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Vandana meets romantic Kerala

Vandana meets romantic Kerala
Photo Information
Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-05
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Mood
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kerala Trip
Theme(s): Friday theme 2007/12/14 "Transport crop", My Photos >= 100 points, KERALA, GOD'S OWN COUNTRY., colors of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-13 14:42
Viewed: 3185
Points: 150
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Treklens.

Imagine you are in a boat...
A beautiful and peaceful evening..
The voice of some bird chirpping, and little waves dashing on the boat, and wind blows softley through my hair...

This is the joy of a nice , even romantic place called: Kerala .. and the boats reminded me of photo's of Vanice.

A place where all is in balance with nature.. no pollution..

The water is hardly 2 meter deep. So the sailer has to push the boat with the long bamboo.

Kerala backwater boating is a wonderful experience.
Here we feel so peaceful and romantic during this boat tour .

The Sunset .. the lovely Sunset.. yes it was the perfect frame in this great moment ..

TL, I hope my message and photo brings you a little idea of the tranquility of wonderful Kerala.

Best regards and a warm Kerala smile:
Kerala is ..like Venice .. as if eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go.
Truman Capote

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Hi friend!Dreat shot!Well done!

Well i see what you mean Vandana..
Wonderfull photo .. All acording the rules.. ''ship shape' ' shot!!

Than your romantic mood..
Pour you .. all was there and than you have to see the skinny sex-less legs of this sailor-man..

Hardley a George Clooney .. right ?
Nevertheless.. I like your story.
Perfect harmony with the photo.


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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2007-12-13 14:54]

Wonderful colors, composition, lighting and point of view.
Excellent job!

Hi Vandana,

I can imagine how nice in the boat enjoying the beauty of the landscape around it . . and the lovely sunset . .
You did great presenting this ambient from the boat . .
Very well composed while the man is in action . .


maybe i would have add contrast, but that's personal tastes
good composition with excellent depth

There, everything’s order and beauty,
calm, voluptuousness and luxury.
See, down the canals,
the sleeping vessels,
Those nomads, their white sails furled:
Now, to accomplish
your every wish,
They come from the ends of the world.

beautiful note Vandana!! sorry... it makes me think to Baudelaire..
it's a nice capture.. i remember "the lovely sunset".. now i could understand more that atmosfere!.. not really as venice.. maybe better..
ciao Marco

hi vandana, what a beautiful corner of the earth! ,the sunset shot nice too, good colors and composition, it brought you joy and thats what its all about!!!
thanks scott

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-12-13 17:12]

Hi Vandana,
Easy to imagine me in this boat with this splendid photo and your so evocative note!
Excellente composition. I like the foreground with the front of boat and sailor. I seem to be with you and the wind blows gently in my hair :)
Bravo! Annie

Hi Vandana! Very nice scenery. I wanna go there someday, I have a lot of friends from Kerala. Very good perspective with your POV. Your font even looks like a Malayalam script, we had newspaper subscription of that in our office in Dubai :)
Freddie :)

**** POV
**** Focus/DOF
**** Exposure
**** Composition
**** Impact
**** note

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  • Niva Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1121 W: 2 N: 877] (11866)
  • [2007-12-13 17:57]

Hello Vandana,
Something like the surroundings Recife areas.
A beautiful shot!
Best regards,


Hi Vandana,

Lovely image from KERALA.
ALAPPUZHA is known as the VENICE of the east..
Travelling through the backwaters and the inland water paths really is fantastic...
Memorable shot , and heartfelt words...
Wishes from Kerala.


jean paul

Very nice, Vandana. Excellent composition, with bright colors and a very peaceful mood.


Hi Vandana,
This is a fantastic shot, I like your framing, excellent POV great colours. Well spotted, Great posting.


Good morning Vandana.
Lovely and romantic looking picture of a spot where life is good.
Well done on the composition ans natural colours.
Have a nice day.

Gondola of Asia (karala).. :)

only few days ago i read about kerala its main feature in the "Going Places" magazine.. another beautiful shot, Vandana. excellent capture with nice detail and light.

tfs and regards, terry
later :))

Hi Vandana
Great shot, natural colours.
I imagine that sea has the potential to be very stormy and dangerous.

