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Close encounter of some kind

Close encounter of some kind
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7504 W: 415 N: 14846] (68882)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
Camera: Canon Digital Ixus 750
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-24 10:48
Viewed: 4307
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo on a very short boat-trip along a narrow arm of the Mekong river, cutting through a part of an island near the city of My Tho. I had reached the island by a larger, public boat along with a young guide. After walking a short distance across the island I was offered the "excitement" of going back to the jetty this way, a distance of a few hundred metres.

My Tho is just over an hour's journey from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and receives a fair number of tourists who want a quick glimpse of the mighty Mekong delta on a day-trip. I stopped here for two nights and quickly realized that the tours of the river had become very streamlined. I managed a much longer, slightly more improvised and flexible tour later, further down the delta.

Here is a larger version.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11434 W: 126 N: 20602] (106855)
  • [2013-11-24 10:55]

Hi Gert,magnificent scenery between the young palms on this channel,the point of view and the perspective are really beautiful,excellent colors too,just a bit blurred the woman on the left but no problem,i like a lot this different shot! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Gert,
A boat trip to get a little bit a claustrophobic feeling. It seems a bit like a jungle but a heavily used route then.
Despite the fact that the boat probably rocked, the image has a good quality.
Best regards, Paul

Hello Gert,
They look extremely comfortable at the edge of the boat. Must be an very interesting experience. Perfectly presented!
Have a great week.

Hello dear Gert,
Nice capture, interesting title.
Close or not, they seemingly are a able to avoid any kind of conflicts.
I wonder if they would be such succesfull in the traffic of İstanbul !
TFS and bes regards

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2013-11-24 12:47]

Hello Gert,

An interesting note about your travels in the Mekong Delta and a very fine photograph to illustrate this particular short boat trip.

This looks like a particularly narrow waterway but I like the way that the banks are thick with green vegetation and I also like the fact that you have captured not only your own boat and companion but also a passing boat where the lady at the front is giving you very firm eye contact.

Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent detail and sharpness.


Kind Regards,


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9196 W: 157 N: 14699] (120873)
  • [2013-11-24 13:16]

Witaj Gert!
You're a great reporter!
Next interesting photo.
Excellent POV and composition.
Well done.
Good night

Dobro vece.
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana vodena ulica i trenutak.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.

Good evening.
An interesting article about place and time, given the data ...
Good time recording and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good work, well demonstrated water street, and the moment.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.

Hola gert
At first view I believe it was the very touristic floating market not far from Bangkok, which I visited by our own so, try to avoid, as you did here, the crowds

With time and patience you finally arrive at this place in close contact with local people, more, surrounded by a tropical vegetation in a narrow channel
Anyway you seems to attract interest with fixed regards, close or not
Well done, enjoy watching

Hi Gert, Detail information given by you for this journey in Saigon. It is always nice to get to close to local people to understand their cultures. Here, the image setting is almost like Venice in Italy, the differences are the palm tree jungle instead of nice European houses, the water in the steam is not as clear, different design of the boats....Just looking at your pictures, one could benefit from them a lot. Thank very much

Hi Gert
Cracking shot, brings back great memories and nice way to experience Vietnamese way life a shot depicting the relaxed and peaceful feel of the delta and no rushing here. A really well composed shot, close to the action, this lady with the oar is of great interest to me. This summed up the essence of the country on one of many small canals which form a huge network of waterways surrounding this place. Well done, Tfs
Best regards

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9716 W: 144 N: 24403] (120003)
  • [2013-11-24 23:00]

hi Gert, It must be fun to go by these small boats on the canals of Mekong Delta. Wonderful view of the palm jungle and of course, beautiful Vietnamese conical hats. When I was a child, my dream was to have such a hat, so I bought one for my granddaughter.
magnificent picture.
Warm regrads Malgo

Hello Gert,
Great composition with the triangle of people well placed within the image. It is amazing how flexible the boat people are to be able to maintain their squatted positions. Good colour range and fine details presented throughout the image.
Best regards,

Hello Gert
I like the immediacy of the scene and the action involved. Nice tight framing as well. I'm reminded of "one I made earlier"!

Bonjour Gert

Il semble y avoir beaucoup de trafic sur cette autoroute fluviale. Il faut ętre habile et prudent pour passer deux ā la fois. J'aime la perspective sur le couple qui arrive dans ta direction.



Hej Gert,
En mycket fin bild. Persontriangeln förstärks av de triangulära hattarna och också av de två årorna tillsammans med relingen i din båt. En tydlig triangulär komposition m.a.o.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3188 W: 0 N: 7224] (53607)
  • [2013-11-25 8:45]

For me an unusual place, beautiful shot of meeting of two boats in a kind of tunnel made by reeds, very well done
regards Ryszard

Ciao Gert
la ripresa dalla barca aggiunge ulteriore suggestione al soggetto ripreso perchč lko rende pių vivo e vicino alla vista dell'osservatore.
Inoltre riprendendo da questa posizione hai colto appieno lo spirito che anima questo popolo colto nelle sue attivitā quotidiane e ha reso colori e soggetto ancor pių imponenti.
Ciao e buona serata

The first thing that strikes me is the typically Asian sitting postures. I think it comes out of habit. We do it quiet easily, while most westerners, with longer and heavier limbs find it very difficult to fold the legs.
The blue boats, the muddy waters of the delta, and the green vegetation adds to the liveliness of the scene.
The narrow 'lanes' with the two boats almost parallel does make it a very compact and interesting photograph.
It doesn't look as if the waters are very deep, but its almost impossible to stand on the river-bed since the mud moves quickly.
Thanks for sharing, Gert

Hi Gert, Very nice shot of this interesting and beautiful scene of daily life, very well captured in this image, with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.

hi gert. considering the two canoes were a kind of mirroring each other, you should either be rowing at the back or sitting in the middle like a plastic bag :P
the shutter speed was amazing, slow enough to capture the motion blur on the oar-lady and fast enough to freeze the end of the same canoe. fantastic and original photo, giving us hints about what to do if we ever make it to vietnam.

