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The AncientBeauty of HalongBay by lorrainemd The AncientBeauty of HalongBay by lorrainemd
Taken on a boat ride in Vietnam's Halong Bay. There are over 3000 islands rising from the beautiful green waters over an area of 1500 square kilometers. The mountain-like formations in the distance are made of limestone and many are hallowed out allowing for cave exploration.
The boats and junks sail peacefully over these waters just as they did over 100 years ago. I felt as if I was transported back in time on this glorious day...so I tried capturing this old feel with this picture of the bay and boat lead by the wooden dragon at its head.
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elviaje Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006   Photographer
this is currently on my top 10 list of places to visit. do you know the legend of the dragon and the jewels that goes with the islands? i can't quite remember, but this is a beautiful capture of the bay.
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LDL Featured By Owner May 15, 2005
it is very difficult to take some pictures from Halong Bay, a lot of time, there is fog and rain......
;)


when the time is clear, now it is quite impossible to take a very clean focus, because the pollution is more important.......
:sniff:
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AndreinaSky Featured By Owner May 2, 2005
LOVE this picture!! its just beautiful and awesome. thank you for sharing this wonderful image, it makes me happy everytime i look at it!
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alorelei Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2004   Writer
thankyou for submitting this :blackrose:
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class-pessimist Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2003
oooo i was trying to find who took this photo for the longest time!!!
this is a magnificent piece
+fav
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cadmus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2003
This is a great shot, I love the sepia tones it really does it justice.
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drsmith Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2003
wow, this is beautiful, reminds me of Thailand.
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jackfreak Featured By Owner May 23, 2003  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You get the feeling of being in some other dimension or in a dream.
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sinajahn Featured By Owner May 23, 2003
this is fantastic....
obviously it's nice as-is but cropping out the other elements of the boat besides the dragon head would be even cooler.... in mu humble opinion.
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leafinsectman Featured By Owner May 11, 2003
That is sooooooooooo nice!! I wish I get a chance to go there someday. Nice touch with the sepia. Well done w00t!
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neolithos Featured By Owner May 8, 2003
beautiful composition, color, contrast... on and on. beautiful photo.
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fili Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
very misteroius place and atmopshere, look totally like from a fantasy book..
the isles are awesome! good tones too :) (Smile)
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exodeuce Featured By Owner May 7, 2003   Digital Artist
great pic, reminds me of a trip to the beach I had recently. Although I hope you don't mind but I think its not proper to use brown colors in a cool setting. Its makes the the place look warm and dry. Anyway these are just my opnions so feel free to disregard them. Overall I love your picture, the clarity is great (what type of film do you use by the way).
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cookiejesus Featured By Owner May 7, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing *drools*
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jal Featured By Owner May 7, 2003   Photographer
whoa... that's a really great pic. I need to tavel to places like that.
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pillow Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
it looks so old, im going to favorite, because i like it a lot, thats my explanation
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deviousoni Featured By Owner May 7, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
I just get a serene feeling out of this. I love the tones. Beautiful composition. I love it! Fantastic job! Judge
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schiz05 Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
Beautiful
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SeaFairy Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
very very beautiful, dear, love it, really! Great colors, too :) (Smile)

-Lilly
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shinng Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
I wanna go there .... that is the most beautiful enchanting place I have ever seen in my life... I would never leave Blush I guess I am just drawn to things that have mystery about them Hug THANK YOU TAKING THIS!!!!!
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silverdragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2003  Professional Photographer
Great!!!Not so crazy about the touch of color on this picture though
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czarp Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
The colour of the shot makes it feel like it was taken 50 years ago, very good.
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olddragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
a bit small ;) (Wink) but looks great. amazing landscape, wonderful composition.
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hugo-silva Featured By Owner May 7, 2003   Photographer
very nice!i really like the color of the foto!!
keep up the good work!
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haduong Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
oh man, that my favorite place in my country, and that is the only place that I m very proud of my country. "Ha Long Bay" meaning "Dragon Bay" According to our legend, our ancestors was created in that area, then migrated to different location, which created the Noth and the South today, and I hated the North Viet-Nam, they are nothing but full of Communist, but the north also contains the most beautiful nature landscape of our country. By the way good shot.
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adlez Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
cool!, but i wanna 1280x960 =( (Sad)
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devilicious Featured By Owner May 7, 2003  Professional Photographer
wow~ i don't remember seeing this in my devwatch in box! WTF?

