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Welcome to the Asmat - part 2

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 1 May 2012 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Asmat war canoes greet our arrival on the river off Syuru Village. We could hear the war cries of the Asmat warriors while they still had their boats hidden in the mangroves waiting to ‘ambush’ us. There were over 60 canoes.

It must have been a huge day for the ‘junior warriors’ you can see in the first canoe. I am not sure how often the village puts on this kind of spectacle. Few if any other cruise ships call in; and the Orion only makes this trip once every two or three years.

NIKON D5000 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 400 25 mm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Wonderful spectacle

1 May 2012 6:26am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

An Amazing spectacle, you were so lucky to capture it(Or maybe it's the other way round, that you were there because you knew it was going to happen)

1 May 2012 6:31am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli cadrage ! Je te souhaite un agréable premier mai

1 May 2012 7:04am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the scenery and the diagonal framing

1 May 2012 7:21am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

great action capture

1 May 2012 7:39am

yo from Ile de France, France

Magnifique avec le cadrage en diagonale !

1 May 2012 7:55am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot.. Even the 'little' warriors turned up :)

1 May 2012 8:07am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quelle sècne et iamge quel graphsisme d'embarcation et de personnage sueprbe.
Belle journée

1 May 2012 8:35am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Extraordinary photo ! Great angle ! Beautiful .

1 May 2012 8:36am

arvin from sari, Iran

Very nice ...
Very spectacular ...
I love the excitement

1 May 2012 8:52am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Oh wow..this looks great! Loads of things going on,beautiful captured!

1 May 2012 9:45am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Strewth . . I bet they did not even show up on the radar !

1 May 2012 10:08am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Superbe ton cadrage! très belle photo!!!! je suis fan

1 May 2012 10:17am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent dynamic image Stephen. I liked yesterdays rust bucket too. Not sure I would want to spend more than two minutes on it though, let alone two weeks :)

1 May 2012 10:35am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

What an amazing sight Stephen, you must feel so fortunate to have witnessed this first hand. Great image too I like the diagonal composition

1 May 2012 10:39am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Very interesting shot,
Well captured :)

1 May 2012 10:44am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

What an amazing shot - the tilt just works fantastically well here, Stephen. Well done!

1 May 2012 11:18am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

once again nice work and very interesting too...

1 May 2012 12:35pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm loving the frenetic activity here.

1 May 2012 12:37pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A spectacular shot, Stephen. Can't say enough about your composition and the power of the subject matter as visual art.

1 May 2012 12:41pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Spectacular capture indeed , are they real cannibals !?

1 May 2012 12:50pm

@Othersideblue: Yes – it was part of their life and culture. But their practice of headhunting and cannibalism did end in the 1970s.

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Great capture.

1 May 2012 1:32pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

oh my goodness! that is a spectacular - to experience and to photograph! amazing display!

1 May 2012 2:02pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnificent image, a true wonder. Good day.

1 May 2012 3:23pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Great angle , beautiful colors.

1 May 2012 3:30pm

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

Excellent composition!

1 May 2012 3:39pm

tataray from france, France

C'est vraiment merveilleux ... quelle jolie scène.))

1 May 2012 3:41pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Sehr gut diese Diagonale in dem Foto.

1 May 2012 4:38pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine view

1 May 2012 5:27pm

amir from mashhad, Iran

beautiful boat and people on them !!!!!!!!!!!

1 May 2012 5:47pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

I like your choice of diagonal lines here

1 May 2012 5:50pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Superb image. Nice point of view!!

1 May 2012 6:03pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very appealing presentation with the boats forming these strong diagonals! these 'warriors' went to a lot of trouble looking fierce ... ;-))

1 May 2012 6:20pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The tilt in the frame give the shot a wonderful feel Stephen! If it only happens every couple of years you have to ensure that you get a big one!! Happy ST! ;-)))

1 May 2012 6:26pm

philippe from moselle, France

belle parade colorée, il manque quand même les arcs et les flèches :o) !!!!

1 May 2012 6:33pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great overhead capture of these warriors in their canoes! And the angle used here makes it quite eye-catching

1 May 2012 8:07pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

The angle even seems to work so perfectly here, love the little children in the canoes, so
glad to see this view today of the warriers, like going back in time in this beautiful photo !~

1 May 2012 8:53pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Oh yes, this must have been a big day for everyone. With so few visits, this has to be special. So is this great shot from high up on the ship.

1 May 2012 9:26pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Oh there was also headhunting practice in Malaysian Borneo in the past!
Pretty scary, eh?

1 May 2012 9:29pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Excellent point de vue en légère plongée! J'aime bien la dynamique du cadrage et de la compo avec les obliques qui renfocent la diagonale!
Bonne fin de soirée chal-heureuse!

1 May 2012 9:41pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! Fantastic image! They even have the kids in the canoes! Great angle and I love their war paint!

1 May 2012 9:54pm

Z from Shanghai, China

A very interesting close look of the canoes and the warriors!!

1 May 2012 10:33pm

Dave from Southbridge, United States

Awesome color and POV

1 May 2012 11:20pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

A wonderful angled shot and composition and colors!!!!

1 May 2012 11:47pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow, fantastic capture...cool perspective!

2 May 2012 12:11am

Becky from los angeles, United States

Wow - fabulous! Captivating.

2 May 2012 3:25am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very successful in framing oblique

2 May 2012 5:31am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great action ...

2 May 2012 6:23am

Ani from Bordeaux, France

Wow !!! Excellent picture Stephen !!!

2 May 2012 7:09am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful spectacle. Amazing action shot. Great POV, Stephen. Love it. :)

2 May 2012 10:26am

JMS* from Chonburi, Thailand

La diagonale de la bienvenue.

3 May 2012 7:24am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

A nice welcoming! I like how you angled this shot!

3 May 2012 9:38pm

1/200 second
ISO 400
25 mm