, King Rama IV, to help ease communication in the province. He ordered that a 32 kms long canal be dug at Damnoen Saduak which would connect the Mae Klong River with the Tachine River. The actual Floating Market started here only in 1967
Here is one of the shop-boats selling fruits. I focussed on the ripe & delicious mangoes, juicy grapes, grilled bananas...Hungry anyone?
Slight motion blur on the seller, who is a bit out of focus as well, while focus is on the fruits...do you think the idea works for you as a viewer? Thanks in advance for your honest comments
Critiques for this photo (10):
Ruy Tavares (2012/06/24)
If you blur the boatman was deliberate, I think not "worked" and it was not necessary, however the boat has to move, and this motion is, too.
Fortunately the sleeves do not make me jealous, are very common here ... is used even eat meat ...
Lovely vertical composition, very nice light over the fruit and you framed this one very well.
Current discussion:Angshu wrote in 2012/06/24 08:53:28: I am fine Henk! Actually getting less time to post pictures! As you know am a bi more active in TE, but its always a privilege & pleasure to hear from you! How are you dong?
It would fit this month's theme too. Let me know if you want it included and you can edit the title.
Current discussion:Theme of the Month wrote in 2012/06/24 10:29:31: Added to ToM!
Do you know there is a members' vote now? Check out how in the About > Theme of the Month
Kath for TMT
Angshu wrote in 2012/06/24 09:48:30: Thanks for your candid & honest feedback. I really appreciate! I have a few static pictures form the floating market...fairly nice pics, but this was one of the shots where I tried motion. It may not have succeeded well, many viewers like you would have preferred the woman to be in focus, & without motion blur while some like the picture as it is. I might tend to go with you...if she was in sharper focus, possibly this would have been a better picture
I have added this picture to the Theme of the Month
Yes it works just fine as the fruit takes up the largest part of the frame. I really like the slight angle that the boat is in.
Great to see you posting again and I really love this image. The fruit looks delicious! :-) I really like the framing and the blurred b/g. Sure, the seller could be sharper and I think it would have done the image well, but I like this a lot as it is and if you're focused on the things being sold, it's just perfect. Great shot!! Hope to see more from you soon!
Hope all is well with you! Hugs,
I just returned from Thailand and Cambodia. At both places that I have been were floating cities nearby and yet I opted not to go there as it was not promising given the intense monsoon raining. Seeing your image I am sure that I will need to return to Southeast Asia to complete this unique experience.
Your image gives me a real pleasure. My first thought that you should have worked to get a deeper DOF, but the more I look into it the more I like the slightly blurred seller. The focus remains on the fruits which are certainly the major point of attraction and that is were the main focus is to remain. You actually did this very well!
Current discussion:pboehringer wrote in 2012/06/25 11:07:45: Angshu, I write what I mean. So, be not afraid that I might be just polite!
Angshu wrote in 2012/06/25 05:06:30: Thanks for your fine critique Peter...you know how much I value your comments & I just hope you are not being too polite here
Picture Full of life also accompanied by an interesting commentary on the canals and on the photo.
I guess you were on a bridge to take the photo, and the perspective that uses depth of field is realistic and impressive at the same time.
You are perfectly put focus on this fruits... It is probably that the tourist, for you place see in real life ...
I shall also add to notice the high quality of light.
Greetings from Paris.
I can smell the sweet scents on air! It is a very nice scene, so typical from Thailand.
Very good contribution!
I love how the fruites are like coming at me, I can just reach into the monitor and grab a few mangos out of there. I do miss having all this tropical fruites.
Excllent photo of the lively scene of the water market.
This is a very artistic composition, and the arrangement of fruit shows the seller to be a true artist as well. It does make me lust for those wonderful mangos. They were just at the end of their season but still available in limited quantities....and they were delicious. Larry & I enjoyed a long-tail boat ride as well.
Health & Joy, Pat