July 2, 2014

Autumn Fairy Tale

Photograph by Jonathan Chua Kiat

A timeless trio goes on its way in Xiapu, a county in eastern China. "I like the mood and the character in the scene," writes photographer Jonathan Chua Kiat. "It’s just like a fairy tale come alive."

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Winners will be announced July 31.


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79 comments
Wenrong Cao
Wenrong Cao

I feel I have to point out that the smoke is artificial and the people in the picture are actually "actors". Xiaopu, a small costal village in China now attracts hundreds of thousands of photographers for its unique country scenery. To boost the tourism, local people are aware of the potential profits. To enter the village, you have to pay about 50RMB (about 8 USD).


The picture shown here is a very "famous" one. You can find hundreds of similar one on website. Just to list a few: http://www.mafengwo.cn/poi/6327758.html and http://www.mafengwo.cn/poi/6327758.html

And you can even google this picture:

https://www.google.com/search?q=%E6%9D%A8%E5%AE%B6%E6%BA%AA&es_sm=119&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Qp0OVILME8uayAS-y4DIDA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAg&biw=1546&bih=933


The smoke was released by "smoky cakes" to enhance the lighting. The people in the picture were a couple. Before they became the professional "actors", a old guy name "Lao Lu" was the sole actor for people taking photos.  As a photographer, especially a one recognizes the values of NG. Saying "It’s just like a fairy tale come alive" is not professional without telling people the rest of the story. In my opinion it should not be considered in the photo contest without the background information presented together with the picture. 

Marh Xiques
Marh Xiques

The mist makes it seem like a fairy tale!

Angela S.
Angela S.

that certainly is a fairy tale of the two men and water buffalo it ends like the buffalo is a god :)

Zohreh Macleod
Zohreh Macleod

Great composition, has certainly captured the moment.

it conveys the feeling.

Ramandeep Singh
Ramandeep Singh

beautiful....

different elements of nature interacting ....

perfect:)

Jasvinder` Nagi
Jasvinder` Nagi

It is a stunning photograph, timeless in its appeal. Would make for an outstanding painting as well! Love it

TOM MARTIN
TOM MARTIN

Wonderful shot, wonderful setting and composition.  Perfect lighting.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Fairy tale indeed. I'm expecting to see a unicorn come out of the trees.

Joyce Chiu
Joyce Chiu

Yeah, only a fairy tale, in every sense of the word!

sajal dutta
sajal dutta

great timing with great shot....reaching to the ancient world

Jonathan Chua Kiat
Jonathan Chua Kiat

Thanks for all kind words and encouragement. Thanks for the motivation

dewi negara
dewi negara

very good, nice shot and excelent level

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

marvellous composition !!! and execution !! 

great job !!

Michele W.
Michele W.

Exquisite details & FAB mood! Classic doc photography!

Ashis Mukerjea
Ashis Mukerjea

Unbelievably awesome. Not everyone one has this kind of creative visualization. Great shot.


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