this is clearly deserving of TDF! GO YOU! Headbang!

the lanter on the left really frames nicely with the head of the boat to balance the rocks in the background. i love the desaturated look too. beautiful and oooh so peaceful...
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foureyes Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
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........$$$$$$$.....Worship
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graphixaddict Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
positioning of the dragons head in relation to the rocks is wonderful, excellect image, just beautiful.
Graphix
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aalf Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
This is splendid but it is too bad it is such a small size :/

Anyway this quiet feeling is very well render with the peaceful composition, the angle and the nice tones.

Interesting work :) (Smile)
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traumen Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
this looks almost surreal and dream-like...great GREAT job
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bazookalucca Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
Good work on composing this. I just think that poll on the far far left can is distracting. Maybe if you cropped that out to create more of a "triangle" feel between that dragon head, and the two main islands in the background.
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liquid-dream Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
Love it!

The colour is perfect for the landscape, and i do so love those rock formations!!!


+fav


PEACE!!
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gabrielxxx Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
Excellent picture. Its such a vivid departure from everyday life that it kinda takes you away to a more peaceful and interesting place.
:) (Smile)
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rde Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
feels like travelling back in time. i love the color tone.
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psychofurryewok Featured By Owner May 7, 2003   Photographer
This is an awesome shot, just makes me think: MORTAL COMBAT. lol In any case, nice job, a +fav from my end too. :) (Smile)
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san-tor Featured By Owner May 7, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
I just cannot imagine how splendid this would look in person.
I have been very interested on the oriental cultures since I was at elementary school... and your photography helps me to contemplate the places I love.
Thank you very much for sharing them with me.
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red2thebones Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
OMG! InstaFav!
Beautiful photo, this makes me so homesick :-) (Smile)
I gotta get down to HaLong bay with my camera next time I'm home.
Don't think I can ever produce such a great photo though.
Great work, as always.
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lankster Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
must have been a great experience, I love the yellow tone you've got going on there and the dragon head fits in very well witht the rest of the photograph, exceptionally beautiful shot! +fav
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aryku Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
its so beautiful.... similar to the one in 'THE BEACH' movie..... looks really peaceful :) (Smile)

great capture.
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bada Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
Very nice composition... Love these colors... It sounds like an old photo...

Great work:

+favlove
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cyrusmuller Featured By Owner May 7, 2003  Professional General Artist
this is truly exotic. wonderful picture. I am glad you used sephia tones, its makes it surreal and you have to imagine what it would be truly like, so the wonder grows.

WELLDONE!
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pixelprophet Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
beautiful shot and colour tones
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juanche Featured By Owner May 7, 2003
peaceful sepia...i love it.
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Virtu-Imagery Featured By Owner May 6, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome photo!
Someday...I hope to shoot some place cool like this!
I'm so green!
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wheels Featured By Owner May 6, 2003   Photographer
great image wrecked by the post on the left hand side
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ink-brains2 Featured By Owner May 6, 2003   Photographer
beautiful photo and i love the tones...
i feel as if i am on a mystical journey towards mythical islands enshrouded in mist...
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ori Featured By Owner May 6, 2003
Truly wonderfull. The three rock fades give a strong sense of yearning. The angle you chose to include the dragon head and just a sliver of the sail pole(or whatever that is)was a very good choice. The colours you chose to represent an older photo are cool, but you might try further photo editing to make it look more antique, the photos from those days weren't so clear. The way this is I really yearn to see the beautfiful green seas you described. Very beautiful.
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hammontree Featured By Owner May 6, 2003   Photographer
So beautiful.. It makes me wish I was there!




+favlove
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osirus Featured By Owner May 6, 2003
OMG!... bigger! i meant Bigger

lol

its late, and im flying on nyquil... i cant belive i did that.

bahahahah

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