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  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2007-12-14 3:29]

Hi my friend,

A beautiful shot. Lovely POV, great action captured and i love the background of the coconut trees and blue sky...



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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-12-14 3:38]

Hola amiga,
preciosa postal,
buen trabajo y sensacional compo...
encuadre perfecto, buen momento.
saludos Vandana

i like this POV very much vandana :)
it puts the viewer in the scene
good framing with the boat and sky
excellent details


Good PP work on this lovely well composed shot the boat gives it some 3d effect. Well done Vandana.

Grtz Pim

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-12-14 3:44]

Wonderful shot !
Great POV, superb light and colours.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-12-14 3:50]
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superb PoV and composition, lovely gentle colours


Hi Vandana,
This is a superb shot, excellent POV great colours and fine light. It all perfect I really enjoy this image. Great posting.

:) Later...

Thanks Vandana for taking us to this dreamy trip.
At the moment you shot it gives a superb photo.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-12-14 5:48]

Hi Vandana

Fantastic daily life scene, with good sharpness on the canoe & rower. A marvellous looking tropical locale. Tfs!

Just amazing Vandana! I SOOoooooo would like to be on a desered island in the south pacific! This is such a great shot, nice angle of view! Really super!

What a great shot Vandana,
I love the line of the Bamboo oar
Fantastic thirds rule employed here
You have the horiozon line and the Oar both working the golden ratio. Very cool! Also stunning color.
Well done!
- Vincent

Hello Vandana,

A beautiful photo, perfect composition and colors. I like your note too.

Have a nice weekend,

Hello Vandana,

With the fire turned to the top, the curtains draped snuggly across the windows and warm jumpers covering our bodies, this vision is almost like a dream! Is the weather ever really so idyllic?

You have created a lovely mood here, my friend!
I like the pov, which makes one feel to be in the boat!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

hi vandana!
very nice photo, great colors and compo.
i like it.

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2007-12-14 12:25]

All of us sitting in various cold spots would rather be in this shot. Nice composition and framing.


Excellent image Vandana, good natural looking colours, well composed and lovely detail. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Transport Crop Nudie’

  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2007-12-14 13:52]

Hi Vandana,
beautiful compo.What a peacefull place.I liked colors and your story.TFS.Necla.:)later.

Hi Vandana,
Good POV, composition, colors are well captured.

Hello Vandana,

Ah, pleasant composition here! The subject nicely off center, as is the horizon nicely off center as well. Really pleasant composition.
And something you did not think about; It fits the freaky friday transport theme!! :-)


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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2007-12-14 15:53]


Great composition, great angule and the palm tree is just in the right place!


Hi Vandana,
Lovely composition for the theme, beautiful colors and sharp picture, beautiful lanscape on background and well presented picture, very well done,

Hi Vandana

Nice compositions and you did it well sis...congrats

Amri HMS

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-12-14 21:15]

It is very romantic and so nice, quiet place:)
:) later

Hi Vandana,
Nice and well balanced composition.
A perfect shot of wonderful scene.
Selahattin E

Hello Vandana...;0
Nice shot with beautiful daily life here..>good crop and good action..>
Good shot my friend..>

Hello Vandana,
Well composed, great details!
Interesting daily life capture, seems like romantic but I'm sure it has it's fair share of hard work too...
Well balanced composition with an attractive sky!
Pablo -

Hi Vandana,

Sitting in such a boat gives you (and us) a wonderful POV. How nice a time you must have had - Kerala - the place where the Sandelwood grows - the place where people and nature are in balance and hopefully your boat as well. Don't go eating that whole box of chocolats and if you do don't blame the dutch food if walking around is going to be a problem!
Lovely Vandana, TFS
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Vandana,
Excellant POV for sure!! Lovely Composition with good detail, colorand lighting. The color of his shorts is very nice, makes a nice contrast. Sky is wonderful. An all around good shot Vandana!!


