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The coracles of Hampi

The coracles of Hampi
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Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4531 W: 17 N: 10754] (43828)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-12-30
Categories: Transportation
Exposure: 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-03-12 13:27
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Karnataka - Hampi - The coracles of Hampi

Dédié à Marie-Louise de Bretagne qui a déjà montré une photo de cette rivière à Hampi.
A savoir cette photo ici:
Les photos de Marie-Louise m'ont encouragé à visiter cet endroit .

The Tungabhadra River is a river in India that starts and flows through the state of Karnataka during most of its course, joining the Krishna River in Andhra Pradesh.

Note the round boats, called coracles .
These coracles are primitive, light, bowl-shaped boats with a frame of woven grasses, reeds, or saplings covered with hides.

Indian coracles are considered to have been in existence since prehistoric times.
Although these boats were originally designed for general transport, they have recently been used mostly for giving tourists rides.
You can see this in the WS.

Hampi, also referred to as the Group of Monuments at Hampi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in east-central Karnataka.
It became the centre of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire capital in the 14th century.
Chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese, state Hampi was a prosperous, wealthy and grand city with numerous temples, farms and trading markets.

By 1500 AD, Hampi-Vijayanagara was the world's second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing, and probably India's richest at that time, attracting traders from Persia and Portugal.

The white building you see on the mountain top in the distance, is the temple of Hanuman, the Monkey God.

Information from Wikipedia.

Fis2, ikeharel, danos, maloutim, jhm, josepmarin, Cricri, ChrisJ, lucasgalodoido, cornejo, Lidka, Royaldevon, COSTANTINO, PiotrF, worldcitizen has marked this note useful
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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6128 W: 277 N: 11966] (91892)
  • [2018-03-12 13:52]

Bonjour Paul ,
image magnifique et colorée , aussi intéressante pour le décor naturel , ce chaos de roches roses , que pour la présence des femmes et de leurs curieuses embarcations.

So Beautiful. Very interesting with the round boats, and wonderful colors of the saris

Hi Paul,
It is a beautiful picture from India.
Lovely composition and very good presentation.
Best regards

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10209 W: 161 N: 16898] (129581)
  • [2018-03-12 15:00]

Witaj Paul!
Wonderful place, beautiful view.
A very interesting boats.
Excellent frame, colors and lioght.
Nice scene from daily life.
Well done.
Good evening.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12184 W: 126 N: 21980] (112225)
  • [2018-03-12 15:29]

HI Paul,always different and always intersting,your pics from your last trip are really beautiful,with great views and a lot of colors. I never seen nothing like that,a very original way to float on the river in these decorated big dishes,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Paul,
Round reed boats with special design, I can only guess that in older era thoe were some sort of worshiping custom on ceramonies.
Beautiful all three posts, colors are vivid and the sight near the lake is attractive.
Have a nice new day,

*** You were right, I was too busy lately and forgot to add yet anoth WS, will do it soon. Thanks.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9600 W: 57 N: 16384] (60548)
  • [2018-03-12 23:35]

Hallo Paul,
Wat een prachtige plek met zulke mooie, rijke kleuren op deze heldere dag. Die ronde boten zien er heel bijzonder uit, het moet best speciaal zijn om daar een tochtje in te maken. De grote rotsen op de heuvel aan de andere kant van het water zorgen voor een heel aantrekkelijke achtergrond.

Salut Paul,
Intéressante photo avec ces personnes et ces originales embarcations, bien composée et équilibrée cette vue, joli plan d'eau, belle luminosité qui valorise les teintes.

Ciao Paul
meravigliosa scena in un paesaggio bellissimo.
I vestiti colorati colpiscono l'attenzione, mentre le originali barche incuriosiscono.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-03-13 0:54]

Hello Paul,
nice the view of the small round boats,that have this unusual shape.I like the place with the colourful clothes of the native women to adds more interest in the scene.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24936 W: 520 N: 42035] (180190)
  • [2018-03-13 1:45]

Dag Paul,

Antwoord op uw reactie foto Brugge, ja ik heb meerdere malen mensen op de reien zien schaatsen, maar zelf ben ik nooit gaan schaatsen, nog niet zoveel jaar kan ik een foto laten zien, van toeristen op het ijs.
Vergeet niet Paul ik loop reeds 70 jaar in Brugge, ken mijn weg, ik ruik waar ik ben in Brugge.

Uw foto is echt een juweeltje, dit zien we niet alledagen.
Maar allemaal vrouwen is dit uitzonderlijk of heel normal.
Schitterende samenstelling, heel goed verzorgde foto, bedankt.

Groeten uit Oost-Vlaanderen,

Hello Paul,
This is one of the (many) places I have missed in India (the country is too big). It really looks beautiful. Indian women anywhere will brighten any photo, but in this case the strange hill of huge boulders also provides a strong focal-point. And then of course these unusual boats give the photo a very special character. I have seen similar ones in Vietnambut never anywhere else. I had no idea they could be found in India. The three photos are all good, but comparing them I get a feeling that the smartphone isn't quite up to the quality of your ordinary camera.
Kind regards,

Ciao Paul, great view of fantastic place, lovely composition with women in beautiful dresses, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello, Paul!

