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Floating wholesale & retail

Floating wholesale & retail
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8420 W: 483 N: 16436] (74303)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03
Categories: Daily Life, Food, Transportation
Camera: Canon Digital Ixus 750
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-11-28 9:57
Viewed: 4477
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During my journey through the Mekong delta in 2008 I spent a couple of days in the large city of Can Tho (Vietnam's fourth largest at 1,2 million inhabitants).

One of those days I made a long tour of some of the branches of the Mekong, passing through the large Cai Rang floating market, among other places.

Cai Rang, stretching for hundreds of metres, was mainly a meeting-place for larger boats delivering fruits and vegetables straight from the farms and plantations to local small-scale entrepreneurs, who would then sell the products in villages along the river.

This photo shows a load of mangoes being transferred from a wholesale trader's boat to a local retailer.

Later we proceeded to a smaller and more intimate floating market a fairly long distance from Can Tho, after which we turned back towards the city through narrow, muddy creeks. The tide was getting low and we actually broke the propeller when hitting the bottom of the creek. Eventually we got back to Can Tho hours later than expected, going very slowly with only half of the propeller.

But all is well that ends well.

A larger version can be seen here.

I have added two more photos from Cai Rang as workshops.

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hej Gert
A good daily life "street" shot from Vietnam !
Mild light and nice natural colors
Well composed
have a nice evening, best regards

Hej, Gert,
I like this king size version. Very interesting story from a life of mango, we don't imagine all way of this fruit from jungle to supermarket. I also like your interesting report, good capture of daily life scene.

Hello Gert,
A wonderful composition from an upwards point of view that gives us a thorough and interesting description of this scene. I like that the water rises close to the middle of the frame and that boat and people stand out against the sky. There's fantastic clarity and the textures are defined in a most natural way. All the colours have exquisite quality. I love both of the workshop pictures as well! Congratulations and thank you! I'm very glad and grateful for your wishes!
All the best, have a great evening,

Ciao Gert
un'altra bella scena dal delta del Mekong con ricchezza di colori e dettagli assai ben definiti.
Anche in questa gioca a tuo favore la riprtesa fatta dalla barca che permette di entrare nella scena.
Ciao e buona serata

Hej Gert,
Bra bilder alla tre! Den stora båten är ju inte speciellt vacker men den är väl byggd för att vara funktionell och inget annat. De gröna mangofrukterna ger en snygg färg i bilden.
En intressant berättelse också.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10204 W: 161 N: 16884] (129535)
  • [2013-11-28 13:11]

Witaj Gert!
Interesting scene,
curious boat.
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
I like this daily life shot.
Good night

Dobro vece.
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan trenutak.
Lepa trgovina na reci.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.

Good evening.
An interesting article on the place and time ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful moment is shown.
Nice trade on the river.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.

Hello Gert,
Excellent interesting daily life-shots of South Vietnam.
I think the altered image #1 shows us the most picturesque sight with the boat overloaded with fruit and with all people wearing the typical Vietnamese hat.
Daily life-pictures of South Vietnam seem to be more river or canal scenes than street scenes.
Best regards, Paul

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 129 N: 1168] (7739)
  • [2013-11-28 15:16]

I like the boat, the POV and the scene.


Hi Gert,
Lovely dynamic market scene. The way of trade they have is quite original. Well taken, enjoy a good day ahead.


Hello Gert - In the large format this is really excellent; up close and personal and taken from a very good angle. Imagine buying fruit like this every day? Fresh and natural with no additives at all. A trio of fine DL shots. Warm regards Rosemary

This is an excellent documentation of Trade along the river. The whole process of wholesaler to retailer has gone on since time immemorial.
The obvious of the wholesaler having the larger boat and more people in comparison the the smaller boat and more humbly clad persons is symbolic.
Thanks for sharing, Gert.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24932 W: 520 N: 42025] (180144)
  • [2013-11-29 5:06]

Hello Gert,

We as westerns people have to every time look how these people can work on the rivers with all them products.
Excellent depth and perspective picture.
Colour and sharpness be superb.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Bonjour Gert,

J'aime beaucoup cette scène de la vie quotidienne dans cette partie du monde ou les marchés se font en grande partie sur l'eau avec tous les inconvénients que cela peut apporter.



Hi Gert
funny that you post this photo because Tosca and I were just talking yesterday about the strange and charming boats in Vietnam, and now we see one here.

I can't help but wonder why they are built the way they are, there must be a reason for it.

the 2 WS photos give us an even closer look at the strange boat, i really enjoy all 3 shots.

and its always interesting to see people transport or sell fruit on the water...this type of thing just doesn't happen here in North America,
cool shots

Hello Gert,
An interesting documentation of trade in waters.
Very well observed and nicely taken shots... all very well-composed with beautiful colors.
Excellent series.

With best regards,

Hi Gert
An interesting and informative narration supported by very well observed, composed and exposed image with both depth and human interest throughout. The colors are just so right they add a bit of cheer and spot on focus, Well done, Congrats,
Best regards

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3585 W: 0 N: 8378] (59319)
  • [2013-11-29 8:44]

Nice photo of this "market" scene, interesting reportage photo documenting the life of people in Vietnam, nice POV and good light
regards Ryszard

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

Hi,interesting and exotic daily life scene.Are those boats made of teak wood?I saw similar ones in Thailand years ago.All the best Wolf.

