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Coracle fisherman, Da Nang

Coracle fisherman, Da Nang
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Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1056 W: 301 N: 2847] (13178)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-20
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
Exposure: f/2, 30 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Transports of Delight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-09-24 10:47
Viewed: 1791
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Da Nang Bay: a fisherman tends his fire on the beach, with local coracles (thung-chai) beyond, Đà Nẵng, Viet Nam.

Đà Nẵng is the third largest city in Vietnam in terms of urban population and one of the country's major port cities. This doesn't mean that there isn't still an apparently thriving fishing fleet of basket boats, or "thung-chai" as they are called. I wasn't aware until I saw them, that coracles - which in effect they are - were a feature of Vietnamese coastal life. But they are still popular, and a very convenient (and cheap) way of getting to where the fish are, or at least out to the bigger boats anchored offshore. They are made of bamboo plaited together, and waterproofed every six months or so. And out to sea I saw several "thung chai" moored in the open sea: I'm astounded at how seaworthy they are! This man paid me no attention as I stole a few shots of him preparing his supper.

Shutter speed: 1/80th sec
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 200

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Hello Will,
I'm amazed to see such an armada of round basket boats. I only saw less than a handful in my three journeys to Vietnam and none at all during my brief visits to Da Nang. These unusual boats make this an interesting photo that will certainly teach some people something about the world (or a small part of it). The undramatic procedures going on in the foreground make this a photo to my taste.
Best wishes,

Hi Will,

great! Only can not hear the waves!


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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1875 W: 417 N: 6818] (27492)
  • [2016-09-24 13:26]

Hello Will,

An interesting and educational note and a delightful photograph to accompany it - a perfect upload for TE!

Of course, people used coracles in Britain too in the past, particularly for fishing, and they are remarkably light and easily carried on one's back even although they're probably not too seaworthy. I seem to recall that someone once said that to travel in one you had to have your hair parted down the centre to avoid it capsizing. But here we see a veritable fleet of them approaching the shore as well as the solitary fellow on the beach cooking his grub.

This is a very finely composed photograph, the lone fisherman with his upturned coracle or "thung-chai" squatting over his small fire and billy can while we see the distant busy view.

Glorious light, fine colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.


Kind Regards,


Hi Will
yeah, the Beta version is quite a shocking difference isn't it, much clearer, brighter, sharper, happens on most of my Beta shots too.

and that's one pretty cool boat, interesting to hear that they waterproof it every s 6 months or so, I guess thats important huh!

the water out there looks exactly like it does out here in Vancouver in English Bay. excellent TE post, i've learned something new today

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10610 W: 146 N: 26710] (128171)
  • [2016-09-25 0:20]
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Hello Will, Very interesting note about these boats in the shape basket. What inventions the people make to be able to move on the sea. Is it safe? I haven't seen any of these boats in the northern part of Vietnam. Excellent composition with this man preparing some food in this primitive but effective way. Superb picture.

WArm regrads Malgo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12170 W: 126 N: 21953] (112111)
  • [2016-09-25 1:55]

Hi Will,a lovely capture of daily life on the beach,i like the composition,perfect position of the fisherman on the left to and a nice view too,i like its long shadow on the sand too,perfect quality as usual. Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24925 W: 520 N: 42008] (180070)
  • [2016-09-25 5:29]

Hello Will,

I must not much make a trip, you makes a nice trip for me.
That must are an unique place for take a picture with the man only and big sea in background.
You create depth and perspective.
Technical a very well picture with a sea landscape.
A wondeful panorama view about the area.
Composition and presentation are very nice.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

Hi Will
Love that choppy sea, providing additional interest and colour breaker and the coracle that is attractive and the detail shows us what you are describing above. The fisherman is there at the right spot providing the link and liveliness. Excellent daily life shot and good subject matter, Congrats.
Best regards

Hello, Will!

I had never seen them, but I found these coracles very interesting, and this photo is a great contribution to TE! And this man preparing his food completes the scene perfectly! Excellent light, colors and sharpness! Beautiful job!

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14369 W: 0 N: 16314] (174617)
  • [2016-09-25 8:08]


quelle scène et vue fantastique captage et image avec tous ces bateaux en fond cet homme et son feu la marmitte sur le bois et ce rond quelle image superbe.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Will

I really like this - it has a good feeling of compositional balance and tells the story of the fishermans life to some extent too.

I imagine this beach would have looked very different back in the Vietnam war. But thankfully "Colonel Kurtz, he dead."



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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14761 W: 1050 N: 30184] (141621)
  • [2016-09-27 16:28]

Hello Will,

I remember these round basket boats from Hoi An. Good sharpness and color with excellent saturation and framing. The yellow upturned basket contrasts well with the blue sea and sky. Tfs!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16051 W: 159 N: 27974] (147094)
  • [2016-09-28 5:55]

Hi Will
WOW quel très belle image, beaucoup d'éléments a voir, les détails, les couleurs, la scène de vie, j'aime beaucoup
belle journée

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