This rocky mountain in the background reminds me of the one in the middle of the Acapulco Bay, in the South of Mexico, of which I have a photo here on TE. It looks beautiful with its well saturated colors and perfect sharpness, and the people in the foreground give more life and interest to the image! Wonderful composition!

Hi Paul,
a colorful composition, because of the chromatic power of these ladies dresses, and of this river landscape.
The round boats are really amazing, and is very interesting to know that they are a prehistorical transportation system.
A good framing for a vital and dynamic composition, with a great light and beautiful colors.
Well done, my friend.
Kind regards,

Very interesting scene from that exotic world. The colors and the sunlight are perfect. Well taken.


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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16066 W: 159 N: 28010] (147264)
  • [2018-03-13 8:35]

Bonjour Paul
Quelle belle image, tout est beau a regarder, la lumière est belle , illumine joliment les couleurs, très particulier et très joli ces barques rondes
toujours de jolies couleurs des robes des femmes, près de chez moi il y a quelques jours j'ai fait connaissance d'une jeune hindoue, travaillant ici depuis quelques années, tout en parlant nous sommes arriver a parler des robes de son pays, elle m'a dit qu'elle en mettait en grande occasion, mais c'est sa mère qui lui met, car il y a une façon de tourner le tissu autour du corps qui se termine en robe!! une bien sympathique rencontre :-)
Belle soirée

Hello Paul,
Very nice capture from Hampi taken with perfect pov and light management. Many good and usefull notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14772 W: 1051 N: 30223] (141791)
  • [2018-03-13 10:05]

Hi Paul,

The circular boats look similar to reconstructed boats the ancient neolithic lake people of Europe used to go fishing and cross the lakes in. And also the prehistoric 'Beaker' people. The same boats today can also be seen in Vietnam. Tfs.

Olá Paul,
rtealmente um cenário muito bonito aqui, com belas cores e uma qualidade impressionante. Belo trabalho e homenagem.
Parabéns e Abraço,

Hello Paul, very good picture of this interesting scene of daily life with the old round boats, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. A great job perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy rest of the week.
All the best from the south of Spain.

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2018-03-13 15:10]

Dear Paul!
Amazing women.
Wonderful scene, scenery and background.
Fantastic boxes.
Fine weather and colours.
Good POV and DOF.
Good exposure, capture and cut.
Ideal frame.
Well done!

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10619 W: 146 N: 26757] (128339)
  • [2018-03-13 18:37]

I visited many places in South India, I would like to go also to Hampi, it is quite famous, but I had no time for it. I have never seem this kind of vessels. They look beautiful but are they safe? Lovely colours.

KInd regrads MAlgo

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14379 W: 0 N: 16314] (174773)
  • [2018-03-14 1:56]


au milieu de ces immenses paniers pour les offrandes quelle vue et compote quelle image toutes ces dames en habits colorés et quel rendu sur ces rochers en fond quel polissage et couleur superbe.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Paul,

This sounds like a very interesting area, so very different from the slums of Mumbai.

These coracles look like huge turtles.
WE have evidence of their use in and around the U.K. for thousands of years but there, they were covered with hide.
They look very decorative and offer a thrilling journey out onto the water.
I like your composition, with the upturned boat making an instant focal point. The ladies are colourful and animating and, along with the coracles, make a strong layer between the brown of the f/g and the brown of the rocky hill.
You have achieved great depth on the diagonal from the coracle to the to the temple.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Hello Paul,

Nice composition with this upside-down boat in the foreground.

Best Wishes,

Hello dear friend and have a nice time
and a happy new day
interesting capture from this river in India
that starts and flows through the state of
Karnataka its the first time I read that
the round boats callaed coracles
lovely composition with impressive colorful
details great sharpness and lightness

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2018-03-16 16:17]

Hello Paul,
Interesting and unique place. Thank you for informative note. Interesting photos in the workshop. Very good composition with perfect exposure and good color saturation.
Fine presentation.

After writing the critique on this photo on 13th March, I happened to do some research on coracles. The first time I heard of coracles was in Ireland.
Well, we hear that they are typically celtic, and that The Celts came from the Indian subcontinent.
I will add a link about one of these CURRAGHS in Ireland.

Bonjour Paul,
Quelle belle surprise de voir cet endroit de rêve dans ta galerie ! ça me rappelle de si bons souvenirs et je suis enchantée que mes photos t'aient encouragé à visiter cet endroit ! Effectivement, je ne suis pas sûre que beaucoup d'occidentaux le fassent. Nous étions avec notre professeur de yoga qui connaissait bien les lieux.
Merci infiniment pour ta dédicace ! Elle me touche.
J'aime beaucoup ton POV, différent du mien puisque j'étais plus près de la colline d'Hannuman.
Intéressante présentation des coracles décorés qui viennent de débarquer leurs passagers, ou plutôt passagères aux saris rutilants !(J'adore !)
Excellente vue du paysage de Hampi.
Merci du partage et meilleures amitiés.

Hello Paul,
I'm a bit late with some critiques of your latest India photos. Sorry. :-) This is an attractive and informative post. I didn't know the name of those small, circular boats. I like the hill made of huge boulders, with some greenery in between. They create an interesting mountain of rock.

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