Hi Gert
there are 2 things that really caught my attention here.

1 - the long gloves the woman is wearing on the left, with those things on you'd think she's about to check out the back end of a Cow like a Vet does! Yikes!!

2 - the way they are sitting. and I bet they do that for long periods too right? that should be an olympic sport! seriously, try that for even 2 minutes and see how you feel! haha

a fine cultural photo, with an I'm-right-there-pov

Hello Gert,
the perspectives of the boats and the deep view ahead give great dynamism to this scene and make the viewer alert. The intensity is further enhanced by the eye contact with the two people on the boat going to the opposite direction and by the lady's oar. You put us on the boat and offered us a vivid experience of this short and interesting journey. The positions of the people make a triangle that accentuates the depth. The colours are bright and rich, the colour of the water isn't inviting but its texture evokes motion in an effective way. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,

Good morning, Gert,
This scene reminds me the photos from the Vietnam war times. They looks like the VC soldiers on the Ho Shi Minh trail ))
Very interesting report from jungle.
Best regards,

Hello Gert,

An amazingly close encounter but your star figure seems very unimpressed by your interest! What a great impromptu shot! It is so full of interest and implied movement!
It is quite amazing to think of these narrow channels as important waterways ... still, far less hazardous than motorways!!!

Have a great day,
Bev :-)

Ciao Gert, nice scene, beautiful daily life composition with lovely people, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi dear Gert

Ya I have been there, so nice busy and cwoded Keong delta's life is well presented. Great timing you get in the best framework with good light and color ads usual.

Thanks a lot and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2013-11-26 16:53]

Hello Gert,

You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the waterway in which is passing through narrow arm of the river by boat. When it is determined from the surrounding landscape of tall/green plants or murky water, here looks like the place subtropical area peculiar. This boat tour of the Mekong Delta might also change the boat with an engine from rowing in future.

Kind regards,

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13960 W: 1031 N: 27665] (132416)
  • [2013-11-27 4:06]

Hello Gert,

These river palms are also common in coastal Thailand around the mouth of the Chao Phraya river and even have fireflies at night! The blue of the boats contrasts superbly against the yellow green fronds and the diagonal channel between the boats adds good dynamism. Excellent sharpness and framing. Tfs!

Those boaters have been doing this for a long time that if possible they can navigate those canals with eyes closed. Awesome capture with good lighting and nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2013-11-27 23:58]

Hello Gert,
Excellent snapshot from rural daily life in Vietnam. This is a beautifully conceived photo which works well because of the adherence to the Rule of Odd Numbers because odd numbers are more attractive to the eye, odd numbers are eg. 3 elements in a photo are always preferable to 2. I'd like to see your photos fro backwaters.

Buna seara Gert,
Life on the canal of Mekong river delta and a view of the local way of transportation, a lushy vegetation of palm trees and humid place
multumesc, la revedere, noapte buna

Hi Gert,
This is really superb. I love the composition with the main subjects so close to the front and the back guy puting a stop to the eye. The texture of those greens in the back creates a really nice bg.

It would have been even better if the main woman was a bit sharper but hey it's only a photo!

Thanks for sharing


Hello Gert,

A wonderful image from the river trip with excellent sharpness and clarity.
Superb pov and exposure . Really nice shot.Very well done,TFS.


Hi Gert,
A well seen, well timed and well managed shot! You have good photographer's instincts, TFS!

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2013-12-11 1:08]

Hello Gert
There's a sense in this picture of motion, more exemplified by the lady in the near left. These canals also remind me of those in Kerala, except of course the conical hats. The blue of the boats are quite striking especially contrasting with the muddy waters..Very nice!
Best Regards

namaste Gert, a superb and interesting capture. Great POV. The back seat of the boat provided a nice frame with the incoming boat. Superb daily life photography as ever. Enjoyed it a lot. Tfs.

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  • orme Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1694 W: 114 N: 1605] (7219)
  • [2014-01-02 5:57]

Hello Gert,

I did the same boat trip in 2007. Your photo brings back fond memories for me. Although your photo is better than mine.

Nicely composed, with a great people triangle. Very well captured.

Best regards,

Hello Gert,
Nice composition with a geat POV. A little bit depth that makes me think I'm with you in the boat ! The colours, particularly of the boat and the palm trees, are so vivid.
Good job !

Hej Gert,
to me, this is a very impressive view - first of all, because of its low POV and an excellently created composition at a fleeting moment.
VERY interesting photo with a bt of a "jungle" mood :)

kind regards,

Thanks for the information, Gert. How amazing. I'm also fascinated by the way they sit on the boats.. especially the man at the end.. it would be a wonderful shot if he fell..:-D but it seemed that it was very unlikely, that's why it's fascinating... Thanks again for sharing.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10290 W: 175 N: 17352] (76959)
  • [2017-10-31 5:52]


the canal looks so busy at this moment. nice view of moment with personagens in movement. we can have an idea of the natural vegetation here too.



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