Hi Vandana!
Handsome sailor!Very nice shot!
Good atmosphere here.

nice daily life photo, good capture of this boatman,well compsed, nice place youhave presented here Vandana. i have some good Kerala friends here in Dubai.
regards from Dubai......andres

Hi vandana,
Excellent composition and colours.Great shot and beautiful frame. Well done.TFS.
Have a nice weekend


Hi Vandana,
Nice colors on this one. Looking very good. The frame presentation is just cool. TFS

nice shot,colours and composition....tfs

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-12-16 1:23]

merhaba myfriend Vandana..
verynice comp.. and shot..superb colors and focus..bravo..selamlar

Hi Vandana, romantic composition with splendid colors, excellent POV, very well done, ciao Silvio

great presentation...
lovely pose of George Clooney with his Sexy legs :-)
Beautiful image...well done! Hug

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2007-12-16 6:03]

HI Vandana
Great shot, good details, great contrast and a good POV, well composed, you have done very well.

Hi Vanny,
I imagine I'm in a boat... But in my mind the sailor's female... :)
Great colorful photo, nice compo. A land to be there. Nice note, too. Tfs.
Have a nice Sunday afternoon, László

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-12-16 9:45]
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Mmm... the shot doesn't look that romantical to me, Vandana... but then again, according to Ann I'm not a romantic person. I do like the scenery however. Maybe I'd have cloned out the top of the bamboo stick to detach it from the top.
Anyway, TFS.

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  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2007-12-16 10:17]

Hello Vandana, good photo & does convey a peaceful place! Nice to ride in a boat without the sound of a motor, just the sounds of the water. :} Don

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2007-12-16 14:01]

Hi Vandana, moody scene, well realized and presented in your note. It's really an excellent composition and I like colours too.
ciao, Cinzia

Hello Vandana,

Interesting yours serializes on Kerala
Beautiful visual and a good one recounts on this place.
Wonderful colors, composition, lighting
Excellent job!

> ((((((ş>

Hello Vandana,
I can sense there is the romanticist in you who long for soothing tropical scenes. This is gorgeous. Well framed with good exposure and colors. Happy holidays. Danilo

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2007-12-17 6:03]

Hi Vandana... Thanks for...

Fantastic capture of the "Vandana meets romantic Kerala"!
I love the composition, nice details the framing and colors.
Very well done my friend...

Hi Vandana,
Very very nice photo.
Best regards,

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-12-17 7:56]

Hi Vandana
Very good composition.
This is the real India.
Gr Jos

hello!amazing shot!great scenery!fantatic POV!tfs

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2007-12-18 11:42]

What a stunnning way to show Kerala Vandana.

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2007-12-19 7:01]

Hello Vandana,
Indeed a relaxing picture...the soft colors, the good place in the boat and the sound :). Thanks for shearing with us!
Have a great day,

I always like slanting coconut trees hanging out to the sea, Vandana, and you have captured it well here. The boat is only partly visible, so I can imagine you are shooting from the other end. And boatman is only standing tall. Well done. TFS


Hi Vandana,
Oh yes, you did very well with your comments, I can indeed imagine what it would be like, with the water gently slapping on the sides of the boat and the smell of the fresh outdoors. Beautiful shot and great thoughts of summer !

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2007-12-22 18:22]

Hi Vandana, Very good composition made dynamic by the man pushing the pole to move along. Excellent colours and interesting note. TFS. Murray.

PS i just returned from a few days in Chennai then Kerala and enjoyed the experiences.

beautiful! a perfect travel photo Vandana. looks like a cool boat ride!

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2007-12-23 13:47]

Hello Dear Vandana.
Great picture. Very interesting point of view and perspective. Wish you all the best for Christmas and New Year.
Janek J-23

HI Vandana, wonderful shot here, the frame is heavy but forgivable. TFS. Hope you had a great time!

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  • NecipP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 669 W: 16 N: 404] (4722)
  • [2007-12-24 11:00]

Hello Vandana one of you're best compositions very well adjusted and great light tfs merry Xmas best wishes Necip.

Hi Vandana, this looks so romantic indeed and a peaceful setting. You must have had great pleasure there.

Very well captured.

Great work! Yan
Ps: Many thx for the crit in: "Christmas Lights 2".

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-01-13 11:56]

Nice cultural capture. Good FG that leads eye to the man and then the background. TFS. K2

Great shot! High on noise, but does not affect it.

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