Hello Gert,
I find the whole scene fascinating,there is a whole way of life that is carried on in the floating market along the Mekong and we catch a brief glimpse of it here,from the transfer of mangoes to the TV aerial there are many features to enjoy.
A lovely travel photograph.
Regards Les.

Hello dear Gert
Very nice capture from Mekong Delta !
Perfect pov and layout. Enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend

Hi Gert,
this is impressive and spectacular composition of daily life scene, splendid light and wonderfully framed. Well done!
Have a nice weekend, Barbara

Hi Gert, Another daily life scenery of Asia. Wonderful moment of trading at sea. Excellent colours and lights. Thank for sharing

Hello Gert,

Excellent daily life image from Vietnam.The transportation and exchange of goods midstream is a novel idea for many places.Nice colors and sharpness.Very well done,TFS.


Hello Gert. What a beautiful and lively photo. Yes, the floating market is an attraction for all. The photo reminds me of my stay in Vietnam several years ago.
Rgds, Wolfgang.

Hello Gert
I hesitate to call this a "street scene", but such it is in essence. Lovely natural colours, and a good catch of what to me seems exotic, but to them is everyday life. I guess that's part of the mission of TE.

Hello Gert,
A very well-composed image showing a snapshot in time of a daily routine on the Mekong. The narrative is completely captured within the image.
Best regards,

Hello Gert,
I have a similar picture from this place but haven't posted it - although I think the cargo was pineapples in my shot. This is superb and shows the people on the old boat at work in a natural way. I guess this is the Vietnamese equivalent of 'street photography'!
A really fabulous shot with great exposure, colours and sharpness.
Kind Regards, Ann

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14374 W: 0 N: 16314] (174729)
  • [2013-12-01 5:26]


La petite barque et le grand bâteau tout en bois quel quel chargement sueprbe scène et ce fruits vert sur le petite barque que accostage et vue merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1875 W: 417 N: 6818] (27492)
  • [2013-12-01 12:34]

Hello Gert,

You have given us a fascinating note and also a very fine set of pictures of daily life upon the Mekong Delta.

With all three of your pictures, it is wonderful to be able to watch the goings on on these boats as the merchants ply their trade on the water rather than on the shore. The light in all pictures (I presume that they were all taken at roughly the same time) is lovely and soft and lets us see all the true colours as well details of the boats, their cargoes and the activities of the people.


Kind Regards,


I've heard so much about those floating markets in Asia but I still can't get my mind around it. Those are big mangoes and I know that tropical mangoes are juicy and sweet I wish we can get them in the U.S. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2013-12-02 7:43]

Dear Gert,
your POV on this fantastic boat works excellently, the hard working people are also captured very nicely. The perspective is excellent. My compliments also for the interesting note!
Warm regards

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2013-12-02 16:45]

Hello Gert,

You're capturing well this scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which the farmers on boats are carrying fresh vegetables and fruits to wholesale trader's boat. The Mekong delta seems to the important network of a life for them. It's also interesting in two WS.

Kind regards,

Hola Gert

Interesting note introducing this plenty of action and daily life scena from the Mekong
The boat has the same old car wheels as I have seen in Hong Kong, may be to help in case of accident?
Like also the true colors
Thanks for adding so good WS, pineaple and mangos are quite common in Paraguay as well as sugar cane

great shot and pov of the floating market,and trade.like the timing and the sense of activity and business in the frame.

Hi Gert,
Good pov on this floating market, Spontaneous shot with people and taken from the water, Light is pleasant, well made.

Aquatic life on Mekong delta river Gert, a small boat is delivering mangoes to a bigger boat, a good source of vitamin c, excellent hues, high definition, you were prompt to capture that daily life scene of trading, all the best, good evening

Namaste Gert,
another very nice daily life shot here. Beautiful atmosphere. Nice warm light. The floating market is very nicely described by your photo. Excellent work. Tfs.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2013-12-09 16:23]

Many thanks Gert ofr that document. This time your recent adventure. Large format is welcome here. As usual, I like your work. Kind regards,


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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5744 W: 64 N: 11341] (46939)
  • [2013-12-15 18:22]

Hi Gert!
A very good scene, with good light! Their poses are perfect, specially the woman with the conical hat that is probably passing the baskets. I really like to watch these floating markets!

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8670 W: 4460 N: 15277] (61503)
  • [2013-12-17 10:46]

Hi Gert
Very nice local scene
With interesting perspective of the boat wit a good frame composition quality
Well done
Kind regards

Hello Gert,

very fine and interesting view from Mekong River Delta. Excellent composition and fine colors. I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


Thanks,Gert. I know now that the previous photo's time.
I like the light and beautiful colour contrast very much on this photo.

Good morning my dear friend
the title of your photo explains too much
one shot is one thousand words
because this photo shows a load of mangoes
being transferred from a wholesale
traders boat to a local retailer
as always you gave us a new useful
have a nice weekedn

Hello Gert! Wonderful scene. Wonderful people and boat. Good short perspective. Good capture and exposure. Superb quality. Original take. Regards!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16061 W: 159 N: 27998] (147210)
  • [2018-01-17 7:57]

Hi Gert
Scène bien capturer, ce marcher flottant me fait penser un peu a celui en Thaïlande , j'ai beaucoup aimer
La lumière est très belle
Deux WS aussi intéressant
Belle soirée

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