I’ve been to dozens of floating markets, most have lots of history everywhere you look, residents who’ve lived on the klong for decades, and well used buildings and sampans would be everywhere.  History equals feelings and begats “soul” which this image is missing.  In fact, the ‘soul’ is exactly what this particular floating market is sorely missing.  As Stick as mentioned, it feels artificial and manufactured.. so no big surprise the image is either..

Canon 5D Mark II, Sigma 12-24mm F4  @F11  1/160th   22mm   ISO 100

 

A postcard picture for Ayutthaya’s new floating market?  Nah.. but it sure could be.  Picture postcard perfect.  A piloted sampan crossing under a bridge with a fountain in view, and  the Thai flag proudly flying in the background.  Stick and I both saw this scene at the same time and without a word between us we both raised our cameras and made the capture, knowingly nodding to each other when finished.  It was a solid no-brainer capture.

With such a quick capture how would you have framed the scene?  The tendency for an amateur would be to frame only the sampan by zooming in, after all it’s the center of attention. Someone more advanced would want the bridge in the scene and would pull their zoom back for the wider view.  Someone trained in “seeing” would have noticed the Thai flag in the background and the colorful flowers which could be used as a foreground and thus framed the scene.

What might you have done with this capture opportunity?  I hope more than my efforts.  In my eyes, this image is significant because it’s a perfect example of the perfect picture lacking soul.. or feeling.  It would be a great commercial picture for a brochure,  but to me it has no soul, no feeling, and no merit other than as a snapshot.

I’ve been to dozens of floating markets, most have lots of history everywhere you look, residents who’ve lived on the klong for decades, and well used buildings and sampans would be everywhere.  History equals feelings and begats “soul” which this image is missing.  In fact, the ‘soul’ is exactly what this particular floating market is sorely missing.  As Stick as mentioned, it feels artificial and manufactured.. so no big surprise the image is either..